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Sexiest Vampire Alive (Love at Stake Series #11)
     

Sexiest Vampire Alive (Love at Stake Series #11)

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by Kerrelyn Sparks
 

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Who’s the Sexiest Vampire Alive? Without a doubt, it’s undead playboy Gregori Holstein, the dashing immortal hero of this wity, charming, and super-hot paranormal romance winner from New York Times bestseller Kerrelyn Sparks. Another fabulous entry in her Love at Stake series—which author Lynsay Sands, creator of the popular Argeneau

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Who’s the Sexiest Vampire Alive? Without a doubt, it’s undead playboy Gregori Holstein, the dashing immortal hero of this wity, charming, and super-hot paranormal romance winner from New York Times bestseller Kerrelyn Sparks. Another fabulous entry in her Love at Stake series—which author Lynsay Sands, creator of the popular Argeneau vampire family novels, has called, “an absolute delight”—the Sexiest Vampire Alive has met his match, and she’s the beautiful, brave, and brainy daughter of the President of the United States, whom Gregori must accompany on a dangerous secret mission to China. Kerrelyn Sparks does vampire romance to perfection, which is why she is up there at the very top with the other paranormal superstars, like Sands, Katie MacAlister, and Mary Janice Davidson.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061958052
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
09/27/2011
Series:
Love at Stake Series , #11
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
296,216
Product dimensions:
4.20(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.20(d)

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The Sexiest Vampire Alive


By Kerrelyn Sparks

Avon

Copyright © 2011 Kerrelyn Sparks
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061958052


