Paranormal Romance, Category Romance, Vampires
Ebook $2.99 (174 pages, COVET)
Vampire Nick Christos might have been born in the Middle Ages, but those days seem tame compared to the last eight years spent ruling the Supernatural Council. The only respite in his long days of governing is with his sweet neighbor Casey Meyers. Sure, he's forced to take a cold shower after every encounter, but no way will he risk anything more with a human. Not with his blood thirsty ex on the prowl and out to ruin Nick’s life. But when said crazy ex shows up at the ball and flies her freak flag high, Nick has more to worry about than keeping his hands off his neighbor. He'll have to stay closer than ever if he hopes to keep her alive, but will she want to leave him forever when she learns the truth?
Author Site: candacehavens.com
PNR for the non-PNR fan... (4 stars)
Ruling the Supernatural Council is a tough job. Not only does Nick Christos have to keep the peace between lots of different supernatural races, but they expect him to have a wife now too. His neighbor Casey Meyers would make a wonderful partner in eternity but for the one thing that keeps them apart: she's human.
Casey would love to be something more than just best friends with Nick but she knows she's not the model material he dates. But when he calls on her to be his date for a special event and gives her the Cinderella treatment she finds there's a lot more going on with her mysterious billionaire buddy. He's got some pretty unexpected baggage and might be involved with the mob or something equally sinister. Even as she's falling for him and he struggles with his own desires the things left unsaid keep piling up until the dishonesty wedged between them might ruin even the friendship they once shared.
Chick-litty cuteness and humor mark this enjoyable vampire-protecting-precious-human story as something light and fluffy. I liked Casey right away. She was comfortable with herself in a way I found appealing and not unreal. Nick was alright, but hard to pin down if I'm honest. Definitely not my favorite hero but not the worst either... until he did something that I, personally, consider a major no-no in my romance heroes. For the sake of not spoiling it I won't say more but if you don't like heroes who make decisions for the heroine without their knowledge please be advised this one might push your annoyance button too.
In spite of Nick ruining himself for me and thus souring me on the romance, the story wasn't a total bust. The secondary characters definitely saved this one from a lower rating from me. There's a little dash of mystery and I know I'm not alone in finding Nick's best friend, Linc, to be a character worth clamoring to see more of. The one thing I was most disappointed in was the lack of any actual paranormal stuff going on. Half the book goes by before we find out why Nick can be outside in the sun. Truthfully, if you changed Nick into a Mobster or Rock Star or whatever and swapped the few paranormal mentions out it could easily not be a paranormal romance at all. That said, it's not a bad story, just not as thick on the PNR as I prefer.
If you're in the mood for a short chick-lit-ish romp featuring very light paranormal elements and plenty of giggle-worthy moments I think it's just the right kind of read for a quiet evening in with some ice cream. It'd probably be a good choice for contemporary lovers who don't usually like paranormals but want to dabble a little. I'll definitely be looking for more from Havens in the future... just no more Nick. He's been a bad boy and not in the way that I like.
Notes: Review copy received via publisher.