The Vampire's Mail Order Bride: Nocturne Falls, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 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 setup to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In 30 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....
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 47 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 30, 2015|
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Hugh’s grandmother actually made the match and she expects Hugh to give Annabelle a thirty day trial or she would take back the amulet that allows him to walk in the sun. When Hugh finds out the truth about Delaney, his protective instincts kick in. When Delaney finds out Hugh is a real vampire … well, her reaction is to climb out of a second story window at first. But as the two get to know each other better, they become close. Things are looking up until people from New York show up searching for her.
***** FIVE STARS! Author Kristen Painter knows what readers want to read in their supernatural romances and she manages to deliver it without all the hot bedroom scenes. Unlike many stories today, this one does not slow down in the middle or have “filler” pages. Instead, this novel moves along at a stead, and often eventful, pace. I never became bored. The characters are well developed and many of the secondary character seem fascinating. I look forward to reading the stories of each and every one of them. *****
Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
I loved the setting! A town that is Halloween everyday?! Who wouldn't love that. Throw in that the town is inhabited by real vampires, werewolves, witches, and more-- woza!
Definitely different, and kept me interested up until the last few chapters. I did have a hard time finishing the book after it got to about, the last four or so chapters, I think. It felt a little bit drawn out. Not only that but by this point I was getting a wee bit tired of our sexy main vampires guilt and sadness thing. I thought he was over it but then every time you think he is he comes back doubting what he just said beforehand. It got frustrating towards the end when I felt it was time for that to have already been solved and out of the equation.
I did enjoy the book though, and I will be getting book two. Just because the ending of this one slowed me down doesn't me book two will be the same and I love all the hunky paranormal's, and this wonderful town. It's so fun!
Oh, man. Painter caught me with the first two paragraphs. Pomegranate. Strawberry. Thyme sugar sprinkles? Oh, yeah. And the further I read the more I was caught.
It's a cozy story about vampires and other supernaturals with a pair of protagonists I'm enjoying. Well, Painter is using third person dual protagonist point-of-view from Delaney's and Hugh's perspectives, which makes it easy to "hear" their thoughts and "feel" their emotions.
". . . based on your current amount of crazy, I'd say he dodged a bullet."
Grandmamma is a piece of work. Blackmail appears to be one of her favorite activities. Then Delaney turns the tables on her, lol. Only...Hugh seems to be changing that game as well! Eeeek.
Oh, man...I DO love Delaney. She went to her father's wedding in Korea and stood up at the part about anyone objecting. Oh, YEAH!
It's so much fun to watch Delaney and Hugh work out their emotions and thoughts. Painter's plot to get them together was certainly a fun twist. He's so conflicted and so thoughtful. And such a self-sacrificing idiot.
I do have a niggle. If Delaney shot the video with her phone and sent it to the Brooklyn PD, how is it she doesn't still have it on her phone??
There's the kidnapping, baking, cooking, and wandering around Nocturne Falls meeting the characters, er, townspeople, but the action mostly seems to be Delaney and Hugh thinking through their particular issues.
Delaney's are reasonable. Hugh's? Not so much. He's had way too long to get stuck in his I'm guilty loop.
That said, it's a fun read, and I can't wait to dive into The Werewolf Meets His Match .
Oops, Grandmamma is tired of waiting for Hugh to find a mate...so she's arranged for a mail-order bride. One who knows all about his being a vampire.
Only. Delaney intends to swap places with the intended bride . . . oops . . .
Delaney James is a server and "part-time" pastry chef at Rastinelli's Trattoria. When she's nervous, she spouts facts about chocolate. Captain Underpants is her Maine Coon. The Sweet Life is the candy-making cookbook she inherited from her grandmother. Her mother died of breast cancer when she was 15. Her father, a defense contractor, couldn't handle it and left her.
Nocturne Falls, Georgia, is. . .
. . . a small town partly owned by the Ellinghams where supernaturals are free to be who they are. Hugh Ellingham prefers to spend time in his lab searching for the formula that will set them free of Grandmamma's threats. His beloved Juliette died 300 years ago. Bartholomew Stanhill had been Hugh's valet. Now he's Hugh's rook, man-servant companion/secretary; he's dating Corette.
Elenora "Grandmamma" Ellingham, a.k.a. Didi, the dowager duchess of Sinclair in name only, is a vampire who turned her grandsons. Hugh, Sebastian (whose wife, Evangeline, left him) keeps the family's finances in order, and Julian who's a man whore. Alice Bishop is a witch who created the amulets for the Ellinghams; she's also head of the local coven. Alard Desmaris, a strange, wealthy Frenchman, was part of Lady Elenora's court back in 1665.
The women discarded by Hugh include Piper "Psycho Barbie" Hodge ("Prologue to The Vampire's Mail Order Bride", 0.5), Suzanna, Heather, Kim, and Veronica.
Hank Merrow is the werewolf sheriff. Mrs Caruthers, a.k.a. Hank's Aunt Birdie, is the police receptionist. Deputies include Alex Cruz, a panther shifter, and Jenna Blythe, a Valkyrie. Titus Merrow is Hank and Bridget's brother and the fire chief. Corette is a witch with three grown daughters. Skipper is a friend of Piper's. Pandora Williams is a witch and real estate agent. Nick Hardwin, a gargoyle who works as a bouncer at Insomnia, shared a tour in Afghanistan with Hank and is his friend.
