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How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks

 

Title: How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire
Author: Kerrelyn Sparks
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Buy link: http://www.amazon.com/Marry-Millionaire-Vampire-Love-Stake/dp/0060751967
Sighs: 4 sighs

So what if he’s a bit older and usually regards a human female as dinner, not a dinner date? Yes, Roman Draganesti is a vampire, but a vampire who lost one of his fangs sinking his teeth into something he shouldn’t have. Now he has one night to find a dentist before his natural healing abilities close the wound, leaving him a lop–sided eater for all eternity.
Things aren’t going well for Shanna Whelan either…After witnessing a gruesome murder by the Russian mafia, she’s next on their hit list. And her career as a dentist appears to be on a downward spiral because she’s afraid of blood. When Roman rescues her from an assassination attempt, she wonders if she’s found the one man who can keep her alive. Though the attraction between them is immediate and hot, can Shanna conquer her fear of blood to fix Roman’s fang? And if she does, what will prevent Roman from using his fangs on her…
Shanna is funny and witty. She’s the modern day woman. Roman is rich, powerful, and caring. The modern alpha. I’m not usually a fan of category tropes, (like the misunderstanding plotline and a momentarily TSTL heroine who wanders off when she knows killers are after her just because she’s mad at the hero).
A few other things bothered me too.
The hero said “God’s blood” so many times in just the first two chapters, I wanted to rip my eyeballs out and throw them at him.
Also in the first two chapters, his chemist fidgets with his buttons until I want to pop them all off and shove them down his throat. However, at least he fiddles all the buttons off his coat, which is funny enough to offset some of the annoyance.
Despite all that, I really loved this book. Funny, sexy, and sweet, with great struggles between the hero and heroine and some classic lines. Four sighs.

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The Haunted Spring by Anthony Diesso

 

Title: The Haunted Spring
Author: Anthony Diesso
Genre: Contemporary with Paranormal Elements
Buy Link: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thehauntedspring-945751-140.html

Sighs: 5 sighs

 

Jay Bennett, a comfortably maladjusted man in his early 20’s, finds Anna LaMonica knocking on his apartment door, looking for someone else. Seeing more of each other, however, they quickly fall in love. After overcoming an extended separation, as well as hostile family and friends, they marry and begin a new life together.

But Anna’s sudden death during childbirth leaves Jay to watch over their infant, born premature and requiring an extensive hospital stay. Grief-stricken, helpless, and alone, he is tormented by apparitions of his lost wife, recalling their love and ruined hopes. These apparitions, at times horrifying, at others pathetic, yet others darkly alluring, threaten to crack loose his grip on reality. Attempting to overcome such frightening occurrences, he struggles to piece together his life, to pull some sanity and hope out of the world around him, and to become a good father to his newborn son.

 

Jay is a quirky and funny guy who is making his way through life as best he can when Anna knocks on his door and disrupts his life. He finds himself in the midst of a courtship whirlwind and his staid and almost boring life changes drastically. With a pregnant wife, he prepares to settle into the new world of father and husband, but life throws him another monkey wrench. Instead of finishing the nursery and welcoming a healthy newborn, his wife dies, his son ends up in the NICU, and his sanity is tested by ghostly visitations.

Mr. Diesso’s debut is full of romance, humor, and emotion. His writing is almost like poetry at times, it’s so beautiful. His characters are real and honest, even when they make mistakes. All in all, I would recommend this book, and it’s made its way to my keeper pile, for sure.

The Haunted Spring is the hauntingly beautiful and achingly sweet story of a man who loves a woman so much he can’t let her go, even when she’s gone. I really loved this story and if I could give it six sighs, I would. 5 sighs.