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The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride

The Vampire's Mail Order Bride
9.6

Pros

  • One of the best books I've read in awhile
  • Fun, fast read
  • Well written
  • Think Halloween town, IRL!

Cons

  • I can't think of a single bad thing to say about this book

The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride is the first book in the Nocturne Falls series written by Kristen Painter.

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.  Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real. Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets.

The Twilight series aside, had you asked me a week ago if I liked paranormal romance novels I would have laughed. Truth is, after Twilight became so popular the world was inundated with hacky love stories with vampires, werewolves and the like.  Who am I kidding? Years later and Amazon is still full of those stories and most of them are beyond horrible.

Same thing happened with 50 Shades of Grey.  I bet I get 20 or more requests a month to read these horrible 50 Shades copies. I have tried a few of them but most I can’t make myself get through.

One day my sister tells me that I absolutely have to pick up this book. My sister knows my tastes and if she is in love with a book, then it’s usually pretty good. So I headed to Amazon and picked up my copy.

This book and all the books in this series is set in the fictional town of Nocturne Falls, in current time so yes it’s also a contemporary romance.

Nocturne Falls seems to live and die by the tourist industry. So to attract visitors they basically made their own into Halloween town and celebrate it 365 days a year.

The people who go to visit think it’s all a show but in reality the town is populated by real supernatural beings that can walk around in public and be themselves, because the regular folks think it’s just a part of the show.

In this story a girl accidentally finds herself in a little bit of trouble with the mob and needs to get away. In her attempt to escape she takes the place of a Mail Order Bride for a man that turns out to be a 400 year old Vampire.

The writing was great. The story was captivating, funny and kept my attention and best of all I didn’t have any eye rolling moments like I do with most fantasy romance books.

They didn’t spend a ton of time trying to build up the world — they introduced just enough of the world around them that you needed to know and they did it naturally.

There is nothing I hate more than trying to read a book that starts off by building up the world around them for the first few chapters. This book doesn’t make that mistake and that is probably what helped me get so into the story.

I’ll be honest, I loved it. It was a great story and I fell in love with the characters. I wanted them to get together and I highly recommend you read this book. Is it the next Twilight? No. But it will defiantly put a smile on your face.

 

 

Stacei Fox

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