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All they want for Christmas is you… 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 a All they want for Christmas is you… 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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All they want for Christmas is you… 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 a All they want for Christmas is you… 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.

30 review for A Vampire for Christmas: Enchanted by Blood\Monsters Don't Do Christmas\When Herald Angels Sing\All I Want For Christmas

  1. 5 out of 5

    UniquelyMoi ~ BlithelyBookish

    There’s nothing like curling up with a great romance during the holidays, and when those romances come from an anthology, I’m even more excited because the stories are short, varied and almost always have that magical happily ever after. And another plus is that they often give me a chance to get to know authors whose work I might not have never tried, otherwise. However, one of the problems inherent with anthologies is that the authors have to perform a balancing act when contributing to them, There’s nothing like curling up with a great romance during the holidays, and when those romances come from an anthology, I’m even more excited because the stories are short, varied and almost always have that magical happily ever after. And another plus is that they often give me a chance to get to know authors whose work I might not have never tried, otherwise. However, one of the problems inherent with anthologies is that the authors have to perform a balancing act when contributing to them, especially when their contribution comes from a world they’ve already created through a series. They have to give those of us who are unfamiliar with their series enough information to keep us from feeling lost while at the same time not filling too much of their limited and very valuable page time with unnecessary information. One of the stories in this collection suffered from ‘too much information’ and another suffered from ‘not enough,’ but all-in-all, I enjoyed this collection and have discovered authors whose work I’ll be watching for. So here we go, my thoughts on each individual story. 1. “Enchanted by Blood” by Laurie London – This novella is part of the Sweetblood series and I can tell that Ms. London has created a unique, exciting world, but even though I enjoyed this ‘second chance at love’ tale, I think I would have enjoyed it a lot more if I had been following the series before reading this book. As I said above, it’s a tough balancing act for an author, and in this case I felt like I was getting way too much background information laid out for me rather than being able to watch it unfold naturally. Maybe had the plot been about something other than the politics of their world, more time could have been devoted to the characters themselves which should always be the driving force of any romance book, regardless of the length. And speaking of the characters; from what little I saw of them, I really liked Trace, but Charlotte didn’t do a lot for me, which I think could have been remedied if more time had been spent on character and relationship development. The sex definitely sizzled, but their romance didn’t give me the warm fuzzies I like, especially in my holiday reads. All that said, I’m definitely interested in reading more of this series because I really enjoyed Ms. London’s easy, comfortable style of writing and something tells me that I’d quickly get hooked on the world of Sweetblood! - 3 stars 2. "Monsters Don't Do Christmas" by Michele Hauf – I had very high hopes for this story because it started so out strong and I was sure it would hold, but then it just fizzled. There was so much potential for a great tale, but I found myself doing a lot of skimming and I was never able to become all that invested in either Daniel or Olivia, which in turn made it hard to stay interested in the story. I wish I had learned more about Daniel being changed and the world he gave up. I get being bitter and all, but I could have totally invested in him if I had felt, and not just been told about, his anger. What I did like about it was the way Christmas commercialism was played down, and how Daniel, who believed himself to be a monster, didn’t let the darkness rule him. It was exactly the kind of Christmas story I would normally love, but something about the delivery just didn’t grab me. – 2 stars 3. “When Herald Angels Sing” by Caridad Pineiro – I really enjoyed this story. It was such a sweet, romantic, sexy tale about learning from your past mistakes, admitting you were wrong, and being willing to sacrifice anything and everything for those you love. As Damien and Angelina learned, “believe in the power of love and all of Heaven will be yours.” 4 stars 4. “All I Want for Christmas” by Alexis Morgan - Now see, very rarely is it that a novella can earn 5 stars because to do so the author has to be very careful to strike the perfect balance of world building and character development, while making it all emotionally compelling. And let’s be honest, that’s hard enough to do in a full length novel, let alone a short one. But this story had it all. The plot was interesting, yet didn’t require a lot of page time to set up, which made more character and relationship development possible, and in the end, allowed me to become totally invested in Eagan and Della, as well as the secondary characters, Tenn, Lupe, Harry, Daniel... I'd love to know more about them all! – 5 stars The bottom line - While I enjoyed all of the stories, or at least parts of them, the last two carried the anthology and I'll definitely be reading more by these authors. This book was provided by netgalley.com in behalf of HQN Books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kit (Metaphors and Moonlight)

    3 Stars Review: Since this anthology is only four stories, I’ll give my thoughts for each. Enchanted Blood by Laurie London – This one is about a vampire and his human love finding each other again even after her memory was wiped, and this time getting their HEA. There wasn’t anything I can point out as being wrong with this one, I just wasn’t really into it. I think it involved characters from a series, so maybe anyone who's read the series would like it more. Monsters Don’t Do Christmas by Michell 3 Stars Review: Since this anthology is only four stories, I’ll give my thoughts for each. Enchanted Blood by Laurie London – This one is about a vampire and his human love finding each other again even after her memory was wiped, and this time getting their HEA. There wasn’t anything I can point out as being wrong with this one, I just wasn’t really into it. I think it involved characters from a series, so maybe anyone who's read the series would like it more. Monsters Don’t Do Christmas by Michelle Hauf – This one is about a vampire who thinks his soul is dark and the up-and-coming singer who can see that it’s not. The biggest fantasy element in this one was a woman, alone, breaking up a fight between three men in an alley and then inviting one of the men into her apartment after he semi-attacked and threatened her. Despite that initial strangeness and some cliches, this was my second favorite. Daniel, our vampire, was brooding and a bit rough and imperfect but a good person (even if it was a bit ridiculous that he kept going on about how terrible he was despite never doing anything terrible). I didn’t believe the instalove, but I could believe they at least had feelings. Having one character be a celebrity brought a bit of uniqueness, and the story had a kind of cozy feel to it overall. When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro – This one is about the love between a guardian angel and the vampire whose soul she’s trying to save. I have to be honest, I was confused by a lot. Certain things didn’t quite add up to me (like how the vampire didn’t figure out his love wasn’t human), and I didn’t understand all the soul saving/damning stuff. But it had vampires and angels and love and a bit of a “A Christmas Carol” vibe. All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan – This one is about an undercover vampire cop unexpectedly finding love with the kind owner of the diner he’s frequenting for his current case. This was my favorite of the lot. Eagan was a loner but good-hearted. Della was kind and giving. It was instalove-y, but I could believe they had feelings, at least, and they were cute together. The diner atmosphere and Della’s kindness toward everyone made this a warm and fuzzy kinda read. I enjoyed this one. One small complaint I will say about this anthology overall is that it seemed like Christmas was almost an afterthought. These stories took place at that time of year but weren’t super Christmas-y themselves. But it’s still nice if you want that winter/Christmas feel. As for the audiobook, each story had a different narrator, and all four (Eve Bianco, Viv Williams, Jack LeFleur, Lola Holiday) were pretty good. Lola Holiday, who narrated the last story, was the best at doing different voices and making it all sound natural, in my opinion. Overall, though I personally didn’t love this anthology, I think fans of light romance and erotica, and of course vampires, might like it! *Rating: 3 Stars // Read Date: 2020 // Format: Audiobook* Recommended For: Anyone who likes short stories, romance/erotica, and sexy vampires. Original Review @ Metaphors and Moonlight

  3. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    http://www.demonloversbooksandmore.co... Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London- 3.5 stars I really enjoy Laurie London's Sweetblood series, but to be honest, this one definitely wasn't one of my favorites. The storyline was good, but there's one thing that really REALLY bugged me. Charlotte's friend bailed on her at a club, so she heads back to her car alone. Right before she is about to get accosted, someone swoops in and beats the thugs down. Awesome, except that her hero is her ex-lover. Oh, and http://www.demonloversbooksandmore.co... Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London- 3.5 stars I really enjoy Laurie London's Sweetblood series, but to be honest, this one definitely wasn't one of my favorites. The storyline was good, but there's one thing that really REALLY bugged me. Charlotte's friend bailed on her at a club, so she heads back to her car alone. Right before she is about to get accosted, someone swoops in and beats the thugs down. Awesome, except that her hero is her ex-lover. Oh, and she doesn't remember him because he's a vampire who erased her memory of their relationship. So far so good, and I loved watching Trace woo her, it was sweet. I really liked the mini suspense plot too, except when she finds out what Trace did, other than a slap across his face, all is forgiven. Really? But definitely a good addition to the Sweetblood series, just a minor thing that hits my pet peeve button. Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf-2 stars This one starts out strong and then became really boring. Not much happened and I didn't see Olivia as being a monster at all. She feels she's more of a monster than her self-loathing vampire lover is. Why? She's a pop star. Yep, except she's not really even diva-ish. The plot was a fail. When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro- 3.5 stars I think this story starts off with a bang. I liked it, found myself tensing up in the right places, palms sweaty, heart racing. I will definitely read more by Ms. Pineiro. The main reason I didn't rate it more highly, is that with the flashbacks (which were well done) and the timeline, I found myself wishing it had been a longer book so we could see what the author was trying to do with those flashbacks. The world building was nil. Absolutely none. I don't know if it's part of another series or not? Maybe then I would have known more about her version of demon/vampires and angels? Other than that, I liked the idea of the guardian angel failing, the soul in question needing a "Christmas Carol" type lesson, and the devil taking his due. All I Want For Christmas by Alexis Morgan- 4 stars By far the best story in the book. Maybe because it works better as a stand-alone? It's not part of Alexis Morgan's vampires that she writes for Harlequin's Nocturne imprint, and it's your stereotypical vampire mythos. I think that helps with a stand-alone as she was able to more focus on the story and driving plot, than try to add in complex world-building. This is a very sweet romance, with a vampire undercover cop and a sweet diner owner. The writing was easy read, and it was a "feel-good" story. The perfect Christmas romance, if you don't mind a vampire or two in your Christmas story.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Posted on Under the Covers Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London (SweetBlood #2.5) – 3 stars Charlotte is ditched by her best friend at a dance club and decides to head home when she realizes she is being followed by two strange men. Fear propels her forward to the safety of her car, but a man appears and does the ass-kicking for her. Since Charlotte has injured her hand during her scuffle to get to safety, this man offers to feed her and drive her home. Trace is a guardian and a vampire. And altho Posted on Under the Covers Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London (SweetBlood #2.5) – 3 stars Charlotte is ditched by her best friend at a dance club and decides to head home when she realizes she is being followed by two strange men. Fear propels her forward to the safety of her car, but a man appears and does the ass-kicking for her. Since Charlotte has injured her hand during her scuffle to get to safety, this man offers to feed her and drive her home. Trace is a guardian and a vampire. And although Charlotte has no recollection of this, the truth is, Trace and Charlotte had an affair before this. Swiped clean of their memory, Trace uses this one night to relive their happy moments together...in the comfort of her bed. I liked Laurie London’s story. While Trace was a nice hero, I hoped for a little more with Charlotte. She wasn’t too memorable for me. I also thought that the beginning of the novella was stronger than the latter part, but that is not to say that the writing gets weaker as you read. Overall, I enjoyed this read. Monsters Don’t Do Christmas – Michele Hauf – 2 stars Daniel’s got his hands full in a fight with two werewolves when a woman wrapped in winter gear breaks up the party. Sending the werewolves home, she invites the sexy vampire into her home for a quick kiss. Olivia’s got a dominant streak and isn’t going to back down when the guy she has her sights on is right there for her picking. Out of all the stories in this anthology, I thought Hauf’s had the most memorable heroine. Olivia definitely had the best introduction and I found myself liking her spunk. However, after the strong beginning, I thought this story lost some of its appeal as it went on. Olivia may be alpha of the relationship, but I thought that Daniel was a really sweet vampire who had just the right sexiness to suit Olivia’s darkest desires. While I really enjoyed the banter between Daniel and Olivia, that was the only thing keeping me reading. And sometimes Olivia was a little too dominant for my tastes. Let the man seduce, woman! When Herald Angels Sing – Caridad Pineiro – 2 stars Damien was one of the better heroes out of all the four stories. He was like a dark angel who I wanted to learn more about. Christmas Eve is a hard time for him since a year ago on this day, he lost Angelina, his love. When Perez Ramirez, the Captain of this immortal ship hands her to him, Daniel hopes that this Christmas will be better than the last. There’s some resemblance to A Christmas Carol where Angelina takes Daniel back into the past. I’m not quite sure I liked this aspect of the story so much. In theory, it sounds like a lot of fun. But I much preferred the parts where they were just in the present. Whereas in the other novellas, I liked the story better than the characters, in Where Herald Angels Sing, I liked the characters more than the story. What I did like about this story was Caridad’s writing style. I liked the overall tone she evoked and she describes things very eloquently. I hope to give this author another shot. All I Want For Christmas –Alexis Morgan – 3.5 stars Out of all the stories, I felt that Morgan’s story was the best. It had a steady beginning, capturing my attention with Eagan, the vampire who just hates holidays. I like him already! And Della, a sweet diner owner who I’d loved to be friends with. Paired together, I thought they complimented one another well. And the best part is, individually, both characters are strong on their own. While I was more of an Eagan before starting it story, I definitely wished December were here by the time I finished. Christmas t-shirts, you ask? Bring it on! Ok, maybe not. *ARC provided by Laurie London

