Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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?
This was a nice holiday story with a bit of a twist. Taviano has pretty much hated himself since he was turned into a vampire. Paul quickly brings some light into his world and he doesn’t want to let him go.
Paul hasn’t had the best time since coming out to his parents but he does have some support from the rest of his family and is just trying to get by on his own. Even with this he has a positive outlook and it goes a long way to helping Taviano see himself in a new light. I loved Paul’s view of the world and how he only saw the good that Taviano did and ends up giving Taviano a purpose. We learned much about Taviano’s life before he was born and its mysterious connection to Paul but Taviano doesn’t think much on his past as he doesn’t feel worthy. Taviano continues to prove himself when he defends Paul against the Boston vampires and comes out on top.
The cover art by Dar Albert is great and I love the visuals of the characters.
Sales Link: Amazon
ebook, 112 pgs
Published: November 15, 2017 by Robert Winter
Edition Language: English