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In Lynsay Sands' "The Gift," Katricia Argeneau knows grey-eyed cop Teddy Brunswick is her life mate. She just needs to convince him they belong together, and being snowbound in a secluded cabin will make this a Christmas neither will forget. It's "Home for the Holidays" in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones may long to wrap presents and set up a tree, bu In Lynsay Sands' "The Gift," Katricia Argeneau knows grey-eyed cop Teddy Brunswick is her life mate. She just needs to convince him they belong together, and being snowbound in a secluded cabin will make this a Christmas neither will forget. It's "Home for the Holidays" in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones may long to wrap presents and set up a tree, but this Christmas, an evil vampire and long-buried family secrets will threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer.


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In Lynsay Sands' "The Gift," Katricia Argeneau knows grey-eyed cop Teddy Brunswick is her life mate. She just needs to convince him they belong together, and being snowbound in a secluded cabin will make this a Christmas neither will forget. It's "Home for the Holidays" in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones may long to wrap presents and set up a tree, bu In Lynsay Sands' "The Gift," Katricia Argeneau knows grey-eyed cop Teddy Brunswick is her life mate. She just needs to convince him they belong together, and being snowbound in a secluded cabin will make this a Christmas neither will forget. It's "Home for the Holidays" in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones may long to wrap presents and set up a tree, but this Christmas, an evil vampire and long-buried family secrets will threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer.

30 review for The Bite Before Christmas

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jilly

    I'm glad that Teddy - a mortal from previous books - got a mate, but that was a seriously boring story. Like coma-inducing. Next time just give a paragraph saying they got together if you don't want to write something interesting. I'm glad that Teddy - a mortal from previous books - got a mate, but that was a seriously boring story. Like coma-inducing. Next time just give a paragraph saying they got together if you don't want to write something interesting.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Arlene

    Overall Rating Clarification: 3.5 stars The Gift Lynsay Sands 2 Stars This first Holiday short story was obviously not my favorite of the two. I haven’t had any exposure with Sands as an author, so that might account for me having a hard time grasping her vampire lore and method of developing her story. In The Gift we meet Teddy who is a sixty four year old, soon to be retired chief of police that finds himself stranded with no provisions and electricity after a snow storm. He stumbles across Katr Overall Rating Clarification: 3.5 stars The Gift Lynsay Sands 2 Stars This first Holiday short story was obviously not my favorite of the two. I haven’t had any exposure with Sands as an author, so that might account for me having a hard time grasping her vampire lore and method of developing her story. In The Gift we meet Teddy who is a sixty four year old, soon to be retired chief of police that finds himself stranded with no provisions and electricity after a snow storm. He stumbles across Katricia, a twenty five year old vampire, who is in a similar situation, and so they pool their resources to get through the winter storm. The logs in the fire place are not the only things that heat up in this story and before we know it, we meet Little Teddy. Yeah, I’m not going there. >.< Teddy gets a bite for Christmas and they soon find themselves life long mates. I had a hard time taking this first story seriously. When the author starting explaining nanos and life long mates and balancing the story with characters I couldn’t connect with in any way, I soon found myself skimming the story to just be done with it. I don’t think Sands's story-telling is for me, so this short excerpt was a good indicator that I might not be a fan of her writing. **************** Home for the Holidays Jeaniene Frost 5 Stars! Two vampires and a demon, allied together. It was a Christmas miracle alright, but of the macabre kind. Still, I’d take my miracles however I could get them. I love.love.love Frost’s way of exploding a scene, and Home for the Holidays just proves that she doesn’t need a full on novel to get you hooked, amped and on the edge of your seat. This short story saved the entire book, but I have to admit I still think the eBook was WAY over priced. Anywho, I digress… In this story, my favorite UF couple come across a demon that claims to be someone from Bones’s past and the entire gang, with the exception of Cat, Ian and Denise, find themselves possessed by black magic. Cat and Ian team together to save their friends, but have to make a few sacrifices along the way. I loved the scenes between Ian and Cat because knowing how much these two are always at odds with each other and the only thing they share is their alligence for Bones, it was nice to see them work together and deliver some pretty funny scenes. Overall, there was tons of action and holiday spice and I enjoyed it. There are a few spoilers which I came across since I haven’t read book six yet, but that just makes me even more eager to jump into One Grave at a Time. Great short story that proves Frost never disappoints!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Syd

