Title: Vampire Claus
Author: Robert Winter
Publisher: Self published
Release Date: November 15, 2017
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Page Count: 97 pages
Reviewed by: Tosha
Heat Level: 2.8 flames out of 5
Rating: 3 stars out of 5
’Twas the night before Christmas, but what’s stirring is a little more dangerous than a mouse.
Taviano is nearly two hundred years old and never wakes in the same place twice. Weary and jaded, the vampire still indulges in memories of childhood Christmases in Naples. He lingers in shadow, spying on mortals as they enjoy the holiday.
When Taviano spots a handsome young man in Boston loaded down with presents and about to be mugged, he can’t help but intervene. Soon he’s talking to joyous, naïve, strong-willed and funny Paul, a short-order cook who raised funds to buy Christmas presents for LGBTQ children. Before he knows what’s happened, Taviano is wrapped up in Paul’s arms and then in his scheme to get the presents delivered by Christmas morning.
A vampire turned into a Christmas elf… What could go wrong?
Vampire Claus is a 30,000-word standalone gay romance about a lonely vampire and a fearless mortal with no instinct for self-preservation. A heartwarming ending, no cliffhanger, and a young man who discovers he has a thing for fangs. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?
This book was an interesting read. In being honest it was slow to get going but in the end it turned out to be a good book. I honestly thought there was going to be a little more danger than there was by the way things were going but in all actuality there was very little.
Taviano is a vampire with a connection to Christmas. For one he was turned on Christmas Eve but he always loved Christmas when he was still human. He is also a vampire that even though in the past he had killed when feeding, finds it hard to do so now. He is more of a protector vampire. He watches over those that need help and intervenes if necessary. That is how he met Paul.
Paul is one of those people that is very optimistic. When he learns that his protector from being robbed and probably hurt is a vampire, he takes it in stride and is extremely curious. Not only because he feels an attraction to him almost immediately but because he is just curious.
When these two men spend Christmas Eve together, they feel a pull to one another that they know they do not want to resist. Though both know that it will only be for one night, they are willing. And eager. The only issue is Traviano has already been warned by the local camps that he has to leave Boston before midnight or he will pay the price. If he is not careful, Paul may end up paying the price in his place or worse yet, with him.
This was a good read but I really would have like to seen more action in it and not such a slow beginning. But nonetheless it was a good read and I look forward to more by this author in the future.
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