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I have been enjoying reading Christmas themed anthologies over the last few days so A Vampire for Christmas was just the kind of thing I was looking for. Anthologies can be a great way of trying new authors and I have definitely added a couple of authors to my to read pile thanks to this one. Although there were a couple of stories that I didn't enjoy as much as the others I'd say this anthology was well worth buying just for Alexis Morgan and Laurie London's contributions. Enchanted by Blood by I have been enjoying reading Christmas themed anthologies over the last few days so A Vampire for Christmas was just the kind of thing I was looking for. Anthologies can be a great way of trying new authors and I have definitely added a couple of authors to my to read pile thanks to this one. Although there were a couple of stories that I didn't enjoy as much as the others I'd say this anthology was well worth buying just for Alexis Morgan and Laurie London's contributions. Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London - 3.5 stars I've not read any of the books in the Sweetblood series but after reading this novella I'll definitely be picking up the first book in the series (Bonded by Blood). Enchanted by Blood is the story of Trace a vampire who is about to take his place on the governing council but is torn between his family duty and his love for the human Charlotte. Although I did find a couple of things confusing because I've not read the first few books in the series I enjoyed this novella and it reminded me a little of Lara Adrian's Midnight Breed series and J.R. Ward's Black Dagger Brotherhood books. My one irritation was that Charlotte forgave Trace a bit too easily for wiping her memory, it would have taken a lot longer for him to win me around after pulling a stunt like that but I can forgive it since this was a novella not a full length book. I really liked both of the main characters and I'm looking forward to reading more of this series. Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf - 2 stars This story was OK but nothing special and I'd started to get bored by the end of it. Daniel was transformed into a vampire against his will and has believed himself to be a monster unworthy of happiness ever since. He is drawn to Olivia but with her life in the public eye it isn't going to be easy for him to keep the fact he is a vampire a secret. I felt that Olivia accepted the fact that Daniel was a vampire far too easily and I was surprised that she wasn't even slightly afraid of him in the beginning. I was also annoyed that she kept referring to herself as a monster when there was no reason for her to. Like I said this story was OK and I will try something else by this author in the future (I have a couple of her books on my to read pile), hopefully I'd be able to connect to the characters better in a full length novel. When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro - 1 star (Did Not Finish) I'm not going to spend much time talking about this one. I found the constant switching between the past and the present confusing. I didn't connect to either of the characters and didn't even bother to finish reading the story. I was worried that I hadn't given this one a fair chance because I had a really bad headache when I first picked it up so I tried to give it a second chance and had exactly the same problem. I've heard really good things about this author so will probably try something else by her in the future, unfortunately When Herald Angels Sing just didn't work for me. All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan - 4.5 stars This was definitely my favourite story in the anthology and I'm really looking forward to reading more by Alexis Morgan in the future. Vampire Eagan works as an undercover policeman and is investigating the murders of several teenagers. He needs a cover story for being in the area where the teens have been disappearing from and Della's diner is the perfect location for him to observe what is going on. Della loves to look after everyone and the customers who spend time at the diner are more like family, she is quick to welcome Eagan into her world but Eagan is used to spending his time alone and it isn't so easy for him to get used to his growing feelings for Della. This was such a sweet story, it has a great Christmas feel good factor and I enjoyed every minute of it. The A Vampire for Christmas anthology is worth buying for this story alone & I would highly recommend it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kat

    I like vampires, I like romance, and I like Christmas, so when I saw this book on Overdrive I thought to myself, I have to read that. It's actually 4 short stories which was even better but I only read the first one all the way through. The first is decent for a silly vampire Christmas romance, the others were boring or too serious for me to bother finishing. I neither recommend or do not recommend this book. I like vampires, I like romance, and I like Christmas, so when I saw this book on Overdrive I thought to myself, I have to read that. It's actually 4 short stories which was even better but I only read the first one all the way through. The first is decent for a silly vampire Christmas romance, the others were boring or too serious for me to bother finishing. I neither recommend or do not recommend this book.

  7. 4 out of 5

    All Things Urban Fantasy

    Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy “Enchanted By Blood” by Laurie London (Sweetblood #2.5) After being a little disappointed with the last Sweetblood novella story I read, I was really hoping for a novella that captured the same super sexy and dangerous feel of the full length novels. And that’s what I got. The story here manages to incorporate the depth of a long term relationship while still letting readers experience the thrill of a new couple meeting for the first time. Even though v Review courtesy of All Things Urban Fantasy “Enchanted By Blood” by Laurie London (Sweetblood #2.5) After being a little disappointed with the last Sweetblood novella story I read, I was really hoping for a novella that captured the same super sexy and dangerous feel of the full length novels. And that’s what I got. The story here manages to incorporate the depth of a long term relationship while still letting readers experience the thrill of a new couple meeting for the first time. Even though vampire Trance and human Charlotte had relationship prior to the start of this story, Charlotte doesn’t remember it because of a mind wipe. It’s kind of the best of both worlds. Trance already loves and cherishes Char when they ‘first’ meet, but he has to win Char without ever revealing that. So, yes to the super sexy dangerous plot (courtesy of some nasty psycho vamps), but also yes to the tender love story too. Sexual Content: A couple graphic sex scenes Rating: 4/5 "Monsters Don't Do Christmas" by Michelle Hauf This story is the most Christmas-y of the anthology. It’s a very unusual story, but that’s part of why I ended up liking it. Human Olivia rescues vampire Daniel from an attack by werewolves (she things it’s muggers), but when she learns what he is, she asks for a kiss as a reward. What follows is a romance that never goes the way you would expect, but ends up exactly where you want. They each see themselves as monsters for different reasons and together find their souls again. I think it might have worked better as a full length novel, but even at this length, the result is oddly beautiful. Sexual Content: A couple graphic sex scenes Rating: 3/5 “When Herald Angels Sing” by Caridad Piñeiro By far my least favorite story in the anthology. Plot holes, thin story, unlikeable and foolish characters are just a few of the problems I had in this story about a vampire forced to revisit the high and low points of his life by the woman he loves who is secretly an angel. She dies and is reborn several times throughout the course of his life, yet he is shocked to discover she isn’t human…she meanwhile is basically raped by him in a public bar and then tossed to the ground when he’s done and yet she feels bad for him when he has to relive the experience! I was completely done with caring about either of them at that point, but struggled through the rest of the story which amounted to one long repetitive sex scene after another. Seriously awful. Sexual Content: Several long, graphic sex scenes including one that could be perceived as rape Rating: 1/5 “All I Want for Christmas” by Alexis Morgan This was the most charming story in the anthology, it really could end up being a Hallmark Christmas movie. The story is about a diner owner who is selflessly devoted to her quirky regulars and is quick to welcome a reticent new loner who shows up just before the holidays. Several cute scenes follow including the pair hanging lights together and getting caught under the mistletoe. But romance is never easy for the loner who has to hide the fact that he’s a vampire cop sent to spy on the busboy who may be involved in blood selling. The dialogue had a tendency to drift into saccharine territory, especially the too schmaltzy ending, but overall it was a sweet and heartwarming story. Sexual Content: A graphic sex scene Rating: 3/5