The bitchy Vicky Keller owns Keller's Sweets-n-Treats, the town candy store. Mary, Vicky's daughter, is one of their sales people. The Hallowed Bean is the coffee shop. The Hodges own the local paper, the Tombstone — they love to get their revenge in print. The Poisoned Apple is a pub. Insomnia is a members-only club. Howlers is a popular local dive bar run by Bridget Merrow, Hank and Titus' sister. Yeah, she's a werewolf. Willa Iscove is a jeweler with her own shop, Illusions. Ramona works for Willa.
Elsa and Anna have trick-or-treat bags.
Rastinelli's Trattoria is...
. . . in Brooklyn and owned by Anthony Rastinelli. Jose is a line cook. Samantha is a server and a friend of Delaney's.
Mrs Rastinelli is wife number two and dresses to ensure there won't be a wife number three. The smarmy, whiffy Little Tony is Anthony's son. Benny is a collector for Anthony. Lefty and Fat Eddie are more of his men. Dominic Ardito is with the other side.
Adelaide Poirot works at Eternamate, which specializes in unique and exceptional arrangements. Beatrice Mckenzie and Annabelle Givens are some of their clients. A rook is a half-turned vampire who serves a vampire's needs in exchange for immortality. Russell is Delaney's cheating ex-boyfriend.
The Cover and Title
The cover is fuchsia! Bats flying through that deep pink sky with a multistory mansion in the background. It's a gray besuited Hugh coming through the pink wrought iron gates, a solid wall on either side. On the left is the brown-haired Delaney sitting in a bright purple sleeveless dress with purple high-heeled sandals, and the furry, black Captain Underpants in her lap. On the right is a lit-up jack-o-lantern below the gate's handle and a brown sign with the series info in a pale yellow. The text is all white with a thick black outline with the title centered at the top, the author's name below Delaney's feet, and an info blurb below that.
The title is all about Delaney as The Vampire's Mail Order Bride, a faux bride at that!
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Hugh is a vampire who has no intention of tying the knot. His grandmother has other ideas. She wants grandbabies and there is no better way to surprise him by ordering a mail order bride. No matter. He will go along with her. As long as he meets her conditions, he can revert to being a bachelor.
Delaney has just witnessed a crime and as fate would have it, she finds the perfect escape. Become an impersanator. No one will be none the wiser if she tricks her way into becoming the selected bride. Only she has no intention of seeing it through once the danger of being captured has passed.
When she meets Hugh, she doesn't have a clue that he is a vampire. They like each other well enough, but underneath it all there is an attraction. Hugh does his best to ignore it and fails miserably. What happens when she finds out that he is a vampire and he finds that she isn't the one he has been expecting?
This is a light and fun read. There is some drama and suspense. There is also the devious ex. It's a good concept and the characters are very well portrayed. There is a little panic towards the end, but all is well that ends well. An enjoyable read indeed.
I downloaded the Audible version of this book and was impressed with B.J. Harrison's performance; the pace of his narration was just right and I enjoyed his vocal variances for the dialogue.
There is absolutely no offensive content within these pages - language, violence or sex - and so I can recommend it to lovers of charming, paranormal romance tales that enjoy a sprinkling of humour and a happily ever after ending of any age.
I haven't had this much fun with a paranormal romance novel in a long time. It's simple premise brought alive with colourful endearing characters (including a large cat, and who doesn't love cats) and roller-coaster twists and turns that keep you glued to it.
As paranormal romances go, I have to say it was a pleasant surprise to see this book deliver a wonderful love story without resorting to graphic sex scenes. Instead the romantic scenes tasteful and implicit, bringing you all the love without naming a single erogenous body part.
I didn't want this book to end. I wanted to see the couple have more interactions with his ex, her ex-boss, I wanted to go to their wedding, see her realise her dream, meet their first born ... my imagination can see so much in their future I and I wanted to be part of it.
And who knows, hopefully I'll get my wish come true, as this is the first book in the Nocturne Falls series, and I've already purchased and started reading the next one 'The Werewolf Meets His Match'. Just a great start to a series. Buy it now!
This is the first book I've read by Painter, and I downloaded this for free.
It was an awful lot of fun!
This was a light-hearted about mixed identities, conniving grandmothers, and all manner of supernatural creatures.
Delaney is driven by her survival instinct, that she doesn't give much thought about driving across the country to live in a strange man's house for a month. She doesn't know anything about him, except his name and address, but it seems like the best gamble she can take right now.
I really liked Delaney, she is fun, outspoken, and very open-minded about the people she has gone to live with (when she finally finds out what they are).
Hugh is a vampire, and hundreds of years old. He has no intention of committing to a serious relationship, but unfortunately, his pushy grandmother has made plans. Hugh reluctantly agrees to let this mystery woman stay for one month, but has no romantic intentions towards her...
Hugh is the perfect gentleman, he is kind and noble, and he helps run the town his family founded. He's just such a nice guy.
The plot is good for a romantic comedy, as the threat of the gangsters hovers in the background.
And the Halloween-based town is a lot of tongue-in-cheek fun. Oh yeah, and there's a bit with a cat - I love Delaney's cat!
The ending felt a bit rushed. After the characters both being uninterested in commitment for so long, that they want to rush two very big decisions.
Overall, I really enjoyed this light read, and I'm interested in seeing what the res of Nocturne Falls gets up to in the sequels!
It is a funny, sweet paranormal romance which can be read as a standalone but there are plenty of supporting characters that are screaming out for their own books.