12.22.2010 | Wednesday

Holiday with a Vampire III

category: Book Reviews

Holiday with a Vampire IIItitle: Holiday with a Vampire III
author: Bonnie Vanak, Linda Winstead Jones, Lisa Childs
series: Holiday with a Vampire #3
published: 1 December 2009
publisher: Silhouette Nocturne
genre(s): anthologies, fantasy, romance
pages: 288
source: bought
format: eBook
buy/shelve it: Amazon | B&N | BookBub | Goodreads

rating: three-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

Christmas starts at midnight...And after you've been visited by these sexy men, you'll discover the true meaning of the season in these dazzling tales of love.

"Sundown" by Linda Winstead Jones

After distancing herself from a very attractive cop, vampire Abby Brown discovers she wants only one thing for Christmas--Leo Stryker. But when a murder investigation endangers his life, "she" may be the one to give him a present....

"Nothing Says Christmas Like a Vampire" by Lisa Childs

Sienna Briggs never knew she had a guardian vampire. But, when she stumbles across the truth surrounding the Secret Vampire Society, her guardian--the handsome Julian Vossimer--has only one solution to save the woman he's loved for so long.

"Unwrapped" by Bonnie Vanak

Adrian Thorne never expected to see Sarah Roberts again. But she's presented to him as a special gift. The vampire is elated to finally avenge the werewolf who broke his heart... except Sarah may be the only one who can mend it!

Three novellas, so three reviews!

my review

Sundown by Linda Winstead Jones

While I enjoyed this novella, I definately think it would have made a better full-length novel.  It was almost too short to fully develop the nature of some of the characters, most particularly Margaret.  I was left wanting to know more about her, her history, what made her who she was.  I almost felt like I was pulled into the story when it was already halfway over with a lot of backstory already past.  I liked the story but I wish it had been a little longer. This is a good holiday read!

my review

Nothing Says Christmas Like a Vampire by Lisa Childs

This story had a bit of a creepy factor to it, at least for me.  Julian Vossimer, the hero of the story, had a bit of a “bad boy” past, including a prior almost relationship with Sienna’s grandmother.  That was a little creepy for me, I guess.  The story dragged a little for me, with lots of loose ends, and I had a hard time really getting into it.  I think the romance came a little too easy in this story, in a situation that should have been anything but romantic. That made it a little too fantastical to me. I would probably pass, if it weren’t a part of an anthology.

my review

Unwrapped by Bonnie Vanak

This was my favorite of the three novellas and I would have loved it to be expanded into a full-length novel.  The backstory was seamlessly woven throughout the story without leaving the reader feeling as if they missed something.  There were twists and turns and the action never stalled.  The gremlins in the story provided unexpected humor and kept the story fresh and light. This was a fun story and I would have loved it if were longer!

About Bonnie Vanak

Bonnie Vanak fell in love with romance novels during childhood. While cleaning a hall closet, she discovered her mother’s cache of paperbacks and started reading. Thus began a passion for romance and a lifelong dislike for housework.

After years of newspaper reporting, Bonnie became a writer for a major international charity. She travels to destitute countries such as Haiti to write about famine, disease and other issues affecting the poor. When the emotional strains of her job demanded a diversion, she turned to her childhood dream of writing romance novels.

She lives in Florida with her husband Frank and two dogs, where she happily writes books amid an ever-growing collection of dust bunnies.

About Linda Winstead Jones

Linda’s first book, the historical romance Guardian Angel, was released in 1994, and in the years since she’s written in several romance sub-genres under several names. In order of appearance, Linda Winstead; Linda Jones; Linda Winstead Jones; Linda Devlin; and Linda Fallon. She’s a six time finalist for the RITA Award and a winner (for Shades of Midnight, writing as Linda Fallon) in the paranormal category. Most recently she’s been writing as Linda Jones in a couple of joint projects with Linda Howard, and rereleasing some of her backlist in ebook format. She can be found at any one of a variety of Facebook pages (search for Linda Winstead Jones and Linda Howard/Linda Jones) and at www.lindawinsteadjones.com.

Linda lives in Huntsville, Alabama.

About Lisa Childs

Ever since Lisa Childs read her first romance novel (a Harlequin of course) at age 11, all she ever wanted to be was a romance writer. With over thirty novels published with Harlequin Books, Lisa is living her dream. She is an award-winning, best-selling romance author. Lisa loves to hear from readers who can contact her on Facebook, through her website www.lisachilds.com or snail mail address PO Box 139, Marne, MI 49435.

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