Vampire for Christmas by Felicity Heaton
Dark Rose Publishing (Nov 2010)
Kindle Edition, 78 Pages
I have a thing for vampires and if a certain Bones or Edward came knocking on my door Christmas day, it would be the best day ever! With Vampire for Christmas I was expecting the same elation however, I must admit I was a little disappointed.
Vampire for Christmas is written from the point of view of both the main protagonists Rafe and Shannon. Shannon is a demon hunter for an agency and her partner, Rafe is a vampire. Shannon has always hated vampires, her reasons are explained as the story develops and Rafe has had feelings for Shannon ever since he met her two years ago. Shannon has requested to be reassigned after one more task so this is the final chance Rafe has to change Shannon’s mind and hopefully get her to finally notice him as a person not just a vampire.
“From the moment I met you, I knew that I had to protect you, even if it was from myself. I stayed in this godforsaken town because of you, gave up trying to leave the agency and did everything I could to improve what skills I already had. Just so I could protect you. You are my redemption.”
I enjoyed the way Vampire for Christmas is written as Rafe and Shannon have very different feelings toward one another and I liked understanding their feelings and watching their relationship change and the effect it has on each party.
The downside to Vampire for Christmas for me was the investigation, a slimy, snotty green slug like demon they were trying to banish from a graveyard. The demon was disgusting and the plot lacked detail, excitement and little point to the overall story especially as they were unsuccessful, it did however, provide an objection for Shannon and Rafe to work together and I guess that was the point.
On this last assignment Rafe is able to break down a few walls that has prevented Shannon from ever seeing Rafe as anything other than a vampire, I must admit I do love a vampire that can show affection along with the softening of a heart makes up for the lack of plot and overall I did enjoy Vampire for Christmas.
Shannon finally makes a decision to trust Rafe and shows that trust by inviting him into her home, in her home the temperature rises and two lonely people find love during this Christmas period. They share more than their bed, as the final walls come down and disclose their deepest secrets. Although for a sexy, caring vampire my door would have been open a lot quicker, I loved the ending to Vampire for Christmas and as the saying goes, the best things come to those that wait.
An extremely slow start with not much depth to the plot, Vampire for Christmas improved as the story developed, we see Shannon’s prejudices lessen as her heart softens towards Rafe. Shannon’s feelings change as she finally lets Rafe in, to do what I would do if Bones ever knocked my door. A Christmas story of love overcoming prejudices with a great happily ever after ending to leave you feeling the build-up was worth it. If it wasn’t for the ending Vampire for Christmas would have been rated lower.
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