Series: Love at Stake #14
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Avon Books on August 27, 2013
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He's Out of Control
Dougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo.
Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There's even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal's gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him—and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored?
Vampire Dougal Kincaid has spent nearly three-hundred years mourning the loss of the love of his life. Despite his grief, Dougal and his friends are engaged in an increasingly losing battle against the evil vampire, Master Han, and his army of vampires and superhuman soldiers. Dougal and his group are reluctant to kill these superhuman soldiers, because when they die, their souls go straight to hell. They employ scientist Leah Chin to help figure out how the soldiers were created, and whether or not they can be turned back into regular humans. Needless to say, sparks fly between Dougal and Leah when they meet.
I can’t say I loved this story, but I can’t say I hated it either. Some things worked well, while others did not. For the most part, I liked Dougal and Leah. I found them to be very appealing and took pleasure in getting to know them and dissecting their back stories. I also liked the romance that blossomed between them. Through Dougal, Leah was challenged to open herself up to new experiences. She gained a family once she learned to trust and accept herself and others. Through Leah, Dougal learned to forgive himself, which opened him up to another chance at love. There was definitely some character growth for both, and that’s always a plus in any story I read.
There were things that didn’t work for me. The plot tended to drag in places, so it was a very slow read for me. The vampires weren’t menacing enough for my tastes. I like to read about supernatural creatures who are somewhat scary, and although Dougal and his friends were vampires, I never got the sense that they were dangerous. To add to the lack of suspense and danger, readers were told how dangerous of a situation Leah was in as a result of her interactions with Dougal and his people, but it’s mostly talked about rather than shown. Nothing really happens until near the end of the book, and it mostly just consists of Dougal teleporting Leah from one place to the next to keep her safe.
There are a few twists and turns added into the mix as an attempt to keep readers invested. However, in the end, this wasn’t one of the better books I’ve read in recent memory. (Reviewed by Quiana – The Book Lover).