A paranormal category romance from Entangled's Covet imprint…
Sometimes the holidays totally bite...
This Christmas, Mara Livingston is determined to start over. But as she's driving to her "new" home, a freak winter storm forces her off the road. Now she's stranded in the middle of nowhere. Then he shows up. And there's something strangely familiar about him...
Connor Reese never expected to see Mara again. Nor is he prepared for the onslaught of emotions?including an unimaginable rush of desire?she stirs within him. Now he has a chance to claim the woman he's always wanted. Except, there are a couple of small details that Mara doesn't know. The first is that Connor is a vampire. And the second is that if his family finds out about Mara, she will most certainly be killed...
About the Author
Patricia A. Wolf lives in Texas with her husband, daughter, and two English mastiffs (who act more like horses for her little girl). Aside from writing, Patricia enjoys reading every kind of romance book she can get her hands on, cycling behind her husband (so she can check him out), watching movies in the comfort of her home (which she doesn't get to do often since most of her time is spent chasing after a two year old, being a wife, and writing), and traveling (whenever possible, that is).
She is the author of the Immortal Secrets series, The House of Elysian series (Entangled Covet), and The Miracle of Christmas series. Patricia is currently working on a top secret new series that is sure to set your romance taste buds on fire.
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Christmas with a Bite
A House of Elysian Novel
By Patricia A. Wolf, Candace Havens
Entangled Publishing, LLCCopyright © 2014 Patricia A. Wolf
All rights reserved.
Mara Livingston would have preferred a serious kick in the girly parts over being married to Rob Wright. Her fairy-tale marriage had been nothing more than a craptastic joke. She glanced down at her hands on the steering wheel and shook her head. She eased the gleaming wedding ring off her finger and tossed it into the glove box. She didn't want it anymore, didn't want the bitter memories that came with it.
Then, like Cupid himself mocked her, Rob's baseball tumbled out of the glove box onto the floor of the car. Another disgusting reminder. How easily he had fooled her, charmed her into believing whatever spewed from his lips. She twisted her hands on the wheel nervously, hating how he could still affect her while she was on her way out of his life forever.
She shook her head. It was regret, she told herself, regret that he was never the husband she needed.
The last few years had been the hardest of her life, she admitted, and even though she was glad to finally put things to rest with Rob, she couldn't bring herself to forgive him. In fact, she couldn't feel anything but irritated. If only she'd been able to pull off the blindfold earlier and see through his illusions. Then she wouldn't be a thirty-year-old woman with a failed marriage and a failed career.
Love was for idiots, and Mara was the biggest idiot of all.
Now, two weeks before Christmas, to add to the misery, a freak Texas storm popped up, dumping snow and ice on the road just before she planned to drive home to Denver for the holiday. White-knuckled, Mara cruised down the highway, praying that she would make good time to her parents' house.
Hard pellets of ice pelted the windshield. They already covered the road. And—lucky her—dozens of cars littered the side of the highway with bright yellow emergency lights flashing.
Her temples throbbed, and her breath caught in her throat as she found herself gliding sideways on the road, skidding and drifting over the top of the ice hiding in plain sight.
Once she steadied the vehicle, she noticed red and blue lights flickering ahead and the traffic began to slow.
"Great," she sighed.
She tapped her fingers anxiously on the steering wheel until the jam crawled far enough ahead to reach an exit. Once off the highway, she plugged her parents' address into her GPS and set off for what she hoped would be a shortcut.
For a long stretch, she didn't see a single vehicle. Streetlights became fewer and farther between. Her stomach plummeted as she studied the dark ahead of her. The GPS was practically useless. She didn't even know if the piece of crap was working right. Why would it lead her here?
The car began to slide, and the steering wheel jerked from her hands. She grappled with it, but before she could right herself, the car was out of control. As she whipped around, the world blurred, headlights illuminating spinning scenes. Panic squeezed her heart, and she tried to call up her father's repeated instructions should she lose control like this.
"Let off the gas pedal," he would say. She lifted her foot.
"Go with the drift." But she couldn't. She gripped the wheel fiercely, praying, but it didn't help.
