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Review: Christmas with a Bite by Patricia A. Wolf

Christmas with a Bite (House of Elysian #1) by Patricia A. Wolf
Paranormal Romance, Holiday, Vampire
Ebook, Print (175 pages, COVET)
Sometimes the holidays totally bite...
This Christmas, Mara Livingston is determined to start over. But as she's driving to her "new" home, a freak winter storm forces her off the road. Now she's stranded in the middle of nowhere. Then he shows up. And there's something strangely familiar about him...
Connor Reese never expected to see Mara again. Nor is he prepared for the onslaught of emotions―including an unimaginable rush of desire―she stirs within him. Now he has a chance to claim the woman he's always wanted. Except, there are a couple of small details that Mara doesn't know. The first is that Connor is a vampire. And the second is that if his family finds out about Mara, she will most certainly be killed...
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Totally soapy... (2 stars)

During the holiday season I crave a few holiday themed reads to help bolster that whole Christmas Spirit thing the way that some people need to watch Elf or Love, Actually. But I'm primarily a paranormal elements kind of girl and finding those with a holiday theme is pretty tough. Thus, I was really hoping I'd like CHRISTMAS WITH A BITE.

The central failing of CWAB was that, like many a holiday paranormal novella before it, it really wasn't a holiday story. It was a romance where the holidays happened and the hero happened to have a secret past as a vampire. Which was it's first failing for me. Where it further failed was in just how wangsty and soapy the plotline was. Connor can't tell Mara he's a vampire because his ex killed herself when she couldn't deal with finding out. Oh, and to protect that secret his parents will kill her if she finds out. What!?! How does he have parents? The mythology behind this never quite makes it flush in the vampire-with-parents thing. Don't wanna spoil the ending but let's just say there is a TON of drama only to lead up to the most anticlimatic ending I've encountered in a very, very long time.

My complaints aside, as a series—because this is the first book (?) in the House of Elysian series—there were elements that intrigued me enough I'd give a second book a chance to win me over. Wolf isn't a bad writer (I read her novella KISSED BY A VAMPIRE in the Girls Night Out Vol. 2 anthology and gave it 3 stars) this just isn't a very good story. If you're looking for a high-drama paranormal romance it's worth checking out but if you want a holiday tale I'd suggest a skip.

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Notes: Review copy received via publisher.

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