Series: Love at Stake,
Published by HarperCollins on 2013-08-27
Reviewed by Jo
He's out of controlDougal Kincaid has something to prove. After being injured in a battle with the Malcontents, he's ready for active duty protecting unsuspecting mortals from these villainous vampires who want to rule the world. But first he has to get control of himself . . . because just the sight of a certain lovely doctor has his injured hand doing some peculiar things, not to mention the sizzling sensation that burns along his dragon tattoo . . .Vampires? Vampires?! As a scientist, Leah is having trouble believing that these immortal creatures exist. But there they are, standing in front of her, asking for help in solving a genetic puzzle that can save mankind. There's even one in a sexy kilt! Just one look into Dougal's gorgeous green eyes sets her pulse racing. But can she trust him—and the overwhelming desire that refuses to be ignored . . . ?
Dougal Kincaid was a warrior long before he was a vampire who now fights against the Malcontents. As a matter of fact, he is just coming off of light duty after being hurt during a battle. Protecting humans is one of the few things that keep Dougal going; that and the belief that one day he will find the only woman he has ever loved and the same woman he believes died because he failed to protect her.
Dr. Leah Chin is a scientist who doesn’t believe in anything she can’t use science to confirm. When Leah is given the chance to work with Dr. Lee and Abigail Holstein at Romatech Industries, she jumped at the chance. However, on Leah’s very first night there, she is faced with the very things she refuses to believe in – the paranormal. It is very effective evidence that is proven to Leah that vampires and other creatures exist and that they aren’t all bad, but it is something that is very hard for Leah to deal with.
Dougal can’t believe his instant attraction to Leah or ignore that his dragon tattoo is suddenly reacting to her when it hasn’t done anything since 1746. Leah has Asian ancestry but that is the only thing that makes her resemble the love of Dougal’s life. Leah might be having problems believing in vampires, but she is having even more problems in her attraction to the sexy, green-eyed man in a kilt. It’s a case of being thrown in the deep end when a break comes to Romatech in the capture of one of the warriors they are fighting against happens. That leads to a theory that might save all those warriors if Leah, Abby and the team can figure out how to reverse the procedure that has turned them. During this time, Leah and Dougal have fallen in love even with the many differences between them. When the danger has Leah doing something she can’t live with, Dougal takes the only actions he believes will save her. Were such drastic actions necessary and what will Leah’s reaction be when she learns of these actions?
An ancient Scottish vampire warrior and a totally modern scientist discover that true love can never be lost in The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo. Dougal has been searching for his lost love for many centuries, while Leah has a modern scientist’s disbelief of the paranormal. I found that Leah and Dougal had a really rocky road before they were able to discover the love that had always been theirs. Dougal was so protective and gentle with Leah while she came to believe in vampires and other paranormal beings. Leah might have had a hard time believing in the paranormal, but once she did and learned to love Dougal nothing was going to stop her. When Leah’s actions were trying to destroy her, I loved how strong Dougal was even if I didn’t agree with his decision. I loved Leah’s final actions and her strength to yet again go after the man she loved. The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo proves that true love is never lost with a combination of passion, danger and deep friendship all wrapped up with a touch of humor to keep things from getting too intense.