She felt herself scream as she slipped off the shoulder of the road and slammed up against a row of tightly-packed trees. The car sputtered and went dark. Only silence followed. For a moment, Mara wondered if she might be dead, but then the biting sting of cold settled over her and she smacked her hands on the steering wheel, letting her head fall back against the headrest. Tears stung the backs of her eyes. She was relieved to be alive and—it seemed—relatively uninjured, but she had wrecked her car. Like she needed one more disaster right now.
"Damn it," she groaned.
She fished around for her cell phone and squinted at the bright screen. No reception. The phone and her GPS were ganging up on her.
"Does anything around here work?" She wanted to scream, have a tantrum, and throw something. But what was the point?
The windows slowly fogged as she sat in the useless, smashed, nonworking car. Its only purpose now was to keep the wind off of her. It would be brutal if she stepped outside.
The chill amplified as she became very aware of her limited supplies. She had been in such a hurry to escape her life with Rob, she hadn't bothered to pack many warm clothes. She had no blankets, water, or food.
Is my luck ever going to change?
She laughed. But it wasn't a sound of joy ripping for her throat. "Maybe Texas doesn't want me to leave," she muttered, clenching her jaw as she contemplated her options.
It would be safest to sit in the car and wait out the storm. She could put on all the clothes she had at once to keep warm and pray that someone came by and noticed the wreck. Or she could get out and explore on foot. There had to be a town close by. She had come so far without seeing anyone, she'd bet anything a town was just up ahead. After all, Amarillo wasn't exactly a deserted area.
Resigned, she grabbed her wallet and tucked it into her coat pocket. She opened the car door, thankful it was the passenger side pressed up against the trees, and stepped outside onto the frozen ground. Her sneakers crunched down into the snow. For a moment, the sound brought her back to her childhood.
Growing up in Colorado, she was familiar with snowy winters. She'd only moved to Dallas after college. Rob moved there with her. It was one reason she thought he was ready to commit.
Reality pulled her back to her senses. She had to stop thinking about him and deal with her current state of affairs instead. He was her past. He needed to stay there.
Thankfully, the snowfall had slowed and the soft glow of the clouds reflecting the moon gave her enough light to see. In fact, it was almost peaceful. Her eyes locked in on what might be a driveway not far ahead. She sped up.
The crunching snow echoed around her. She paused, holding her breath. The sound continued. She wasn't alone. Something else was lurking close by.
She scanned her surroundings, but didn't see much but snow, bare trees, and shrubs. She shrugged. Maybe she was paranoid. She picked up her pace again. The cold press of the wind whipped across her face. Her shoes were soaked through and her toes were turning to ice. She wrapped her arms around herself, hugging tightly as she willed her feet to keep going. She'd only search for a few minutes, she decided. If she didn't find any help by then, she'd go back to the car until someone passed by.
"Or until I turn into an icicle," she mumbled.
She froze as a low growl sounded behind her.
Of all the dangers she imagined before leaving the car to find help, coming upon wild animals was not one of them. She turned slowly and locked eyes with a wolf. Its golden eyes sparkled. She could tell it had serious intentions of making her its late night snack.
Her heart pounded, and she held her breath. Keeping her eyes on the beast, she took a step backward. Then another creature emerged from behind a tree. This one stepped closer to her. She swallowed hard. Its teeth gleamed at her, taunting her with its unspoken plans.
She glanced around, afraid to take her eyes off the wolves for more than a moment, looking for a place she might escape the hungry animals. But the only spot she could hide would have been up a tree, and climbing with frozen, gloveless fingers was a joke.
I'll be wolf chow for sure.
Then, as if two weren't enough, another advanced from the darkness. Trembling from the cold and fear, she took another step back. The wolves began to advance. The first wolf, the smallest, looked at the others. They snarled at it, taking their eyes off Mara for an instant. This was her chance.
She turned on her numb heel and fled. The cold air scratched at her lungs, but soon she spotted what looked like a massive, two-story cabin tucked away in the middle of the woods. So that had been a driveway after all. A spark of hope took shape in her mind as she ran faster than she ever realized she could. Silently pleading for help, the bitter cold and gut-wrenching fear squeezed every muscle in her body like she was caught in a vice. She fought to move them.