    I absolutely loved Jeaniene's short story, "Home for the Holidays". Also note, this short story is more like a short novel, coming in at 40K words or so. You get to see a new dimension to Cat & Bones' relationship, and they are achingly sweet in this installment. They nearly had me in tears a few times! The gang is all together but Cat and Ian actually take the spotlight and have the most 'face' time. Ian lovers, you will not be disappointed! There are some big reveals, besides Ian dropping his pa I absolutely loved Jeaniene's short story, "Home for the Holidays". Also note, this short story is more like a short novel, coming in at 40K words or so. You get to see a new dimension to Cat & Bones' relationship, and they are achingly sweet in this installment. They nearly had me in tears a few times! The gang is all together but Cat and Ian actually take the spotlight and have the most 'face' time. Ian lovers, you will not be disappointed! There are some big reveals, besides Ian dropping his pants, but that was fun too! Action, snark, sizzling romance, you know, typical Frost. I'll also go out on a limb here and say that Chapter 32 has some competition, in terms of creativity! Great story, absolutely worth the read!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    **Only read Jeaniene Frost's story - Home for the Holidays** **4.5 stars** YES!! Back to the Cat and Bones that we so love...finally! The last two books had lost their "edge" for me but this one brings it all back. My only complaint is that it's too short. As the title says, Cat and Bones are home for the holidays starting off with Bones' surprise birthday party. When Annette doesn't show up, Ian goes to investigate. That leads to an unknown vampire showing up at Cat and Bones' house. Most of my f **Only read Jeaniene Frost's story - Home for the Holidays** **4.5 stars** YES!! Back to the Cat and Bones that we so love...finally! The last two books had lost their "edge" for me but this one brings it all back. My only complaint is that it's too short. As the title says, Cat and Bones are home for the holidays starting off with Bones' surprise birthday party. When Annette doesn't show up, Ian goes to investigate. That leads to an unknown vampire showing up at Cat and Bones' house. Most of my favorites are there but Ian is the main character and what a character he is. Sooo many funny lines! I seriously Can. Not. Wait. for his book! Oh, and there's a nice little twist at the end. Favorite lines: "You didn't get to bring a date because the type of girl you'd pick would want to liven things up with a group orgy before cutting the cake," I pointed out. His smile was shameless. "Exactly." and... "I don't care what you think, your junk does not have special abilities." and... "Wow," I whispered. He grunted. "If I had a pound for every time a girl said that while in your position." and my most favorite: "That’s right, you nasty little vixen, bite me harder." Ian urged. On a side note....don't miss the excerpt of Vlad's book, Night Prince or do miss it because it definitely will leave you wanting more and March is too far away! I have to say while I've always liked Vlad, especially his relationship with Cat, I've just never thought he was yummy. This line has changed my mind: "I hadn't seen a man pull that look off so well since Aragorn in Lord of the Rings." Aragorn??? Baby...I'm sooooo there!!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    THE GIFT is Lynsay Sands' contribution to the duology and it is part of her Argeneau series. Katricia Argeneau knows the instant that she meets Teddy Brunswick that he is her life mate. But since he is mortal, she needs to slowly convince him that they are fated to be together. Revealing that she is a vampire won't be easy and making her accept her will be even harder. However, the snug confines of their cozy cabin are sure to bring them closer together. Jeaniene Frost gives readers a sneak peek THE GIFT is Lynsay Sands' contribution to the duology and it is part of her Argeneau series. Katricia Argeneau knows the instant that she meets Teddy Brunswick that he is her life mate. But since he is mortal, she needs to slowly convince him that they are fated to be together. Revealing that she is a vampire won't be easy and making her accept her will be even harder. However, the snug confines of their cozy cabin are sure to bring them closer together. Jeaniene Frost gives readers a sneak peek into what the holidays would be like with one of Urban Fantasy's beloved couple, Cat and Bones. However, Frost doesn't allow sweetness to take over for too long. When Annette, a close friend of Bones is found bloody from an attack, Bones' alpha tendencies rise to protect his own. However, Annette is not making it easy to find her attacker when she denies everything. Meanwhile, a vampire named Wraith is claiming to be Bones' long-lost brother. Though initially suspicious, Bones indulges in the notion that he has family around for the holidays. THE BITE BEFORE CHRISTMAS is the perfect holiday read that surpasses the sweet and sexy -- it's an anthology filled with action, heat and romance! Read this review in its entirety at Fresh Fiction