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    3.5 stars - Tis the season to be fangy... Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London - A Sweet Bloods connected short - Trace's destiny didn't allow for the love of a human, so he erased Charlotte's memory of their love together, but fate has other ideas... This was pleasant enough, the preexisting connection makes the story work - even without her memories Charlotte feels drawn to Trace - my only issues were with terms from the world building: Darkbloods, Sweet bloods just struck me as being a bit chee 3.5 stars - Tis the season to be fangy... Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London - A Sweet Bloods connected short - Trace's destiny didn't allow for the love of a human, so he erased Charlotte's memory of their love together, but fate has other ideas... This was pleasant enough, the preexisting connection makes the story work - even without her memories Charlotte feels drawn to Trace - my only issues were with terms from the world building: Darkbloods, Sweet bloods just struck me as being a bit cheesy. I like this one well enough, but if it hadn't been a short story the painless (well at least for Trace) resolution of the main conflict would have bugged me. (I liked it) Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf - A diva on holiday decides to learn how to take risks starting out by diving into a fling with a vampire - This one was pretty good too, I never really saw why the singer sees herself as a monster, but I liked that she is able to help the vamp to realized that even though he is a blood sucker in reality - he was a figurative killer in his former life - he doesn't have the soul of a monster. (I liked it) When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Piniero - Third time is the charm - The ending was good, but I wasn't overly fond of what came before, I generally like Piniero's stories but there was just way too much sex and not enough development of the relationship for this grand love that the leading man has for a woman who has died immediately after each of their encounters in the past. (It was ok) All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan - On the hunt for a supernatural who is preying on teens, a loner vamp enforcer develops an attraction to a woman with a big heart. - This was my favorite of the stories, the woman is just so caring that there was no way the vamp was going to be able to stay away for her own good, and the reveal was done in a smooth way too, but I especially liked the secrets of her little 'family' as well. (I really liked it) ARC provided by Netgalley

  9. 5 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    Feb 2018: re-listened Laurie London - Enchanted by Blood (narrated by Eve Bianco) This was the short story that prompted me to search out the Sweetblood series. Still 3 stars. ____________________________ 3 stars average. This is another example of a book that read better than in audio. The problem could be the unevenness of the narrators' styles, or it could be just that I'm getting a bit tired of vampire stories. Alexis Morgan - All I Want for Christmas (narrated by Lola Holiday) 3.5 stars. By fa Feb 2018: re-listened Laurie London - Enchanted by Blood (narrated by Eve Bianco) This was the short story that prompted me to search out the Sweetblood series. Still 3 stars. ____________________________ 3 stars average. This is another example of a book that read better than in audio. The problem could be the unevenness of the narrators' styles, or it could be just that I'm getting a bit tired of vampire stories. Alexis Morgan - All I Want for Christmas (narrated by Lola Holiday) 3.5 stars. By far the most enjoyable and understandable of the four. Caridad Pineiro - When Herald Angels Sing (narrated by Jack LeFleur) 2 stars. I think the narration let this story down a bit, it was so slow that I just lost interest. Laurie London - Enchanted by Blood (narrated by Eve Bianco) 3 stars. This one was ok so I'm going to look into the whole Sweetblood series. Michele Hauf - Monsters Don't Do Christmas (narrated by Viv Williams) 2 stars. Couldn't really get into this one, the H/h just didn't appeal.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Carla-Book Monster Reviews

    Review by Joanne (Book Monster Guest Reviewer) A Vampire for Christmas is a classic collection of love stories set in the world’s happiest holiday of all. What could be better than to read about four vampires looking for love at a time when love is overflowing in the human heart? Each story teaches us something different about the human/vampire connection. Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London is set in a time when vampires were still struggling with identity and attempting to set up rules to help t Review by Joanne (Book Monster Guest Reviewer) A Vampire for Christmas is a classic collection of love stories set in the world’s happiest holiday of all. What could be better than to read about four vampires looking for love at a time when love is overflowing in the human heart? Each story teaches us something different about the human/vampire connection. Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London is set in a time when vampires were still struggling with identity and attempting to set up rules to help them keep the truth from humans. Trace Westfalen was the leader of the Guardians in Seattle and spent much of his time trying to keep the peace amongst the angry vampires in the city. Charlotte Grant was a house decorator who is hired by Trace’s grandmother to decorate their home for Christmas. An affair develops between Trace and Charlotte and they fall in love. But, at a holiday party, Charlotte walks in on a vampire drinking blood from a guest. Before she has a chance to react, Trace wipes away her memory of everything and everyone and walks away. He, as a Guardian, is not allowed to be involved with a human so now is the right time to walk away. A year later, Trace saves Charlotte from being attacked by a group of renegade vampires and realizes how much he still loves her. What should he do? Should he follow his heart and try to win her love again? Monsters Don’t Do Christmas by Michele Hauf, takes place in modern day New York City. Daniel Harrison has been a vampire for only a year and is having a difficult time accepting his new lifestyle. Olivia Adorata is an independent woman who meets Daniel after she scares off werewolves from beating him up. She laughs when he tells her what he is; she thinks he’s an actor who gets his kicks by trying to scare women into believing he is a vampire. He was gorgeous, built like a model and, being a modern woman, if he was a vampire, well, it didn’t seem to bother her at all. Maybe being bitten by a handsome vamp wouldn’t be so terrible? So she invites him home using the excuse that he needs medical care. She is totally fascinated by what he is and he’s totally fascinated that she is so accepting of him. Daniel had a great job, money, a fancy car – a life – and he lost it all when he was bitten. He calls himself a monster and can’t accept what he’s become. He doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas or anything else. Olivia considers herself a monster – a talented upcoming singer who tries to hide during the day and live a quiet life - hiding from fame because she doesn’t have the courage to go all the way with her career. Instead, she bakes cookies and at Christmas, goes around her neighborhood giving them out. She can’t accept what she is any more than Daniel can accept what he is. Can they help each other come to terms with life and what it has in store for them? What better time than Christmas to write a story about total love, redemption and guardian angels. Caridad Pineiro thought it was the perfect time and dives right in. In When Herald Angels Sing, the Archangel Raphael decides to save the soul of Damien – a human turned vampire – who, despite a horrid childhood and a miserable life as a vampire, still tries to help his fellow man when he sees it is needed. Raphael sends guardian angel Angelina to help him make the necessary transformation but against rules, she falls in love with Damien and interferes in a dangerous situation to protect him. She is killed and returns to heaven humiliated and chastised by Raphael. This happens twice but Archangel Raphael is determined to save his soul so he sends Angelina down for a third and final time. She is to reveal who she is and explain why she is there. She is to help him accept his fate and not interfere in whatever is fated to happen. If she does interfere, she will be banished from heaven and become a human again. But Angelina, upon seeing Damien again, realizes how much she loves him and is not sure if she wants them to return to heaven or stay on earth and love each other eternally. On the other end of the spectrum is All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan in a tale where vampires are number one on the food chain and humans come in last. Eagan McHale was born a vamp and takes it seriously. He is a policeman whose job it is to keep vamps and werewolves under control; to keep them away from the human population. In a crime spree where vamps are paying humans to feed on them, Eagan uses a local diner, owned by Della, as a post to keep an eye on what’s going on in the streets. He is instantly attracted to Della’s warm heart, humanitarian ways and home cooking. But, she’s human, and he does not want to get involved. He doesn’t want to drink the blood of a human woman and to him, that’s a big part of lovemaking. But being in the diner every night makes his desire grow stronger, especially when he realizes she feels the same way about him. But a dangerous situation changes everything and in this fast paced, quick-wit story, having to tell Della the truth opens up a whole can of worms. But love conquers all, as it should be, in this book and this collection of stories gives us love in every possible form and brightens up our holiday spirit to the fullest. I give “A Vampire For Christmas” 4 Stars.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Megan Riverina Romantics

