Eat Prey Love Mass Market Paperback – Sep 7 2010
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From the Back Cover
Wanted: Bride. Must love children. Mortals need not apply.
Carlos Panterra is looking for a mate, a woman who will love and care for the young orphans he's recently taken under his wing (or paw, as the case may be). When the shape shifter spies the beautiful Caitlyn, it's like sunshine amidst the darkness. At last, he's found the perfect woman, except . . .
Caitlyn Whelan is mortal. Worse, her father is the head of a CIA agency bent on hunting the undead. Still, Caitlyn knows that Carlos is the man for her, shape shifter or not. So she jumps at the chance when her sister offers her a job to work with him, determined to show Carlos their attraction is more than just animal magnetism. But danger lurks in the night, and their unleashed, untamed passion might just get them both killed . . .
About the Author
A former tap dancer and high school French teacher,New York Timesbestselling author Kerrelyn Sparks has always searched for creative ways to express herself. A prolific reader since childhood, she discovered that writing her own stories provided the ideal way to combine her loves of comedy, language, and history. And what a relief that the voices in her head have led to a paycheck instead of a padded room! A native Texan, Kerrelyn lives with her husband in the Greater Houston area.
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Caitlyn Whelan wants Carlos Panterra from the minute she first sees him. A former state department employee she meets Carlos when she goes to her nephew's birthday party. Unbeknownst to Caitlyn her sister is married to a vampire - who heads up a group of paranormals fighting the bad guys. She doesn't know this because she has not seen or heard from her sister in many years. Complicating matters is Caitlyn's father who works for the government fighting vampires - and has a little trouble keeping good vs. bad vampire straight in addition to having a real liking for controling those under his roof or command!
Eat, Prey, Love is a great easy read - full of humor and romance. At first I thought it was going to be far too "cheesy" for me but that changed once the main characters really took over - the author does a good job getting you enough information in the beginning that you'll be fine even if you haven't read the whole series. I have not read any other books in the series other than the first one How to Marry a Millionaire Vampire (Love at Stake, Book 1) and I had no problems . While I do think it would be helpful since it seems like some of the characters are recurring it did not hurt one bit not to have that background. I loved the unique things Caitlyn could do - things that gave her an edge but were not necessarily all paranormal in nature. The funniest moments are when Carlos tries to teach her to defend herself and pretty much everything she does ends up with damage to a guys groin - even when it is a paper pecker LOL.
I'm not normally a huge fan of humorous romance books but this one made itself real easy to enjoy. There is some sex in this but it's not too graphic or prevalent - this is fairly main stream. It would make a fantastic beach read - and those who enjoy other paranormal books with great humor such as High Stakes (Vegas Vampires, Book 1), Nice Girls Don't Have Fangs, or Undead and Unwed (Queen Betsy, Book 1) will enjoy it!
I absolutely loved Eat Prey Love, it was funny, very steamy and very satisfying. Caitlyn is such an upbeat heroine and I just loved her psycholinguistic talent - she can instantly learn languages she hears spoken. I thought it was great that even though she is being trained for her new job with MacKay Security and Investigations, Caitlyn doesn't suddenly morph into kitt-butt-woman. Instead, Caitlyn stays absolutely hopeless in the fighting department - and there is a humorous running gag throughout the book that goes along with that.
Carlos is wonderfully tormented by his attraction to the woman he just can't have. It may seem a bit perverse, but I really liked that Caitlyn doesn't give up on the love that she wants and that she turns the thumbscrews on Carlos - flirting and teasing to keep the sensual tension high. This makes the back and forth banter between the pair quite entertaining. I was glad that there was no quick and easy happily ever after for the pair - it was well worth the wait, and oh so satisfying when Caitlyn finally wore Carlos down. I also found it a refreshing a change of pace that Caitlyn knew up front about Carlos' nature, instead of it being the secret the hero just can't figure out how to spill as in many of Sparks' other books.
In the background, Sparks brings back most of our old favorites from previous books which is always fun, exposes a bit more of Caitlyn's sister Shanna's background - and gives us a reason to hate their father even more. And Sparks also adds to her cast in both the ally and villain departments - however, the series' illusive uber-villain is notably absent in this one.
So I loved Eat Prey Love, which was my favorite in Spark's series in a while, and found that Carlos was a nice change of pace from Sparks' kilted and fangy heroes. And even though I was lucky enough to be given an advance reading copy of Eat Prey Love - there is no question that I would have purchased this if I hadn't been so lucky and Eat Prey Love would have been worth every penny.