  6. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    As it turns out, I'm not a huge fan of short stories that connect to long-running series. I LOVE Lynsay Sands, and all the Argeneaus. And I enjoyed that story. This was my first reading of anything by Jeaniene Frost. Didn't love it. I don't know if it's the short story part, the fact that I didn't already know the characters, or her style of writing. I'll give her another try. It's only fair. As it turns out, I'm not a huge fan of short stories that connect to long-running series. I LOVE Lynsay Sands, and all the Argeneaus. And I enjoyed that story. This was my first reading of anything by Jeaniene Frost. Didn't love it. I don't know if it's the short story part, the fact that I didn't already know the characters, or her style of writing. I'll give her another try. It's only fair.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    A Bite Before Christmas was an odd pairing of holiday novellas served up with a fangy twist - Sand's Argeneau vampires are light humorous paranormal romances and Frost's Night Huntress stories are wise cracking sexy urban fantasy. I am a fan of both, but no sure that they belong together and - I have to ask - why are they together in hardback? Anyway on to the important stuff... (4.5 stars = I really really liked it) "Home for the Holidays" by Jeaniene Frost - A Night Huntress novella - Looks li A Bite Before Christmas was an odd pairing of holiday novellas served up with a fangy twist - Sand's Argeneau vampires are light humorous paranormal romances and Frost's Night Huntress stories are wise cracking sexy urban fantasy. I am a fan of both, but no sure that they belong together and - I have to ask - why are they together in hardback? Anyway on to the important stuff... (4.5 stars = I really really liked it) "Home for the Holidays" by Jeaniene Frost - A Night Huntress novella - Looks like Annette has totally one upped Cat's birthday present to Bones but the surprise guest has almost every one in Bone's 'family' acting really wierd - Frost had released the first few chapter of this as a sneak preview a while back (view spoiler)[I was apparently so excited when I read the teaser that I didn't realize whose relative the new vamp was, and despite the accent, I was thinking Kat's - because he said he'd take her up on her 'flirting' if they were related... (hide spoiler)] but even having read the beginning before, this Cat and Bones short was really excellent. "Home for the Holidays" is a pretty substantial novella length short story, with a really great conflict, with a touching moment near the end, and lots of cameos, plus a decent sized supporting role for Ian - he's so unabashedly bad but with a redeeming touch of loyalty that makes him a standout character. (2 stars = ok) "The Gift" by Lynsay Sands - an Argeneau connected novella, starring Teddy the Port Henry Chief of Police who has appeared in quite a few of the books (Accidental Vampire for one). Teddy's attempt to avoid a 'charity' invite to one of his paired off friends holiday celebrations, ends up with him snowed in and with no power, but with a very interesting neighbor to make the experience more interesting. - I was happy that Teddy got his HEA, but there were places where I was borderline squicked with the 60 something Teddy lusting after the 20's looking Katricia. Katricia is around 1600 years old or something like that and Teddy feels bad about scoping her out before he knows, and Katricia is on the make from the start but ... I'd have been happier if the lustiness had waited until after the turning. And I have had this pet peeve in the last five or so books, I wish Sands would stop using Little 'fill-in-heroes-name-here' for a significant male body part, it was cute the first time in Thomas' book but needs to be retired. The last 14% of the book has sneak previews for Sand's next book Under a Vampire Moon (which if the rumors are true, will no longer be a hardback release) and for Frost's first Night Prince (Vlad's spinoff series) I am skipping both teasers - I will just wait for the real thing. flag

  8. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    I have only read J. Frost's story, "Home for the Holidays" so far, but I LOVED it! I think that JF is so talented in the creation of her novellas and short stories. They feel every bit as complete and whole as her full-length novels, only compact. And this novella was no exception. The story is riveting and excited, with just enough detail to intrigue, but not overwhelm. It was wonderful to see Cat fighting for Bones, and I was awed at Bones's strength in this story. We know that he is an extrem I have only read J. Frost's story, "Home for the Holidays" so far, but I LOVED it! I think that JF is so talented in the creation of her novellas and short stories. They feel every bit as complete and whole as her full-length novels, only compact. And this novella was no exception. The story is riveting and excited, with just enough detail to intrigue, but not overwhelm. It was wonderful to see Cat fighting for Bones, and I was awed at Bones's strength in this story. We know that he is an extremely powerful vampire, but this story shows another layer of his strength. Ian was also amazing in this story, and makes me look forward to his eventual novel(s). It has to be imminent. He is too complex and entertaining a character not to have his own story with his own HEA. I also loved the family reveal that Ms. Frost has been keeping under wraps. "Home for the Holidays" was a delightful read and I wholeheartedly recommend it. It is a must-read for Night Huntress fans!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Ollie

