Monday, January 8, 2018

4.5 Wine Glass #Review of The Bite Before Christmas by Lynsay Sands and Jeaniene Frost


10518110Title: The Bite Before Christmas
Series: Argeneau #15.5, Night Huntress #6.5
Author: Lynsay Sands, Jeaniene Frost
Format: Hardcover, 270 pages
Published: October 25th 2011 by William Morrow
ISBN: 0062014072 (ISBN13: 9780062014078)
Links: Goodreads | Amazon | B&N
Reviewer: Linda
Source: Library
Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 Wine Glasses

In Lynsay Sands' "The Gift," Katricia Argeneau knows grey-eyed cop Teddy Brunswick is her life mate. She just needs to convince him they belong together, and being snowbound in a secluded cabin will make this a Christmas neither will forget.

It's "Home for the Holidays" in Jeaniene Frost's Night Huntress series. Cat and Bones may long to wrap presents and set up a tree, but this Christmas, an evil vampire and long-buried family secrets will threaten to take a bite out of their holiday cheer.

Linda's Thoughts:
Two entertaining paranormal tales set at Yuletide!

The Bite Before Christmas is a festive paranormal anthology featuring two fun reads. I enjoyed my previous one experience with Lynsay Sands writing so much that when I saw this book on display at our library, I grabbed it. As a bonus, I received an introduction to Jeaniene Frost’s books too. Even though these novellas are both installments in the authors’ established series, I had absolutely no problem jumping in with these! I never once felt lost. They have ignited my desire to read more from both of these authors soon!

The Gift by Lynsay Sands is a light and sexy romp in the midst of a holiday storm which finds a human and a vampire snowed-in. I liked that the hero is fit, but not so young. He’s sixty four year old and planning to retire soon from a job that he loves as chief of police in a small town. Being single, he’s escaped all the family celebrations to a secluded cabin – but doesn’t plan on finding himself stranded with no provisions and electricity and housebound with a centuries-old vampire whose blood delivery didn’t arrive due to the storm. No worries! All works out well in the end! (116 pages) 4 Wine Glasses!

A few favorite quotes from The Gift:

“She drawled, "I think I'd really like to see that gun of yours later.” 

“Where did your clothes go?” 

Home for the Holidays by Jeaniene Frost is an engaging urban fantasy set in the holiday season. There’s some sizzling romantic sparks, too - just enough to spice things up. As the story opens, it’s Bones’ birthday and as part of his surprise, he discovers that he has a long-lost brother. That’s the good news. The bad news is that the brother carries unwanted baggage. This tale will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. (153 pages) 5 Wine Glasses!

A few favorite quotes from Home for the Holidays:

“Get your bloody hands off my wife!” 

“You call that begging? Oh, Kitten, you can do better than that...”

Both reads are highly entertaining, with great characters and teeming with sweet and intense moments. I read them both in one day – not wanting to put either down until I’d finished. I highly recommend this pairing to anyone who craves a fangy holiday escape anytime of the year!

Argeneau Vampire Series

Night Huntress Series

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