The Vampire's Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter
Series: Nocturne Falls #1
Published by Sugar Skull Books on June 1, 2015
Genres: Fantasy Romance, PNR, Romance
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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, fur, 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. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.
Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.
Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets...
I decided to read The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride because I’d read a sample of The Shifter Romances The Writer which I head of via a friend on GR. I enjoyed the short sample of The Shifter Romances The Writer that I read so I got a copy of book #1 in the series since it’s free.
I found The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride to be (more than) a bit meh. I was also feeling a bit squirmy while reading since The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride has a deception based plotline – and that’s never my favorite. I do admit that the deception was done out of necessity but that didn’t stop me from feeling a little uncomfortable.
While I enjoyed The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride for the most part, I felt the ex-girlfriend situation was over the top. And to be honest, I was bored a lot. I found myself skimming quite a bit just to get to the end. With that said, I really like the idea of Nocturne Falls and I plan to read more in the series. I just might read out of order (gasp!) so I can read the book that caught my attention to begin with.
Verdict: It’s a start