    4.5 Stars 3/5 Hotness Rating I was lucky enough to win a copy of this from http://readersedyn.blogspot.com/ This review is for the Laurie London's novella only Blurb for Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London found within A Vampire for Christmas A Sweetblood connected short - Trace's destiny didn't allow for the love of a human, so he erased Charlotte's memory of their love together, but fate has other ideas... ============================================== First of let me say this, the title of this nov 4.5 Stars 3/5 Hotness Rating I was lucky enough to win a copy of this from http://readersedyn.blogspot.com/ This review is for the Laurie London's novella only Blurb for Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London found within A Vampire for Christmas A Sweetblood connected short - Trace's destiny didn't allow for the love of a human, so he erased Charlotte's memory of their love together, but fate has other ideas... ============================================== First of let me say this, the title of this novella is completely apropos. Our hero, Trace, is absolutely enchanted with our heroine, Charlotte. Also, I was completed enchanted by this read. Trace Westfalen was about to become a member of the governing council. The problem was that though he technically had inherited his membership about a year before, for some reason the council kept postponing his vote-in. He was starting to get a bad feeling about. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that his great-uncle had been addicted to Sweet. Charlotte Grant was an interior decorator that had just started her own company. One night, she and a friend went clubbing but her girl ditched her to go home with some guy that she just met. Unfortunately that left Charlotte to fend for herself on the walk back to her car that was located blocks away from the club. Too bad that the club was located in a shady part of Seattle. Though she had her pepper spray, she was woefully unprepared to deal with the two men - well, they were vamps but she didn't know that - that suddenly appeared before her. Then, suddenly, a stranger showed up and told her to get in the car, lock the door and wait for him while he dealt with the men. Trace was both furious and elated to find Charlotte in the same spot that he had left her. What type of woman listens to orders from some stranger? Good for her that he wasn't just an ordinary stranger. Due to a mind-wipe Charlotte had no memory of Trace or the fact that they had been lovers just a year before. Had fate led Trace to Charlotte again? Even when their vampire/human relationship was doomed from the start? There were TONS of awesome things about this story. So many in fact, that I have no idea where to start. 1) Trace: This guy is a total man of worth. (I love that phrase) If I needed to come up with some words that I relate to him I would choose DUTY, DEDICATION and HONOR. He's all about being dedicated and honoring the deathbed promise that he made to his father. He gave his all to the council though they were screwing him around. 2) The casual sex situation: One thing about the Sweetblood series that I love is that London always manages to slip in a line to tell her readers that her vampires voracious sexual appetites stem from trying to control their natural aggression. The difference with this story is that it's the first time that we see a humans' view of casual sex. One night stands were definitely not Char's cup of tea. Her thoughts showed how judgmental she was about casual sex in general. Of course then she goes and knocks boots with Trace after he rescues her. Though not actually stated, Char's eyes were obviously opened to the fact that even one night stands can lead to awesome things. 3) The sexual intensity: Turn off the heat because Trace and Char can start an inferno all on there own. They were pulled towards each other like magnets. Though there were not a lot of sex scenes in the story because of the length, the emotions between the two were easily palpable. 4) Keeping it currant: I adore how Laurie London is always adding little details to make sure that her Sweetblood world is up to date with current trends. In Enchanted she mentions the game Angry Birds. 5) The relationship with the other books in the series: Though this novella is built as a stand alone read there were a lot of ties to the other books in the series. I feel that this is a mark of a great author who can do this. The thing with Trace's great-uncle that I mentioned? That all went down in Hidden by Blood, Sweetblood #1.5. We also see appearances from both Dom and Jackson in this book. Jackson's few lines even managed to highlight an issue of his that will be a main part of his book, Tempted by Blood. OK so I'll shut up now. I know that this review is long as hell. Can you believe that this is the edited version LOL? I guess that just shows you how enchanted I am by this excellent novella. I'm telling you, you must absolutely try the Sweetblood series!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011A Vampire for Christmas by Laurie London,Caridad Pineiro,Michele Hauf, Alexis Morgan 3 STARS Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London. Trace is a vampire and he used to be a guardian. Like a policeman for vampires, but he quit. His father died last year and he was a council member. The seat usually pass from father to son, but the council keeps puting the vote off. Charlotte got ditched at a dance club by her friend. As she is walking to her car alone she falls and see shadow o Wednesday, October 5, 2011A Vampire for Christmas by Laurie London,Caridad Pineiro,Michele Hauf, Alexis Morgan 3 STARS Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London. Trace is a vampire and he used to be a guardian. Like a policeman for vampires, but he quit. His father died last year and he was a council member. The seat usually pass from father to son, but the council keeps puting the vote off. Charlotte got ditched at a dance club by her friend. As she is walking to her car alone she falls and see shadow of a man. She is scared and then a third guy who is bigger comes from the other direction and tells her to get in car lock it and wait for him. Charlotte does that. Trace gets her to have coffee and takes her home and spends the night. But Charlotte does not remember that they were lovers last year but she found out about vampires and had erased her memories of him. Trace hires her to decorate his mansion and help with a party. she feels like she has been their before and thats how they met as she decorating for Christmas last year. They became lovers again and does have lot of sex scenes When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro Damien was a vampire and twice in his life on Christmas eve a hundred years apart Angelina his lover was killed because of him. Angelina was an angel sent to him to change. Damien has not killed in all his years as a vampire. But the devil wanted his soul. Captain Pedro Ramirez the vampire turned him and promised to get Damien to kill him. He trapped Angelina and took her wings she would die if did not get back. Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf Daniel started fighting with 2 werewolfs till a women broke up the fight and invited him into her apartment. Oliva could not believe she saw 2 werewolfs and a vampire. She kissed the vampire and invited him to ice rink the next night promising him another kiss. Daniel discovered she was the star singer performing. They became lovers. Oliva found out Daniel was helping a homeless mother of 2 girls who drank was bitten that if she could hold without biting and drinking blood for one month she could stop turning into vampire. All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan Eagan is a undercover cop and a vampire. Della was working at a diner she owned and lived above it in apartment. Their are a lot of boys disappearing some found dead. Eagan was walking around the 8 block area and trying not to be noticed. Della noticed. Eagan went to diner to drink coffee and warm up. Their was a werewolf in their. Two punks tried to rob the tip jar and wanted the money in cashier drawer. Eagan stopped them. He decided to keep comming back and use diner to help search for who ever was killing boys. Eagan noticed that the dishwasher Daniel was in the company of young vampires. My favorite one is the last one All I want for Christmas. I like that their was more than vampires. Plus I like that Eagen was a cop who cared. I had a hard time getting into these shorts stories.I was given this ebook to read in exchange of honest review from Netgalley. 10/24/2011 PUB Harlequin HQNBooks

  13. 5 out of 5

    Rhianna

    The anthology curse strikes again! It's no secret that most readers don't love anthologies. The short story format is easy to mess up and never quite manages to satisfy even series fans. For me personally I come to most anthologies with one of two purposes. Enjoying a short that ties into a series I already like or getting a feel for the writing style of an author I'm interested in and haven't tried before. A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS served a third purpose, I wanted something to get me into the holi The anthology curse strikes again! It's no secret that most readers don't love anthologies. The short story format is easy to mess up and never quite manages to satisfy even series fans. For me personally I come to most anthologies with one of two purposes. Enjoying a short that ties into a series I already like or getting a feel for the writing style of an author I'm interested in and haven't tried before. A VAMPIRE FOR CHRISTMAS served a third purpose, I wanted something to get me into the holiday spirit. [Enchanted by Blood] Set in the world of Laurie London's Sweetbloods series this holiday season is sure to please fans. Trace and Charlotte are characters I don't recall from the previous novels but Jackson makes a cameo appearance. The romance works well because the characters have a past. The holiday flavor is medium and if you're new to London's writing this is a great example of her work. (4 stars) [Monsters Don't Do Christmas] Set in Michele Hauf's Beautiful Creatures world this quickie features Daniel, a vampire, and Olivia, the next-Celine Dion. I'm not totally new to Hauf but this is the first vampire story of hers I've read. Hauf definitely has a flair for unusual pairings and this one is very unexpected. The holiday flavor was medium but the likelyhood of the situation felt pretty weak which distracted me as a reader. (3 stars) [When Herald Angels Sing] In a world of its own, Caridad Piñeiro's contribution has a Dickensian redemption theme. A wayward vampire, demonic pirates, and an angelic heroine all fighting for the fate of the same soul in 1930's New Jersey? Yeah, it was just too eclectic of a mix for me. Too much showing, not enough doing (unless you count the love scenes). The holiday flavor was non-existent unless you count that it's Christmas Eve. It just didn't work for me at all. (1 star) [All I Want For Christmas] In Alexis Morgan's story, modern day Seattle is the scene where an undercover vampire cop gets tangled up in the life of a kind-hearted diner owner. His investigation of missing teens keeps bringing Eagan back to Della's diner where the family she's made for herself makes for interesting interactions. The holiday flavor on this one is high and the romance quick but cute. This one had some cheesey moments but it worked with the Christmas theme making this my favorite of the collection. (4 stars) Overall this is an enjoyable, if highly varied, collection of shorts and I think a decent sample of each author's style. While I didn't love it, I would recommend it to my fellow Paranormal Romance readers who are in the mood for Christmas themed vampire short stories. Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    A Vampire for Christmas is warming up the holidays with four lonely vampires looking for some Christmas romance, and the everlasting gift of love. Laurie London brings a little Christmas cheer with her Sweetblood’s series. Charlotte and Trace’s romance came to an end last Christmas when Trace new he would be taking his place on the Council seat. But Charlotte and Trace's paths cross again this Christmas, and Trace finds it a little harder to resist Charlotte's love the second time. I loved and e A Vampire for Christmas is warming up the holidays with four lonely vampires looking for some Christmas romance, and the everlasting gift of love. Laurie London brings a little Christmas cheer with her Sweetblood’s series. Charlotte and Trace’s romance came to an end last Christmas when Trace new he would be taking his place on the Council seat. But Charlotte and Trace's paths cross again this Christmas, and Trace finds it a little harder to resist Charlotte's love the second time. I loved and enjoyed reading the Sweetblood series, and Laurie London delivers the same passion in this short story as she does in her novels. The second short story is Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf : Daniel was turned last Christmas and so Christmas spirit is not what he's looking for now. Daniel wants blood and some sexy fun along with it. Olivia’s looking for a lot more. She wants some danger in her life along with a guy that she can love. Olivia chose a career that leaves her unable to live a normal life. So when she meets Daniel, who is a vampire, she feels she’s found her perfect match in love. It will take Olivia giving Daniel the gift of true love to put the Christmas spirit back into Daniel's cold heart. The third story is When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro : This vampire needs a wake up call in his life, and who better to show Damien the errors of ways than his own Guardian angel, Angelina. Angelina’s mission is to show Damien the right path, and that even vampires are in need of soul saving. With Angelina failing her mission, this third time will be her last. So Angelina will use the scrooge lesson of showing Damien his past and present with hopes for both their future Christmas to be one that saves Damien and their love for each other. Pineiro gives her own steamy touch with her version of Scrooge. I have to say I liked this romance version a lot more. The fourth is All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan. This one I really liked a lot. Eagan is a loner and he works as an undercover cop. A case he’s working on brings him to Della's Diner. But Eagan wasn't ready for the warm-hearted and giving woman, Della to mess with his vampire loner ways. Eagan and Della truly are what Christmas is about—the love of giving and receiving. And a little bit of steamy romance. A Vampire for Christmas will definitely have you dreaming of a "Steamy Christmas" and it’s a great read no matter what the season. I recommend A Vampire for Christmas as one Christmas pleasure you will want to find under the tree this year. Merry Christmas to all and a "steamy" good night! ;)

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin Covington

    If you are looking for a traditional, carol-singing, Santa-inspired, Walton Family Christmas . . . this book isn't for you. This book is better. Four tales of vampires, angels, supernaturals and other strange folk who find their own love and Christmas spirit. Yes, please. "Enchanted By Blood" by Laurie London is a yummy installment in her Sweetblood series. This tale of Trace and Charlotte evokes old-world glamour with a sexy twist as he navigates the danger of reuniting with the one who got away If you are looking for a traditional, carol-singing, Santa-inspired, Walton Family Christmas . . . this book isn't for you. This book is better. Four tales of vampires, angels, supernaturals and other strange folk who find their own love and Christmas spirit. Yes, please. "Enchanted By Blood" by Laurie London is a yummy installment in her Sweetblood series. This tale of Trace and Charlotte evokes old-world glamour with a sexy twist as he navigates the danger of reuniting with the one who got away . . . and doesn't remember him. This story took me a place of hot-toddies by a fire in a glamorous setting of old money with the soulful tunes of Frank Sinatra playing in the background. Loved it. "Monsters Don't Do Christmas" by Michele Hauf is witty and sexy with a dollop of popstar glam and a hero with a heart of gold under all that gruff. Michele weaves a sensual tale of Daniel and Olivia (no last name - just Olivia) both monsters on the outside but both perfect for each other in the inside - where it counts.I turned up Mariah Carey's christmas album real loud when I read it in one sitting. When Herald Angels Sing" by Caridad Pinero evokes all of the second-chance-Christmasy-goodness of "A Christmas Carol" with a scorching hot passion between a vampire and the woman he should not love and who has secrets of her own.This one will alternately turn you on and give you shiver of suspense. Read it with the lights on . . . or with your hot lover nearby. "All I Want for Christmas" by Alexis Morgan is a modern day tale which has all the holiday romance awesomeness of the Lifetime movie Christmas-movie-a-thon without all the cheesy parts and a hero who is way sexier than John Stamos. The sexy romp between big-hearted Della and darkly handsome Eagan is pitch perfect for a night of romance. I put my ipod Christmas playlist on repeat and had a cup of hot cocoa for this great read. You can't go wrong with this anthology - stick it your own stocking!

