Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 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 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. What she doesn’t know is her groom to be is a 400-year-old vampire.
Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. His past means love is no longer an option. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.
Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets..
I happened upon this book on one of Audible’s cruel Tons-of-books-for-only-$5.95 days. (Cruel because this mouse just can’t resist.) I wasn’t sure what to expect as I’ve never read anything by the author, but the sample of the book sounded good.
And it was. The story is cute and kitschy. Delaney, on the run because she witnessed her boss murder another man, gets tangled up with a vampire when she happens on Eternamate, a matchmaking business for the immortal set. She just doesn’t know he’s a vampire and figures she can hide out as his potential bride until the police do something and arrest the right guys.
Only things don’t happen quite as she expects.
I liked the ‘mostly’ fast pace and the conversations between Delaney and the other characters, of which there are quite a few wonderful characters in Nocturne Falls, the city that celebrates Halloween 24/7. I loved her reaction when she found out he was a vampire. And except for a couple plot points that went missing somewhere within the story, it was really good. (Such as, she named her cat Captain Underpants and yet is embarrassed to tell Hugh that, so she introduces him as Captain. I kept waiting for them to find out his real name. Never happened.)
Probably the only part of the story that bothered me was Hugh’s angsty “I love her”… “I can’t have her”…”I want her”…”I refuse to turn her”… That got real old real fast. Not that his issues weren’t understandable. They were. But when a character waffles back and forth and back and forth and cannot come to a conclusion for a good 80% of the book, it drives me nutty.
Now, for the narration: Definitely fantastic! Harrison did a great job with the voices as I could recognize them all when ‘they’ spoke. I’m excited he’s done two more Nocturne Falls books as yeah… I’m moving onto The Werewolf Meets His Match, the next audiobook in the series
Story Rating: 4 stars
Audio Rating: 5 stars
Overall Rating: 4 stars