The Bite Before Christmas by Heidi Betts
Published Date: Oct 2010
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
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Synopsis: In Heidi Betts's collection of holiday novellas, vampires turn to Angelina Bertolli — vampire matchmaker extraordinaire — to help them find that special someone to curl up with under the mistletoe...
"All I Vant For Christmas"
Connor loves trimming the Christmas tree, baking gingerbread cookies, and hanging the mistletoe. But his vampire siblings won't help. His friend Angelina sends party planner Jillian to the rescue. But when Jillian, who's mortal, discovers she's decking the halls for a family of vampires, will she run—or will Connor have a beautiful woman to share the holidays with?
"A Vampire in Her Stocking"
When Vivian learns that her secret crush Nick is terminally ill, she's heartbroken. Confiding in Angelina, Vivian refuses to turn Nick into a vampire. Deciding to play Santa, Angelina changes Nick and leaves him wrapped in a red bow on Vivian's doorstep...
"It's A Wonderful Bite"
Although Angelina is happy with her boyfriend Sergio, she's ready for a commitment. After drinking eggnog and watching It's a Wonderful Life on Christmas Eve, Angelina falls into a dream where she is mortal and Sergio isn't interested in her. Talk about the nightmare before Christmas! But Santa must have checked his list twice because this Christmas Angelina's wishes are coming true... (SOURCE)
I got this one free through my Kindle and figured "what the heck?" It seemed like something that might amuse me and probably would be a little different.
The Bite Before Christmas contains three short stories. I'm not usually a fan of shorts just because I like details and I feel like I don't have time to really *love* the characters. The reason I read is to get lost in a story. I find I'm not able to do that with a shorter book.
TBBC was cute and probably what I was expecting. It follows three couples who are all connected in some way. Connor and Jillian, Vivian and Sean and Angelina and Ian. Angelina is a professional matchmaker and has a hand in the first two couples relationships.
I've never read anything else written by Heidi Betts so I can't really review her writing style as fully as I'd like. As short stories go, it was an ok read that was light and fluffy. The bonus is that it was free. I wish Goodreads allowed "half" stars as well. I liked it more than "two" but probably not "three".