Review: The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1) by Kristen Painter

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Review: The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1)  by Kristen PainterThe Vampire's Mail Order Bride (Nocturne Falls, #1) by Kristen Painter
on June 1, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Romance
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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, fur, 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. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.

Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.

Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets...


Dorsey’s Review 


3.5 Nocturnal Stars!!

Delaney James is a fun and likable character who spurts out chocolate facts (she’s an aspiring candy maker) when she’s nervous, loves to bake and loves her ginormous cat, Captain. Delaney’s life takes a turn when she witnesses a murder at the mob owned restaurant she works at. She flees the restaurant to a nearby store which turns out to be a matchmaking business and that gives her the escape she needs from New York. She off to Nocturne Falls! The town of Nocturne Falls is a haven for the supernatural and masks their presence by passing itself off as a 365 days a year Halloween themed town and every day is Halloween. All she had to do was pretend to be someone else, which she has no problem with, the only problem is…..she’s a very bad liar.

Hugh Ellingham’s grandmother is intrusive and overbearing but he loves her, after all, it is because of her that he and his brothers are still alive after 300+ years. Her continuous hold on him was growing tiresome but he would do this one last thing for her, meet a girl that she claims was the perfect match for him and be nice to her for 30 days.

“She’s a lovely young woman from upstate New York, but you should be very thankful for those romance novel reading, tween movie watching women. They’ve had a big hand in making our town a success.”……“And Julian’s love life, once he learned to spray himself with glitter.”

Hugh figures she’s one of those vampire lovers that would do anything to claim one as a husband, well Hugh also figures she was going to be highly disappointed if she thought that she was going to claim him! However, Delaney was nothing like he imagined, arriving with her 27-pound cat Captain (Fancy Pants), she was like a breath of fresh air and it didn’t take long for her to completely to win over his assistant Stanhill and then himself.

“A small cow walked toward him and meowed. “What on earth is….Stanhill mentioned you brought your cat. He failed to mention the creature is the size of an SUV.”

I really enjoyed this fun quirky book and look forward to reading the rest of the series, it’s Twilight meets Guardians of Eternity since there are more than vampires and werewolves, we get a mixture of paranormal creatures specifically witches and gargoyles. Nocturnal Falls is a town where super naturals hide in plain sight, and with so many creatures cohabiting things are bound to get interesting.

My final thought: Fun read, low in steam but has a sweet romance and plenty of fun characters to keep you entertained.


About Kristen Painter

A little about me: I’m a former college English teacher, but I’ve held a crazy mix of other jobs including maitre’d for Wolfgang Puck, personal trainer, and sales for Christian Dior Bijoux. On the writing side of things, I’m a two-time Golden Heart finalist, have won various other awards, and have been on the board of three different RWA chapters. What can I say? I like getting involved. I’m not adverse to bossing people around either.

I have a *slight* shoe addiction and occasionally indulge in an unnecessary handbag. Hah! That was a joke. There is no such thing as an unnecessary handbag. I love make up and jewelry and spa days. Yes, I’m a girly girl. But don’t think that makes me weak. I can (and do) kill off characters with the best of them. Speaking of which…

My forays into writing have been as varied as the jobs I’ve held. I’ve written poetry, articles for magazines, short stories, paranormal romances (that include fantasy, contemporary and steampunk genres), and urban fantasy. Since writing two urban fantasy series, I’ve now returned to paranormal romance with the Nocturne Falls series. I love being able to write these funny, snarky, sweet books that are filled with great supernatural characters and lots of cats!

I still have several urban fantasy series I’d like to write. I just need to find the time!

I’m also the co-founder of the award-winning writer’s site

I live in FL with my retired Air Force husband and a horde of feline dependents. I’m represented by The Knight Agency.


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