Vampire for Christmas by Felicity Heaton
Read: 6th – 7th October 2013
Re-Read: 26th – 27th December 2018
Publication Date: 2nd November 2010
Quote from Vampire for Christmas
“His Favourite Prey. She was muttering. A smile tugged at his lips. How many times had he told her not to mutter?”
My Overall Rating: 5/5
Plot: 5/5 – Flow: 5/5 – Character Development: 5/5 – World Building: 5/5
So what’s this book about?
Vampire for Christmas is a stand-alone paranormal romance novella (approx 91 pages) set in the modern day world featuring those supernatural creatures of the night; vampires and demons, and the humans who protect innocents from harm.
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I don’t post spoilers or reveal plot twists in my book reviews, so here’s what the official blurb has to say about the story:
New York Times and USA Today Best-selling paranormal romance author Felicity Heaton presents:
Vampire for Christmas
It was one last mission. Shannon, a demon hunter with the agency, is looking forward to leaving behind the small town and the vampire she’s been stuck with for the past two years. Things are getting complicated fast and she wants out. A fresh start, free of her vampire partner, awaits her if she can survive their final mission and the lonely Christmas holidays.
It was one last mission. Rafe, a vampire doing time with the agency, watches it approach with dread weighing heavily in his stomach. Two years of working with Shannon has been difficult, especially since he started falling for her, but he doesn’t want their partnership to end. He has barely a few days to make her face her feelings and stop her from leaving, and he intends to do just that.
When a slimy demon threatens the season of peace and goodwill, it’s the chance Rafe has been waiting for and the moment Shannon secretly fears. Rafe’s determination to prise open her heart and her own resolve to keep it closed clash as violently as they do with the demon, and threatens to end as messily.
Can Rafe make Shannon see that his love for her is real and that she feels something for him too? Can Shannon face her fears and her past, and stop herself from running away from both? Will a wish on a star bring her what her heart truly desires—a vampire for Christmas?
So, what did I like about it?
My regular followers will know that I’m a big fan of Ms Heaton’s writing style; I love the way she creates a very believable paranormal world and then packs it full of multi-faceted characters with very real human foibles and weaves their individual stories around an engaging background arc that I just can’t help being drawn into, she keeps me hooked from the first page to the last. Although Vampire for Christmas is a short novella, it lives up to my expectations.
We are introduced to our romantic couple in the first chapter. I quickly fell in love with our vampire, Rafe and I liked that we join our story two years into their working relationship. This novella is written alternating between Rafe’s point of view and Shannon’s and I love that we find out what’s going on inside their heads. It’s obvious from the beginning that their relationship has grown into something more than colleagues for Rafe but it’s not so cut-and-dry for our heroine, Shannon and I enjoyed reading her story as it slowly unfurled.
There are a number of fantastic fight scenes throughout this story; I was on the edge of my seat holding my breath during every one! The great descriptive writing put me right in the midst of it all without slowing down the action. But what I really love about this story is that the fight scenes are not all beautifully choreographed “dances” but down, dirty and very slimy – felt my tummy actually turn a few times, yuk!
And while we’re on the subject of action, I need to mention the sex. While Vampire for Christmas doesn’t have as many sex scenes as some of Ms Heaton’s other stories, it is still beautifully erotic and the sexual anticipation is built artfully. When Rafe and Shannon do finally have sex, Ms Heaton makes it feel very romantic (I think she’s a very talented writer to accomplish this). The eroticism is balanced perfectly with wonderfully written prose and the characters’ internal dialogue. For me, a story is only really erotic if I’m emotionally connected to the characters involved and Ms Heaton gave Rafe and Shannon such depths that they did became real and so, yes, I got caught up with the naughty shenanigans too (who wouldn’t *blush*).
So, ummm, was there anything I disliked about it?
Absolutely nothing, that’s why it got 5 stars!
So, basically what I’m saying is…
I loved this novella! Vampire for Christmas is a heart-warming romance with titillating passion that also had me holding my breath during some amazing fight scenes as well as chuckling at the humour and blubbering like a baby.
As with all of Ms Heaton’s stories, due to the graphic violence and explicit sexual content, I’d recommend this book to adults who are not offended by content of this nature and are fans of relationship and romance stories with oodles of fire and passion within the paranormal genre.
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