This anthology features a story by one of my favorite Nocturne authors, Lori Devoti. In a departure from her other Nocturnes, this one is about a vampire, not shape-shifters. Though this is a Christmas anthology, the holiday has very little presence. If you're looking for a book that's doesn't have all the trimmings (carols, gifts, decorating, etc.), then this book is a good choice.
"A Christmas Kiss" by Merline Lovelace
From the Back: Vampire Delilah Wentworth's hunt for a dentist on Christmas Eve lands her in the arms of Sergeant Brett Cooper, a mortal who gave up on the Christmas spirit, and on love, years ago. Incapable of returning home by herself, Delilah needs Brett's protection for the night -- a night that leaves her aching for a forbidden mortal romance, and leaves Brett questioning whether he has truly given up on love after all.
I really liked Delilah. Born in 1888 to a career military officer, her only goals in life were to marry a dashing lieutenant and have lots of babies. She isn't a sultry, bad girl vamp; she's almost ordinary. Delilah only feeds on the willing and only takes what she needs -- not a killer nor in the habit of creating more vampires. She's also compassionate, going -- with Brett -- to the aid of a young, single mother with a case of food poisoning.
I wish the story had been longer. I thought Brett's acceptance of Delilah was too quick. I also would have liked to have seen more of Delilah's sire, Sebastian.
"The Vampire That Stole Christmas" by Lori Devoti
From the Back: On a mission for revenge against his adoptive family, vampire Drystan Hurst needs daemon Aimee Polk to help him put his plan into action. But Drystan doesn't expect to fall in love with Aimee -- especially when it means choosing between her affection and the ultimate family payback he has always dreamed of.
This is a story about two individuals -- a vampire and a daemon -- who must learn to accept themselves for who and what they are. Drystan has a lot of anger and resentment towards the Myhres. He's bent on getting revenge and he sees his foster brother's fiancée, Aimee, as the way to publicly humiliate them. Aimee, a daemon of light, has recently failed to save the life of her most recent charge. She's decided that it's best for her not to be one any longer, and will try to do good through Ben, who is politically ambitious. She senses the darkness in Drystan, and her first instinct is to absorb it, but she knows that won't help him if he doesn't take the first step.
This story was my favorite and I liked that both characters were supernatural. It made their acceptance of each other smoother. I also liked the twist on vampire mythology.
Started: 20 November 2008
Finished: 27 November 2008
Disclaimer: I purchased this book.