Also in this series: Vamps and the City, How To Marry a Millionaire Vampire, Forbidden Nights With a Vampire, Secret Life of a Vampire, All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire, Be Still My Vampire Heart, Eat Prey Love
Series: Love At Stake #4
Published by Avon on January 29th 2008
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Vampires
Three signs that something is very different with your new man: 1. He sleeps all day...which would be annoying except he's so attentive at night.2. He's attacked by sword-wielding assailants, yet insists he can handle it on his own. 3. He never seems to age. Heather Westfield has always lived a quiet life, but that all changes when she helps a very handsome, very mysterious stranger. There's something not quite right about Jean-Luc, but still, she's never been with a man so charming, so attractive...so wonderful. Now if only a murderous villain wasn't after them, they might get their happily-ever-after.
Heather Westfield, comes to the opening of Le Chique Escharpe, by one of the most famous fashion designer, who opens a shop in Texas, in her hometown. Heather, divorced and a mother, can barely afford to pay her bills, let alone the expensive clothing she see’s surrounding her. Heather, with a friend, who models for Jean Luc Escharpe, accompanies her. Then she is caught by him sketching one of his designer dresses, and he is furious, but then through a turn of events he offers her a job in his studio, for her ideas have merit, something he never thought about before. When he shows her his designs in the back, they are attacked by his hated enemy, Lui, who has murdered his past two girlfriends, and now assumes that Heather is the third. So now Jean Luc must protect her, no matter how resistant she is to the idea. But as events occur, and he keeps on protecting her, he finds that he doesn’t want to lose her or her daughter, by this maniac, and will do everything in his power to protect them no matter the cost…
The Hero (Jean Luc Escharpe)
Jean Luc is saddened that he must go into exile for 25 years, because there are questions by the media wondering why he hasn’t aged. Fashion Design is one of his passions, and knows that there is a very good chance that he will lose all that he has worked hard for. He also finds himself intensely jealous of his friends that have found mortal women to love, but knows that could never happen to him, since he has yet to find the crazy vampire who is his enemy and murdered the past two women he has loved. Now he has focused his attention on a innocent women, and honor bound to protect her…but never expecting to fall in love.
The Heroine (Heather Westfield)
Heather Westfield, grew up with a mother that was obsessed with fear, and that obsession ended up with them both being killed. Now she is divorced to a man that was controlling, but she has a beautiful daughter, the only thing good and beautiful that came from that dreadful mistake. Heather teaches at the High School, but her dream is do to fashion design, especially for those that aren’t skinny pods of women who try to kill themselves getting into one size of dress, but more healthy and voluptuous of size. Now has met the world famous designer Jean Luc Esharpe who has offered her a job, which is her dream. But through meeting him, ends up being hunted by a crazy killer, and now must accept the protection of Jean Luc, who is the perfect man…but there is something about him…a secret that she is afraid will tear apart what they have built and a dangerous killer that could destroy their love.
The Undead Next Door is Jean Luc’s story from the Love At Stake series by Kerrelyn Sparks. From the first page, I was hooked and wasn’t let go until the very end. Of course all that have read this series, just have fallen in love with Jean Luc and his charisma. So it was great to be able to read his story. The Undead Next Door is a emotional yet intense story about two people from opposite worlds, one who is a vampire and has lived for centuries and has no hope in life other than his fashion design career. The other is a woman who has suffered from pain and grief and has had to live in fear, but now decides to start anew and battle with fear and win…these two are both courageous and witty, their interaction fun and sexy, and the passion between them heated and sensual….and a love so powerful that if they believe in it and in themselves…there is a happily ever after in their future. Such a charming and sexy story, and I had such fun throughout all of it, and many laughs throughout all of it…Definitely a Winner!!! Sparks has won me over again…..A WONDERFUL READ!!!
My Favorite Quote
“What?” his eyebrows shot up. “There’s nothing wrong with that design.”
“Are you kidding?” She pulled away from his grasp “What is Echarpe thinking? The neckline plunges past the navel. The skirt slits up to North Dakota. No Woman in her right mind would wear that thing in public.”