Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Bite Night
Author: Clare London
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Benny & Irwin
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 25 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Creatures of the Night and Santa’s Christmas duties don’t mix. Every myth and bedtime story tells you so.
But on Christmas Eve, when the Elves walked off the job over pension rights, it was time for me—Irwin, the only vampire on Santa’s payroll, despite recent diversity initiatives—and my trusty team to help out. Just deliver a few parcels, Santa asked me. Just help out on your local patch. Just for one night.
Armed with my reluctance to face all that human sentimentality, and accompanied by a wise-cracking werewolf and an unruly fairy with a taste for vodka, I did my best. Honest.
But we were heading for disaster until I came face-to-face with cute babysitter Benny. It’s Santa’s Number One Rule—no interaction with the clients. But Benny somehow managed to upset my appetite, inflame my libido, and restore my faith in the Christmas spirit, with one cheeky smile and a tasty body piercing.
It’s Christmas, and the show must go on!
This is a seriously cute story about Irwin, a vampire on Santa’s payroll, helping deliver presents on Christmas and then gets sidetracked by a pretty babysitter. I loved that Santa’s Elves were on strike and the creatures of the night stepped in to help out on distributing presents. I absolutely adored that set up for the story. Irwin was a ball of fun too, I really enjoyed the fact that he couldn’t seem to stop himself from being enamored with Benny. And Benny was just so captivated by Irwin and the fact he was a vampire, it was just too cute how they acted around each other.
My only complaint is the length. I wish it had been longer to really explore the relationship between Irwin and Benny. Aside from that, the ending was a little too open-ended for my liking so it’s more of a hopeful for now than anything else.
In the end, a pretty great short story. I loved the characters and found the setting completely endearing. I hope there’s a sequel because I’d really love to find out what happens next between Irwin and Benny!
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*