Review: The Vampire With the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn Sparks

He's Out of Control

Dougal 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?


Geneticist Leah Chin is brilliant and loves science but the paranormal, namely the fact that vampires actually exist, is making her lose her mind. She can’t fathom that these people are actually, well, people. Shouldn’t they all be evil? She soon finds that she’s wrong on many counts and actually finds herself attracted to Dougal Kincaid, a gorgeous Scottish hunk of man in a kilt.

Dougal is captivated by Leah from the first moment he sees her. He sees hints of his first love, Li Lei, who he lost to death 300 years prior. Yes, he sees Li Lei but he starts to fall for Leah for who she is, not who he thinks she once was. When the fight between the vamps and the demon Darafer ramps up, the vamps and scientists find themselves in Japan, then China, trying to save mind-controlled soldiers and villagers from certain death. Unfortunately Darafer’s got it in his mind to control Leah and in the end he may change both Leah and Dougal’s lives forever.

This was a sweet story between Leah and Dougal. I love Dougal and his fierce protectiveness on the outside and his soft gooey loving inside. He really was a kitten when it came to Leah. He was very tender with her and I loved seeing him fall in love. Leah took a bit more time to love as she was just more analytical but eventually I wrapped my mind around the two of them together and moved on.

The part of the story having to do with Darafer and his minions was decently written although after not having read any of the most recent books in this series I wasn’t privy to all of his evil deeds. He was an evil demon – that kind of spoke for itself, if you know what I mean. :)

Now near the end Dougal makes a really bad decision that affects not only himself but Leah as well – in a big way. I can’t say that I thought his decision was a good one or even well thought out but I kind of understood it. I did think that when it was all said and done Leah forgave him waaaaay too quickly but I guess the author felt that they’d each suffered enough.

The story was sweet, cute and a decent read. I wasn’t completely bowled over by any of it but it was a nice romance.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Kerrelyn Sparks

1 comment:

Elf2060 said...

That is frequently my complaint...I think the heroine forgives much too easily, lol. Thanks for the review.