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Title: Vampire for Christmas by Felicity Heaton
Series: Standalone Novella
on 29 March, 2014
Genres: Adult Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal Fiction, Paranormal Romance (PNR)
Formats Available: eBook
No. of Pages: 88
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?
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So, what did I like about Vampire for Christmas?
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!
While we’re on the subject of action; I need to mention the sex. 😉
Vampire for Christmas doesn’t have as many sex scenes as some of Ms Heaton’s other stories. However, it’s 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. Ms Heaton gave Rafe and Shannon such depths that they did become real. 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. It had me holding my breath during some amazing fight scenes as well as chuckling at the humour and blubbering like a baby.
This book has sexual scenes, violence, colourful vocabulary and expletives throughout the story. Therefore, I’d only recommend it to adults who are not offended by content of this sort.
I’d recommend Vampire for Christmas to adults who enjoy enemies to lovers or romance at work tropes. Especially those who love action-packed fight scenes and stories with oodles of fire and passion.
Thanks for taking the time to read my review. This novella is currently FREE – so download it! 😉 Keep reading to find out more about Felicity.
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