Vampire Claus by Robert Winter 3*
BLURB:’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?
My Review: I was provided a copy in exchange for an honest review. I thought this was a fairly good book and I enjoyed the Christmas spirit it had going, but I found it annoying as heck every time Paul started talking in what I presume was supposed to be 'modern' slang (probably just my age showing) and I thought that he was a little unreal in his naivety. That aside the book will appeal to anyone who enjoys a Christmas spirit story with a happy ending.