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Friday, November 25, 2011

Disappointmentville: A Vampire for Christmas by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Piñeiro, & Alexis Morgan

Format: Paperback | Pages: 378 | Release Date: October 2011 | Publisher: HQN Books | Obtained: Harlequin’s Paranormal Romance blog - Giveaway

"A Vampire for Christmas" by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Piñeiro, & Alexis Morgan

"Enchanted By Blood" [Sweetblood Series, Novella 2] by Laurie London

Pages: 115

My Story Summary : Trace takes his role to the community (the Governing Council of vampires) that he's a part of very seriously, especially after promising his father that he would do whatever it takes to make sure his family's name would be upheld. However, it's really hard to follow the rules of the community when that means giving up the one woman that makes him feel complete, Charlotte. A year ago, though, he did give up Charlotte and erased all of her memories of their relationship so he could pursue his necessary place on the Council and so she wouldn't get caught up in his community and possibly hurt. After he runs into her again and saves her from some evil vampires, he's not sure if he wants to or can get her out of his life anymore. However, is she more important than promises that he's already made to his family?

My Story Review : 3 out of 5 stars, it's a charming story about two people who are undeniably drawn together but because of old laws should ultimately stay apart. I liked the way the story flowed and was intrigued by the characters. However, my favorite character in the story was Victoria (Trace's grandmother)!!

Story Teaser :
"It really is lovely to see you..." Her voice trailed off and she hesitated. Trace held his breath. She wasn't about to say again, was she? "No wonder Trace is so enamored," she continued, spinning a gnarled finger in the air. "Turn around, dear. Let me look at you."
"This isn't a fashion runway," he growled, his mood darkening. "Miss Grant is here to do the decorating, not to be a decoration herself. That is, if she'll even take the job." ~ within Chapter 5
For more information on this book, series, and/or any other books by Laurie, then please check out her website.

"Monsters Don't Do Christmas" [A Part of the Beautiful Creatures World] by Michele Hauf

Pages: 81

My Story Summary : Last year (during the Christmas holiday) Daniel's life completely changed when he got turned into a vampire and now, even though he's still learning to deal with the changes to himself, he is thrust into the world of the supernatural dealing with feuds he wants nothing to do with. While in the middle of a fight with a werewolf (because of those feuds) is where Daniel meets Olivia, who claims to be a monster too (at least in her mind). Olivia and Daniel are really attracted to each other and soon want nothing more than to be together, but would it really work out and be the best thing for them to be together? They'll soon find out.

My Story Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars ... it was a cute story with sweet characters but it didn't intrigue me as much as it could have. Which is really to bad since I was really hoping to like this one more then I did. =0/

Story Teaser :
"I'm harshing your Christmas spirit," he said. "Vampire Scrooge doesn't play into your dreams of sugarplums and stockings hung by the chimney with care."
She had to smile at his attempt at lightening the mood. "Come here." She held out her arms. "You need a hug." ~ within Chapter 3
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Michele, then please check out her website.

"When Herald Angels Sing" by Caridad Piñeiro

Pages: 77

My Story Summary : Angelina has been trying to save Damien (and his soul) from himself, an evil vampire named Captain Pedro Ramierz, and the Devil two previous times but each time she either gets in the way or is part of the problem. This time though she is determined to save him. However, when others get in the way and change her plans drastically, what will she do to follow fulfill her goal?

My Story Review : 2.5 out of 5 stars. This story definitely takes a different spin on the Christmas Carol story, by doing so I find this story very clever. I do wish that I could have found this story more interesting then I did, but I didn't. I had to push myself to read it so I could find out how it ended.

Author Story Trailer :

Story Teaser :
From the present, his voice quavered with realization. "I didn't know. Didn't see what he was," he explained to his lover as she stood beside him, her hand on his shoulder, trying to offer comfort. Although she seemed to know his inner heart better than he did. Or at least, she knew there was more that he was unwilling to admit.
"Would it have mattered back then? Would you have refrained from challenging him had you known he was a demon?" she countered. ~ within Chapter 4
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Caridad, then please check out her website.

"All I Want For Christmas" by Alexis Morgan

Pages: 89

My Story Summary : Eagan is a vampire who's an undercover cop and recently got a case of teenagers who have gone missing. The area he's been staking out is centered around a little diner that Della owns. They meet because of Eagan's case but immediately they find that they can't get enough of each other. However, Eagan is scared of letting his secret come out to Della, thinking that she'd have a bad reaction about it, and tries his hardest not to get too close. Nevertheless, staying away might be the hardest risk to take when Della tries to help out one of her employees and finds herself in the middle of Eagan's case. Will he be able to save her before it's too late?

My Story Review : 3.5 out of 5 stars!!! This was a fun and entertaining story, centered around the mystery of what is going on within Eagan's case, Della's motley crew of friends/diners, and the steamy relationship that evolves between Della & Eagan!! I'd recommend this story to those who like a hot paranormal mystery romance book!! =0)

Story Teaser :
Someone nearby cleared her throat and then did it again. No doubt Lupe. Eagan broke off the kiss long enough to glare at the woman before picking up right where he'd left off. But then he gentled the kiss, slowly banking the fire, leaving only a few softly glowing embers when he stepped back at last.
"I guess we showed them," Eagan said for the benefit of their audience. ~ within Chapter 5
For more information on this book and/or any other books by Alexis, then please check out her website.

My Book Review : For the full book I give it 2.88 out of 5 stars. Too bad .. I hoped to like this book but I just couldn't get into it. There were some good parts, but just not good enough for me.

I hope you'll enjoy it more so than I did. =0)

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