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Holiday with a Vampire II

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Holiday with a Vampire IItitle: Holiday With a Vampire II
author: Lori Devoti, Merline Lovelace
series: Holiday With a Vampire #2
published: 1 December 2008
publisher: Silhouette Nocturne
genre(s): fantasy, romance
pages: 288
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: three-half-stars | series rating: three-stars
WARNING: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

the blurb

A Christmas Kiss by Merline Lovelace

Vampire Delilah Wentworth's hunt for a dentist on Christmas Eve lands her in the arms of Sergeant Brett Cooper, a mortal who gave up on the Christmas spirit, and on love, years ago. Incapable of returning home by herself, Delilah needs Brett's protection for the night--a night that leaves her aching for a forbidden mortal romance, and leaves Brett questioning whether he has truly given up on love after all.

The Vampire Who Stole Christmas by Lori Devoti

On a mission for revenge against his adoptive family, vampire Drystan Hurst needs daemon Aimee Polk to help him put his plan into action. But Drystan doesn't expect to fall in love with Aimee--especially when it means choosing between her affection and the ultimate family payback he has always dreamed of....

Because this book contains stories by two different authors, both will be reviewed separately.

my review

In A Christmas Kiss, Delilah Wentworth never expected that an unfortunate fang-chipping accident would completely change her life.  On the way to a mandatory meeting of her conclave, she finds herself lost and alone in Oklahoma,… until she meets Brett, a state trooper with baggage of his own.  Neither one would have foreseen the changes that their chance meeting would mean for their lives.

The novel opened with humor after Brett comes upon Delilah, stumbling about the road in the snow, seemingly intoxicated as she slurred her words.  From that, I assumed that the rest of the novella would be as light-hearted, but it really wasn’t.  Delilah was extremely likeable as her story unfolded, and so was Brett as you came to understand the pain he had lived through.  The plot was well-developed, with a nice blend of humor, romance, and action. I recommend this as a light holiday read.

my review

In The Vampire Who Stole Christmas, when Drystan Hurst meets Aimee, he doesn’t expect things to end as they do.  He wants one thing from her, to use her in revenge against the adopted family that turned their backs on him.  He has planned for this for a long time, wanting nothing more than to see them humiliated.  But meeting Aimee changes that, no matter how hard he fights the effect she has on him.

I wanted to dislike Drystan, but as his character was developed, I began to feel for him and the pain that his past had caused him.  He had been hurt by everyone who had ever professed to care for him, some in unforgiveable ways.  That pain had made vengeance the only thing that mattered, until he met Aimee, a woman with baggage of her own.  I liked Aimee from the start, relating to her feelings of failure and despair.  This novella was definately the darker of the two, but I very much enjoyed it. Although it was a good story, I would have loved it as a full-length novel!

About Lori Devoti

Lori Devoti worked for three different newspapers in two different states before deciding to stay home with her children and begin writing fiction. The author of urban fantasy, contemporary romance and paranormal romance, Lori has been a finalist for many awards including the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award. She lives near Madison, Wisconsin with her husband and children as well as two dogs.

About Merline Lovelace

After a 23-year AF career, Colonel Merline Lovelace launched a second career as a writer, basing many of her tales on her own experiences in uniform and on her travels all around the globe.

The USA Today best-selling author now has more than 11 million copies of her books in print. Her works have won numerous awards, including the Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA. Merline is especially proud to have been named the University of Oklahoma’s Writer of the Year and the Oklahoma Female Veteran of the Year.

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