Series: Love at Stake #8
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Avon on 9 March 2010
Reading Challenges: 2013 Zodiac Challenge
The Vampire and the Virgin is not bad for a filler novel but its formulaic nature didn’t really set my heart on fire. Robby MacKay, vampire swordsman extraordinaire, has gone to Patmos to recuperate after a serious injury. He needs to focus on getting better so he can get back to hacking and slashing Malcontents. The last thing he expected was to fall for FBI psychologist Olivia Sotiris.
Robby suffers from ‘I think you’re hot but I can’t trust you because a long time ago a woman hurt my feelings’ syndrome. He agonises over his attraction to Olivia even though he can’t seem to leave her alone and has difficulty explaining his non-living condition. Like most Sparks heroes he is loyal, honest and handsome even though on the cover his hair has magically changed from red to black.
I had no real issue with him but Olivia was irritating. She is an empath and has the ability to read anyone’s mind. She can’t have a normal relationship because she knows exactly what her partner thinks. When she can’t read Robby’s mind she freaks out and begins to think he could be her own personal stalker. I expected a psychologist to take a more measured approach rather than jump to wild conclusions and refuse to listen to the man she has fallen wildly in lust with after only two days.
I didn’t find this novel as witty or charming as others in the series even though there are the usual implausible events and a couple of crazy characters such as Olivia’s grandmother. Sparks’ used to play up the cheesiness which was one reason I loved reading the books.
It isn’t that bad but it doesn’t sparkle the way some of the others do. This is more for fans than anyone looking for an excuse to dive into the series.