    Everytime Cat and Bones make an appearance it is like meeting up with old friends you haven't seen in a while and feels it was yesterday the last time you got together. That is the feeling I get everytime I read about Cat and Bones, a warm, cozy feeling that starts to develop right after the first paragraph. Cat and Bones never lose their appeal and have a spellbound effect so the reader immediately becomes immersed and lost in the pages and becomes part of the story. The time Cat wants to throw Everytime Cat and Bones make an appearance it is like meeting up with old friends you haven't seen in a while and feels it was yesterday the last time you got together. That is the feeling I get everytime I read about Cat and Bones, a warm, cozy feeling that starts to develop right after the first paragraph. Cat and Bones never lose their appeal and have a spellbound effect so the reader immediately becomes immersed and lost in the pages and becomes part of the story. The time Cat wants to throw Bones a birthday party but things don't go as planned as an unexpected visitor shows up and brings a little surprise of their own. If you are expecting the playful banter that will have you grinning ear-to-ear, the hot passion between Cat and Bones, the action and intrigue, and of course Bones (love that sexy British Vamp)then you will not be disappointed. Even though this was a novella, it packs so much punch that it could easily have been a full-length book. There were so many heart-wrenching moments and surprising revelations that it left my jaw dropping. Many times Jeaniene Frost had stated that she wanted to write about Bones' past but never had the chance until now. All I can say is THANK YOU! It was wonderful reading a storyline where Bones was the focus and the reader got to find out more tidbits about his past. A Cat and Bones story is not complete without the rest of the gang showing up and as always they truly enriched the story. This time Ian took the the center stage for the secondary characters in the series and he was absolutely fantastic. It was so much fun to hear Ian's playful and flirtatious comebacks and watching him revel in his scandalous ways. Without spoiling it Ian really got very involved in helping Cat in the current dilemma that she was facing. Everyone has been saying it and I have to agree I would love to see more of Ian in a spin-off book in the Night Huntress World series. He may be a cad but after seeing his loyalty and devotion for the people he cares about you can see that his passion for that one special woman would be mind-blowing. What I loved most about this book was Jeaniene's ability to still come up with fresh ideas that still had me saying "OMG I did not see that one coming". So what are you waiting for read this book if you want lots of excitement, surprises, laughs and hot sexy times with Cat and Bones! 5 Stars

  10. 5 out of 5

    Anna (Bobs Her Hair)

    “Home for the Holidays” by Jeaniene Frost – 4 Stars or B+ The Story Cat arranges a surprise birthday party for Bones with his closest friends. When Annette doesn’t arrive Ian ventures to her hotel to investigate and then some and discovers she has been attacked. Bones, Cat and company cannot get Annette to reveal her attacker. Then, a surprise visitor throws everyone into a tailspin. When Bones, Mencheres, Kira, Spade, and Annette begin acting strange Ian, Denise and Cat work together against a ne “Home for the Holidays” by Jeaniene Frost – 4 Stars or B+ The Story Cat arranges a surprise birthday party for Bones with his closest friends. When Annette doesn’t arrive Ian ventures to her hotel to investigate and then some and discovers she has been attacked. Bones, Cat and company cannot get Annette to reveal her attacker. Then, a surprise visitor throws everyone into a tailspin. When Bones, Mencheres, Kira, Spade, and Annette begin acting strange Ian, Denise and Cat work together against a nemesis who may cost Bones’ his life. Thoughts I thought this was a really good story. The story is tight, fast-paced, humorous, and has sexy times. I’ve never connected with Bones’ as a hero – Spade is my man – but I was feeling the chemistry between the H/h here. The avaricious Master vampire Ian reveals genuine qualities beyond being used as comic relief. He displays intelligence, loyalty, and compassion. At one point, he provides Cat with meaningful advice. Denise helps Cat and Ian by being a team player. I also feel it important to point out that reading First Drop of Crimson, the story about Spade and Denise, is relevant to this short story. Conclusion I liked this story better than One Grave at a Time. It’s a worthy read. It left me anticipating the next Cat & Bone’s book. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for the day Jeaniene Frost reveals Ian is ready for his story. In the meantime, may he enjoy sowing his wild oats. And Yay! Can't wait for Vlad and Leila in Once Burned. Bring. It. On. ಠ_ಠ “The Gift” by Lynsay Sands – No Rating I did not read this short story.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shawna

    4 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance A great Night Huntress holiday story that provided a very satisfying Cat and Bones fix! Merged review: 4 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance *This review is only for Jeaniene Frost’s Home for the Holidays.* A great Night Huntress holiday story that provided a very satisfying Cat and Bones fix! And don’t miss the teaser for Vlad and Leila’s story, Once Burned, at the end of the book! 4 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance A great Night Huntress holiday story that provided a very satisfying Cat and Bones fix! Merged review: 4 ½ stars – Paranormal Romance *This review is only for Jeaniene Frost’s Home for the Holidays.* A great Night Huntress holiday story that provided a very satisfying Cat and Bones fix! And don’t miss the teaser for Vlad and Leila’s story, Once Burned, at the end of the book!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Carmel (Rabid Reads)