Never before have I had the extreme pleasure to read a book that so effortlessly blends sensuality, humor, fun and a bit of darkness in such a way that Kerrelyn Sparks does with her newest release, Eat Prey Love. Literally, this book has it all; from a broken family life to vampires and shape-shifters, to laugh-out-loud moments and sizzling scenes that will leave your fingers feeling scorched, as you turn the pages. In true honesty, I was feeling one of those dreaded reading slumps coming on. After reading the first page of Eat Prey Love, that feeling completely flew out the door. I began reading this book yesterday (Saturday) afternoon and finished it today (Sunday). It is incredibly rare for me to become so engrossed within a book that the pages just soar by. Outside distractions were not a problem with this one, at all. The only existence that gripped me was that of Caitlyn and Carlos.
Eat Prey Love is the ninth book in Kerrelyn Sparks' "Love at Stake" series. Keep in mind that this is the first book that I have read by this author, so I have no knowledge of her prior books in this series nor any other. With that being said, this was a story that felt utterly complete to me. The characters were all incredibly developed and the storyline very tight and smooth. I simply adored Caitlyn Whelan, the heroine of the story. After growing up with the feeling that she was never good enough for anyone, the thought that her older sister just up and left her with no seconds thoughts, a mother who was completely detached, emotionally, from her and a father that was single-mindedly focused on work, life was not so great. She also has the uncanny ability to communicate with animals and the ability to learn any language within a couple of hours. It is when Caitlyn receives a birthday invitation, from her sister, Shanna, for a nephew, that she didn't even know she had, that life takes a massive turn for her. Not only does she meet an entirely different world consisting of vampires and shape-shifters, but she meets the to-die-for handsome Carlos Panterra.
Carlos has lost everything. In what he refers to as "The Summer of Death", Carlos' tribe was slaughtered. His mother, father, twin brother, everyone he holds dear is taken, sliced apart and burnt - the only way to truly kill a were-panther. After saving a handful of children and taking them under his care, Carlos must find a mate to be mother to these children and to help carry on the were-panther line before it completely becomes extinct. Little does he realize how difficult his attraction to the feisty Caitlyn will be and just how hard he will have to fight to stay away from her and continue his search.
The sexual tension that builds between these two main characters is explosive and oh so hot. Carlos is an incredibly desirable character, possessing sensitivity, honor, duty, strength, power and a not-be-ignored sexuality. The pull pulsates between Caitlyn and Carlos, building up to a satisfying and climatic end. This, blended with the banter and humor the two share is delightful. Here is a snippet to give readers an idea of what I am talking about:
"What's wrong?" Carlos demanded from the hallway.
"You," she muttered.
" I heard that. I have super hearing and vision."
"Well, isn't that just super." She swiped her hands along the foot of the bed. Hadn't she left a robe there? "So do you have X-ray vision like Superman? Can you see through the door?"
She enjoyed taunting him. He deserved it. "What a shame. Since I'm standing here stark naked." She gasped when the door crashed open. Light spilled in from the hallway, surrounding his tall frame. "You pervert!"
He scoffed. "You lied."
"You broke my door!"
"Only the lock. The door still works." He flipped on the light switch close to the door frame.
"Ack!" She covered her eyes from the sudden bright light. "What are you doing here?"
"It's called a job, menina. I believe you've had one of those before?"
"Very funny." She lowered her hand and noticed he was focused on her nightie. More than focused. His eyes were glued to her clingy, silk leopard print nightgown. Since she was a bit on the tall side, the baby-doll top barely skimmed the top of her thighs. No doubt, a hint of her matching leopard print panties was showing. And if the hot gleam in his eyes was any indication, he's noticed.
Eat Prey Love is simply delightful and tantalizing in every way. A pure guilty escape from the riggers and stresses of life, this is a story that will take the reader to another world and dimension. I dare you not to lose yourself within its pages and come out with a huge smile and sigh of satisfaction!
It just wasn't for me. As far as romance goes, nothing built - it left me, well, cold. They were trying to investigate each other's tonsils in the first 5 minutes of meeting - then they fought it - then they gave into it. It was purely physical, although the author tried to add depth to it later.
As far as plot line goes, it was thin. He needs a wife. He takes her on a quest to find a wife, which goes horribly awry. The rush to the cliffhanger is quickly (too quickly) resolved.
Bottom line: I am a big fan of the Immortals After Dark Series, which blends humor and romance - this was nowhere near the same caliber. It was a miss for me.