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bea

    It took me a long time to read this anthology, it just didn't hold my interest and I kept putting it down to read other books. I re-scheduled the review about three times. As I was reading it, Edyn from Reader's Edyn, kept cheering me on. So, in addition to my review below, here's a link to her, much more detailed, review on her blog, so you can get a comprehensive overview of the book. (http://readersedyn.blogspot.com/2011/...) I hadn't read any of these authors before though I do have books by It took me a long time to read this anthology, it just didn't hold my interest and I kept putting it down to read other books. I re-scheduled the review about three times. As I was reading it, Edyn from Reader's Edyn, kept cheering me on. So, in addition to my review below, here's a link to her, much more detailed, review on her blog, so you can get a comprehensive overview of the book. (http://readersedyn.blogspot.com/2011/...) I hadn't read any of these authors before though I do have books by Hauf and London on my Kindle, waiting to be read. After reading the stories, I'm not in any rush to pick up those books and read them. :( As I've done with other anthologies I've reviewed, I have a short summary review of each one and a quote to whet your appetite or to illustrate a point from my summary.The book has a loose theme of love with a vampire at Christmas and all of the stories deliver that. The overall quality of the writing in the stories was mediocre. The one really good story was the last one, "All I Want for Christmas" by Alexis Morgan. I'll be looking for more by her. Read the rest of my review at the blog - http://beasbooknook.blogspot.com/2011...

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    I got an ARC from netGalley to review. I loved two out of the four stories in this book and really wished both would have been longer. I generally stay away from anthologies because I tend to not like most of the stories and think it's a waste of money. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London was my favorite. It's part of the Sweetblood series and featured Trace and Charlotte. They reconnect over the holiday season and try to find happiness in their time togeth I got an ARC from netGalley to review. I loved two out of the four stories in this book and really wished both would have been longer. I generally stay away from anthologies because I tend to not like most of the stories and think it's a waste of money. I was pleasantly surprised by this one. Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London was my favorite. It's part of the Sweetblood series and featured Trace and Charlotte. They reconnect over the holiday season and try to find happiness in their time together. All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan was also really good. I would've loved to learn more about the secondary characters. In this story was Della, a diner owner and Eagan, an undercover cop trying to bust a ring of vampires. When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro was a take on A Christmas Carol. Damien sees visions of the past and present brought to him by Angelina and together they have to change his future. Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf was my least favorite. I didn't like Daniel and thought Olivia, a famous singer, came off as a little to immature. Just didn't "feel" it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    A Vampire for Christmas by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Pineiro, and Alexis Morgan Four holiday stories featuring vampires: Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London seems to be a short from her Sweetblood series which I must admit I’ve not read. The story was sweet but not my favorite of the four. Maybe if I was familiar with the series I would have enjoyed it more. Monsters Don’t do Christmas by Michele Hauf was a fun story taking on the definition of the word monster. When Herald Angels Sing b A Vampire for Christmas by Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Pineiro, and Alexis Morgan Four holiday stories featuring vampires: Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London seems to be a short from her Sweetblood series which I must admit I’ve not read. The story was sweet but not my favorite of the four. Maybe if I was familiar with the series I would have enjoyed it more. Monsters Don’t do Christmas by Michele Hauf was a fun story taking on the definition of the word monster. When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro was the reason I purchased this book. Ms. Pineiro is on my auto-buy list. This story is a unique play on Scrooge. Well done and enjoyable. All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan was the biggest surprise and my favorite in this anthology. Great characters.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Paraphrodite

    3.5 I'm just going to repeat what I wrote before... To the Vampires, Werewolves, Changelings, Shapeshifters, Sentinels, Guardians, Paladins, Atlanteans, Fallen Angels, Horsemen, Gods and all the other Protectors of humankind... have a Merry Christmas and here's wishing that in 2013 we will continue to live in ignorant bliss whilst you protect us and make us swoon with your hunky, steamy and fabulously toned bodies.... 3.5 I'm just going to repeat what I wrote before... To the Vampires, Werewolves, Changelings, Shapeshifters, Sentinels, Guardians, Paladins, Atlanteans, Fallen Angels, Horsemen, Gods and all the other Protectors of humankind... have a Merry Christmas and here's wishing that in 2013 we will continue to live in ignorant bliss whilst you protect us and make us swoon with your hunky, steamy and fabulously toned bodies....

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jolene

    This an anthology of stories based on Christmas, Vampires and the women they love 1) Enchanted By Blood by Laurie London Trace Westfalen's family has held a seat on the vampire council almost from it's inception centuries ago. A deathbed promise made to his father, Trace has stepped down as a guardian to take his father's seat on the governing council. Though the council is dragging it's feet on taking the final vote, the transfer from parent to child is just a formality. As Trace makes change This an anthology of stories based on Christmas, Vampires and the women they love 1) Enchanted By Blood by Laurie London Trace Westfalen's family has held a seat on the vampire council almost from it's inception centuries ago. A deathbed promise made to his father, Trace has stepped down as a guardian to take his father's seat on the governing council. Though the council is dragging it's feet on taking the final vote, the transfer from parent to child is just a formality. As Trace makes changes in his life to prepare for his new role on the council, he must now set an example for their people and must not forget that a relationship with humans is frowned upon, especially for a councilperson. When Trace feels that Charlotte Grant is in danger and comes to her rescue, he finds himself, once again, skirting the line between the role he must play and the one his heart wants. Unbeknown to Charlotte, the handsome stranger who just saved her life, the stranger she feels safe with and longs for, is really no stranger at all. Trace was forced to wipe her memory one year ago when she witnessed an unspeakable act by his cousin and found out the truth of what he was. It was duty first, yet she has lived in his heart ever since. Charlotte is unaware of the relationship they once had and Trace is unable to watch her drive off again. Can he keep her safe and keep his feelings at bay while he fulfills his obligations to the council? Or, will the amazing woman that Charlotte is, show him what matter's most? I really enjoyed this story so much so, that I wish these two would have had their own full length book. Trace's character was sexy and powerful and I loved watching him battle his emotions when it came to Charlotte. I enjoyed Charlotte too, though I wish at times she was a little more emotional. When she found the truth out about Trace, I really wanted more from her, shock, denial and anger. It almost seemed like she was too accepting and I wanted Trace to grovel for taking he choice away when he wiped her memories. I usually steer clear of anthologies, being there is just not enough pages and character development. The few anthologies I pick up are usually a part of a series I'm following and I try really hard not to be disappointed. I wasn't as disappointed as I usually am with anthologies with this story, due to the fact that I love Laurie London's writing and this world she created. Though I can't help but feel like it could have been so much more. There was a fight scene in the beginning when Trace first saved Charlotte, that I wish as the reader, I could have been there for it. Instead we came to Trace after the fight was over. When Charlotte was taken and near her death, I felt cheated that I was with Trace searching for her and not with Charlotte herself. I really wanted her point of view in those few moments before Trace crashed in. Just a couple of things that I think could have added so much more to this story. Regardless, I still really enjoyed this Enchanted By Blood is the first story in this book and is part of her Sweetblood series, which includes Bonded By Blood, Embraced By Blood and Hidden By Blood; an e-novella. I have read the first book, Bonded By Blood, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Though this story comes later on in the series and I have some catching up to do, I had no problem keeping up with this story and feel like it could easily be read as a stand alone, or if you're new to Laurie London and just want a taste of her writing. You can easily jump into this story and not feel lost, though we do get a few glimpses of past characters who make short appearances and another character, Jackson, whose book is slated to come out next. If you're familiar with this series, you'll recognize the names and references of those past characters, if you're not familiar, it's easy to ignore and focus on the hero and heroine of this short story. 4 stars 2) Monster's Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf Daniel Harrison used to have the nickname Killer on Wall street. In fact, Daniel Harrison used to have a lot of things. He used to have a bachelor pad, he used to be an investor on Wall Street, he used to be Human. That all changed one year ago when he was attacked by vampires on the subway. Left for dead, and unable to deal with the blood lust that haunted his days, Daniel fed and became a monster. Content on making it through the day, Daniel's life seemed to have no meaning. Until the day Olivia Andorata stumbled into it. She saw him being beaten up by two werewolf's and came to his aid. Humiliated at being saved by a girl, Daniel is infuriated buy intrigued with Olivia as she showed no fear and did not seem afraid when she glimpsed what he is. Olivia invites him into her home so she could tend to his wounds, but when she thinks she's using him to master her fear of taking risks, Olivia soon sees the man he is on the inside and comes to term with the fact this vampire has her heart. Given Olivia's own monstrous persona, these two lean on each other for the life they both want but thought was out of reach. Michele Hauf is a new to me author and though I wanted to like this story, I really struggled through it. I was really intrigued with Daniel's character, he had that bad boy persona I loved so much, yet at the same time he had this inner goodness that just shone through. Olivia on the other had gave me pause. She referred to herself as a monster and considered herself an even bigger monster than Daniel. I was expecting her to be something horrible, but it turns out Olivia is an up and coming star. A singer who has been said to be the next Celine Dion. I can see how her life could taken on Monstrous proportions or how on stage, her persona could take over, but I kept missing her point on how she figured she was more of a monster than Daniel, when he was fighting not to give into his blood lust and kill. Olivia seemed so unhappy up to the point she met Daniel. I just felt she needed a little more backbone and I wanted her to present Daniel with more of a challenge. Overall, this story was just OK for me. I had a hard time getting into it and I'm still not sure it it was the writing or just the characters I felt a disconnect with. 2 stars 3) When Harold Angels Sing by Caridad Pinero One year ago on Christmas Eve Damien lost his love Angelina for the second time. Holding out hope that she will come to him yet again, Damien swears to not fail her again. One century ago, his failures had killed her. Damien was a ship captain before he lost his mortal life. Turned by his nemesis and rum runner Pedro Ramirez. The vampire captain had killed his Angelina twice. What Damien didn't know was there was a fight going on for his eternal soul. Ramirez is working for Satan and has vowed to vanquish the last shreds of decency in Damien's soul. The Archangel Raphael has also seen something in Damien. Damien has a goodness despite a harsh life and Raphael wants so much more for him, if he could only prove himself worthy. Angelina was sent down to be his guardian, but she broke the first rule of never falling in love with an assignment. Angels were not meant to love humans, much less demons. As Angelina is sent down one last time, to fix what she had done when she wasn't to interfere, she wasn't prepared for the lessons she must learn as well. As these to relive their past through visions, they also learn truth's about themselves and each other and rekindle their love. This was another first for me as I have yet to read anything by Caridad Pinero. I enjoyed this story and it brought me the Christmas spirit all the way in June :) It was a beautiful story of second chances and I enjoyed seeing Damien realize his love for Angelina. These two characters had a forbidden love and that's something I love reading about. Being that I enjoyed these two characters, I wish they had more of a story. There was so much potential here. I would have loved to have been there when Damien first met Angelina, even the second time, I would have love to have been there when he realized she was back. I think it would have gave me more of a connection to them and their relationship and all they endured. The storyline of Raphael and of Angelina in heaven, ugh there was so much potential there as well! I would have loved to have seen Angelina watching over Daniel and realizing she was already falling in love with him and the fact that Raphael made her wait a century till she could return, thinking it would rid her of her feelings. I can't help but think, what if... if all that could have been in this story, it may have been a better read or we as a reader could of been there in each of Angelina's lives instead of jumping around through the visions and creating confusion. Overall, I can't complain too much because I enjoyed this story and it left a smile on my face. 3 stars 4) All I want For Christmas by Alexis Morgan Eagan McHale is undercover. Several young teenagers have been reported missing and vampires are suspected as several bodies have surfaced. Rumors of vampires offering money for blood have surfaced. It's Eagan's job to find who is responsible and put a stop to it. Eagan was born a vampire and found it easy to blend into the shadows. On stakeout and eying the diner across the way, Eagan becomes fascinated with the owner and her easy smiles. Della Breit is shocked to see the guy she had been staring at across the street come into her diner. Though he seems to have put up a wall and gives off a 'back off" vibe, he's there to help her when two teenagers try to rob her. Eagan becomes a hero in Della's eyes and as he spends more time at the diner to blend in to do his Job and keep an eye on a particular teenager, it becomes harder for him to keep distance between himself and Della, even harder after they share a kiss under the mistletoe. Eagan doesn't want to bring Della into the darkness of his world, but he may be unaware of how accepting Della can be This was a really fun, cute story. Another new to me author and I find myself intrigued with Alexis Morgan's writing. I definitely didn't fall in love with this story, but I enjoyed it enough to look it up and see if she has written any more or if this was part of a series. I was happy to find out that Alexis Morgan does have a Vampire series, but being new to her work, I have no idea how connected her Vampire series are. I did notice in this story, Eagan had a limp in his leg and it has me wondering what that was due to. Is it something that happened in a past book? Something to look into. Eagan was a great character, he seemed like an aloof character, sort of a loner and I liked seeing how his attraction to Della made the real Eagan come out. Again, I would have loved a back story with both characters. Eagan seemed troubled and Della felt like she was dealing with the loss of her mother, but the story didn't delve into any of that. The supporting cast has me intrigued as well. Eagan's captain was great and I would have loved to have seen more of Luna, Della's friend and werewolf. Della's cook was also a shifter, hmmm has me thinking of more possible story lines :) 3 stars

