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Steamy Paranormal Christmas Romance
on December 25, 2010
Shannon is no ordinary girl: she's a demon hunter, working with the agency to rid the world of infestations, and she wants nothing more than to finish her last mission and leave town forever. For the past two years she's been forced to work with a vampire she cannot trust, and things are beginning to get too complicated. Gentle, affectionate and thoughtful, Rafe is nothing like the vampires she kills for a living, and Shannon's changing feelings towards him are more dangerous than any demon.
This is a short but sweet novella which covers only the turning point in Shannon and Rafe's relationship and how they end up together. The plot moves along quickly, but given the considerable history between the two leads -- years of working closely together and chasing down demons -- the progression in their relationship makes sense. None of this love-at-first-sight-destined-to-be-together malarky which always strikes me as silly; this is about overcoming denial and personal issues to find love (and smut).
I enjoyed the changing points of view between Shannon and Rafe; both were distinct enough to capture my attention, and Rafe's thoughts in particular brought a smile to my face. Perhaps my only nitpick was that as soon as Shannon decides to overcome her personal issues, she has a complete change of heart and openly pursues Rafe. I found it a little odd that all her reservations disappeared so quickly.
Themed romances can be a little cheesy, but this novella stands apart for its humour: the tension between Rafe and Shannon is interspersed with often amusing fight scenes with a slime demon who has an uncanny knack for interrupting them just as they're about to admit their feelings for each other.
Fast, fun, and light-hearted, <em>Vampire for Christmas</em> is an ideal novella to bring some holiday cheer and romance to your day.