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Best Night Huntress short(er) story to date; Argeneau vampire's OK,
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This review is from: The Bite Before Christmas (Argeneau Vampire) (Kindle Edition)
This bundled edition consisting of 2 new, Christmas-themed, novellas one each by Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost makes for an overall enjoyable read.
The Lynsay Sands story 'The Gift' is presented first and is the shorter of the two. Teddy Brunswick, the chief of Port Henry police is 64 and has never married. A good-looking man (in a Sean Connery kind of way), but he's definitely feeling the aches and pains of no longer being in his youth, and when it comes to Christmas he decides to take the advice of his friend Marguerite Argeneau and escape to a house in the country to avoid pity invitations to spend Christmas with one of his friends. Teddy doesn't realise that he is being set up by the woman responsible for finding the life mates of many of her Argeneau relatives - and that Marguerite has sent beautiful rogue vampire hunter Katricia ('Tricia' NOT 'Kat'), who also wishes to avoid the excesses of friends/family at Christmas to stay in the house next door. The idea of a May/December-seeming romance is interesting and makes a change from the standard fare - despite the fact that although she appears young enough to be Teddy's granddaughter it is Katricia who is by far the elder - but 'The Gift' is ultimately a cop-out on this issue. Generally written well with typical humour, though in my view the frequent references to "Little Teddy" are tacky and overdone. 3.5/5
Jeaniene Frost's 'Home For the Holidays', left me with a smile on my face. The story follows on from Book 6 One Grave at a Time: A Night Huntress Novel: A Night Huntress Novel a Night Huntress Novel (Night Huntress Novels) and opens with Cat throwing a surprise party for Bones' 245th birthday. When Bones' vampire child Annette doesn't turn up as planned, the dissolute Ian goes in search of her - and finds her tortured in a hotel room. A strange vampire lurking in the woods outside Cat and Bones' home after Annette has been brought back seems a likely culprit, but then he discloses a shock relationship to Bones - and Annette confirms that he wasn't guilty of her assault. Soon the vampire, Wraith, has taken up residence and only Cat, Denise, Ian and the ghosts Fabian and Elizabeth aren't acting in a very strange fashion indeed. This good length novella has everything you could ask for in a holiday story (true love, seasonal touches, family and friends) but still delivers on all counts as as a rip-roaring, action-packed, sexy Cat and Bones yarn without succumbing to excessive/mawkish sentimentality. 5/5
The book also contains promos for the forthcoming entry in the Argeneau series and Frost's new spin-off series featuring Vlad.