author: Lori Devoti, Merline Lovelace
series: Holiday With a Vampire #2
published: 1 December 2008
publisher: Silhouette Nocturne
genre(s): fantasy, holiday, romance
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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.
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.
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!