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.
Crouching Tiger, Forbidden Vampire is the final installment in the Love At Stake Series. Its a bittersweet feeling. Although it came to no surprise to me. All the major players in the series have had their own story, and this story was so much above my expectations. The last book left off with a bit of a cliffhanger. The hunt for Han and the demon he works for is on going, but Russell, has a personal vendetta against him. Russell was turned into a vampire against his will, and was put in a coma for over thirty years, where he lost everything, his parents, his wife and his daughter and the life he knew. All that drives him is to get revenge and kill the one that ruined his life. When he finally after two years finds Han, and is about to kill him, a woman, a were tiger princess, has her own mission to kill Han and ruins all of his intentions. At first he is furious, but then he reluctantly agrees to work with Jia. Jia lost her family to Han and he mutilated her family, and all she feels is revenge until she meets Russell. Their purpose is one in the same, but also a vibrant desire erupts between them, and even though Pia is engaged and has other duties has princess of her people, she can’t deny her feelings for Russell.
This is the 16th installment in the series, and it really tied up all loose ends from the previous book. There is even a small sub plot for Rijav, but its small, and I would have loved seeing his story and maybe someday Sparks will do it. In her authors note, she mentioned that for now she is putting this series on hold, and may come back to it eventually, but for now she wants to work on other writing projects—very intriguing. Even though I am quite sad that this series has ended, since I have loved every book, and this story was quite a adventure and had some exciting moments that really kept me fully engaged.
The characters were sensational, and they really were easy to connect with and you can’t help but fall for them. Pia was a great heroine, I really liked her inside and out. Pia has had to learn to be a fighter, she is passionate and strong, and I felt like her character was so carefree and passionate. Russell, is a good hero, not my favorite of the series, but he is a survivor, and you really seem him grow in this story. Where he goes from a recluse, a loner, to a man that learns the value of love and family. We see these two learn quite a few things together, and what conflict they face and really brings them close together. There is some heated moments between these two, not very heavy but not too light…it is balanced with the other aspects of the plot, so you see how it all fits together and the flow was quite smoother than you expect. I was really fond of this one, it had many elements that make up a great romance and I enjoyed the variety of paranormal aspects that combine into a stellar read!!
Overall a paranormal romance with a mixture of a vampire, tiger shifters, and angels and demons mixed in with a spicy romance that will leave you feeling satisfied for days!! A BOOK TO WATCH FOR!!