The growling wolves were right on her heels. Cutting through the trees to make a straight shot to the cabin, she stumbled, falling over something buried beneath the snow. She yelped as her ankle gave way. She couldn't gain her footing back, and she landed hard on the ground, smacking her head. Her vision blurred, and she felt her stomach ready to give way. She was going to die.
She couldn't move. It was so cold. She let her eyes fall shut and waited for the wolves to claim her. But they didn't come. Their snarls faded with the blowing wind. She pried her eyes open and blinked to see a large figure looming over her. Silvery eyes danced from within the darkness.
* * *
Conner Reese gazed down at Mara.
The woman who had haunted his dreams for nearly a decade was face down in the snow in front of his secret hideaway. After one dance at a wedding eight years before, he never expected to see her again.
The growling wolves were more important than his reminiscence, though. An intense need to protect the dark-haired woman overcame him. He stepped forward to face the beasts in challenge. He hissed like a snake and felt fire burn within his belly, blood pulsing through his veins as a primal rage clouded his mind.
Obviously fate brought her to his door tonight, and no wolf would take that away from him now.
He reached for a nearby branch and snapped it off the tree. It was thick as a baseball bat. He swung, hitting the closest wolf so hard it sailed across the snow, landing yards away. The second wolf hunched down, creeping forward with fangs piercing through the darkening night. He leapt, but Conner was quicker. The branch connected even more soundly than the first time. The wolf yelped as snapping bones echoed around him. It dropped onto the fresh snow, dead. The third wolf, the brightest one, fled. Dropping the branch, he knelt down and collected Mara into his arms.
It had been a long time since he held a woman. The softness of her curves and the sweet fragrance of her body were as maddening as he remembered. He closed his eyes, searching for the calm within the storm of his thoughts. How could this woman stir emotions in him so raw after such a long time? Why did he feel as if he'd known her for more than just one dance?
He stared down at her pale face, then examined her body. She wore a winter jacket that would have been fine in a tropical climate, but not in weather like this. She had to be frozen solid. He quickened his steps. He needed to get her warm and check her for injuries.
Pulling her closer, the palm of his hand rested alongside her soft breast. His body warmed. A tight lump formed at the back of his throat. He swallowed it down.
After kicking open the front door, he hurried inside and placed Mara on the cushioned leather chair beside the roaring fire he kept blazing every night. He didn't use much electricity tucked away in the middle of nowhere, but he always had a fire to keep warm.
He stripped off her jacket, and her soaked shoes and socks. He would have undressed her completely if not for the simple fact that he was already having trouble keeping it together with her in his living room.
He rushed to his room and yanked the comforter from the bed, then returned and wrapped it around her for extra warmth. Then he retrieved a damp towel and dabbed at her brow. The scent of her blood stirred him as it soon soaked the cloth. He tossed it aside. He'd take care of the rest of the blood later. At least the wound didn't look life threatening.
He pulled the ottoman closer and propped her legs up, noticing how swollen her ankle had already become. He placed a pillow underneath her foot, then went to the kitchen and threw some ice cubes into a plastic baggy. He made his way back to her with superhuman speed and delicately covered the tender area with the makeshift ice pack.
A wave of satisfaction flared inside him knowing he'd protected her and made her as comfortable as he could.
He leaned against the arm of the chair and watched her, guarding her like a treasure. The soft glow of the fire danced over her sun-warmed brown hair. A different style than he remembered. Still beautiful.
When Conner had last seen her, she wore it back in a tight bun for an elegant, sexy look. Now it flowed around her freely and bright. He preferred it this way. His fingers itched to caress the softness of those stands, curl it around his fist, haul her up against him to devour her mouth. She would taste exquisite. Her blood would taste exquisite.
He'd never forgiven himself for passing up the opportunity to taste her all those years ago. Now she, against all odds, appeared at his doorstep, states away from their homes. He'd come to these woods to escape the outside world, the one filled with bitter memories and resentment. She'd found him nonetheless.
Even his covenant didn't know where to find him. That had been the idea. Vampires tended to live in larger cities. Easier to find food. They didn't come to the outskirts of Amarillo. That was the main reason he'd chosen the place. He wanted to be alone.
