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11.09.2010

Paranormal Romance + Christmas


Not going to lie guys. I like holiday romance stories. I'm not even a big Christmas fan, yet every year when I see books on the shelves with romance and Christmas together I can't help but pine for them. Maybe it's because my whirlwind romance with my husband happened with our first date on Black Friday (where we saw a vampire movie no less!) or his attempt at a romantic first kiss (on a snowy local hill where the trees were lit with colored lights) and the first Christmas I had celebrated in 6 years was the first one we had together (he went a bit crazy with the gifts considering our circumstances at the time). Whatever it is I can't help but find the whole season a little romantic. Afterall, what's better to do during the chilly season than snuggle with your sweetie?


What prompted my post today was running across a pre-order page for Christmas with a Vampire, an anthology from Harlequin's HQN imprint which releases on December 1st. As a fan of Linda Winstead Jones' trilogies I thought I might want to buy this (plus I was tempted to give it as an early gift to my MIL) but for some reason all the story names sounded so familiar.
After a little research I discovered the five novellas are actually the same ones from the Sillhoutte Nocturne line's Holiday With A Vampire II & Holiday With A Vampire III. Which is okay I suppose but doesn't make it obvious these are reprints of old novellas essentially. I'm glad I hadn't bought the others previously 'cause I'm a bit bad about keeping track of novellas.


There are a couple I have read and reviewed such as An Enchanted Season and Wolfsbane and Mistletoe but I'm always a little hesitant to buy because I usually see other reviewers say they sucked. What do you guys think? Have you read any? Did you like them? Or is the whole Christmas + PNR thing too cheesy?

Either way I thought I would share a few other titles I knew of that were Christmas themed paranormals and let you be the judges. I hope at the very least they might help get us all in the mood for the upcoming holiday season! -- Rhi




The Magical Christmas Cat
Put a little meow in their stocking this year with these tales of Christmas and felines-from beloved bestselling authors!
New York Times bestselling author Lora Leigh and top-selling authors Nalini Singh, Erin McCarthy, and Linda Winstead Jones have a special gift for readers this year: heartwarming holiday stories featuring passionate romance, paranormal adventure, and a distinctly alluring feline touch. With four new stories-including one featuring Lora Leigh's genetically altered Feline Breeds-this is a collection packed with more surprises than Christmas morning, and more chills than the snowiest winter night...



All I Want for Christmas Is a Vampire by Kerrelyn Sparks
Toni Davis's Christmas wish list
1. Springing my best friend from the psych ward.
2. Living somewhere that doesn't have coffins in the basement. Occupied coffins.
3. Finding Mr. Right. Please make him tall, dark, handsome, and alive.
This Christmas isn't so merry for Toni. Her best friend's been locked up in a mental hospital ever since she told the police she was attacked by vampires, and the only way for Toni to get her out is to prove that bloodsuckers really do exist. So she's taken a job as a bodyguard for the Undead, but she gets more than she bargained for, especially when she meets Ian MacPhie, a Scottish rascal looking for Ms. Right.
Although Ian's nearly five centuries old, he looks and acts like a twenty-seven-year-old hunk.
How can a dead man be so damn sexy? Could Mr. Wrong be Mr. Right? One forbidden kiss could lead to an eternity of passion—and all it takes is one moment under the mistletoe...



The Bite Before Christmas by Heidi Betts
In Heidi Betts’s collection of holiday novellas, vampires turn to Angelina Bertolli—vampire matchmaker extraordinaire—to help them find that special someone to curl up with under the mistletoe…
“All I Vant For Christmas”
Connor loves trimming the Christmas tree, baking gingerbread cookies, and hanging the mistletoe. But his vampire siblings won’t help. His friend Angelina sends party planner Jillian to the rescue. But when Jillian, who’s mortal, discovers she’s decking the halls for a family of vampires, will she run—or will Connor have a beautiful woman to share the holidays with?
“A Vampire in Her Stocking”
When Vivian learns that her secret crush Nick is terminally ill, she’s heartbroken. Confiding in Angelina, Vivian refuses to turn Nick into a vampire. Deciding to play Santa, Angelina changes Nick and leaves him wrapped in a red bow on Vivian’s doorstep…
“It’s A Wonderful Bite”
Although Angelina is happy with her boyfriend Sergio, she’s ready for a commitment. After drinking eggnog and watching It’s a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve, Angelina falls into a dream where she is mortal and Sergio isn’t interested in her. Talk about the nightmare before Christmas! But Santa must have checked his list twice because this Christmas Angelina’s wishes are coming true…



Sugarplums and Scandal
SUGARPLUMS AND SCANDAL brings together the best of romance and mystery in one delightful collection of Christmas tales. In the expert hands of six of Avon's best storytellers, the holiday season takes on an air of love and scandalous surprises! Filled with Christmas miracles, romance, and suspense, this will make the perfect gift for both romance and mystery fans. Each author brings their own unique voice and characters to the collection, as well as their fan followings.
All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth – Lori Avocato
The Lords of Misrule – Dana Cameron
The Ghost of Christmas Passed – Mary Daheim
Partners in Crime – Cait London
Holly Go Lightly – Suzanne Macpherson
A Very Vampy Christmas – Kerrelyn Sparks



Hot for the Holidays
Something passionate. Something mysterious. Something sexy. And something totally inviting. It's the perfect gift for the holidays.
Four bestselling authors invite readers to spend the night with these never-before-published novellas spiced with sexy romance and paranormal passion. So come in out of the cold and experience the thrill of a soul-stirring new tale of the Breeds from Lora Leigh, a return to the beguiling world of the Mageverse from Angela Knight, and two more mesmerizing and unexpected stories of sensual surprises and seasonal spirits from Anya Bast and Allyson James.
Includes A Christmas Kiss by Lora Leigh

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