Bite Night (2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug)

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Title: Bite Night
Author: Clare London
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1st 2016
Genre(s): Holiday, Christmas, Short novels, Paranormal
sPage Count: 25
Reviewed by: LenaRibka
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5

Creatures of the Night and Santa’s Christmas duties don’t mix. Every myth and bedtime story tells you so.

But on Christmas Eve, when the Elves walked off the job over pension rights, it was time for me—Irwin, the only vampire on Santa’s payroll, despite recent diversity initiatives—and my trusty team to help out. Just deliver a few parcels, Santa asked me. Just help out on your local patch. Just for one night.

Armed with my reluctance to face all that human sentimentality, and accompanied by a wise-cracking werewolf and an unruly fairy with a taste for vodka, I did my best. Honest.
But we were heading for disaster until I came face-to-face with cute babysitter Benny. It’s Santa’s Number One Rule—no interaction with the clients. But Benny somehow managed to upset my appetite, inflame my libido, and restore my faith in the Christmas spirit, with one cheeky smile and a tasty body piercing.

It’s Christmas, and the show must go on!

I think I enjoy my Christmas short novels, if they make me laugh out LOUD. Or at least make me smile.
I don’t expect a big surprise from them, and it is almost impossible to make them unpredictable.
But it is also not THIS kind of books to rack your brain about the ending, right?

Bite Night made me smile, more than once, and it is a good sign.

I’m not a big fan of a paranormal genre, but in a small dose I can cope with it pretty well.
And the idea of Santa called on this unusual trio – a vampire, a werewolf and a sprite- for the late shift, because the Union Chief-Elves and Gnomes Division called his workers out on strike and he himself can’t visit everywhere on one night, can he? Think of logistics. (HOW CUTE IS THAT?!)
Finally, someone has to bring kids their Christmas gifts!

To tell the truth, I don’t remember why in one of the last houses that this hilarious trio entered, a sweet guy, Benny, who was babysitting, suddenly SAW them- they were supposed to be invisible for humans- but I don’t care.

Benny oohed and aahed uninvited housebreakers…

mostly of course Irwin, and didn’t show not EVEN a tiny trace of angst, just the opposite, and went almost straight to the point…

Irwin was excited. And I – pleased.


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A passionate reader from Germany. I learned to read at the age of 4 and never stopped since then, though my books from that time were very different from what they are now. English is my third language, and I'm sorry for all grammar mistakes I made in my reviews. But I assure you, that my reading English is much better than my writing English. I'm a seeker for the books that differ from mainstream, that provoke the reader or have very often very opposite ratings.