Title: The Vampire Claus
Author: Robert Winter
Genre: Holidays, Paranormal
Length: Novella (97 pages)
Publisher: Robert Winter Books (November 15, 2017)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ 5 Hearts
Blurb: ’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 schemes 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?
Review: I loved this story. You have two good men. One,Taviano, a nearly two hundred year old vampire turned against his will at twenty-two. He believes he is a monster and so lives a lonely existence away from humans. The only ones he feeds from are bad ones. It is this situation in where he meets Paul.
He sees three men stalking a lone figure and intercedes. Paul is smitten by Taviano, even after learning what he is. I liked the easy going way these two talked with each other. They seemed made for the other. They both are lonely and have good hearts despite their situations.
I was happy Taviano helped Paul Deliver gifts to the lgbtq children. This made them grow even closer.
Fantastic read and highly recommended.