Holiday with A Vampire: Christmas Cravings, Fate Calls

Holiday with A Vampire: Christmas Cravings, Fate Calls

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by Maureen Child, Caridad Pineiro
     
 


'TIS THE SEASON TO TAKE A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE…

Silhouette Nocturne is proud to present these two sensual, heartwarming tales of love during the holiday season. True, the heroes may not wear red suits or be very jolly. But tall, dark and handsome, with the unusual power to thrill, can sometimes be the best gift of all.

In Christmas Cravings

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'TIS THE SEASON TO TAKE A WALK ON THE DARK SIDE…

Silhouette Nocturne is proud to present these two sensual, heartwarming tales of love during the holiday season. True, the heroes may not wear red suits or be very jolly. But tall, dark and handsome, with the unusual power to thrill, can sometimes be the best gift of all.

In Christmas Cravings by Maureen Child, a vampire finds himself in need of a miracle, and discovers it on the doorstep of his childhood home in the form of Theresa Franklin.

Most women dream of being swept off their feet by a man—not whisked away by a devastatingly handsome vampire. But for Connie Morales in Fate Calls by Caridad Piñeiro, Hadrian's tempting kisses make her long to deliver the gift of life to a man who thinks he has no soul.…

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

Although Halloween is likely the first holiday that springs to mind when vampires are mentioned, this duo of sensual novellas gives a new twist to the vampire mystique as it is tempered by the magic of Christmas and love. A lonely 150-year-old vampire makes his annual pilgrimage to the rural Wyoming scene of his family's Christmas-night slaying and finds love and miraculous healing in the arms of the new owner of his former home in Child's heartfelt Christmas Cravings. A vampire from fourth-century Rome is annoyed by a bell-ringing "Santa" and then captivated by the sexy lawyer she turns out to be in Piñeiro's slightly edgy, bondage-tinged Fate Calls. Spicy, violent, and passionate, these stories resolve the human-vampire conflict in different ways. While the tales may not be everyone's holiday mug of cider, more adventurous readers might find the offbeat, darker aspects both atypical and refreshing.


—Kristin Ramsdell

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426810053
Publisher:
Harlequin
Publication date:
12/01/2007
Series:
Harlequin Nocturne Series , #29
Sold by:
HARLEQUIN
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
249,777
File size:
168 KB

Meet the Author

Maureen Child is the author of more than 130 romance novels and novellas that routinely appear on bestseller lists and have won numerous awards, including the National Reader's Choice Award. A seven-time nominee for the prestigous RITA award from Romance Writers of America, one of her books was made into a CBS-TV movie called THE SOUL COLLECTER.  Maureen recently moved from California to the mountains of Utah and is trying to get used to snow.   

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Holiday With A Vampire: Christmas Cravings, Fate Calls [Silhouette Nocturne Series #29] 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really more of a 2.5 star rating overall, but I'm rounding up. This year is my year to try and clean out a serious backlog of TBRs. As a result, I have a feeling I will be constantly smacking into stylistic choices, particularly in my category reading, that have been phased out some four or five years later.  I feel that way a little with this two-author anthology. I am usually a fan of both Maureen Child and Caridad Piniero, but neither novella really worked for me this time.  Oddly, in opposition to many of the reviews I skimmed, I liked Christmas Cravings by Ms. Child better of the two. I believed the character motivations and bought into the chemistry between the hero and heroine. Sure, it's a little weird to dind a vampire in your barn, or to have hiding places built into your home, but stranger things have been proposed in fiction. Fate Calls, by Ms. Piniero, was lacking that chemistry and believable motivation for me. I tend to stay away from stories that seem driven by sex. It's not that I might sex, but I do like to see it happening with a purpose or for a reason, and in this instance, I just didn't get that sense. I'm a fan of the Calls series as a whole, but don't think this installment was well-served in the shorter length.
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KikiD870 More than 1 year ago
In Christmas Cravings, when Grayson Stone returns to rural Wyoming for his annual Christmas visit, he discovers that the home he built with his own hands over a century ago has a new owner. Not knowing who or what he was, and with baggage of her own, Tessa takes him in and helps him in his time of need. Neither one of them expected the holiday to change their lives. There was much about Tessa that I identified with and I enjoyed the way her personna was developed throughout the story. I loved her strength and her unwillingness to give up when her past continues to haunt her. Grayson's character was equally well developed, and the two of them together was entirely believable. The storyline was more than just the standard "boy meets girl", "they overcome some obstacles" and everything turns out great. There was action, several subplots and enough twists and turns to fully tell their story, even though it was a novella. It was a fun read with substance and I would recommend it! I give this one 3 stars. ~~~~~~~~~~~ In Fate Calls, Connie Morales was a young, up and coming lawyer who replaced the loneliness of her personal life with her professional life. She had ambitions and she worked hard to see them come to fruition, but part of her wanted the love and the family that her siblings had. When she volunteered to be a street corner Santa for charity, she never expected the change it would bring to her life. I truly wanted to enjoy this novella but the general tone of it really put me off of it. It was well-written and the characters were developed well technically, but the plot left me cold. The lack of control and power that Connie had bothered me, as did the fact that Hadrian essentially forced her to bend to his will. The flashbacks were intended to illuminate the reader as to why he had become the way he was, but for me, it didn't adequately excuse his behavior. The ending seemed almost desperate to me, like Connie felt so much like her biological clock was ticking that she would accept second-rate treatment. While the story left me wanting, it could very well appeal to someone else. It was well written; it was just the content that didn't appeal to me. I give this one 2 stars.
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