A Vampire's Christmas Carol by Cynthia Eden
Published by Indie
Published on: November 5, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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This holiday season has bite.
Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey.
But fate has other plans for Ben.
Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.
‘Tis the season…to be undead.
Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms…
Warning: This book features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays!
Growing up, I would watch every version of A Christmas Carol that was ever on television. I loved them all, but (and you can laugh) the one I remember the best is the one with Mr. Magoo. Hey, I was little, what can I say..I know I watched it many times. When I saw this novella by Cynthia Eden, an author that I have been wanting to read, I immediately bought and read this.
Ben has been a vampire for ten years, ever since an unknown vampire turns him while he is waiting for his girlfriend in Central Park. He was planning to propose, instead he is turned into a blood thirsty monster. Simone, his girlfriend, finds him and takes him home. Tragedy ensues, and now Ben is just a creature of the night, one that looks for the worst of humanity and then kills. Kind of like Dexter. When a demon named William Marley shows up on Christmas eve, Ben really has a hard time believing that anyone, much less a demon, would try and help him. Since this is a novella, I will keep the identity of the rest of the three visitors for the reader to find out about.
This ended up being a good story of redemption, and actually romance. There is a woman introduced of course, and things do get even more interesting when she shows up. I found the characters to be good, and the story well written. Of course it does follow the original story line to a certain extent, but since this is paranormal, it really ended up being quite different.
This novella is ninety pages and since that’s pretty short, I really don’t want to say more about the story. I will add that there is a pretty explicit sex scene so the novella is an adult read. If you are looking for a paranormal Christmas read, I think this might just be one you may enjoy. I did.(and I also really liked the cover!)