Title: The Bite of Winter ( Love Bites, book #1)
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Erotic Novella
Author: Lauren Smith
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Nov. 24, 2015(preorder available)
Source: Free for review from the publisher
Sexy Rating: 5+
Christmasy Feeling: 3
Description from Amazon.com:
She is theirs to claim. They are hers to save.
Love Bites, Book 1
Zoey Blake is about as far down on her luck as she can get. A car crash took her parents, leaving her destitute and on the street. When she’s attacked by another homeless person, her lifeblood drains away as her fading vision is filled with the face of a handsome stranger.
Ian Kennedy, a century old Irish vampire, never could resist rescuing a stray. As a few drops of his blood heals Zoey’s wounds, he realizes she’s a sweet, tempting, flesh-and-blood woman. But there’s one problem. Connor, who made Ian promise decades ago: no more mortal lovers.
After another vampire murdered his soulmate, Connor O’Shea swore never to let a mortal woman pay the price for loving him. Until he feels Zoey’s skin and tastes her lips. She makes him want to break that vow.
Zoey finds herself caught in their web of seduction. But as Christmas draws near and her grief deepens, happiness seems far out of reach. And Ian and Connor join forces to prove their love is sacred, special…and forever.
Warning: This book contains two scorching-hot Irish vampires, one lady with plenty of pluck but zero luck, naughty lingerie, and enough Christmas cheer to redeem even the darkest creatures.
This novella is the first book in a new vampire series by Lauren Smith. There is little romance and a plethora of lust. Zoey really has nothing to lose by hooking up with two gorgeous vampires since it will either redeem her pitiful life or end it. The two vampires, Connor and Ian, are handsome, hunky, good guys who just happen to live off the blood of humans. It is a win/win for all three protagonists. I was not put off by this book but I found the instant attractions unsatisfying. The Christmas feeling is minimal. I can recommend this book to those who are fans of gorgeous, sexy vampires and want a quick read. Don’t expect a Kick A&& heroine.