    Reviewed by: Rabid Reads There’s nothing like a Christmas themed book to put me in the holiday spirit and this anthology is no exception. I’m a newcomer to Lynsay Sands’ writing but a long-time fan of Jeaniene Frost’s so this novel was a nice mix of new and old for me. I wasn’t lost by starting at book 15.5 in the Argeneau series but I did find the storyline a little odd. On the other hand, I’m caught up in Frost’ Night Huntress series and couldn’t help but get a little giddy at the chance to che Reviewed by: Rabid Reads There’s nothing like a Christmas themed book to put me in the holiday spirit and this anthology is no exception. I’m a newcomer to Lynsay Sands’ writing but a long-time fan of Jeaniene Frost’s so this novel was a nice mix of new and old for me. I wasn’t lost by starting at book 15.5 in the Argeneau series but I did find the storyline a little odd. On the other hand, I’m caught up in Frost’ Night Huntress series and couldn’t help but get a little giddy at the chance to check-in with Cat and Bones again. The Gift by Lynsay Sands This is a cute novella that introduced me to a few of the characters in the Argeneau series and also provided me with a bit of background information. Every author has their own take on vampires but I struggled with Sands’ version. It’s a little “out there”. My understanding is that the undead are a result of some weird science project and they need blood to feed their “nanos”. Also, they are originally from the lost city of Atlantis. Sounds more like the makings of a sci-fi novel than a paranormal one in my opinion. I liked how she spun the mate concept. Vampires have soul mates but sometimes it can take them centuries to find theirs. Katricia is ancient and has spent so many years alone that she no longer craves food or sex but all of that changes when she meets Teddy. At first she’s reluctant to inform him of the fact that they’re mates for fear of him running for the hills. I don’t want to go into too much detail because this is only a novella and I don’t want to ruin it but a few unexpected things do happen to keep things interesting. It’s a Christmas story though, so as expected, everyone lives happily ever after! Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost Ian fans will love this short story because he gets lots of face-time. He’s not on my list of favorite fictional characters but he does have a few personality traits that make his POV a fun read. A new persona is introduced in this novella that had my head buzzing with possibilities. Mainly I started speculating as to how Frost was going to incorporate this tidbit into her series. Things didn’t work out as I expected but a brilliant author is always a step ahead of her readers! As usual, Cat and Bones are spectacular together and I gobbled up the pages faster than I would have liked. The next full length novel isn’t due out for a while so I try to savor my time with these two as much as possible. Unfortunately for me, that never works out as planned. I become so engulfed in Jeaniene’s awesome world that I end up finishing the book in record time without even realizing it until it’s too late. Ooh well, if I become desperate I can always re-read an installment or two! Home for the Holidays is a quick and spicy read that’ll put you in the mood for more things than just Christmas (if you get my meaning!). The two stories in The Bite Before Christmas are festive while managing to maintain their paranormal cores. A great read for those looking to read something holiday-themed without having to go overboard on the Xmas cheer.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Steph

    I only read 'Home for the Holidays'. When I finally get around to reading the Argeneau Series I will head straight back to this book for that Novella. Home for the Holidays was amazing. The story was brilliant and seeing Cat and Bones again always makes me smile. I liked that Cat and Ian had the biggest parts to play. I have always loved their banter and I was so happy to see Ian getting so more page time. Ian never dissapoints and there were some hilarious scenes with him and Cat. Like Ian p I only read 'Home for the Holidays'. When I finally get around to reading the Argeneau Series I will head straight back to this book for that Novella. Home for the Holidays was amazing. The story was brilliant and seeing Cat and Bones again always makes me smile. I liked that Cat and Ian had the biggest parts to play. I have always loved their banter and I was so happy to see Ian getting so more page time. Ian never dissapoints and there were some hilarious scenes with him and Cat. Like Ian pulling his pants down for Cat... 'Stop being such a twit and look' lol. There is no way that the really steaming hot make out scene between Cat and Ian.... YES I SAID CAT AND IAN... can be forgotten. Jeez, if that's Ian when he's not even really trying, what the hell is it going to be like when we see him in full seduction mode? I can hardly wait ;) It was nice to see that Bones has some family left. I love Bones more than ever and I don't think anyone will ever be able to top him IMO. It was also great to see a bit more of Denise in all her shifter glory. Along with Spade, Mencheres, Kira and Anette. Oh and let's not forget Fabian an his new lady friend Elisabeth. I really can't wait to see more of Cat Bones and the rest of the gang next year.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sofija

    This review is only for Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost Another short story about Cat and Bones. As the case usually is with Jeaniene Frost it has great plot, skillful writing, awkward and funny scenes and some English-accented hotness. Unfortunately the lately tendency continues and the relationship between Cat and Bones is boring. There were some revelations about Bones human family. Quite unexpected family members were found. The highlight of this book was my favorite Ian. Amoral, cocky This review is only for Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost Another short story about Cat and Bones. As the case usually is with Jeaniene Frost it has great plot, skillful writing, awkward and funny scenes and some English-accented hotness. Unfortunately the lately tendency continues and the relationship between Cat and Bones is boring. There were some revelations about Bones human family. Quite unexpected family members were found. The highlight of this book was my favorite Ian. Amoral, cocky and always horny he brings so much entertainment into old series. And I finally got to see him making out with Cat again. But I won’t say more. You will have to read it on your own to know what happened ;)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Suz

