Paranormal Romance, Anthology, Vampires, Holidays
Mass Market Paperback $7.99 (384 pages, HQN)
It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.
And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.
Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.
Author Sites: laurielondonbooks.com, michelehauf.com, caridad.com, alexismorgan.com
The anthology curse strikes again! (3 stars)
It's no secret that most readers don't love anthologies. The short story format is easy to mess up and never quite manages to satisfy even series fans. For me personally I come to most anthologies with one of two purposes. Enjoying a short that ties into a series I already like or getting a feel for the writing style of an author I'm interested in and haven't tried before. A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS served a third purpose, I wanted something to get me into the holiday spirit.
[Enchanted by Blood] Set in the world of Laurie London's Sweetbloods series this holiday season is sure to please fans. Trace and Charlotte are characters I don't recall from the previous novels but Jackson makes a cameo appearance. The romance works well because the characters have a past. The holiday flavor is medium and if you're new to London's writing this is a great example of her work. (4 stars)
[Monsters Don't Do Christmas] Set in Michele Hauf's Beautiful Creatures world this quickie features Daniel, a vampire, and Olivia, the next-Celine Dion. I'm not totally new to Hauf but this is the first vampire story of hers I've read. Hauf definitely has a flair for unusual pairings and this one is very unexpected. The holiday flavor was medium but the likelyhood of the situation felt pretty weak which distracted me as a reader. (3 stars)
[When Herald Angels Sing] In a world of its own, Caridad Piñeiro's contribution has a Dickensian redemption theme. A wayward vampire, demonic pirates, and an angelic heroine all fighting for the fate of the same soul in 1930's New Jersey? Yeah, it was just too eclectic of a mix for me. Too much showing, not enough doing (unless you count the love scenes). The holiday flavor was non-existent unless you count that it's Christmas Eve. It just didn't work for me at all. (1 star)
[All I Want For Christmas] In Alexis Morgan's story, modern day Seattle is the scene where an undercover vampire cop gets tangled up in the life of a kind-hearted diner owner. His investigation of missing teens keeps bringing Eagan back to Della's diner where the family she's made for herself makes for interesting interactions. The holiday flavor on this one is high and the romance quick but cute. This one had some cheesey moments but it worked with the Christmas theme making this my favorite of the collection. (4 stars)
Overall this is an enjoyable, if highly varied, collection of shorts and I think a decent sample of each author's style. While I didn't love it, I would recommend it to my fellow Paranormal Romance readers who are in the mood for Christmas themed vampire short stories.
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Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
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