Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake Series #16)

Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire (Love at Stake Series #16)

by Kerrelyn Sparks

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New York Times bestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks delivers the exciting conclusion in the Love at Stake series, where a Marine-turned-vampire finds love with the shifter princess forbidden to him.

Russell wakes from a coma to find he's become a vampire. Now he has a thirst for revenge. Determined to hunt down the master vampire who turned him, he's used to working alone - until he meets Jia. She is after the same vampire for murdering her parents and insists she can help Russell on this mission. Reluctantly, he agrees, and sets up some ground rules:

Rule #1: Their partnership is strictly business. If he holds her a little too close . . . if she looks at him with those exotic eyes . . . well, that has to stop.

Rule #2: He's in charge. Jia isn't used to taking orders and questions every move he makes. So he stops her the only way he knows how.

Rule #3: Don't fall in love. But the kiss that was supposed to quiet her awakens something else in him . . . something forbidden. Because Jia is engaged. To someone else.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062107770
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/30/2014
Series: Love at Stake Series , #16
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 249,216
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.50(h) x 1.40(d)

About 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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Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Sailon More than 1 year ago
Yes, once again another great series is coming to a close and what a conclusion it is… Don’t fret, look on the bright side… There has to be a bunch of new writing coming from the authors we love read including Kerrelyn Sparks. Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire is Russell, the vampire found in Han’s cave, and Jia, a were-tiger princess, story. Russell has a major vendetta burning against Han. Turning Russell took everything away from him, but leaving him in a cave in a near mummified state for decades removed every connection he ever had to humanity until Jia stumbles into his revenge. Jia wants revenge against Han, too. Han not only killed her family but chopped them up into little pieces so they could not be reborn into their next were-cat lives. Yes, Han is a very evil dude only topped by the demon released by Han. Jia wants to team up with Russell but he fights it every step of the way. Well, until he sees Jia’s spirit crumble and her life is being placed the line. Then Russell has no choice but help the woman that haunts his thoughts. This wonderfully twisted plot has inspired our imaginations and wow’d us with Sparks ability to tie it all together. This being the last book of this series, I especially enjoyed how all the characters are brought back into play for this the 16th book in this series.  Can you say, “I didn’t see that coming.” Well, I sure didn’t. In all the ways Sparks could have wrapped this story up, she completely surprised me.  I really enjoyed Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire. I am sorry to see this series end but like I said before I’m looking forward to what might come next from this fabulous paranormal romance writer.
gaele More than 1 year ago
So, I’m again, a latecomer to a series. The first that I have read in this series is the last of the series, and what a story it was.  I can’t possibly refer to the wrap-up of the entire series, but I did thoroughly enjoy this book, and now find my TBR pile has increased by several more titles.   In this story, Sparks is focused on Russell, an ex-marine with a huge chip on his shoulder and a taste for the one who turned him vampire.  I liked Russell – a bit gruff and grumpy, he had reasons that made sense for his anger, and he really wasn’t hard to understand or empathize with.  Jia is equally well-built, with her determination to eradicate the vampire that killed her family. A nice mix of tiger and woman, Sparks managed to incorporate the cat within the woman – giving her a feel of otherworldliness while holding her in human form. A difficult sense to explain unless you are a fan of shifters, that sense of something ‘beneath’ what is easily seen is not an easy task to convey to a reader.   But, jumping in late meant that some of the backstory was lost to me, a situation I remedied by reading blurbs and some selected reviews/excerpts from their earlier trajectory.  The cautious and almost begrudging agreement of Russell as he joined forces with Jai, and his obvious discomfort of suddenly being a ‘team’ rather than his preferred solo operator led to several clever interactions, and his general unrest about Jai was charming.  He really was so laser focused on Han and gaining his own revenge that the attraction and desire for her were foreign concepts.  Clever when it finally hits him, and as his focus changed to include and rely on Jai also softened his rough edges, and gave peeks into his heart.   Plenty of action in this installment: fights and tension as they track Han and find their revenge. A bit of a muddle with a “bad guy controlled by a demon”, which just felt as if another element was added to increase tension, but the characters and story, at least this installment, could have worked without it. Why can’t the bad guy just be despicable because he is?  In reading this when I did, it was difficult to catch and understand completely the other storylines that wove into this one, wrapping up (what I assume) is the other loose ends for characters that appeared earlier.  I met several other / earlier characters from the series, and found more than a few that I wanted to know more about.  Sparks has managed to pique my interest in this series with this story and the wonderful Russell and Jia.  I think faithful readers of this series will be content with this ‘placeholder’, as there is a note from the author that the series isn’t necessarily concluded, but on hiatus as she focuses on other stories.   I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher for purpose of honest review for The Jeep Diva. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can't have a bat cave without the cat women there was everything in this book from laughter to sadness and the ending was awesome thank you and I would love more
Jutzie More than 1 year ago
Crouching Tiger Forbidden Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks Love at Stake Series Book 16 Ex-Marine and vampire Russell is a loner. A loner with a mission. Three years ago he woke up to find that he not only lost thirty-nine years of his life, but he’d also been turned into a vampire. His mission: Find and kill Master Han after pulling the evil vampire’s mask off and asking one question. Why me? Were-tigress Princess Jia has a mission as well. She wants to be the one to kill Master Han because he killed her family. She just has to get the stubborn and oh so handsome and ripped man to agree they should be partners. And he has to let her stay with him so her cousin, Grand Tiger Rajiv, don’t order her to cease her mission of vengeance. Simple. Not. I love the characters in this series and noticed that many had cameos in this story. It was so nice seeing all the couples and their children and remembering the comical things that happened to each of them in their own books. It looks like this might be the last in this series. But alas, never say never, right? The loose ends get tied up and there are several surprises. Adding one more awesome book to this series. **Sexual content & Language **Received from author for honest review