But now a woman he desired in a raw, astonishing way was in his chair. So much for being alone.
No matter what he felt for her—had felt for her—his decision was made long ago. His last lover was dead, and in many ways, so was he. He couldn't take that pain again. To keep Mara safe, to keep everyone safe, he would never share his secret again.
The prickle of emotions burned the back of his eyelids. He blinked and bit the inside of his cheek, finding comfort in the twinge of pain that distracted him. He wasn't meant to love again. He was meant to be left alone. Forever.
Mara groaned and shifted her weight in the chair. Every muscle in his body tensed as he waited to see those hypnotic eyes staring back at him. Her tongue glided over the seam of her lips, and he couldn't help but follow the pink tip. Her long neck stretched enticingly, veins thundering beneath the skin, perfect to drink ...
He slid his tongue over the lengthening tips of his fangs. Craving more than her kiss, he shot over to the kitchen and grabbed a bottle of blood from the hidden compartment at the back of the refrigerator, chugging it down as quickly as possible. He was not about to go stark raving thirsty with her trapped in his cabin.
Keep it together. She'll be gone soon.
Once she was awake and he knew she was all right, he would help her get back on the road and send her as far away as he could. He could compel her to forget about him. Yes. That was exactly what he would do after she left. If she lingered longer than necessary, he didn't think he could resist the temptations she offered.
Mara Livingston had to get away from him before he destroyed them both.CHAPTER 2
Mara's eyes opened slowly. The heat from a crackling fire beckoned her awake. As her eyesight adjusted, she saw she was in an unfamiliar place. She jolted forward to stand, but cringed at a shooting pain from her ankle and sank back into the chair.
Her gaze wandered over the lush surroundings: modern and classic furnishings with a touch of rustic appeal. The gray stone fireplace covered the entire wall beside her and rose up to the vaulted ceiling. The dining room was separated from the kitchen by a marbled granite bar. She forced her mouth shut. The breathtaking kitchen left her sighing with envy, hoping the owner—whoever it was—would let her move in.
Oh god. She was in a stranger's house.
"You're awake," a deep voice said.
Her heart sped up the moment the low, honey-smooth tone settled over her.
As she met his gaze, heat rose from low in her belly. She cleared her throat, struggling to find words.
Not just a stranger's house. A mouthwateringly hot stranger's house.
She studied him. His penetrating gray eyes reminded her of someone, but she couldn't quite place it. She couldn't tear her eyes away as he ran a hand through his dark, wavy hair. As her gaze met his, a crooked grin appeared on his face, but as quick as it had appeared, it was gone.
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Really good story
RATING 3.5 STARS Christmas With a Bite is by Patricia A. Wolf. Fate has brought this couple together not one, not two, but three times. Will destiny finally get it’s way this Christmas? Mara Livingston’s divorce is final. She was deeply hurt by her now ex-husband and is on the way home for a much needed Christmas with her family in Denver, Colorado. Its two weeks before Christmas and a freak Texas storm has popped up, making the roads treacherous with ice. Mara is doing her best to keep her car on the road but loses control and slides off the highway. She’s in the middle of no-where and leaves the safety of her car to try to find help. Unfortunately things go from bad to worse until she is rescued by a man who seems vaguely familiar. Conner Reese is a vampire and by choice lives in a remote cabin in seclusion. He can’t believe that Mara has come upon his cabin by accident. It’s not the first time they’ve met but Mara doesn’t seem to remember him. When they touch, there is something there, something electrical. Is it fate that has brought her back to him? “How could this woman stir emotions in him so raw after such a long time? Why did he feel as if he’d known her for more than just one dance?” After the storm passes, Mara continues her trip on to Denver to see her family. Denver is also where Conner’s family lives. Conner is the son of royals. He is heir to the House of Elysian. After a two year absence, his parents are desperate for him to come home and take a mate. It is time for him to assume his role. “Mara was not just a mortal. She was his destiny, and no matter what he had to do, he would find a way to be with her.” This book has been on my to read list for quite some time and I was thrilled to add it to my Christmas reading this year. Unfortunately, it didn’t really deliver as I hoped it would. When Conner first reunites with his parents, his father very sternly reminds Conner of the rules against vampires mating with humans. And that he would under no circumstances be allowed to choose a human. There is the hint of severe consequences if he doesn’t obey. That Mara could be in danger. So I waited and waited for something big to happen. And it never really did. The sexy times between Mara and Conner were indeed very steamy. But, I didn’t really feel the connection between them. There were no warm and fuzzy feelings in my tummy. With that all being said, it was still a sweet Christmas story of destiny bringing two souls together at Christmas and finally getting their chance for a happy ever after.