Chapter One

Simone tore the man's shirt open and skimmed her
hand down his smooth, hairless chest and rippled abs.
"I have a hunger that cannot be denied," she
murmured in her husky French accent.
The man turned his chiseled jaw to expose his neck.
"Take me. My body, my blood—I'm all yours."
She trailed a finger along his carotid artery, then
suddenly shoved him away. "No! I can no longer bear it!"
With a dramatic swish of her pink silk negligee, she
rose to her feet. The voluminous skirt swirled around
her long legs, allowing a peek at her matching pink
stilettos.
She lifted a pale hand to her brow. "What is a vampire
to do? For so many years I have endured the same
taste. How I long for something different!"
She moved forward, lowering her hand with a
graceful flutter. "I need something new, something
rich, robust, and sophisticat— Ack!" She tripped on
her nightgown and fell flat on her face.
"Cut!" The director cursed under his breath, then
leaned toward Gregori and whispered, "Are you sure
we have to use her?"
Gregori hid his frustration, like he normally did, and
gave Gordon an encouraging smile. "She'll be fine.
She's the most famous model in the vampire world."
"Yeah, you've mentioned that about five times. But
she can't act. Hell, she can't even walk."
Gregori's smile faltered slightly as he inwardly
winced. He thought he'd scored a coup, convincing
the famous Simone to star in his commercial introducing
the latest creation in Vampire Fusion Cuisine, Blardonnay.
But after three hours of shooting, there wasn't
a single successful take.
The director and film crew at the Digital Vampire
Network in Brooklyn had already polished off the
crate of twenty-four bottles he'd brought as a gift. The
mixture of synthetic blood and Chardonnay was no
longer strong enough for the director. Gordon tipped
back a bottle of Blissky, then gave Gregori a sour look.
"The sun will rise in about ninety minutes," he muttered.
"I'm calling it quits before my tortured crew
runs outside to fry themselves in a blaze of glory."
"It's not that bad," Gregori assured him. "With some
careful editing, we'll have—" Zip. "You'll still get paid
for your time."
Gordon snorted and took another swig of Blissky.
Gregori adjusted his tie while he considered his
options. He was the one who would have to answer to his
boss for spending a small fortune on a commercial that
wasn't happening. It wouldn't help matters if he criticized
Simone. She might look frail and delicate, but,
enraged, she could inflict a massive amount of damage
with her superior vampire strength.
There was the time she'd destroyed a dance club in
Manhattan when no one had recognized her. Gregori
had used a huge amount of vampire mind control to
wipe the memory of every terrified mortal who had
witnessed her temper tantrum. Unfortunately he
hadn't been around to clean up when a paparazzo
in Paris had snapped her photo without her permission.
She'd tossed the photographer clear across the
Champs Élysées. Le Figaro had speculated that her odd
display of strength meant she was high on PCP. She'd
retaliated the next night by ripping a street lamp out
of the sidewalk and crashing it through the newspaper
office's plate glass window. Somehow, she thought
she'd proved them wrong.
He adjusted his cuff links as he resigned himself to
the only logical course of action: playing the role of the
kind and sympathetic friend, otherwise known as major
suck-up. Sheesh, the stuff he had to do for his job.
He stepped onto the set, which consisted of thick
ivory carpet and an ivory satin settee. The male model
sat sprawled on the settee, not even attempting to help
Simone, who remained tangled in her negligee, wallowing
on the carpet like a nearly starved, beached
whale.
"Simone, sweetheart, are you all right?" He lifted
her carefully to her feet. She was so thin, it was like
propping up a broomstick in a strong wind. "It's not
like you to fall down." Twelve times.
"It is these ridiculous shoes you made me wear.
They're too big." She raised her voice so everyone in
the studio could hear. "You know I wear a size five."
She wore an eight. Gregori knew because she'd
begged him to buy her a pair of Jimmy Choo sandals
last Christmas. He'd done it, not out of any special af-
fection for Simone, but for business reasons. As marketing
director at Romatech Industries, he knew the
value of staying chummy with the most influential
personalities in the vampire world.
"Is your gown too long?" he suggested. "We could
