Reviewed by: Candace
Rating (out of 5): 4 stars
Fans of paranormal romance know that where to go for laughter with their fangs. Kerrelyn Sparks is consistently entertaining in this regard. However, Sparks is also very adept at tugging at the heartstrings. Such is the case with The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo.
Dougal Kincaid, one of the beloved kilt-wearing vampires from the Love at Stake series, is in a slump. A man of secrets, no one realized that Dougal had a concealed tattoo of a dragon, nor the emotional story behind the ink. The book takes place four years after Dougal lost his hand in battle and he is barely adjusting to life with a prosthetic. Lonely, and still missing his lost mate, Dougal appears to be in a downward slump.
Dr. Leah Chin is brought into the world of the supernatural because of her work with genetics research. Logical to a fault, she is not quite sure what to do about her instant attraction to Dougal. Can she put logic to the side and just go with her feelings?
Dougal has secrets he does not want anyone to know about, like his former status as a slave or what he perceives as his failings to his first love. Convinced that Leah is a reincarnation of his first love, Dougal has to get past his overwhelming feelings of guilt and win over the good doctor.
The antagonist is a demon named Darafer and a sadistic vampire named Master Han. The kicker here is that neither of these two guys matter. The beauty of Dragon Tattoo is the love story. Vampires are the stuff from stories, yet Leah works for vampires and is falling in love with one. Dougal’s biggest critic is himself and he is willing to do whatever it takes to keep Leah safe, even walk away when the time is right.
The love story is so incredibly sweet and endearing that Sparks had me reaching for tissue.
So why should you read The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo? Because we see old characters, get to know new ones and there is a love story that solidifies Sparks place in the paranormal romance genre. I’ve always looked to Love at Stake for chuckles and heat, and Sparks most certainly delivered. But she also tugged at emotions and I highly applaud her for that.
Sexual content: Sex