Christmas with a Bite by Patricia A Wolf. This is the story of Mara Livingston and Connor Reese. Mara is trying to start fresh after a awful divorce with a lying and cheating husband. On her way to see family she has an accident in a snow storm that leads he to meet up with Connor. Connor is a vampire and with that he feels like a monster which has lead him to isolate himself. When he goes to help the person that has been in an accident he learns that it is Mara. Mara thinks she seen Connor before but cannot place where that was. Connor has met Mara before and when he did he wanted her above all else but he chose to send her safely on because he feared his family would hurt her. But now that fate has sent her to him again he is not sure that he can leave her again..so he goes forward to get back in with the family in hopes of being able to finally be with Mara. But Mara soon learns where she has seen him and feels taken back that he wasn't forthcoming with this knowledge. This was my first book by this author and I hope to read more by her again!
A light, sweet and sexy paranormal Christmas romance... with a bite Conner Reese for Christmas. Now that sounded like jingle bells all the way. More time with him would be the perfect gift. CHRISTMAS WITH A BITE by Patricia A. Wolf features some of my favorite 'things': vampires, a steamy second-chance-at-love and Christmas! It was an enjoyable, auspicious start to the author's House of Elysian series with a steamy romance, likeable characters and intriguing vampiric political intrigue. This is the story of human Mara Livingston and vampire Connor Reese. As the story opens, it's nearing Christmas and Mara is driving home in an insane winter storm ...until she loses control and wrecks in the middle of nowhere. Her cell phone doesn't work. Her options are limited. She doesn't have the clothing to cope with the cold in her car and decides to walk to the nearest house and request help. That turns out to be a very bad choice when she quickly becomes the prey of some hungry wolves. Luckily Connor's home is near and he arrives just in time... Connor has never forgotten Mara. They had shared a magical dance once a long time ago... at her sister's and his friend's brother's wedding before she'd married Rob, a cheating scum. Now, fate has stranded her - no longer married to her worthless husband - at his cabin far from civilization. Is this a second-chance-at-love for them or will his secrets spell doom for what could have been? Mara and Connor came across as genuine, realistic characters. Mara is not trusting of men after Rob's betrayals and Connor is reeling and feeling responsible after his own partner called him a monster and took her own life. I loved Mara's and Rob's fairy tale beginning and was pulling for them through-out, but any hopes for a bright future for the couple seemed bleak indeed. The holiday timing worked well with the story. Days spent snowed-in worked their magic. But... they were going to need every thread of Christmas' magic for their love to have a chance. This is the first book I've ever read by Patricia Wolf. This tale was slightly repetitious, but I feel that it shows a lot of promise and has some really cool characters. I do love vampire stories and holiday romances!!!! I'm thinking this series will get stronger and I'm looking forward to seeing that happen! I would recommend CHRISTMAS WITH A BITE to anyone who enjoys light, sweet and sexy paranormal Christmas romances... with a bite. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there. 3 1/2 Wine Glasses!