have it shortened a bit."
"I like it long. It makes me look taller. And thinner."
Good God, if she was any thinner, she'd be two-
dimensional. "You look beautiful, Simone. But... I'm
afraid your concentration is off just a tad. Perhaps if
we—"
"It's his fault!" She pointed a perfectly manicured
pink nail at the male model who was busy taking off
the shirt she'd ripped. "He's too ugly to work with."
Gregori glanced at the model. "He looks fine to me."
"Why, thank you, handsome." The male model
winked.
Oh shit. "Simone, we can't keep replacing the guy for
you. This is the eighth one. The talent agency is running
out of guys, and we're running out of time, so do
you think you could possibly bring yourself to work
with this one?"
She stuck out her bottom lip in a pout. "He's repulsive.
I shudder when I have to touch him."
The male model wagged a finger at her. "It's not like
I'm enjoying it either, girlfriend."
"It's called acting, Simone," Gregori whispered. "You
have to pretend to desire him. He could be as ugly as a
turnip, but you make us believe he's stunning."
"But I am stunning." The model flipped his long
blond hair over his shoulders.
Gregori groaned inwardly. It was impossible to
whisper around a bunch of Vamps. They could hear
everything. He grasped Simone by her bony shoulders.
"Let's be honest about this, Toots. It's not the
shoes, or the gown, or the guy on the couch—"
"The name is Pennington," the male model interrupted.
"Pennington Langley the Third. But please
don't call me Penny for short. I would hate to sound
cheap." He gave Gregori a flirtatious smile.
Suppressing a shudder, Gregori smiled back. Sheesh,
the crap he put up with for his job. "Simone. I've seen
you glide down a jillion runways as graceful as a swan.
You can do this."
She ducked her head as she pressed her hands
against his chest. "All right, I'll be honest. I-I'm afraid."
"Afraid of what? Failure?" He winced when her
steel-like nails dug into him.
"I never fail," she hissed.
"Right. Right, I knew that." He grabbed her hands to
keep her pink claws from ripping through his best suit.
"What are you afraid of, then?"
Her bottom lip trembled against her fangs. "The sun
will rise soon. I'm afraid of dying."
"Sweetcakes, we die at every sunrise."
"I mean real death! La mort finale!" She clutched
his lapels with her fists. "I heard Corky's show tonight.
Live with the Undead. She said we're all in grave
danger!"
"You'll be fine, Simone. You'll be staying at
Roman's townhouse where we have guards to keep us
safe."
"Then Corky is right?" Simone shrieked and gave
him a hard shake. "The mortal world knows about us
now?"
He pried her bony fingers loose from his lapels.
"Corky ought to know. She's the one who posted the
damned video."
Three nights earlier, Corky Courrant had filmed the
battle at Mount Rushmore that had climaxed with the
death of her lover, the Malcontent leader, Casimir.
While Gregori could understand why a woman might
be a little miffed over the decapitation of her lover, he
still thought Corky had severely overreacted. She'd
posted the video on YouTube, claiming it was proof
that vampires were real. That was an unforgivable,
traitorous act in their world, and yet Corky was still
employed at the Digital Vampire Network. Apparently
her infamy was good for ratings.
Simone's eyes filled with tears. "She said the mortals
will hunt us down and slaughter us in our sleep!"
"Oh my God!" Pennington sprang to his feet. "Is that
true?"
The boom operator glowered at him. "Don't you
watch the Nightly News? Stone Cauffyn said the secret
is out, and it won't be long before the mortals decide
to kill us off."
With a soft moan, Simone sank onto the carpet. Her
tears, tinted with blood, left pink streaks down her
gaunt cheeks. "La mort finale."
"It's the end for us all," the cameraman grumbled.
"We're doomed." The makeup artist sniffed and
wiped tears from her face.
"The Vampire Apocalypse," Gordon muttered, then
took another swig of Blissky.
Good God, no wonder the director and crew had
jumped on that case of Blardonnay. "Get a grip, guys,"
Gregori told them. "Just because Corky posted a video
that looks like vampires getting their heads cut off and
turning to dust, that doesn't mean any mortals will
believe it."
"Right," Gordon sneered. "Because mortals are
always making home videos where they cut each
other's heads off."
"If you look at the comments, a lot of people are
calling it a hoax," Gregori said.
"It only takes one mortal with one stake to do me
