Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 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...
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the first book in the Nocturne Falls series. I loved it!
Delaney James is a wonderful character. I really liked her. When she accidentally walks in to a deadly situation she finds herself on the run for her life. In an attempt to hide, she stumbles across an opportunity to get out of the city quickly and heads to Nocturne Falls. However, she's stepped out of the frying pan and into the arms of a vampire.
Hugh Ellingham is also a wonderful character. I really liked this charming vampire. Tired of his grandmother's meddling in his life, he reluctantly agrees to marry a mail order bride. He didn't intend to fall for her, but his attraction for Delaney only grows as he gets to know her.
I came across this book in my recommendations on Amazon due to my browsing and reading history. After reading the blurb and a few of the reviews, I decided to give this book a try. I am glad I did! I am a fan of paranormal romances, but don't often read ones full of humour. This book combines these elements quite well.
I started to read and didn't put it down until I had finished it. I fell in love with the description of Nocturne Falls. Who wouldn't want to live in a town that celebrated Halloween all year round? I enjoyed meeting the various residents, one of whom is Stanhill, Hugh's rook (servant and blood donor) and friend, he is sensible and down to earth. There are other characters such as Hugh's brothers, Sebastian and Julian, who also make an appearance. They are chalk and cheese and completely different to Hugh. Then there's Elenora Ellingham who is Hugh's Grandmother. She is determined to see her grandson happy, but has a manipulative streak a mile long which made me not like her in the beginning.
This is a humourous tale full of danger, misunderstandings and secrets. It is told through the eyes of both Delaney and Hugh. I found myself grinning at Delaney's reaction to finding herself living in a town dedicated to Halloween. However, this is a cover for all of the residents who hide in plain sight. There are witches, vampires and werewolves living in amongst a few humans. Here they can be themselves and not feel scared.
The story took me on an emotional roller coaster ride from beginning to end. However, I felt that the danger posed by Delaney's ex-boss was not as intense as it could have been. But, having said that, the story is a romance and I enjoyed watching Delaney's and Hugh's relationship grow. I reached the end of the book and was left with a warm fuzzy feeling as I enjoy a happy ending. I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Kristen Painter has written a wonderful paranormal romance. I enjoyed her writing style, which is fast paced and entertaining. The flow was wonderful too. I would definitely read more of this author's books in the future.
Although there are no scenes of an explicit sexual nature, there is some bad language. Therefore, I do not recommend this book to younger teens. However, I highly recommend this book to readers who love paranormal, supernatural or urban fantasy romances. - Lynn Worton
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