Robert Winter hits the festive heights with a vampire twist

Vampire ClausVampire Claus by Robert Winter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Twas the night before Christmas, but what’s stirring is a little more dangerous than a mouse.

This was ace! Robert Winter’s festive fare really hit the heights for me, I loved Taviano the jaded vampire wondering what it was all about and sweet Paul, who he saves from a mugging.

The Boston setting felt like another character as well although it just gently anchored the story in the background but I got a real feel for Little Italy and the foggy and potentially dangerous streets.

Paul was seriously funny, a fully developed character who came into his own when suddenly confronted by someone (or something) his eyes were telling him couldn’t be real. His outbursts had me actually laughing out loud as I read this book.

The humour also creeps up on you as Taviano realises he’s been slowly coerced into being a festive elf for a bunch of LBGT kids who otherwise wouldn’t know the joys of Christmas morning gifts from Santa. The scene as he sneaks through the centre to drop off the presents Paul has bought is delightful.

Without spoiling the story, there’s a bit of drama before their romance gets nicely wrapped up in a beautiful big Christmas bow (and a Happy Ever After that might last just a wee bit longer than most)

#ARC received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review.

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