    4.5 stars for the Jeaniene Frost story. In typical Cat & Bones fashion, and Jeaniene Frost style, the story was exciting, gave us significant character development with characters we have come to love (and perhaps even some we love to dislike), fattened parts of the world and lore up, and opened up some possibilities for long arc storylines, all wrapped up in a very satisfying ending. I also read the preview peek at the new Vlad series (Prince of Darkness) and I'm really looking forward to that 4.5 stars for the Jeaniene Frost story. In typical Cat & Bones fashion, and Jeaniene Frost style, the story was exciting, gave us significant character development with characters we have come to love (and perhaps even some we love to dislike), fattened parts of the world and lore up, and opened up some possibilities for long arc storylines, all wrapped up in a very satisfying ending. I also read the preview peek at the new Vlad series (Prince of Darkness) and I'm really looking forward to that first book! I will return to Ms. Sands' story when I have read some of that series. I'm an Argeneau virgin and want to let the series unfold naturally. :D

  16. 4 out of 5

    Trader (RedHotBlueReads)

    Awesome story from Jeaniene Frost in this anthology. Lots of breakneck action and sentiment. Ian was absolutely terrific in this. Loved finding out more about Bones background. Also read the Lynsay Sands story. I had not read anything of hers before, and the novella in this book was a good introduction to her work. I may have to read more of her Argeneau series. Overall, very enjoyable read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I only read the Night Huntress part, and LOVED it!!! What a great side story to this series. Frost made a story that frankly I never would have thought happening! So much happens in this little novel. I was surprised in more ways than one and of course always love the chemistry between Bones and Cat. Ian was remarkable in this book! Seriously his lines are just too much! Thinking about him I'm laughing now. It's def. a must read for Bones and Cats fans. I only read the Night Huntress part, and LOVED it!!! What a great side story to this series. Frost made a story that frankly I never would have thought happening! So much happens in this little novel. I was surprised in more ways than one and of course always love the chemistry between Bones and Cat. Ian was remarkable in this book! Seriously his lines are just too much! Thinking about him I'm laughing now. It's def. a must read for Bones and Cats fans.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cindyg

    I have to admit that I only read Jeaniene's story so far. And of course it was awesome. I love Cat and Bones and as far as I'm concerned they can do no wrong. In this story Cat is once again our heroine...as Bones and the others are under some kind of mind control. Fantastic read... Highly recommend this book. I have to admit that I only read Jeaniene's story so far. And of course it was awesome. I love Cat and Bones and as far as I'm concerned they can do no wrong. In this story Cat is once again our heroine...as Bones and the others are under some kind of mind control. Fantastic read... Highly recommend this book.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Aly is so frigging bored

    Only the Night Huntress novella Ian made my day :D he is so funny and hot(and horny all the time :D). Didn't expect that bits and pieces about Bones' past but they sure were interesting! Only the Night Huntress novella Ian made my day :D he is so funny and hot(and horny all the time :D). Didn't expect that bits and pieces about Bones' past but they sure were interesting!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Dreamer

    I've only read "The Gift" by Lynsay Sands. I've only read "The Gift" by Lynsay Sands.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Shelby

