A Vampire for Christmas
by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Pineiro
and Alexis Morgan
Published October 18, 2011 by HQN
It's the time of year for twinkling lights on trees and kisses under the mistletoe. Yet the passing of another year means nothing to the stunning immortals who lurk in the shadows of the new-fallen snow.
And they don't care if you've been naughty or nice.
Let four fanged lovers open your eyes to a passion you never dared to imagine. After all, there's no place like home for the holidays—and these dazzling vampires can't wait for an invitation.
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Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London- I teehee'd my way through, having to not chortle aloud while I read it, hunched over in a remarkably uncomfortable position for a few hours. I couldn't even be bothered to move the story was so good. I was hypnotized by it, eating up the words eagerly with my eyes. I haven't read anything by her yet, but yeah this is now going to be a go to series for me. I've been in a book less state for the past year, which explains me not discovering her yet. This one is about Trace a jaded, somewhat sad seeming bitey, who really just needs a hug. Charlotte, the heroine, is a bit unbelievable at the end. But it's okay, I'm still going to read more by her. She seems to have two other in the series that are currently out, about the hotties who guard the world from the Darkbloods. I might be ordering them off of Amazon right now as I write this. It really pulled me in within the first few pages even though I wanted to hate it. Hate it for the title. It was a perfect start to the anthology. Her website has little trading cards for the characters, oh hell yes I'm in love now.
Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Houf – I felt like it was too unrealistic, not that these stories are normally that realistic. It was still good and heart warming. I felt like the character Daniel had more potential if the heroine had been different. It was still good, just pure fluff though. I still read it and enjoyed it and it still was about Christmas. I'd probably skip over it though if I reread the anthology.
When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro – I didn't read it. I really tried hard to but for some reason I just couldn't get into it. It seemed like it had a historical setting and I really don't enjoy historical romance stories.
All I want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan – Buy this anthology for this story. It was all of my favorite things about a Christmas themed story: excellent characters, somewhat more realistic occupations, a heroine that's a decent, good person who could use someone to sweep her off of her feet. I've reread this a few times already. I was ready to be disappointed but they seem to have saved the best for last in this case. Eagen is adorable, the entire story is fluffy feel good bliss. That's all I can really say about it. Good story about good people who make you feel the holiday and Christmas joy.
Overall though, I felt as if the anthology was carried mostly by two stories. But those two stories made it worth while, and made me glad I had read it. I have two newish authors to look into. That's the best part about anthologies, even though there is the formula to them it seems, is discovering new favorites. It's worth the read, totally.
I give it a 4 which is rather generous considering I didn't like one of the stories, and the other one went unread. But those two that I liked? Totally worth it. I will be going back and reading those two a few more times.