Reviewed by Kim for Read Your Writes Book Reviews So, when I am think of Christmas romances, I think of snow, Christmas trees, the magic of the season, and that anything and everything is possible, including finding love. The title Christmas with a Bite is a little deceiving. At least for me, it was. With the word "Christmas" in the title, I'm thinking I'm going to get a true Christmas romance. But in fact, this book could have taken place anytime. Yes, there's snow. Yes, Christmas is mentioned and there is a Christmas tree or two, but I just didn't get the warm and fuzzies I usually get in a Christmas story. Mara Livingston and Connor Reece meet for the second time when a freak snowstorm causes Mara to wreck her car on a deserted road. Connor arrives just in time to save her from a hungry pack of wolves and gives her shelter throughout the storm. I will admit that a lot of the book was a read it before experience, but the book does contain surprises. From the blurb, you know that these two have met before. But what you don't know is just how far these two actually go back. That discovery was one of my favorite parts. Christmas with a Bite gives you the forbidden love story with Connor being a vampire and Mara being human. Patricia A. Wolf has written wonderful secondary characters. You get the possibility of a series, with a discovery found in the book. However, how that series is going to play out, I have no idea. I do know that I’m looking forward to more books. **Personal Purchase**
Great love story. The cover was a great fantasy!
This is a cute, light read as the title suggest. This is he perfect book for me to pick up after I've read something really dark or heart wrenching. I love books like this. My only issue with this book is I wish it was longer, more drawn out over a longer period of time, and also what seemed to me like inconsistencies with the timeline. Mara is newly divorced from a cheating douchebag. She's driving to her new home with her family and is caught up in the Texas snow storm. (I didn't even know it snowed there) The snow causes her to wreck her car and she ends up on Connors doorstep. Connor and Mara's meeting was not the first. Mara doesn't remember but Connor does. Fate has had them intermingling for some time. Neither or them can fight the attraction they both feel, but both have been pretty damaged from previous relationships. After Mara's ex cheater she can't handle secrets and Connor is hiding a doozie. Telling Mara could get her killed. So where do they go from there????
Mara Livingston is heading home for the holidays. After her divorce, she wants to spend time with her family, but fate has other plans. A freak snow storm causes her to wreck her car and then she is rescued by a sexy man. Now she's his houseguest until the weather improves. What happens next is pure romance. I love the characters. Mara is smart, intelligent and sexy. She just needs to get her confidence back. Conner Reese is perfect and she's immediately attracted to him. Why does he seem so familiar? Conner feels their connection. He wants her in every way, but there is a problem. He's a vampire and a royal prince so he can't mate with a human. Their passion and desire are very sensual. I was touched by Conner's pain as he realized that it was his duty to let Mara go. I cared for this couple and wanted them to be together. The secondary characters were an interesting group. They had meddling down to an art form. I really want to know more about Chase Davenport, Conner's friend. Patricia A. Wolf did a wonderful job. The story is fast paced and well plotted with a great setting and snappy dialogue. The love story of Conner and Mara is very compelling. I had to know how it would end. I'm looking for more stories about the Vampires of the House of Elysian.
This book is a great read. Mara and Conner story is fate has away to put you in the path of the one you will love for the rest of your life.
Sometimes the holidays totally bite... This Christmas, Mara Livingston is determined to start over. But as she's driving to her "new" home, a freak winter storm forces her off the road. Now she's stranded in the middle of nowhere. Then he shows up. And there's something strangely familiar about him... Connor Reece never expected to see Mara again. Nor is he prepared for the onslaught of emotions¿including an unimaginable rush of desire¿she stirs within him. Now he has a chance to claim the woman he's always wanted. Except, there are a couple of small details that Mara doesn't know. The first is that Connor is a vampire. And the second is that if his family finds out about Mara, she will most certainly be killed... Review: A great little vampire Christmas tale. Thoroughly entertaining story of Mara and Connor who met years ago at her sisters wedding, but fate stepped in the way before they got a chance to get closer. Now, years later Mara has divorced her cheating husband and she is trying to make it back home for Christmas. Again, fate gets in the way and Mara lands on Connor's doorstep. Connor remembers Mara because he knows she is his mate, but Mara does not remember him. I still have a unanswered question on who messed with Mara's memory and unless I missed it I don't remember reading it. There is a lot of sizzling chemistry between Mara and Connor that make them a passionate couple. I liked how the author tied in Connor finding out that he was the one who had saved Mara as a little girl and how life keeps bringing them together. When Connor's parents make a big deal out of him not getting involved with another human and the consequences, I thought there would be a little more drama. In the end they were not very strict with keeping it a secret when Mara's whole family knew the truth. I enjoyed this story and new to me Author and will be interested to see what else she puts out. 3Stars
Boy, do I still love reading about vampires, especially when authors get creative with the world build. I mean, I still have a secret passion over Nosferatu, I am not gonna lie, the guy creeps me out, but boy do I love him. Even if some stories are not as original and new, it’s still nice to read a cozy Christmas novel with vampires, even if these two don’t seem to get along. It is not a very deep novel, it focus more about how two people from different worlds are meant to be together, but mostly it focuses on Mara and how the marriage wrecked her. She has lost some of her confidence but kept some of her humor (and she kicks ass with board games). Connor is also healing, but from the loss of her ex-lover and he also suffers from some lack of self-esteem, thinking that he is a monster. More than just crying and self-pity, both decide that they should overcome the bad experience with their ex-lovers and make amends in bed. I have nothing against that… The secondary characters were okay, mostly the human ones are weird, but Connor’s vampire side has so much potential that I wouldn't mind reading a novel only with that side. Forget human side, vampire side is great! Wolf creates a solid setting of a new vampire lineage with rules that have plenty room to be extended and improved in a sequel, maybe with Connor best friend. I don’t believe I will ever get tired of reading novels with vampires if they are like Connor and his family. I demand more!