in," the boom operator mumbled.
"We're doomed!" The makeup artist collapsed on
the floor, clutching an empty bottle of Blardonnay.
"Doomed!"
"No, we're not! You guys got the official memo from
Roman, right?" Gregori asked. Roman Draganesti was
not only his boss and CEO of Romatech Industries, he
was also Coven Master of East Coast Vampires. "He
wants everyone to remain calm and go about your
lives in a normal manner."
"Yeah, we know." Gordon upended his Blissky
bottle, then scowled when he discovered it was empty.
"That's why we all showed up for work today."
"We should be looking for some caves to hide in,"
the cameraman grumbled, then his eyes lit up. "I
know! We could hide in mausoleums."
"Right." The boom operator scoffed. "Mortals would
never think about looking for us in a graveyard."
"We're doomed—"
"Enough!" Gregori interrupted the makeup artist.
"Chillax, people. It's going to be all right. Roman's got
a strategy meeting tonight with a bunch of Coven Masters."
"Do they have a plan?" Pennington asked.
"I'm sure they'll come up with something." Gregori
didn't know much about the situation except that
Roman and the head of MacKay Security and Investigation,
Angus MacKay, had spent the last two nights
discussing the matter with Sean Whelan—CIA operative,
newly turned vampire, and Roman's father-in-law.
"The best thing for us to do is to behave normally
and not bring any attention to ourselves. Just go to
work, go home, drink your blood from bottles, and no
one will ever suspect you're a vampire."
"That's easy for you to say," Gordon grumbled. "You
and your buddies have security guards to watch over
you during the day. We do our death-sleep in
apartments that mortals could break into."
"We're doomed!" the makeup girl cried.
Gregori loosened his tie as he considered. Corky's
damned video was probably inciting panic all over the
vampire world. And the more the Vamps panicked,
the bigger the chance that one of them would do
something really stupid that made the problem even worse.
They needed to feel safe.
He retrieved his smart phone from his jacket pocket.
"I'll tell you what. I'll ask Angus MacKay to send a day
guard here. We'll turn the building into an emergency
shelter. Then Vamps can do their death-sleep here,
knowing they'll be safe and protected."
Gordon jumped to his feet and swayed a little. "Are
"Of course." Gregori smiled. "I'll make the arrangements,
so hurry up and announce it on air."
"Great!" Gordon dashed out of the studio.
The makeup artist eased to her feet and gave Gregori
a shaky smile. "Thank you."
"Not a problem." Gregori selected Angus's number
on his Droid while the rest of the crew thanked him.
"Let's get ready for another try at the commercial,
okay?"
"Yes, sir!" the boom operator shouted with a grin.
Pennington put on a new shirt, while the makeup
girl applied new powder and lipstick to Simone.
Gregori breathed a sigh of relief. Maybe they'd get
the commercial done after all. Angus's phone sent him
to voice mail, so he left a short message explaining the
need to turn DVN into an emergency shelter for
frightened Vamps.
"Excuse me."
Gregori glanced up from a quick look through his
e-mail to see Pennington standing nearby. "Yes?"
"I'd like to thank you for keeping us all safe tonight."
"Glad to help."
Pennington shoved his long blond hair over his
shoulders. "And I'd like to thank you for giving me
the opportunity to star in a commercial."
"No problem." Gregori didn't want to remind the
model that he was the talent agency's eighth choice,
and he wouldn't be here at all if Simone hadn't sent the
first seven guys packing.
Pennington sidled up closer. "What I mean is I'd like
to thank you . . . personally."
Yikes. Gregori stepped back. "No thanks. Sorry."
"But you're gay, right? I mean, you dress so well,
and you were so nice and sensitive to .  .  . her."
Pennington wrinkled his nose at Simone.
"A straight guy can't be nice?" Gregori muttered.
Simone snorted while the makeup girl brushed her
hair. "Why do you continue with this charade, mon
ami? You refused to have sex with me. You must be
gay."
His mouth dropped open. The crew started whispering,
latching on to this tasty morsel of gossip. Shit.
"Simone, have you been spreading rumors about me?"
"No, of course not." She waved a hand dramatically.
"I know how much you enjoy your reputation
as a young playboy. But really, mon ami, you should
stop acting so cowardly and admit the truth. You'll feel
much better for it."

