Book #53: The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride by Kristen Painter

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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 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. What she doesn’t know is her groom to be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. His past means love is no longer an option. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.
Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…

The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride is a quick and cute paranormal romance. It is a great introduction to the Southern town, Nocturne Falls, and the supernatural residents. I actually liked this book a lot and am planning on buying the second book in the Nocturne Falls romance series.

Delaney is an interesting female lead. There is a femininity to her that is akin to most damsels in distress. Yes, she is in distress. Running away from a mobster does that to you. But, she isn’t much of a damsel. She is sharp witted and has no problem voicing her own opinions about things. Despite her current situation, she’s quick to think of a way out and allows time afterwards to breakdown. On top of that, she loves making sweets.

Hugh isn’t a typical alpha male vampire. He has the humanity torn aspect that we see in vampire romance leads. It did bother me at times, but it was refreshing to see one trope while the female lead wasn’t very trope (in my opinion).

What you would think would be a big issue, actually gets ironed out fairly well. We aren’t met with characters who have great communication issues. For most of the problems in the book, the characters talk it out.

All in all, the book was cute. It was free of sex scenes and instead emphasized on the intimacy of vampire bites and kisses. It was fresh and a series that I would continue to read.

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