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kati

    ***Review originally posted at Romancing Rakes*** Okay, this is the first time I've written a review for an anthology so it's going to be done almost the same way I do my other book reviews. OMG y'all. My first Christmas book of the season and I loved it! I may be a little biased on the 5 purple hearts rating since I'm a huge Christmas themed book fan. Don't judge me. I like the feeling of magic that accompanies the season, throw in some hunky fanged men and I just swoon, not due to the loss of b ***Review originally posted at Romancing Rakes*** Okay, this is the first time I've written a review for an anthology so it's going to be done almost the same way I do my other book reviews. OMG y'all. My first Christmas book of the season and I loved it! I may be a little biased on the 5 purple hearts rating since I'm a huge Christmas themed book fan. Don't judge me. I like the feeling of magic that accompanies the season, throw in some hunky fanged men and I just swoon, not due to the loss of blood if they ever take a drink from my jugular, but because of their maleness, their love for their women and the magic of the holidays that brings people together. Let the magic of the sugar plum fairies usher in the holidays™. "ENCHANTED BY BLOOD" by Laurie London ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The vampire and the party planner. Trace Westfalen, former Guardian and almost member of the Governing Council, is ready to take on the duties required of a Council member. Charlotte Grant has just been abandoned by her friend, who is going home with some guy she just met at the bar. She heads to her car alone. Not a good idea, a woman alone is a huge target for creatures of the night. Cue in the tall, dark stranger who comes to her rescue. Well, he's not really a stranger since they met last Christmas but he wiped her memory after witnessing a traumatic scene. She feels comfortable with him and even allows him to drive her home, in her own car. Trace can't forget a woman like Charlotte. He's still drawn to her, still affected by her nearness and begins to question his decision of wiping her memory. They have a one night stand, which you know isn't going to just be a one night stand. Charlotte is a decorator and sometimes party planner. He hires Charlotte to plan a Christmas party at his home and they end up falling into a comfortable pattern as they did last Christmas. And cue in the bad guy who pushes Trace to reassess his feeling about Charlotte, who has already fallen in love with him. FAVORITE QUOTE: "She ran her hands over the wood and for some ungodly reason, she found herself wondering if any of its owners had ever had sex on it. It would've been unplanned, of course. Sex on a hard surface wasn't one set out to do. It would've happened spontaneously." OVERALL: What a great way to start my Christmas themed reading. We meet characters from the other Sweetblood books, Jackson once again steals the show and I'm left eagerly awaiting his story. The chemistry between Trace and Charlotte sizzled off the pages and their "reunion" is as heady as spiced cider with a splash of rum. "MONSTERS DON'T DO CHRISTMAS"by Michele Hauf ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The vampire and the pop star. What a way to start the holidays, getting pummeled by werewolves. Daniel Harrison, once had a successful career and all the shiny toys money could buy, until he got turned into a vampire. Olivia Adorata comes upon Daniel fighting with the werewolves and comes to his rescue. She seems so chill with the fact that there are creatures of the night. Olivia decides to take a chance on Daniel and it sort of pays off. Daniel is one type of monster: vampire. Olivia is another: international pop star persona. The holidays are her time off from that crazy world until her publicist makes her do an appearance to sing Christmas songs. She invites Daniel who is very surprised at who she is. Meanwhile, Daniel is trying to prevent this homeless woman with two little girls, from turning into a vampire. He sees himself as a monster but his compassion and understanding sets him apart from the soulless blood sucking vampires. As Daniel and Olivia start to fall in love, they must come to grips with the fact Olivia will be in the spotlight due to her career, and Daniel is a very private creature of the night. FAVORITE QUOTE:"The vampire's fangs glided into her vein and Olivia gasped and clutched his bicep. Her soul glittered and reached for the intrusion, pricking herself upon Daniel's darkness and drowning, sinking, nut loving every wicked moment." OVERALL:Daniel's compassion for Laura Jones,the homeless woman, had my heart aching. Olivia's need to have a private life away from the spotlight and be "normal" made me smile. I appreciate the entertainment celebrities give me, but I think people need to respect their privacy even if they are public figures. Daniel's constant thinking of himself as a monster sometimes made me want to slap him and yell--'Wake up! You've got a gorgeous woman who is falling for you, you're helping a homeless woman and her kids. Get over yourself!' This is a Christmas story that will warm your heart, make your toes tingle and make you believe that risks are worth taking. "WHEN HERALD ANGELS SING" by Caridad Pineiro ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The vampire and guardian angel. OMG y'all. I cried while reading this book. It's a story where love and sacrifice once kept Damien and Angelina apart but in the end, brought them together for a much deserved HEA. Angelina is sent to be Damien's guardian angel to protect his soul. She fails the first time by getting herself killed and Damien turned into a vampire. Angelina returns again to save Damien's soul and once again, she fails. Angelina comes back on more time, has her wings cut off by Captain Pedro Ramirez, the man hell bent on claiming Damien's eternal soul. In A Christmas Carol-like fashion, Angelina shows Damien visions of past Christmas Eves in which she tried to save him. He in turn is an active participant and changes his actions, only to be pulled back into the present, watch what really occurred and come to terms with his deeds. As each past Christmas Eve is re-visited, both Damien and Angelina learn something about each other that they did not know before. If Damien, who has picked fights with Ramirez in the past, ends up killing Ramirez, his soul is damned for eternity Angelina and Damien must learn from the past and apply that knowledge to the present Christmas Eve in order to thwart Ramirez's attempts at inciting anger so consuming, it leads Damien to killing him. FAVORITE QUOTE: "Believe in the power of love and all of Heaven will be yours." OVERALL: Um, why have I not picked up a Caridad Pineiro book until now? From the first page until the last, this story enthralled me. I'm a fan of A Christmas Carol and squeed the moment I realized this was a loose take on that. Out of all the stories in this anthology, Damien and Angelina's had me tearing up while sitting on a bench at the boardwalk looking like a crazy person. This is a heartbreaking story of love, sacrifice, forgiveness and redemption. "ALL I WANT FOR CHRISTMAS" by Alexis Morgan ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ The vampire and the diner owner. This story is a must read. Why? Ugly Christmas t-shirts, a sexy undercover cop who is a vampire, a soft hearted diner owner and a city where the things that go bump in the night are very real but remain hidden in the shadows. Eagan McHale doesn't like the holidays. Della Breit is a big fan, going as far as donning Christmas t-shirts. Teenage kids turning up mutilated and drained of blood brings them together. Happy freakin' holidays! Eagen must go undercover and what better way to do it than to pretend he's down on his luck and try to work for at the diner situated near the disappearance site? Della is kind and puts others before herself. She's too trusting and sometimes ends up getting into trouble. Her dishwasher, a teenager, suddenly become unreliable and secretive. She is worried about him but tries not to seem too pushy. Eagan and Della a very much attracted to each other, despite the disapproval of her friend. As they get to know one another, there's a spark just waiting to explode. Eagan's admission of being a vampire, thanks to a cookie making accident that reveals his true nature, freaks her out for a hot minute but finally accepts him for what he is. FAVORITE QUOTE: "The sun was rising in the east, meaning he needed to haul ass to get home and get horizontal before the day sleep claimed him right out in the middle of the squad room. The last vampire that had happened to hadn't faired well at the hands of their jokester coworkers." OVERALL: This story made me smile all the while eyeing my glitter glue, iron on letters, puffy paint and hot glue gun. Why you ask? Della is constantly wearing Christmas themed shirts. You know, like those ugly Christmas sweaters with the 3-D Santa protruding out of your chest or the slightly cartoonish reindeer with a goofy grin? Yeah. Those. From the first line-- "Deck the freakin' halls" until the last, this story had be laughing, guessing and slightly slobbering. I mean, who can resist a sexy vampire? How about an undercover cop? Now put them together and you've got a lethal combination of panty dropping, drool pooling, didn't know I was clenching my thighs together, specimen of a man. Oh Alexis Morgan, why have I not read you before now? ***book provided by Laurie London for review*** Disclaimer: My 5 purple hearts rating was not swayed due to the fact the author provided the review copy. I would have still thoroughly enjoyed this book even if I had picked it up on my own.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jordan