    The Gift - 4 Stars Awwwwwww, Teddy gets a vampire for Christmas! Really that's all this story is for me, Teddy deserves his chance at an immortal life after the help he's given to the other immortals. He's such a good man. I kinda expected him to figure things out a little earlier than he did, but this was cute and sweet so it was all fine in my book. Home for the Holidays - 4 Stars Well dang! That's one nasty demon! Bones did not get much in the way of a good birthday this year, luckily Christmas The Gift - 4 Stars Awwwwwww, Teddy gets a vampire for Christmas! Really that's all this story is for me, Teddy deserves his chance at an immortal life after the help he's given to the other immortals. He's such a good man. I kinda expected him to figure things out a little earlier than he did, but this was cute and sweet so it was all fine in my book. Home for the Holidays - 4 Stars Well dang! That's one nasty demon! Bones did not get much in the way of a good birthday this year, luckily Christmas went more his and his friends way. Cat and Ian are the stars in this one and I loved them being forced to work together in spite of how much Cat tends to despise him. Ian's devotion to Bones is sincere. Wraith...man I wish things had gone a little differently in this one. I was hoping for a little more (view spoiler)[Christmas miracles able to save everything (hide spoiler)] . Still in the end I was left happy and glad to see Cat kicking butt.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    The Bite Before Christmas contains two novellas, "The Gift" by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #15.5) and "Home for the Holidays" by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #6.5). In "The Gift", Port Henry's middle aged bachelor police chief, Teddy Brunswick, gladly accepts Margeurite Argeneau's offer of her cottage in Muskoka to avoid being alone and pitied on Christmas. But the morning after he arrives, he wakes up to find that a storm has taken out the power, his truck is completely snowed in (even the door ha The Bite Before Christmas contains two novellas, "The Gift" by Lynsay Sands (Argeneau #15.5) and "Home for the Holidays" by Jeaniene Frost (Night Huntress #6.5). In "The Gift", Port Henry's middle aged bachelor police chief, Teddy Brunswick, gladly accepts Margeurite Argeneau's offer of her cottage in Muskoka to avoid being alone and pitied on Christmas. But the morning after he arrives, he wakes up to find that a storm has taken out the power, his truck is completely snowed in (even the door handle is frozen), and a fallen tree has blocked the road. He has no food and his mobile phone needs recharging - all he has is a fireplace and some heat. When he treks out to the road to survey the damage, he encounters a lovely young woman called Katricia, who is also alone and borrowing the neighbouring cottage which belongs to friends of hers (Mortimer and Sam, from The Rogue Hunter ). She has loads of food but no heat, so they decide to pool resources. Tricia brings over the food, something she didn't think she'd need since she hasn't been interested in eating for centuries - but now that she's met her life mate, Teddy, it's one of the things that's returned to her. Like all her kind, she'd despaired of ever meeting her life mate, and now here he is - and they're confined to a cottage on a lake for a few days. It seems the perfect situation to Tricia, but Teddy is fifty and thinks he's way too old for her, and that his attraction to her is a little creepy. But he knows about her kind, coming from Port Henry where immortals are a kind of half-open secret, so Katricia has every hope that he'll welcome the idea. She just has to find the right moment to tell him. "Home for the Holidays" begins with a surprise birthday celebration for Bones, organised by his loving wife Cat, to which all the old crowd is invited (their main paranormal crew is there except for Vlad - Ian, Spade, Fabian, Elisabeth, Denise, Mencheres, Kira and Annette). Annette is late to the party, though, and when Ian goes to her hotel to fetch her, he finds her being assailed by an unknown man, the room covered in blood. The assailant flees out the window and Annette is strangely reticent in giving Bones any information. That night, a stranger breaches their property, a vampire in a frilly shirt who calls himself Wraith and claims to be Bone's half-brother, and a loner whose Sire is dead. Bones is sceptical, but hopeful, for he's never known where he came from. But soon after Wraith is welcomed into the house, Cat notices something strange. Everyone except her, Denise and Ian are entranced by the vampire as he tells long-winded story after long-winded story. When Bones completely loses interest in Cat and doesn't show any of his usual reactions towards her, she becomes as worried as Ian. The two of them have to work together to figure out what's going on and how to fix it, before Bones is lost to her forever. I enjoyed both of these stories a great deal, though "Home for the Holidays" was the stronger one - and glad I was of it too, since the last Cat and Bones book I read was pretty disappointing for me. "The Gift" was a fun read, returning to the lighter early books in the series in tone, with no dark sub-plots, just a scenario that brings together two people and gives them time to explore things. Interestingly, after Teddy is turned (not a spoiler, since of course he's turned) and becomes young again - about twenty-five - I found myself missing the Teddy I'd come to know, the older man facing retirement. Of course it changes things, getting your youth back, and if this were a longer story, or a work of speculative fiction rather than romance, it could have become a very dark story, if Teddy wasn't as lovely as he is. But I really liked him, so it was easy to be happy for him and to smile at his sudden youthful enthusiasm. Still, when you fall in love with a person, having them suddenly lose decades would make me feel like I was now stuck with someone I didn't know. Interesting thought, anyway. Overall, it was great getting back to Canada and a quieter, more light-hearted story in the Argeneau series. With "Home for the Holidays", Frost struck gold, creating a neat, tight story, plenty of action, a situation that seemed unsolvable (Kresley Cole has turned me into a fan of these kinds of twisted plots!), and Cat gets to seriously kick arse, again. Plus, you will actually like Ian in this story, since he gets to act hero without losing his crude and irreverent sense of humour. More than that, though, we learn more about Bones' lineage and past, and that glimpse of repressed hope that Cat sees in his eyes when Wraith dangles the long-lost-brother card makes your heart break a bit. The ghosts get some good air time too, action-wise, which I always love, since the vampires always ignore and underestimate them. And on the romance front, there are some lovely intense scenes between Cat and Bones - not the sex, interestingly enough, but before that. Overall, a winning novella in the Night Huntress world that reinvigorates my previously waning love for the series.

