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Merry & Bright: A Christmas Anthology (Nocturne Falls Universe) Kindle Edition
Have Yourself a Merry Little Alien by Fiona Roarke
Draeken and Stella Phoenix are celebrating Christmas in Nocturne Falls with a festive holiday party in their new vacation home. Each has a big surprise for the other, but all’s fair in love and secret Christmas presents. Right?
The Wizard’s Mistletoe Magic by Jax Cassidy
Sent on a holiday gift giving mission, Kearney Maclachlan, wizard and royal bodyguard, reluctantly returns to Nocturne Falls where a fateful encounter with intuitive street artist Kaia Wyntir takes them on a journey to reclaim past memories and truths that may finally melt a warrior’s frozen heart. Unexpected miracles lead to everlasting love, all thanks to a kiss under the mistletoe.
A Dragon’s Christmas Mayhem by Kira Nyte
Firestorm dragon Zareh is a Christmas virgin, but that doesn’t stop him from doing his best to conjure up the perfect holiday celebration for his beloved lifemate, Kaylae. The fact she’s keeping something from him is tearing him apart. Their ancient enemies could strike at any time, bringing with them menace and mayhem. But that’s a tangible enemy. Can their love overcome some unexpected Christmas mayhem of the personal kind?
The Mistletoe Misstep by Wynter Daniels
Psychic hairdresser Amethyst Powers wants to keep the peace in her quarrelsome family, even if that means dating the wealthy vampire who could help her father’s fledgling business. She’ll get over the great guy she really likes. Superhuman mechanic, Dustin can’t believe his luck. When the purple-haired siren who broke up with him gets stuck, he helps her out. They share an intimate dinner, and one amazing kiss. But is she willing to buck her family’s wishes in the name of love? Sometimes all it takes is one part mistletoe and one part luck.
The Psychics Say I Do by Candace Colt
Cousins Brianna Putnam and Jess Callahan are headed to the altar to wed the handsome falcon-shifter Ford brothers. But when the brides' plans run amok, even their psychic powers can’t undo the chaos. The entire town pitches in to help, but will it be enough to pull off their Christmas dream weddings?
The Meddlesome Misadventures of Merri and Bright by Alethea Kontis
Fairy Merri Larousse never intended to become one half of a famous prankster/matchmaking duo with winter elf Polaris Brighton. Little did they know, the best match they would make would be their own!
The Sorcerer’s Christmas Miracle by Cate Dean
Tami Bennett came to Nocturne Falls to help her best friend, Lidia. It was supposed to be temporary – until she laid eyes on Jack Cross, sorcerer. As much as she wants to deny it, she’s falling for him. When Lidia’s werewolf fiancé is in trouble, Tami asks for Jack’s help. She knows that if he succeeds, she could lose her only excuse to stay – and lose the one man who has come close to stealing her heart.
The Witch’s Snow Globe Wish by Larissa Emerald
When a letter is delivered by mistake to clairvoyant witch Telia Kraft, she must return it to its rightful recipient, a handsome vampire neighbor, the very guy she had dated over the summer until he dropped her without a word. Jake Newburg is shocked to learn of his brother’s upcoming Christmas wedding in Nocturne Falls and rashly asks Telia to accompany him to the event. For once, he needs to stop second-guessing himself.
Magic’s Frost by Sela Carsen
Lonely werewolf Dima Samarin looks forward to watching his favorite winter elf every morning at the Hallowed Bean. He rescues her unfinished novel from the perils of spilled cocoa, and becomes her hero. Elin Bergstrom’s day job is at Santa’s Workshop, but she secretly writes sci-fi novels on the side. She accepts Dima’s invitation to the Christmas Ball, but when their date gets derailed by a drug deal gone bad, this elf isn’t about to stay on her shelf. Sometimes a werewolf can use a little helpful frost magic to win the day, and save their date.
- ASIN : B076PTSLGN
- Publisher : Sugar Skull Books (November 24, 2017)
- Publication date : November 24, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 2263 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 456 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #153,341 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Have Yourself a Merry Little Alien by Fiona Roarke:
3 stars - I liked it
This is another Draeken and Stella story. They were introduced in Close Encounters of the Alien Kind. Some parts of this story might be confusing if you haven't read that book.
This story was short and sweet. Draeken and Stella are in Nocturne Falls for their first Christmas together. They have also bought a small vacation house and plan on having a Christmas/ housewarming party. Both Draeken and Stella are trying to keep their special presents from being revealed. There is also an emotional scene with Draeken and Stella discussing how Draeken is dealing with life on Earth. Overall, this was a sweet addition to their story.
The Wizards Mistletoe Magic by Jax Cassidy:
3 stars - I liked it
This was a very sweet, and very short, second chance romance. Kearney is taking a vacation in Nocturne Falls and unexpectedly meets artist Kara Wyntir, who is the spitting image of his dead wife. I enjoyed Kearney and Kara’s story, even if it was very brief. They both deserved to find the truth and happiness again. Also I think Kara’s abilities with painting people's truths to help them through their troubles was a fascinating and unique ability.
A Dragons Christmas Mayhem by Kira Nyte:
3 stars - I liked it
This story is a continuation of Zareh and Kaylee’s relationship. They were introduced in A Dragon Speaks Her Name. Some parts of this story will be confusing if you haven't read that book.
