Review: The Christmas Present – Serena Zane
Stephanie Wills never expected her boyfriend to react so violently to the fact that she comes from a long line of vampire hunters. Deep inside, she was hoping he’d accept her for who she is, regardless of what her entire family does on the sidelines. Disappointment rises as Daniel breaks off their engagement so soon after he becomes privy to the secrets she’s been hiding the entire time.
Mulling over her situation, she detests the fact that she’ll be spending the holidays alone. Yet she tells herself that perhaps it’s all for the best. Somehow, some day, she surmises, she’ll find the man she’s been waiting for.
When one of her dreams becomes a reality, Stephanie is thrown for a loop. The entire time she thought the man of her dreams was just a figment of her imagination. Called in to work to investigate a random murder, she begins to question everything she knows. All the while, she’s hoping that the man she’s begun to pine for is not involved.
Against her better judgment, she finds herself getting in touch with one of her family in hopes of unraveling the mysteries surrounding the case she’s been given. Delving deeper into the murder, she discovers things she’d rather not know. Yet one thing is clear, she’s falling head over heels with the vampire whose sole purpose is to please her.
I found this unique take on vampires to be very delightful. There were quite a few twists and turns that were very unexpected. I do think the end was a bit rushed, but it does leave the reader wanting to read more. Overall, I enjoyed it very much.
Synopsis: When you have dreams of escaping your own life, you might wish for anything.
It’s Christmas Eve, and Detective Stephanie Wills wants nothing more than someone who will love her, in spite of her family. Making a New Year’s Resolution list, she sets out with good intentions that all seem to fall apart Christmas Day when she is called into work.
Not wanting to, Stephanie must contact her family for help. The Christmas present hanging suspended from a beam at 5th Street Art Gallery was left by a vampire.
About The Author:
Serena Zane currently lives with her husband and her son in the Northwest. Working full-time at a day job, she also plays hard, and spends her free time studying the Middle Ages in a re-creationist organization called the Society for Creative Anachronism, Inc (SCA). Much of her time is spent between training for heavy armored combat, learning about music in the 16th Century, and writing her novels.
Serena started writing at an early age with short stories, and poetry inspired by her mother, a strong independent woman who loves to help others, and wrote her own stories. Dark Hope was picked up and published by Southwest Publications in 2008.
In 2009 Serena became a member of Romance Writer’s of America, and has been working on her craft with the wonderful members of the Olympia Chapter. Though she does love the Middle Ages, and will most likely write a historical romance in the near future, she fell in love with the idea of writing a contemporary action/adventure romance while she was attending college to study Criminal Justice.
After months of working on homework assignments late at night that made her want to turn on every light in the house, she decided it would be a great idea to take some of the ideas running through her head and commit them to paper.
Serena has recently stared exploring the world of Short Story writing and will soon be releasing her first Short through Books To Go Now.
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