    All of the stories in this anthology are HEA with no cliffhanger. Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London 5 stars Having read this book makes me very much want to read the rest of the series. I think it goes without saying that I loved Charlotte & Trace's story. Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf 4 stars I understand why Olivia calls her public persona a monster, but I don't think that validates her statement at the beginning of the book about being more of a monster than Daniel (a vampire), or s All of the stories in this anthology are HEA with no cliffhanger. Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London 5 stars Having read this book makes me very much want to read the rest of the series. I think it goes without saying that I loved Charlotte & Trace's story. Monsters Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf 4 stars I understand why Olivia calls her public persona a monster, but I don't think that validates her statement at the beginning of the book about being more of a monster than Daniel (a vampire), or something to that effect. When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Piñeiro 3.5 stars Sadly, I wasn't paying that close of attention while listening to this part of the anthology (multitasking will do that...). I did enjoy it, but it wasn't my favorite book of the anthology. All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan 4 stars While I was more present for this book than When Herald Angels Sing, I was still a bit distracted. Nonetheless, I definitely enjoyed this book and Della and Egan's blossoming relationship.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Leah Olson

    A Vampire for Christmas, an Anthology Authors: Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Pineiro, and Alexis Morgan Synopsis: All they want for Christmas is you… 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, A Vampire for Christmas, an Anthology Authors: Laurie London, Michele Hauf, Caridad Pineiro, and Alexis Morgan Synopsis: All they want for Christmas is you… 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 Our Review [by a LITERAL ADDICTION Associate Guest Reviewer]: A Vampire for Christmas is an anthology of paranormal romance all taking place over the holidays. What could be better than reading about four vampires looking for love at a time when love is overflowing in the human heart? Each novella has a deeper message; educating the reader on the human/vampire connection. Enchanted by Blood, Laurie London's contribution, is set in a time when vampires are still struggling with identity and attempting to keep hidden from humans. Trace Westfalen is the leader of the Guardians in Seattle and spends much of his time trying to keep the peace in the city. Charlotte Grant is an interior designer who is hired by Trace’s grandmother to decorate their home for Christmas. An affair develops between the two, and they fall in love. At a holiday party, however, Charlotte walks in on a vampire drinking blood from a guest and before she has a chance to react, Trace wipes away her memory. He, as a Guardian, is not allowed to be involved with a human and he is forced to walk away. A year later, Trace saves Charlotte from a group of rogue vampires and realizes how much he still loves her. What should he do? Should he follow his heart and try to win her love again? Monsters Don’t Do Christmas by Michele Hauf takes place in modern day New York. Daniel Harrison has been a vampire for only a year and is having a difficult time accepting his new lifestyle. Olivia Adorata is an independent woman who meets Daniel after she rescues him from some bully werewolves. She laughs when he tells her what he is, thinking he's an actor who gets his kicks by scaring women. He's gorgeous, ripped, and everything she wants in a guys... except he's a vampire - though that might be alright. Maybe being bitten by a handsome vamp wouldn’t be so terrible? She invites him home, saying that he needs medical care, and is totally fascinated by him. He’s totally fascinated with her as well, and can't believe that she is so accepting of him. Daniel has a great job, money, a fancy car – a life – but he lost it all when he was bitten. He calls himself a monster and can’t accept what he’s become. He doesn’t want to celebrate Christmas or anything else. Olivia considers herself a monster as well – a talented upcoming singer who tries to hide during the day and live a quiet life - hiding from fame because she's a coward. Instead, she bakes cookies and goes around her neighborhood giving them out for the holidays. She can’t accept what she is any more than Daniel can accept what he is, and they help each other come to terms with life and what it has to offer. Caridad Pineiro's story, When Herald Angels Sing, is about love, redemption and guardian angels. The Archangel Raphael decides to save the soul of Damien – a turned vampire – who, despite a horrid childhood and miserable undead life, still tries to help his fellow man when he sees it is needed. Raphael sends guardian angel Angelina to help him make the necessary transformation but against rules, she falls in love with Damien and interferes in a dangerous situation to protect him. She is killed and returns to heaven humiliated and chastised by Raphael. This happens twice but Archangel Raphael is determined to save his soul so he sends Angelina down for a third and final time. She is to reveal who she is and explain why she is there. She is to help him accept his fate and not interfere in whatever is fated to happen. If she does interfere, she will be banished from heaven and become a human again. But Angelina, upon seeing Damien again, realizes how much she loves him and is not sure if she wants them to return to heaven or stay on earth and love each other eternally. The last novella, All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan is a tale where vampires are number one on the food chain and humans come in last. Eagan McHale was born a vamp and takes it seriously. He is a policeman whose job it is to keep vamps and werewolves under control; to keep them away from the human population. In a crime spree where vamps are paying humans to feed on them, Eagan uses a local diner, owned by Della, as a post to keep an eye on what’s going on in the streets. He is instantly attracted to Della’s warm heart, humanitarian ways and home cooking. But, she’s human, and he does not want to get involved. He doesn’t want to drink the blood of a human woman and to him, that’s a big part of lovemaking. But being in the diner every night makes his desire grow stronger, especially when he realizes she feels the same way about him. But a dangerous situation changes everything and in this fast paced, quick-wit story, having to tell Della the truth opens up a whole can of worms. Over all in this antho, love conquers all and the collection is bright, sparkly and festive as it should be. LITERAL ADDICTION’s Associate Guest Reviewer gives A Vampire for Christmas 4 Skulls.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Aurian Booklover

    Laurie London – Enchanted by Blood This story is part of her Sweetblood series, and I have not yet read it. When Charlotte Grant is rescued from a pair of would-be-muggers by a handsome man, she does not know she has met Trace Westfalen before, or that they were in love once. As a vampire, Trace cannot marry a human, he is supposed to create children, and for that he needs a vampire wife. And so, after she witnessed something she really should not have seen, he had no choice but to erase her memor Laurie London – Enchanted by Blood This story is part of her Sweetblood series, and I have not yet read it. When Charlotte Grant is rescued from a pair of would-be-muggers by a handsome man, she does not know she has met Trace Westfalen before, or that they were in love once. As a vampire, Trace cannot marry a human, he is supposed to create children, and for that he needs a vampire wife. And so, after she witnessed something she really should not have seen, he had no choice but to erase her memory. So although she has forgotten all about him, he has never forgotten about her. So when Charlotte is in danger, somehow he senses it, and comes to her rescue. When he notices that she has hurt her wrist, he offers to drive her home, and they spend some time together. And he ends up hiring her (again) to decorate his home for the Christmas party his company is throwing. He knows it is not smart, but he can’t stay away from her, and his grandmother is delighted with it. She really likes Charlotte. But his cousin has other plans for Charlotte, especially when he notices how much Trace cares about her ... I really enjoyed this story. There are good vampires, and bad ones who treat humans as food only, but they do police themselves strictly. Trace once belonged to them, but now he is in line for his father’s seat on the Council, so he gave up the hunting. And Charlotte. But now, can he choose between obligation and love again? I liked Charlotte as well, she was not afraid at all when she found at that Trace is a vampire, and they were good together. She is a strong woman, and has build up her own company, in creating decorations for events, and making sure every detail is perfect. She is really talented. 9 stars. Michelle Hauf – Monsters don’t do Christmas A chance encounter between Daniel, a lone vampire, and Olivia, a famous singer, leads to a sweet romance. Daniel thinks himself a monster, but he has yet to harm a human. He was changed against his will a year ago, and lost his job as a stockbroker because of it. So now he is roaming the streets, and trying to save another victim and her two little girls. If the mother can make it through the full moon, without giving in to the bloodlust, she will be cured... The werewolves are after Daniel, as they like making some bloodsport with vampires, and have them fight in their underground rings for survival. One evening, Olivia interferes, and rescues his hide, and they become friends, and lovers. Olivia is hiding for one month in her ordinary life, outside of the spotlights she is usually in. She enjoys this time of year in her tiny apartment, baking cookies, and decorating a tiny Christmas tree. I like how they really tried to make it work, and did not take anything for granted. It took a while for Daniel to realize that the image Olivia shows the public, is not the real her. Yes nice sweet story, original too, 8 stars, Caridad Pineiro – When Herald Angels sing I DNF’d this story after a few pages; I just did not like it at all. A vampire in love with an angel, who gets murdered by his enemy time and again? And then travels back in time to meet her all over again for the first time? No. Just no. Alexis Morgan – All I want for Christmas I am not sure if this novella is part of her Nocturne Vampire series. In a world where paranormal creatures are not known to humans, Eagon is a vampire and a cop for the paranormal division. And someone or something is abducting teenage boys, and sucking them dry. All the disappearances happen in the same neighbourhood, and Della’s diner is smack in the middle. It would be a great place to keep watch on what happens on the street. And so Eagon goes undercover, and does some odd jobs for Della who thinks he is in need of a handout, as he has forgotten his wallet the first time, and she is a very generous woman. He prevents a robbery, and in return gets some free coffee. As a vampire he could eat, but it does nothing for him. Della is protected though, one of her customers is a werewolf, who instantly knows what Eagon is, and warns Della away from him, who doesn’t understand why. And old Harry, who she has been taking care of as well, is not really human either. But with her young dishwasher, Eagon finally gets some grip on the case, and when Della and the boy are in danger, he has no choice but to blow everyone’s cover. Will she still accept him? I loved this story especially, and it was the reason I bought the book. I love Alexis Morgan’s work. I am still sad her two best series have been cancelled by the publisher, as I enjoyed them very much. Della is such a sweet and caring woman, she loves Christmas, and makes sure all her customers are well taken care off. But she is not a pushover, and she knows that she wants Eagon. Eagon is a cop, and good at his work. He is determined to protect humans from preying supernaturals, and he wants Della but knows he should stay away from her. He just can’t. A great story, and a great romance, all in one. If this is part of a series, I want more. 9 stars. So, as usual, three good stories and one dud for me. If you are a fan of Caridad Pineiro, you might enjoy that one more than I did. I do recommend this anthology. If you haven’t read anything by Alexis Morgan, this is a good opportunity to find out if you like her style. I certainly do. Overall rating: 8 stars.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Livia Dane

    Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages Expected publication: October 18th 2011 by Harlequin My take: This anthology is composed of four short stories: Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London Monster's Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro All I want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan Since there are so many books, I can't do my normal thing for each and every one of them. This blog post would be ten freakin' pages long if I did that! So, I'll try to break it down as best I can Mass Market Paperback, 384 pages Expected publication: October 18th 2011 by Harlequin My take: This anthology is composed of four short stories: Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London Monster's Don't Do Christmas by Michele Hauf When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro All I want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan Since there are so many books, I can't do my normal thing for each and every one of them. This blog post would be ten freakin' pages long if I did that! So, I'll try to break it down as best I can in the most helpful way. K, peeps? First up--Enchanted by Blood Out of the four, this was my favorite story. Trace, a vampire, is getting ready to take a seat on the oh-so-important vampire council. In order for him to do that, he erased the memory of his human lover, Charlotte, a year before. Relationships with humans aren't forbidden, just highly frowned upon if you plan on taking up such a high role vampire society. When Trace comes to Charlotte's rescue, he regrets taking away the memories because he wants her--he loves her. This was well written, not over done, and the emotions of the characters felt entirely real. The whole vampires can't be with humans thing is getting a little cliched in my book, but hey--a good story is a good story no matter how cliched. * * * * 4 yummy purrs. Monsters Don't Do Christmas This story follows Olivia, a huge pop star, who wants something more than relationships contrived by the paparazzi. She wants a "real" life. Normal, if you will. Daniel, a vampire, is all sorts of crappy since becoming a vampire less than a year before. He thinks he's a monster and doesn't deserve anything, let alone love. Olivia shows him different with her quirky Christmas rituals and soft spoken words. This story was a little hard for me to swallow. I mean, here's a huge pop-star, who has the guts to break up a fight between a vampire and wolves, only then to ask the vampire back to her room? Yes, he shows her his fangs and she's not freaked. Daniels chalks it up to humans who have a thing about fangs because of all those vampire movies (not the real kind, though because in this world humans don't know about vampires). At any rate, the character of Olivia is a little hard to swallow because no one is as naive as that woman. Her actions, while played up well in the story (and explained well, too) just don't fly. For me. You might love it. The writing was good, the plot well put together, it just wasn't something I personally enjoyed. * * 2 mews. When Herald Angels Sing Well, I'm not sure where to start with this story. It's like the Scrooge story of the vampire world. Angelina is an angel, sent down from Heaven to save Damien's, a vampire, soul. Now since this is short story, there's a lot of stuff that happened in the past the we need to know about before learning about the "future". So, we spend a great deal of time getting thrust back in forth from past to present so we can learn about Angelina and Damien's love and how they both failed in protecting one another (and saving one another). It's the back and forth that is really confusing. This book would be much better played out in a full-length novel so we can start at the beginning--get a really good idea of what is going on--and then end with how this book ends. Which is a wonderful ending by the way. Sacrifices always make me tear up. The confusion faction of this book is what does it for me. I hate confusion when I'm trying to get in touch with the characters. It forces me out of the story and makes me think about whats going on. I hate doing that. Stories shouldn't make you think, they should make you feel. * * 2 Mews All I want for Christmas Della is an overly friendly and compassionate diner owner (giving everyone the benefit of the doubt and helping everyone she can). Eagan is some sort of a detective in an uncover unit of some paranormal branch of law enforcement. But people still don't know about the existence of things that go bump in the night. It's the story of the lonely and grumpy vampire who can't stay away from the bubbly, enticing woman who is too nice to everyone around her. The type of girl that sees good in every person. Good thing Eagan doesn't. Low and behold, Ms. Nice gets in trouble because she so good to everyone and concerned about all her "friends" and Mr. Vampire comes to save the day. That's after she almost cuts off her hand and Eagan has to save her from imminent death, and by doing so, literally making her his human mate. While this type of plot is done a lot, I did enjoy this story. I always enjoy a brooding hero who still tosses around his Alpha male syndrome. The woman? Meh, not so much. But a hero will make or break a story for me. And Eagan is just the type I want to take to bed ... ahem, I mean read about. * * * 3 meows Overall this book was a fun read. I enjoyed it enough that I would purchase full-length novels from some of the authors. Be warned, though: I've discovered that several of the short stories have been previously published at Harlequin "Bites" under different titles. Which means you might have purchases these titles before. Overall rating: * * * 3 Meows ~LD

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kirsty Tunstall

    Fantastic.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kelley

    I should give this a 2.5 star rating because one of the stories I dnf. However I enjoyed the other 3. Its worth the read if your a Christmas romance reader that's a fan of vampires. I should give this a 2.5 star rating because one of the stories I dnf. However I enjoyed the other 3. Its worth the read if your a Christmas romance reader that's a fan of vampires.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Morgan

    Meh. Some good, some bad. Popcorn

  29. 5 out of 5

    Brendon McCarthy

    Despite the campy title. I actually enjoyed most of the stories. I would definitely recommend it for fans of the twilight saga

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lucy Dosch (EBookObsessed)

    First of all I have to say for four “vampire” stories, the fact that they involve vampires seemed incidental. These stories felt more like a love stories to me – ok, ok, if you ignore the memory wipes and the vampire teeth, blah, blah – but you know what I mean. In all these stories the vampires seemed to not like that side of themselves and tried to suppress their “evil” natures. These were four very well written short stories with wonderfully characters. I think you will find them quite enjoya First of all I have to say for four “vampire” stories, the fact that they involve vampires seemed incidental. These stories felt more like a love stories to me – ok, ok, if you ignore the memory wipes and the vampire teeth, blah, blah – but you know what I mean. In all these stories the vampires seemed to not like that side of themselves and tried to suppress their “evil” natures. These were four very well written short stories with wonderfully characters. I think you will find them quite enjoyable, whether you are into the paranormal romance or you simply like a nice romance. Enchanted by Blood by Laurie London – One year ago, Trace and Charlotte were in love. But Trace had to erase Charlotte’s memory after she witnessed a vicious vampire attack and he couldn’t allow her to know of their existence. Anyway, relationships between vampires and mortals were frowned upon and if he were to take his place on the Governing Counsel, he needed to abide by those rules. One year later, Trace saves Charlotte from a vampire attack. She doesn’t understand why she trusts this stranger so much or why she’s so attracted to him. Now that Trace has Charlotte back in his arms, will he have the strength to let her go again. But not everyone is happy for them. Someone wants what Trace has, and they are more than willing to kill for it. I liked Trace and Charlotte right from the beginning. Their chemistry was off the charts. Since there was a history between them, their story didn’t feel rushed or forced. This was a very enjoyable story and I will be putting Laurie London’s Sweetblood series on my list of books to read. I have already downloaded her Hidden by Blood which was a Free Nook Book as of the date of this post. Rating: 5 stars Monsters Don’t Do Christmas by Michele Hauf – Young vampire Daniel Harrison would have thought that getting your butt handed to him by a pair was werewolves was the most embarrassing thing to happen, until he gets rescued by a human – and a woman to boot. How humiliating. Until that moment Olivia Adorata, didn’t know supernaturals existed, but then again, she raised to keep an open mind. She was not surprised that “monsters” exist since she considers herself one too. A rising star, she is normally surrounded by all the trapping that go with the stardom, but the week before Christmas she goes back to her old apartment to enjoy a quiet week of vacation. Can a vampire and celebrity have any type of relationship? Although I don’t understand why Olivia considered herself a monster, it was a nice story and again, very enjoyable characters. Apparently I had already downloaded Michele Hauf’s Kiss Me Deadly at some point, I will have to make sure to get to it soon. Rating: 5 stars When Herald Angels Sing by Caridad Pineiro – Damien has lost his love for the second time last Christmas. He doesn’t know why she keeps coming back to him, but he does know that her death is always his fault. What he doesn’t know is that Angelina is no ordinary woman. She’s a guardian angel. Heaven and Hell are fighting for Damian’s soul, a vampire who won’t kill. His enemy, Pedro Ramirez, has made a deal with Satan that if he gets Damien to kill, he will get not only great power but he gets to keep Angelina for himself. Can Angelina finally get Damien to control his temper before it is too late for him? It took me a while to warm up to Damien in this story. Although he is declaring Angelina as his great love lost, at the time when Angelina is killed the first time, he is rather callous and he’s just using her. When she is reincarnated a second time, there is more of a relationship between them, but considering how he treated her the first time, I am surprised he was drawn to her a second time and so strongly. Because I eventually warmed up to Damien and Angelina, I got to enjoy the rest of the story. Rating: 4 stars All I Want for Christmas by Alexis Morgan – Eagan McHale is a police officer in a special unit of supernaturals. He is staking out a neighborhood where teens are ending up dead from blood loss. He suspects the killer is a young vampire. He doesn’t want to stand out as a stranger in the neighborhood, so he heads toward the local diner. The diner is run by Della Breit. A woman who has an open heart and a free meal for those who can’t afford one. When she mistakes Eagan for someone down on his luck, he realizes that trading odd jobs at the diner for food is the perfect cover. Except the only warm meal Eagan wants is Della. He just needs to keep his hands, and fangs, off her long enough to solve his case. Again, a pair of very likeable characters, including several great subcharacters, and it didn’t take a great leap to figure out what was going to happen when Della cuts herself badly in the kitchen and Eagan rushes to her rescue. Rating: 5 stars See more at my website: http://ebookobsessed.com

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