A Vampire’s Christmas Carol
by Cynthia Eden
This holiday season has bite.
Ben Prescott hates Christmas—he’s a vampire, and to him, there’s certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he’s hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way…by stalking deadly prey.
But fate has other plans for Ben.
Three visitors are coming Ben’s way…A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben’s future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can’t be saved by anyone or anything.
’Tis the season…to be undead.
Ben’s redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost—Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben’s arms…
Warning: This book features one very tortured vampire, a sexy ghost from his past, and hot scenes designed to melt the winter snow. Plenty of action, adult situations, and steamy times are ahead. Happy holidays!
Approximately 23,000 words
This is a sweet little take on the Charles Dickens Christmas Carol classic. Only this one bites. Vampires, angles, demons and shifters. It is going to be a scorching hot Christmas!
This tale centers around Ben. He is a vampire and he is becoming a monster. He kills. He justifies his kills by only killing those who he deems to be “bad”. He kills those who murder and who rape.
But one night in an alley, everything changes. A demon comes in the form of the ghost of Christmas past.
He shows Ben what his life once was.
Ben had once been a good man. He had been in love, with Simone. She was his everything. Until one day when his life changed forever.
Ben became a vampire and a monster. He hides away in an abandoned cabin and has forgotten the joy of Christmas. His second visitor his Simone. She shows him his Christmas present.
His final visitor of the evening is a shifter who shows him how his decisions play out in the future and what becomes of those around him.
Ben must make a choice. He has to redeem himself or set a path for himself that leads to pain and destruction.
Ben has to set things right. Simone always loved the holidays and Ben finds himself and his humanity in the joy of the season.
I enjoyed the unique and modern take on this classic. It was short and sweet but just right to put me in the mood for the holidays and still get a taste of a hunky vampire in the process. Cynthia Eden is one of those authors that you just cant go wrong with. I have yet to read anything from her that I didn’t enjoy.
Great job! 4 Solid stars.