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I'm kinda sad that this series has ended. But it ended in a wonderful way. This series has made me laugh cry and groan. I'm looking forward to see what else is in store.
WolfFaerie17 More than 1 year ago
This stunning conclusion to The Love at Stake Series is chalked full of surprises and tying up loose ends from through out the series. I'm sad to see this series end but can definitely say I'm glad to have read this series from beginning to end. Ms. Sparks has hinted that the series is over for now yet she may pick up the series again at a later date. I would love to have more from this series.
Tangen More than 1 year ago
Unfortunately this is the last in this series, but I'm still OK with that because I've only read a few of them. This author has a way of enticing the reader to start anywhere and do just fine, but leaves the reader desperately wanting to read more in the series to find the *whys* and the *how did that come to be*. Basic premise is that one vampire is a chemical genius with no desire to kill humans and therefore he develops a synthetic blood, makes a boatload of money, and his *factory* is staffed and secured by other vampires as well as shifters. Each book is a romance/suspense thriller/great fun. This entrant is a vengeful vamp living in the depths of China near a village of tiger shifters and each of them want to destroy the evil vampire warlord. No spoilers, read the book! The audio was narrated by Enrique Morales, and he does a superior performance with all of the males, and it doesn't take long before the listener forgets that it is a man portraying Jia (female protagonist).
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ii'm always sad when a series I've loved and enjoyed comes to an end. I had to go back and start from the beginning again - this was my second time doing so. I'll keep wondering what's going on with the second generation! Thank you Ms Sparks for a wonderful series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow - discovering who was hiding behind the mask was a huge surprise! I couldn't put the book down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I will miss these characters....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is truly at stake. This series has come to a close and I'm going miss all the sexy vampires with kilts. If you haven't read this series do so NOW.
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evaVA13721222_0727 More than 1 year ago
loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hop you keep thinking of new stories this series should never end!
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lhuels More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read but sad this series is at an end - can't wait to see what she comes up with next.
IAmy More than 1 year ago
This is the last addition to a long run series, for now, and while I am sad to say good-bye to this world I think perhaps it is time.  This book just didn’t work for me and it pains me to give it the rating I did, but this title just didn’t excite me as earlier books did.  Sometimes you can feel in the story that the author needs to move on and explore other worlds and this book was one of those instances.  Much of what I loved about this world was missing or a shadow of former its glory.  The writing felt fairly formulaic, the humor was either forced or too silly to be real,  and there was a ton of telling not showing.  I wanted this series to go out with a bang and it didn’t, more like a rattled death gurgle. The first half of the book was alright.  Jia and Russell’s relationship felt a little awkward and forced.  I almost liked them as just partner’s instead of lovers.   This is, however, a fluffy vampire romance, so no matter how weird their relationship felt we all knew they were going to end up together.  I like Jia, though,  I think she was one of the better heroines in the series.  I also kinda liked Russell, but less so.  I think he needed more work or time to be developed as a character so we could have gotten to know him better and rooted for him.  Maybe that was why he was saved for last. I am satisfied how the series concluded the Master Han arch,  I started to see the ‘surprise’ coming about half-way through the book.  I think it was an interesting twist even if it was expected.  The arch concerning the kidnapped Dragon boy felt flat and rushed.  His chapters were particularly bad with the telling and not showing.  This is another instance where I wished the author would have given the plot the time it deserved.  It almost felt tacked on.  We have the Archangels making another appearance in this book.  I understand why, but they sure didn’t help the story.  I wish their role and the whole corny trip to hell could have been left out.  I think the story might have been stronger without.  It was nice to see almost everyone one last time, but again I think some of the characters and their hordes of children could have stayed home. Like I said, it pains me to be so harsh, but I have to call them as I see them and this book did not live up to its predecessors.  I still love the series and plan to re-read it one day, as I own all of them.  I also am on board for any future novellas the author wants to give us set in this world.  She is moving on to other stories and other worlds and I look forward to seeing what she writes next.  I just wish she would have set this world aside until she could have given it the send-off it deserved.
lilybardfan More than 1 year ago
The conclusion to the Love At Stake Series is satisfying. Even if we wanted it to continue we are content. The surprises are strong, the outcome unexpected and answers most questions. A great ending.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an easy read that just takes me sad for the end of the series... but can not wait for the new books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book. Glad Han is gone.
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Kris_Kringle More than 1 year ago
This has been a Great story line from the 1st book.  This last book (hopefully not really last) was great, too!  I have loved all of Kerrelyn's marvelous characters.  Russell and Jia relationship was perfect!  
DebbsM1 More than 1 year ago
I have followed this series from the beginning and the final book is Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire . Russell, the vampire found in Han’s cave, and Jia, a were-tiger princess who needs revenge because Master Han killed her family. Russell can't convince Jia to back off and let him kill Master Han. So together they go on the hunt and fall in love. I really enjoyed Russell's story and glad that it was all tied up in the end. I am sorry to see the series end but am sure there will be many more great books and series to read by Kerrelyn Sparks.