Also by this author: Dead Man's Hand, Queen of Hearts, House of the Rising Sun
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 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 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. What she doesn't know is her groom to be is a 400-year-old vampire.
Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. His past means love is no longer an option. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets...
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The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride was a very sweet love story. Literally. The female main character, Delaney, has a serious sweet tooth and when she’s nervous, announces random facts about sweets.
This is one of those stories that I wasn’t sure how much I would enjoy. It seemed a little bit clichéd. However, once I started reading, I totally changed my mind. I’m not sure where I got the idea it would be just like every other vampire story, Painter’s other books are completely unique. Luckily, I was wrong, and once I started reading, I just couldn’t stop. It grabbed my attention and didn’t let go until the very end. Even then, it was one of those books that I wasn’t ready to stop reading. Thankfully, Kristen Painter has more books in this series to keep me entertained!
I really felt bad for Hugh. He seemed like such a nice guy. Being under the thumb of meddling relatives can be exhausting. He seemed like such a lonely guy, but one that could really be cool to know once he let down his guard. I can understand where he was coming from though.
Delaney was a character I didn’t really care for in the beginning, but as the story went on, my opinion of her improved. She seemed really naive. The gods must have been smiling down on her though, for everything to go the way it did. Most people would have just been screwed from the beginning!
I like the ideas behind the story and really enjoyed the world building in this series. I would absolutely LOVE to live in a town like Nocturne Falls. Halloween all year long? Sign me up! It seems like a really cool place to live, or at the very least to visit regularly!
Overall, this was a very good book. The writing was good quality, the story kept me engaged and entertained, there was just enough romance to keep me reading but not turned off, and of course the paranormal elements were great. There was plenty of variety to keep even non vampire lovers interested.
I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a good vampire romance that isn’t overwhelming and has an air of mystery.
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