Review: High Stakes by Erin McCarthy
Wednesday June 1, 2011 at 12:00 am |

Publisher: Penguin
Copyright: 2006
Published: February 1, 2008
Pages: 309
Form: Paperback
Author: Erin McCarthy
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He’s a bloodsucking freak of nature. But, unlike other politicians, Ethan Carrick is actually a nice guy-and a hot, casino-owning vampire. It’s election year for vamps, which means he’ll first have to escape his opponent’s hit men and then find a First Lady, like the smart and sweet Brittany Baldizzi.  But when her protective sister, Alexis, steps in with a message for Ethan-Bite me-he realizes it’s no-nonsense Alexis who raises his stake.  And as much as she denies it, she wouldn’t mind a romp in a coffin with him.  But can a mere mortal make a centuries-old womanizer feel something new?

My Thoughts:

Plain and simple, I liked it.  I think this is the first book I’ve read that I really enjoyed that had absolutely no plot to speak of.  Okay so Ethan is up for re-election of the Presidency among Vamps, and his opponent is sending henchmen to take him out.  But all of that is completely secondary to the romance between Vampire Ethan and Mortal Alexis.

Ethan Carrick is an ancient vampire who is beyond elegance and sophistication.  He’s tall, attractive, competitive, and always up for a challenge.  Alexis is such a spit-fire I couldn’t help but love her.  I’ve been reading about a lot of  no-nonsense women, and I’m loving it.  Alexis is fiercely loyal, also competitive, and nurturing and overprotective of her baby sister.

The romance between Ethan and Alexis is beautifully written.  It had just the right amount of the hard to get, cat and mouse game going on within the pages.  The attraction and chemistry between the two was undeniable, yet Alexis wasn’t giving in so easily.  I like that Ethan had to work to get her, and I like that he never gave up or relented when he decided what he wanted.  The banter between the two was witty and engaging.  I found myself laughing out loud on more than one occasion and smiling at their circumstances.  The build up of their relationship was excellently crafted by McCarthy.

So much so that you don’t really realize there isn’t much of a plot to the story until the end of the book.  Everything else that goes on around them is really inconsequential to the love story being told.  But McCarthy does a nice job of leaving things open enough to be picked up in another novel.  I enjoyed Ethan and Alexis and want to know more about Seamus and Corbin.  Great light book to read, I’ll definitely be reading the rest in this series.

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2 Responses to “Review: High Stakes by Erin McCarthy”

  1. Lol. I can’t imagine enjoying a book with no plot. You definitely have me intrigued. Great review 🙂