  23. 5 out of 5

    E.J. Stevens

    The Bite Before Christmas contains two short stories/novellas, one from Jeaniene Frost and one from Lynsay Sands. Both stories were excellent. The Gift (Argeneau #15.5) is a paranormal romance with the high heat level you expect from Lynsay Sands. I was worried that this might have an ick factor due to the lead male's age, but I got past that quickly. A fun romp in a holiday snowstorm that's a perfect quick read for the holidays.* *Note: I almost took off half a star for the constant referral to T The Bite Before Christmas contains two short stories/novellas, one from Jeaniene Frost and one from Lynsay Sands. Both stories were excellent. The Gift (Argeneau #15.5) is a paranormal romance with the high heat level you expect from Lynsay Sands. I was worried that this might have an ick factor due to the lead male's age, but I got past that quickly. A fun romp in a holiday snowstorm that's a perfect quick read for the holidays.* *Note: I almost took off half a star for the constant referral to Theodore's "little Teddy" since this is a pet peeve of mine. To me "little Teddy" makes me think of children and teddy bears...neither of which should be in Theodore's pants. Not. Sexy. Not sexy at all. Home for the Holidays (Night Huntress #6.5) had the paranormal romance spark we love between Cat and Bones, but was primarily a kick-ass edge-of-your-seat urban fantasy with nearly all of our favorite Night Huntress characters. This story is also set during the holidays which makes it a fun holiday read. I don't know about you, but the holidays are chaotic here and so I find myself on a short story/anthology/novella kick this time of year. The Bite Before Christmas contained two excellent stories that were the perfect length for my holiday-stress-induced short attention span. Shadow Rating: 5-stars How do the holidays impact your reading habits? If you're like me and looking for something short and not so sweet this time of year, you'll love the following paranormal romance and urban fantasy short stories, novellas, and anthologies; Dark and Stormy Nights, Mean Streets, Naked City: Tales of Urban Fantasy, Must Love Hellhounds, Hex Appeal, Deep Kiss of Winter, Blood and Mistletoe, Reckoning, On the Prowl, Tales of the Otherworld, Kitty's Greatest Hits, Cat Tales, Have Stakes Will Travel, Black Water, An Apple for the Creature, My Big Fat Supernatural Wedding, Magic Graves, Carniepunk, Vampires: The Recent Undead, First Blood, Kiss of Venom, Dates from Hell, Kisses from Hell, Vacations from Hell, Kicking It, Strange Brew, Unbound, Hexed, Winter Moon, Wolfsbane and Mistletoe, and Holidays are Hell. (Read the full review post at From the Shadows: http://www.fromtheshadows.info/2014/1...)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jen Ifer's Inklings

    This book had two short stories in one collection. I'd rate the Argeneau short story 3 stars. As much as I love Deputy Teddy, the multiple times I had to endure hearing about "Little Teddy" reacting to his mate just really turned me off. There are so many other ways to reference male excitement. Now, the Night Huntress short story was a pleasant surprise. 5 stars for sure. I really loved seeing all the characters and getting to spend time with Cat and Bones again. I think they are my favorite vam This book had two short stories in one collection. I'd rate the Argeneau short story 3 stars. As much as I love Deputy Teddy, the multiple times I had to endure hearing about "Little Teddy" reacting to his mate just really turned me off. There are so many other ways to reference male excitement. Now, the Night Huntress short story was a pleasant surprise. 5 stars for sure. I really loved seeing all the characters and getting to spend time with Cat and Bones again. I think they are my favorite vampire couple ever. I swoon so hard for Bones. All in all, cute stories and both worth the read.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ronda

    I loved Jeaniene's Frost's part of this book (I will read Lyndsay's story when I read her other books). Cat had her hands full this time and Ian was the honorable one to help... I love his dry sense of humour!!! I really enjoyed this story, I loved the fact it followed on nicely from the other books but my one regret is I wish I had read it at Christmas!!! I loved Jeaniene's Frost's part of this book (I will read Lyndsay's story when I read her other books). Cat had her hands full this time and Ian was the honorable one to help... I love his dry sense of humour!!! I really enjoyed this story, I loved the fact it followed on nicely from the other books but my one regret is I wish I had read it at Christmas!!!

  26. 5 out of 5

    willaful

    An okay "Argeneau vampires" story, and a pretty good "Cat and Bones" story with some punch to it. I was amused what seemed like a small homage to "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" in the Frost story, though it ended on a rather sad note for a Christmas collection. An okay "Argeneau vampires" story, and a pretty good "Cat and Bones" story with some punch to it. I was amused what seemed like a small homage to "Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer" in the Frost story, though it ended on a rather sad note for a Christmas collection.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Gabriella

    I only listened to the Argeneau part of the whole audiobook. ( not interested in Cat & Bones) I liked Teddy's story, although I wish all the time that it was longer and more fleshed out. I also missed a scene with all the Vamps from Port Henry. Would have been funny... I only listened to the Argeneau part of the whole audiobook. ( not interested in Cat & Bones) I liked Teddy's story, although I wish all the time that it was longer and more fleshed out. I also missed a scene with all the Vamps from Port Henry. Would have been funny...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Minx

    Two great holiday paranormal romances, well Lynsay Sands' story was a paranormal romance! Jeaniene Frost’s book was more a wild tale of demon possession but the power of love resonated throughout the story. Loved them, even if they weren’t very Christmassy. Two great holiday paranormal romances, well Lynsay Sands' story was a paranormal romance! Jeaniene Frost’s book was more a wild tale of demon possession but the power of love resonated throughout the story. Loved them, even if they weren’t very Christmassy.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Clarice

    I am happy that Teddy found the woman of his dreams. The second story was good and fun to read.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Tolly

    I always forget how much joy Lynday Sands brings me. Fangs and fun for Christmas. It delivered.

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