Thursday, November 16, 2017

Book Review: VAMPIRE CLAUS by Robert Winter

Vampire Claus
Author: Robert Winter
Publisher:  Robert Winter Books
Release Date: November 15, 2017
Heat Level: 3 - Some Sex
Pairing: Male/Male
Length: 30,000 words
Genre: Romance, Christmas vampire novella


’Twas the night before Christmas, but what’s stirring is a little more dangerous than a mouse.

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?

Vampire Claus is a 30,000-word standalone gay romance about a lonely vampire and a fearless mortal with no instinct for self-preservation. A heartwarming ending, no cliffhanger, and a young man who discovers he has a thing for fangs. Isn’t that what Christmas is all about?

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Carra's Review

How could I not have my interest piqued with a blurb that says “A Vampire turned into a Christmas elf… What could go wrong?”?  From the moment I read that, I already knew I needed to read this story.  Now after doing so, I can safely say I have a new addition to my holiday re-read pile ;-)

Paul is a wondrously naïve, generous and giving man who seems to care more about taking care of others than about himself.  I will admit though, his street slang did make me feel a bit out of place to where I was more able to identify with Taviano’s character (apart from the whole vampire thing of course).  Taviano tries to live by a moral code, only feeding on those who would be considered “bad” people—criminal, thugs and the like.  He’s inexplicably drawn to Paul, even as he tells himself to leave the man alone and move on.

Paul and Taviano together are deliciously naughty and sizzling hot, so if you’re looking for that you’ll definitely be satisfied by what you find here.  My interest was even further piqued with Taviano’s inner bloodbeast, and after reading this I’m wondering if another story might be on the horizon given the open-ended things the beast communicated to Taviano.

Vampire Claus is a great way to spend a few hours, and it fits in well to the holiday paranormal romance genre.  And like I said—it has made its way onto my yearly holiday re-read list.  This was a 4-star read for me, and I’d recommend this to anyone looking for a fun, sexy, and even touching holiday romance.  This story is for readers 18+ for adult language and sexual content.

About the Author

Robert Winter lives and writes in Provincetown, Massachusetts. He is a recovering lawyer who prefers writing about hot men in love much more than drafting a legal brief. He left behind the (allegedly) glamorous world of an international law firm to sit in his home office and dream up ways to torment his characters until they realize they are perfect for each other. When he isn’t writing, Robert likes to cook Indian food and explore new restaurants. He splits his attention between Andy, his partner of sixteen years, and Ling the Adventure Cat, who likes to fly in airplanes and explore the backyard jungle as long as the temperature and humidity are just right.

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