This is Zareh and Kaylae’s first Christmas together, and the first without her father. She is still grieving his unexpected death and the Christmas season is making it even stronger. Zareh has little experience with Christmas but tries to throw together some last minute decorations and surprise Kaylea with them. This was a cute, and slightly predictable, continuation of their story. Both of them are still getting used to being a couple and are still making mistakes. It all works out in the end though and Zareh gets a very happy Christmas surprise.
The Mistletoe Misstep by Wynter Daniels:
1.5 stars - It wasn’t great
Psychic hairdresser Amethyst Powers wants to keep the peace in her family, which means bowing to anything her mother wishes, including dating a repulsive vampire. She hopes it will help distract her from her sadness about leaving the guy she really wants.
I did not like this story very much because of Amethyst. She was such a pushover and basically let her mother ruin her life. Her mother says a mechanic is beneath you so you need to break up with him, so she does! The one guy she actually cares for and she just says see ya. Then at the end its all forgiven like none of it ever happened! It was ridiculous.
I liked Dustin. He was a nice guy with a cute cat. He deserved better than a woman who would dump him because she was told to by her mother.
The Psychics Says I Do by Candace Colt:
2 stars - It was ok
This story is a continuation of Brianna and Connor’s relationship. They were introduced in A Falcon Tames The Psychic, which I have yet to read.
So this story was ok. It basically revolves around Brianna and Conner’s engagement and quick wedding plans. There are also sections from Conner’s brother’s fiancee, Jess, POV, who is also Brianna’s cousin. Overall, I didn’t really connect with the characters probably because this is the continuation of their relationship and picks up where that left off.
I did find their grandma, Echo, interesting and kind of wish I had read their full book to know more about her.
The Meddlesome Misadventures of Merri and Bright by Alethea Kontis:
4 stars - It was really good
Fairy Merri Larousse never intended to become part of the famous prakerster/matchmaking duo with winter elf Polaris Brighton, but it ended up being the best four years of her life. But when a prank goes wrong, it ends their partnership. Years later they finally meet again for another prank, and maybe mend their friendship.
This was surprisingly sweet. I wasn’t loving these two at first but they quickly grew on me. You could totally tell these two were clueless about their feelings for each other until Prom night. Four years later, they meet again at the same dance and Bright does everything he can to convince Merri to give him another chance, and to play another prank together.
I liked that while this story is very short, it wraps up nicely and doesn’t feel unfinished. I also liked that this is a contained story and I didn’t have to read a whole other book to understand what is going on. I kind of hope these two show up in future stories because they are a great couple and I want to see more pranks they do.
The Sorcerer's Christmas Miracle by Cate Dean:
2 stars - It was ok
This was another story that I was confused by what was going on. It jumps right in with Tami finding her friend Lidia’s werewolf fiance Harrison struggling to shift. Tami goes to ask Jack Cross, a sorcerer, for help with Harrison’s inability to shift. There is no backstory given about the situation or characters which just made it hard to connect with these two. Tami and Jack are attracted to each other but this story felt like it was in the middle of their story so it was slightly confusing. I wish we had at least seen their first meeting or something like that to get a better understanding of why they are so reluctant to be with each other.
The Witch's Snow Globe Wish by Larissa Emerald:
3 stars - I liked it
When a letter is delivered to her house by mistake, clairvoyant witch Telia Kraft, knows she needs to return it to its rightful owner quickly. Sadly, it's her handsome vampire neighbor who broke it off with her over the summer.
This was a lovely second chance romance. Telia and Jake have a lot of chemistry and feelings for each other, but Jake ending things abruptly before overshadows everything now. His injuries and wheelchair use made him doubt his worthiness and caused him to push Telia away. Now that he has healed some and is around Telia again he realizes how much he missed her. Their feelings have just grown while they have been apart.
This was just a great short story with a sweet couple who are getting a second chance.
Magic's Frost by Sela Carsen:
4 stars - It was really good
Dima Samarin spends every morning at the Hallowed Bean watching a beautiful winter elf enjoy her hot chocolate. When he rescues her unfinished novel from a spilled cocoa, he finally introduces himself.
This was such a sweet story. I adored Dima. He was a gentle giant who can be extremely scary when necessary. I loved how he takes the time to save her manuscript and actually reads it.
Elin was a winter elf who is finally taking a chance to publish her first book. She was outspoken, brave, and sweet. These two were just adorable and I kind of wish their story had been longer because I want more of them.
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Overall, this was a pretty ok anthology. Most of the stories were good, but as you can see a few were confusing because they relied on previous books to understand the characters and situations.
What happens when a manipulative and greedy mother wants her daughter, Ami Powers to date and get close to a wealthy and handsome Vampire? Trouble and angst since Ami is in love with Dustin Ruiz, the owner of his own auto shop, Spot on Auto, and whom her mother disapproves. Will Ami be a dutiful daughter and do as her mother asks or will she go with her heart?
I loved this story which has angst, humor and romance.
I wanted to add some additional information that I learned since I first identified this issue. I learned that Amazon has a Createspace printing program which was responsible for the printing error. I would recommend buying the Kindle version. I was easily able to return the print version and receive a credit.
Top reviews from other countries
Wow definitely doesn't cover how much I loved these stories. I pretty much knew I'd love this anthology but absolutely love it a lot more than I thought I would if that is even possible.
Every single story in this anthology blew me away in the best possible sense, I definitely cried a few times for the best reasons. Loved seeing so many characters aswell as older characters already well established by Kristen before there was a universe.
All the authors brilliant as always have done themselves proud and I very highly recommend this anthology.
Thank you all you amazing authors, who have brought this very awesome anthology together xxxxx.