Title: Awkward Holidays
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Ward of the Vampire # 3
Best Read in Order: Not Required
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Trapped in the Ward mansion with a reluctant and standoffish host – a vampire she should be afraid of but can’t help being attracted to – Angelina is preparing herself for grim, lonely holidays.
When her parents unexpectedly decide to visit, the situation, far from improving, only grows more complicated. They look forward to visiting New York with her, but how can she explain that she’s unable to leave the mansion? For that matter, what will they say when they realize she lives with a millionaire?
A hastily concocted excuse smoothes things over, but now Angelina finds herself having to work closely with Morgan Ward. It wouldn’t be so bad if Morgan was as pleasant to her as he is to her parents, but his mercurial moods leave her confused and frustrated. It doesn’t help that he seems no closer to finding a way for her to leave his house.
The New Year brings change with a startling kiss and an even more surprising guest… or is it more of the same?
Having read the first two in this series, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to be an early reviewer for the 3rd novella. And I was not disappointed.
Upping the stakes once again, Angelina’s parents are in town for a short visit and to see the sights. How can you show your parents New York when you can’t leave the house? And what could possibly be a good enough reason to not visit with them over Christmas?
Thrown into a panic, Angelina needs to rely on Morgan’s quick wit and money to salvage her relationship with her parents, yet provide enough of a reason for her to remain within the house and safe from the unwanted effects of compulsion.
Her panic and reluctance to lie to her parents, combined with Morgan’s ability to give them the experience of their lives was a nice slice of life and displayed real reactions and questions that are expected when you are trying to protect your parents from the fact that vampires exist.
While we see Angelina’s concern for her parent’s and their relationship, Morgan never ceases to amaze: suave, debonair and gracious even as he and Angelique are sniping at one another. Again he also steps in to save Angelina’s life, this a direct threat from his maker. There is a connection that is ever growing between he and Angelina, and there are answers coming… eventually.
This is a great installment in the series, and makes for a quick afternoon’s read. Sadly we now have to wait for the next book ….
I received an eARC from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author:
Kallysten’s most exciting accomplishment to date was to cross a few thousand miles and an ocean to pursue (and catch!) the love of her life. She has been writing for over fifteen years, and always enjoyed sharing her stories and listening to the readers’ reactions. After playing with science fiction, short stories and poetry, she is now trying her hand, heart and words at paranormal romance novels.