A Vampire For Christmas is an overall dark, delicious and sensually dangerous read! This anthology has brought together four talented authors that know how to spin a vampire tale that will pull you into the holiday spirit while giving you a healthy dose of the darker side of romance.
The first novella, Enchanted by Blood is a touching yet sensually evocative story. The author's ability to weave together a balanced story of romance and suspense in a well developed world where vampires hide among humans allowed me, as the reader, to step into the world of Trace and Charlotte; to experience their world through their eyes. I found the story fresh while touching upon an old theme of love lost and love gained. As an up and coming Council member and former Guardian tasked with keeping the peace and his race's secret from the mortals, Trace quickly became a hero in my eyes as he saves a mortal woman he once was in love with. Having to erase her memory a year earlier after discovering his secret, he now finds himself unable to walk away from her when she is targeted by a group of hungry vampires while out with a not-so-good-friend one cold evening. In fact, he is pulled to her side by an unseen force that serves as a catalyst for their rekindled affair, only Charlotte doesn't remember their previous time together. And to add more tension, Trace is unable to bond with Charlotte as it goes against vampire rules, something he can't break if he want to take his deceased father's seat in the Council. From there the story moves into a sexy and at times risky adventure of accepting ones self as much as it is about standing up for what you believe in. I loved it and found Enchanted By Blood a very well written holiday story indeed!
The second story, Monsters Don't Do Christmas, came off as a bit more relaxed and fun although laced with some real world problems such as job loss and hunger. The author, Michele Hauf, created a world where vampires do walk among humans but have the ability to regain their humanity if no blood is ingested by the victim before the first full moon after being bitten. The story takes place in New York between a well know pop star and a once 'killer' wall street broker now turned vampire. I can't say I really understood the heroine's reference to her being a 'monster' because of the fame and glam that came with her position as a rising star. I found her immature and less than encouraging as any type of inspiration through two-thirds of the book. I even found her a bit ungrateful, however by the end, she did redeem herself somewhat and show signs of growth through her actions towards others and her ability to finally make a decision on her own. The hero however, was the exact opposite. He had a heart and soul filled with the desire to help others for the sake of their benefit and not his. Something he did not understand or live by before he was turned. Monsters Don't Do Christmas will definitely give you a strong sense of the holidays with the cookie backing and carol-singing and ends on a note of good tidings and hope for all, even a vampire!
The third story, When Herald Angels Sing, is a delightful twist to the well loved story The Christmas Carol. From the beginning through to the end I was deeply and emotionally involved in Damien and Angelina's story. While I am thoroughly aware of the old tale of the Christmas Carol, the author, Caridad Pineiro, wrote in so many unique story twists creating her own version, that I wasn't really sure if there would be a happy ending for the angel and her charge. Set in the 1800's and spanning a century, Damien and Angelina are given a second and even a third chance to make things right in order to save Damien's soul. Through heart wrenching moments, scorching passion, and even untold secrets, I couldn't stop reading this novella until I found out if the two would be allowed to set things right and live out their love for one another. A solid holiday read that will fill you with love, acceptance and forgiveness.
The final book, All I Want For Christmas, is set in Seattle and gave off that Christmas in the big city vibe. We are taken to a small diner complete with red and white checkered table cloths and set in the middle of a case that involves missing teenagers. This contemporary story unfolds between a vampire cop, Eagan, and a diner owner, Della, that has a heart of gold. Again, in this story we see real world problems addressed and see the kindness that the holiday season brings out in people. Even a cranky vampire set on rejecting any form of friendship and kindness can be shown how to open up and let love in. And the author, Alexis Morgan, did a wonderful job of working in a sense of good tiding and holiday cheer. Beyond the mysterious and deadly case that needs solving, there is a sizzling and passionate romance that comes to life between Della and Eagan so strong that it can not be ignored no matter how hard he tries. And truth be told, the searing kiss shared between the two is the best kiss I've ever had the pleasure of Reading! In closing, All I Want For Christmas wrapped up on a fangtastic note leaving me with a warm feeling for the holidays and Santa T-Shirts!
All they want for Christmas is you.
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.