(Continues...)



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Meet the Author

Kerrelyn Sparks is the bestselling author of the Love at Stake series, which has hit as high as number 5 on the New York Times list and 22 on the USA Today list. Kerrelyn is honored that her band of merry vampires and shifters is spreading love and laughter worldwide in fourteen different languages.

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Sexiest Vampire Alive 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 235 reviews.
enticed More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoy vampire romance novels and this one definitely made it on my list. can't wait to read it.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Romatech Industries Marketing Vice President Gregori Holstein is in Brooklyn watching the filming of an ad at the Vampire Digital Network when Robby McKay and Rajiv the were-tiger arrive to escort Gregori back to Manhattan headquarters as CEO Roman and security chief Angus want to see him. The coven masters discuss the You Tube viral of Malcontent leader Casimir having his head cut off. Roman and Angus interrogate Gregori over whether he drank human blood. He says he uses the bottled product. Recently converted CIA operative Sean Whelan will escort Gregori to meet President Tucker. Gregori thinks his instructions are too weak as he opposes begging for protection from POTUS. Plan B is to become allies. He creates Plan C to offer humans protection from Malcontents. Gregori learns First lady Belinda is very ill while the First Daughter Madison hosts White House events. He is shocked to realize there is another daughter Abigail the scientist. At the meeting, Gregori realizes no one trusts him. Still the President says for Gregori to take his daughters out in New York. If Abigail accepts him, he will take her on a special trip to China to obtain three precious plants she hopes will save her mom's life. The latest Love At Stake romantic urban fantasy (see Vampire Mine) is a nice pairing of a vampire with a human First Daughter while the strong support cast enhances the vampires forced out into the open. Little things means a lot like the hero's stress balls and the first date though the latter is too long. Although the plausibility of a First daughter going on an illegal dangerous quest to China seems like zero, fans will relish this entertaining entry. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of course I liked it because I love the whole series. But I will say it seemed rather short. Almost like it was "rushed writing". NOW..... that being said maybe we fans just beg too hard for a new book that sometimes authors may actually do just that! Its still a good read and I recommend to all the fans of the series.
kversion1 More than 1 year ago
love every book written by kerrelyn sparks. love this book so much i couldn't even put it down. was exactly the type of paranormal romance i love to read. finished it in one day
CodyCelest More than 1 year ago
Yet another wonderfully funny book in this series. It was nice to see a more serious side of Gregori, even though it might have been a touch *to* serious at times.
AlenaS More than 1 year ago
I've been waiting for Gregori's book ever since I read about him in the first book in Kerrelyn Sparks's vampire series. The only bad thing I can say about this book is that it ended. I absolutely *loved* it!
The_Reading_Reviewer More than 1 year ago
When the vampire nation comes out to the public, the vampires enlist their best public relations man, ah vampire Gregori Holstein to be the face of the kinder, gentler vampire. Gregori is the male perfection of what vampires aspire to with the face of an angel, and the ability to charm even the President of the United States to protect them. The one person Gregori is not able to charm is the President's daughter Abby. She is an independent scientist who has stayed off the publicity radar and wants to keep it that way. However, when she discovers that the vampires can teleport leaving the possibility of finding a cure to her mother's illness shy Abigail becomes assertive Abby and gets them to help her find the missing ingredients to solve the mysteries around her mother's sickness. The dangers are real as the dark forces of the Malcontents in the vampire world surround them and one mistake will cost them their eternal life. Secrecy is the key to any successful mission but one of the vampires has his own personal agenda that is distracting the team from getting what they need and getting back home. Gregori knows Abby will be safe with him as he is investing more than just a business relationship with her. The desire to see her life saved has taken on new meaning, as he wants more than he could ever imagine to have her life combined with his forever. Gregori has another nightmare bigger and more sinister than anything he can control - his mother! She is forever in his life haunting him for grandchildren, and using every conceivable way to convince him that Abby is "the one." Gregori loves his mother but this one he may have figured out on his own. This series has held on for so long due to Ms. Sparks's ability to write original and creative storylines. You have the basics but what Kerrelyn does with these characters is pure magic and allot of romantic fun that makes you fly through this book waiting for the next. Read them all and you will enjoy every one, I promise.
penut_23 More than 1 year ago
a very good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is about Gregori. He is searching for his Lady Love. It just happens to be the oldest daughter of the President of the United States! He also must convice the President Vampires do not exist since that stupid video went viral!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great love stories!!! Could not put down & had to read next one! But don't read them out of order, it gives away spoilers & the twists of the story!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just love the Love at Stake Series....I want more!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all 10 books in this series. This was my least favorite of all. Do not like the girl in the story at all! Gregori was still the man though.
FDUNN More than 1 year ago
With each book in the series I feel the characters and the stories only get better. A thoroughly entertaining blend of humor, action and romance
PhoenixSummer More than 1 year ago
I always love reading Kerrelyn Sparks. She never disappoints. Wonderful story. Great characters. Couldn't put it down. It was nice seeing characters from previous books. Looking forward to the next novel in this series from Ms Sparks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait till the next book comes. I hope it's going to be just as good and maybe even greater!
ReadsAlotLH More than 1 year ago
Love Sparks books!! Another awesome story!
proloz More than 1 year ago
Each story keeps me fully entertained and involved with the characters. I always look forward to the next in the series.
Readstostaysane More than 1 year ago
As always Kerrelyn does not disappoint another great book in a wonderful series. I read it in one day. Just could not put it down.
ChaveWB More than 1 year ago
Excellent book. Very entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this series. It contiues to be a great read. The characters are fun to follow through their adventures.
cajunmom69 More than 1 year ago
Another great fun read from Kerrelyn Sparks.
C3_1991 More than 1 year ago
This book seemed really immature to me. I haven't liked tThe last two books. I think I'm done with this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This a great addition to Kerreltn Sparks' series. I highly recommend this book AND the others of this series to anyone who enjoys supernatural romances.
Lisa Demetrius More than 1 year ago
This was a fantastic book. Gregori has been a fixture in the entire Love at stakes series, so good to see his back story and finally in love. I loved how the other Vamps we knew or characters from other books were brought into this book as well. I can not wait for the next book! No pressure Kerrylyn :-)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OMG! You have got to read this book! Abby and Gregori are wonderful! It also makes you sit on the end of your seat wondering what will happen next.