- File Size: 2745 KB
- Print Length: 71 pages
- Publication Date: February 28, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XN673XN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,093,252 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bewitching the Vampire: A Paranormal Romance Short Story Kindle Edition
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The story takes place in New Orleans and not much description was given to setting, to truly make one feel they are there... but then again, a writer might make editing choices to keep the word count down. Characters were given just enough description to allow a reader to visualize them, although they could have been fleshed out more; however, they were described fairly well for a short story with so much action taking place. Dialogue was interesting and authentic to character. Pulkinen had vampire Branan reveal something to Cassie at book end that this reader cannot recall any other writer having done before, and it took me both by surprise and I found it quite a delightful gem to read. Much kudos to Pulkinen on Branan's tidbit!
This reader has absolutely no qualms recommending Carrie Pulkinen's story for a quick, cute read. The tale was steamy at times, although never quite sensuous in this readers view. The pacing was so fast, this reader never thought of putting the book down until it was finished. Was it my favorite read of the year? No. But interesting enough to keep the name Carrie Pulkinen firmly in mind, when perusing books to read.
Cassie shouldn't be accompanying a friend to a hole-in-the-wall nightclub filled with fellow paranormal beings, even if she is a witch. She definitely shouldn't be catching the eye of the most fearsome vampire of them all. Her mother's vision of Cassie's death at the hands of a vampire should be all the deterrent that Cassie needs to run away from the handsome vamp with captivating eyes.
Branan shouldn't be allowing himself to fall prey to a pretty little witch who knows nothing of his past and can't possibly be happy with him as her mate. He's immortal and the only way to keep Cassie by his side would be to turn her and curse her to the darkness that he lives every day. Even if it means living without his supernatural soul mate.
Just when Branan makes a decision to leave Cassie alone, for her own good, Cassie finds herself in the company of a human who means her great harm. Poison leaves Cassie on death's doorstep and her mother is frantic to save her daughter before it's too late. The only solution? It just may be the one thing that Branan was trying to avoid all along.
Cassie is a young character and even though her age isn't really discussed, her naivete is obvious in her actions of going somewhere alone with a stranger and joining a group of peers without a second thought to her safety. On the other hand, Branan is a vampire who has lived many years, though his actual age is unknown, too. He plays a more mature character to Cassie's young and lively one.
This was a short story, yet there was a lot that happened in the small span of time and we are introduced to several characters, as well. The first part of the story does feel a bit rushed, because we are thrust right into the developing romance between our couple. But by the end, I feel like the characters were better fleshed out and Branan's history is revealed.
I think there was definitely enough here in the way of plot and character depth to turn this into at least a novella, if not a full novel. We could go deeper into the paranormal war happening in the city and get to know the secondary characters a bit more. Perhaps, there will be more to come from this world.
A quick read with witches, vampires, and humans with a grudge against the supernatural. Four suns!
Full review on Up 'Til Dawn Book Blog