Aug 23 2013 3:00pm

First Look: Kerrelyn Sparks’s The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo (August 27, 2013)

The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo by Kerrelyn SparksKerrelyn Sparks
The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo
Avon / August 27, 2013 / $7.99 print, $6.99 digital

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 . . . ?

In The Vampire with the Dragon Tattoo, Kerrelyn Sparks finally gives us the full story behind the quiet and reserved Dougal Kincaid, who was seriously wounded in a battle against the evil, malcontent vampires.

Dougal became a vampire in 1746, but four years ago, he lost his hand in a sword battle. He knows he should be grateful not to have lost his undead life that day, but some days that is easier to remember than others. His friends mean well when they keep asking about his hand, and when they tease him with names like Bionic Man and Terminator, but he wants to be remembered for something more than just his missing appendage.

Too many people. The jarring noise of all their voices grated on his ears, and he dreaded the thought of participating in meaningless chatter. For centuries, he’d avoided these situations by playing the pipes, but those days were gone. That left him with one option for surviving the night.


Hopefully the mixture of synthetic blood and whiskey would deaden his undead senses before he was confronted with the same questions he’d been hearing for the past four years. How’s your prosthesis? Can you still wield a sword? Will you be able to play the pipes again?

He had a better question: how fast could he get drunk?

After losing his hand, Dougal had to learn how to wield a sword left-handed, and now that he has a prosthetic hand, he has had to re-learn how to fight right-handed. Being an ambidextrous, sword-fighting vampire makes him a valuable commodity as a security guard with MacKay Security & Investigation. Yet it is not enough for Dougal to just live for the next bloody battle.

Dougal lost something else important to him when he lost his hand that da—he can no longer play his beloved bagpipes. Playing the bagpipes helped ease Dougal during the most trying periods of his life, and even after his transformation into a vampire, it has always been a source of comfort to him. His prosthesis no longer allows him to make the quick and delicate movements to make music and it tears at his soul.

“Abby told me you’re a musician?”

He glanced down at his prosthetic hand. “I used to be.”

Did he lose his music when he lost his hand? That had to hurt something awful. “I’m sorry.”

When scientist Leah Chin walks into his life, Dougal seems to have lost some of his control over his prosthetic hand. His strong emotions where Leah is concerned is affecting his ability to be delicate and he ends up smashing things like a big, Scottish Hulk. He can’t get close to Leah—certainly not close enough to touch her like he wants—if he has to fear crushing her with his now deadly grip.

His hope is that if he can get his prosthesis to work the delicate fingers of the bagpipes, he can prove to Leah that he may be a vampire, but she could still be safe with him.

He launched into a happy jig, but after a few bars his prosthetic hand couldn’t keep up. She grimaced as the music soured and declined into a jarring noise.

“Dammit!” he tossed the pipes onto the ground, and they let out a dying wail as leftover air fizzled from the bag. “Damn it to hell.” He strode toward the building, his kilt swishing about his knees.

She stood still, watching him go, then her gaze shifted back to the pipes where they rested on a bed of dead leaves.

A surge of anger shot through her. How dare he give up! He played from his soul. Without music how would is soul survive?

She wouldn’t let him quit.

Maybe Dougal can’t make music anymore with his beloved bagpipes, but he is determined to figure out a way to make music with the beautiful Dr. Chin.

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Lucy Dosch writes book reviews for her blog Her e-reader has turned her love of reading into an obsession. When she is not reading, she likes to spend time with her husband and two daughters.

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1. Kareni
Sounds like a fun book. And I certainly like the clever title!
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2. GlassSlipper
I have got to catch up on this series! It's one of my favorites. There are just so many books in my TBR. Sigh.
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