Kindle Edition, 78 pages
Published November 2nd 2010
by Dark Rose Publishing
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?
I thought this was quite well done. The characters are well developed, the story is simple, but well told and fleshed out.
Shannon wants to work alone and now that her two years with her vampire partner are up, she wants to continue her work as a vampire/demon hunter on her own. She's spent two years trying to keep Rafe at a distance, but oddly enough, finds she can't do that anymore.
Rafe has spent two years trying to make Shannon realize he's not a monster. That he has feelings for her. He's not ready to let her go, and is in fact certain that if Shannon leaves, he'll be heartbroken. He's spent two years protecting her, and isn't sure he can let her go.
I loved the way this novel opens up, with Rafe watching Shannon through her window as she admires her Christmas tree. It's a bit voyeuristic to be sure, but it demonstrates the depth of his emotion quite well. And I like that it takes Shannon a bit of time to realize that really, the last thing she wants is to be away from Rafe.
A light read, with just the right amount of action, steam and Christmas cheer.
4 glittering stars