|Cover Rating: ★★★★☆|
Series: Vegas Vampires, #2
Author: Erin McCarthy
Pages: 299 (Paperback)
Release Date: December 5, 2006
Politics make strange coffinfellows...
Vampire Seamus Fox is supposed to be the campaign manager for a Vampire Nation presidential candidate. Instead, he finds himself running around Vegas keeping tabs on the candidate's wife and female entourage.
Seamus has had his fill of women: a disastrous and deadly love affair has haunted him for over two centuries. Talk about baggage. But suddenly he finds himself obsessed with a mysterious stripper who dances behind a screen. The sultry yet shy Cara Kim whets his appetite for more, but leave it to Seamus to fall fangs over feet for that rarest of Vegas attractions-a good girl.
After a sudden run-in on the street, though, they may soon have a lot more in common...
Back in Sin City, Bit the Jackpot now focuses on Seamus Fox, Ethan's campaign manager. He's still working on his assigned task of finding out who the president's sister-in-law's vampire father is. Along the way he also tries to end his 200 year celibacy streak. Unfortunately, the woman who gets his blood pumping happens to be a virgin (and a stripper!) with no immediately plans on losing her virtue. And on top of that, he gets her killed and has to change her into a bloodsucking creature of the night; not the best way to woo a lady.
Donatelli is also still out to bringing the President down, but he's switched tactics. If he can't get to the President himself, he's going to take out his campaign manager, which of course fails. But he has a back-up plan: announcing a scandal that will win him the presidency. We get more into vampire politics this time around, and it's apparently illegal to change a mortal. Uh oh, for Ethan and Seamus!
I enjoyed the characters much more this time around. Cara is feisty without being obnoxious like Alexis was. The antics she pulls to get away from Seamus in the beginning are hilarious! I won't tell you what she does, you'll just have to read it for yourself. It's a hoot! She also has an unruly pack of pets, which cause much frustration for Seamus. Kelsey also plays a bigger role this time, and we get to know her better. She has an interesting past and it definitely explains some of her quirks. I even liked Alexis in this book. Maybe because there was less of her, or maybe it was because she seemed to calm down a bit.
Overall, I liked Bit the Jackpot much more than High Stakes. It was hilarious and sexy, and the plot was fast paced with some action thrown in. I'm sure what to expect next from the Vegas Vampires, so I guess I'll just need to pick up the next book!