Fangtastic festive reading! Delightfully different contemporary Christmas story of two people fated to be together. I really enjoyed this as a light read for the festive season. Mara Livingston is driving home to her parents’ house for the Christmas celebrations but a freak winter storm, malfunctioning SATNAV and out of cell phone connection, it appears that fate has decided she’s not going to get there tonight! Injured when her car skids off the road, she ends up being rescued from wolves by Connor Reece who initially seems to resent her intruding on his self-imposed isolation. But does he really resent her or is he hiding behind this attitude to protect his real feelings and his secret? You’ll have to read the book to find out! Both characters are well written and their attitudes explained to the reader accounting for their actions. It turns out that Connor has been there for Mara at several critical points in her life, but will his secrets stop them being together or will fate take a hand again? Great read for anyone who likes paranormal romances with a bit of a bite for this festive season! Thanks to the author and publishers for enabling me to read an ARC of this book in exchange for this, my honest review.
CHRISTMAS WITH A BITE is a light, fun, and sexy story about Mara, a woman who just went through a divorce from a selfish man. As she is going home for the Christmas, she meets quite by accident the very charming and gorgeous Conner, who just happens to have one fault: he’s a vampire. Even readers who normally wouldn’t pick up a vampire romance will be able to appreciate CHRISTMAS WITH A BITE because it’s rather different from the usual fare.
second chance love + fate = forever with a Bite. yum. terrific read/ keeps you interested til the very end. Mara and Conner are terrific ****A gifted copy was provided by the publisher for an honest review**** This story is all about FATE and second chances. Mara Livingston has just gotten divorced from a slime ball of an ex-husband. She is driving to see her family. She has a wreck driving on the roads and crashes into an embankment while its snowing. This is where Connor Reece meets (again) Mara. Connor met Mara years ago at her sister’s wedding and fell hard for her but Connor knew his family wouldn’t allow her in to their family then due to vampire politics and he had to let her go then or else she would be killed. Connor helps Mara out of the wreck and gets her to his place. Mara kept telling Connor he seemed so familiar. Connor wanted to badly to tell her where they met years ago but he had made sure to do some mind block of that incident. After a few days with Connor, she is able to get back to her family but hopes to see Connor again since the chemistry between them is so electric. Mara falls for Connor and Connor wants badly to bare all to Mara about him (i.e. being a vampire) but he can’t. He is afraid his family will kill Mara. Connor decides to go back into the family fold and show no fear to them and help them know Mara so they will not harm her and that way he can bring Mara into the fold so he will be able to love her wholly, with no lies, no deception. Mara doesn’t want to go thru another relationship where the partner lies and hides information. She now remembers where she knew Connor from after some help from her sister. The plot of the story moved fast, the characters, main and secondary were fantastic and the holiday feel was great. I especially enjoyed the second chance theme in this story. I really enjoyed how the author kept my attention on the story. I didn’t want to put this book down until I finished. Hope she writes more in this book world for I really enjoyed the characters, My rating: 5.0 stars *****