After his death, Eric was embalmed. When he arose, he finds out that embalming is not a good thing for a vampire. It causes all sorts of havoc on the memory. Eric is lucky to remember he owns a strip club some days. And if he loses his temper? He tends to blackout, and the sites that surround him when he comes to are not usually pretty. And trouble seems to follow Eric wherever he goes. He tends to try and fix one problem and usually ends up creating another. That’s how he ends up going through so many girlfriends.
In Staked, Eric comes out of the blackness of a fit of temper and ends up killing a werewolf. This opens up a war with the werewolves when they believe that Eric had a favored son. Eric will have to learn who he can and cannot trust, if he can even remember why he is not supposed to trust someone in the first place. Will Eric be able to get to the bottom of who set him up and will he be able to make a deal with the shapeshifters so that he can live to fight another day?
I give this book 4 1/2 tombstones. Staked is another book I had heard a lot about and made sure to add to the TBR pile. Eric is not your typical vampire whatsoever. He has powers and strength that make him a powerful vampire, but due to being embalmed, he tends to be very childish and forgetful. I almost felt bad laughing out loud throughout the book; however, I have to give Mr. Lewis credit because Staked is an unusual take on vampires. In most of the urban fantasy books, the main character vampires are suave and debonair, almost in a James Bond-like way. However, in Staked, Eric is a vampire who is almost ADHD. He tends to be very easily distracted and very forgetful. After I adjusted to the unique take on J.F. Lewis’ vampires, I really enjoyed Staked. It is amusing and unusual in today’s urban fantasy genre. J.F. Lewis is an up and coming author, and I look forward to his next book in the series, ReVamped.
Book Excerpt: “UNREPENTANT. UNIMPRESSED. AND TOTALLY UNDEAD.
Eric’s got issues. He has short-term and long-term memory problems; he can’t remember who he ate for dinner yesterday, much less how he became a vampire in the first place. His best friend, Roger, is souring on the strip club he and Eric own together. And his girlfriend, Tabitha, keeps pressuring him to turn her so she can join him in undeath. It’s almost enough to put a Vlad off his appetite. Almost.
Eric tries to solve one problem, only to create another: he turns Tabitha into a vampire, but finds that once he does, his desire for her fades — and her younger sister, Rachel, sure is cute. And when he kills a werewolf in self-defense, things really get out of hand. Now a pack of born-again lycanthropes is out for holy retribution, while Tabitha and Rachel have their own agendas — which may or may not include helping Eric stay in one piece.
All Eric wants to do is run his strip club, drink a little blood, and be left alone. Instead, he must survive car crashes, enchanted bullets, sunlight, sex magic, and werewolves on ice — not to mention his own nasty temper and forgetfulness.
Because being undead isn’t easy, but it sure beats the alternative.”
- Mass Market Paperback: 432 pages
- Publisher: Pocket; Reprint edition (June 30, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1439120749
- ISBN-13: 978-1439120743
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