cover image Sucker Bet

Sucker Bet

Erin McCarthy, . . Berkley, $14 (296pp) ISBN 978-0-425-21718-4

The fourth installment of McCarthy’s toothsome Vegas Vampire series (following Bled Dry ) finds sexy Gwenna Carrick, a 900-year-old vampire, living at the casino owned by her brother, Ethan Carrick, the current president of the Vampire Nation. She meets Metro police detective Nate Thomas at a crime scene and offers her help in cracking a case involving an Internet vampire slayers group. Nate is grieving over the death of his sister, and Gwenna has been divorced from Vampire Nation vice president Roberto Donatelli for 300 celibate years. Sparks flare into true love very quickly—inflaming Gwenna’s jealous ex-husband, who quickly orders a hit on Nate. Worse challenges await the lovers, as McCarthy delivers her latest with fang-in-cheek flair. (Jan.)