It was one last mission. Shannon, a demon hunter with the agency, is looking forward to leaving behind the small town and the vampire she's been stuck with for the past two years. Things are getting complicated fast and she wants out. A fresh start, free of her vampire partner, awaits her if she can survive their final mission and the lonely Christmas holidays.
It was one last mission. Rafe, a vampire doing time with the agency, watches it approach with dread weighing heavily in his stomach. Two years of working with Shannon has been difficult, especially since he started falling for her, but he doesn't want their partnership to end. He has barely a few days to make her face her feelings and stop her from leaving, and he intends to do just that.
When a slimy demon threatens the season of peace and goodwill, it's the chance Rafe has been waiting for and the moment Shannon secretly fears. Rafe's determination to prise open her heart and her own resolve to keep it closed clash as violently as they do with the demon, and threatens to end as messily.
Can Rafe make Shannon see that his love for her is real and that she feels something for him too? Can Shannon face her fears and her past, and stop herself from running away from both? Will a wish on a star bring her what her heart truly desires—a vampire for Christmas?
My Thoughts: It is Christmas time and all you want to do is cuddle up by the fire with a sexy vampire, right? I saw a fellow blogger review this last Christmas and it caught my attention, mostly because of the cover (What? I thought it was hot!). I hesitated to read it at first because it was another vampire book. I was burned out from all the paranormal vampire romances that exploded years ago and I wasn't too eager to revisit this genre. But...I came across Vampire for Christmas again and saw that it was free. I figured that it would not hurt to try it, and I was right: I ended up enjoying it!
For a novella, the story and characters were developed pretty well. Enough background information was given for me to be able to appreciate the two main characters, the world building, and the plot of the book. I was able to understand why Rafe and Shannon acted the way they did, and I was able to believe the love they had for each other. Not once did I find their romance to be silly. The only thing that was not as delved into as much was the agency that these two worked for. I'm not sure if it would have added more to the story if this detail was further explained, but it did have me curious to know more about it. Also, I found the oozing demon they fought to be fascinating and gross. It further peaked my curiosity to know more about this world.
Overall, this novella turned out be a great read. I did not fall in love with it, but I did like it tremendously. I liked the two main characters and I especially enjoyed reading how believable their romance was. I plan to search more from this author and see if this world is further explored in other books. I rate it: