Thursday, January 21, 2016

The Vampire's Fake Fiancée (Nocturne Falls #5) by Kristen Painter Review

Hey readers! Ethan here with a fun review for you guys on this cold, January evening. This time on the chopping block we've got the fifth installment in a series that quick become a favorite of mine. What am I raving about tonight? The Vampire's Fake Fiancee by the incredible Kristen Painter. Before we get to my thoughts, here's a bit about the novel and out author:

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, fur, and all.

Sebastian Ellingham isn’t known for being a happy vampire. And when his long estranged wife comes to town expecting to pick up where they left off, things take a sharp turn toward cranky. Sure he’s been protecting her for centuries, but her assumption that he’s still available (he is) rankles.

His answer is to hire a woman to play his fiancée. The lucky victim is Tessa Blythe, sister of one of the town’s deputies, librarian in need of a job and, oh yes, reluctant Valkyrie. Playing along with Sebastian is all about the end game for her, the position of Dean of Library Studies at the local private academy.

When unexpected sparks fly between them, they agree to mutually deny the attraction. Fate, however, has other plans…


Kristen Painter

Kristen Painter likes to balance her obsessions with shoes and cats by making the lives of her characters miserable and surprising her readers with interesting twists. She currently writes award-winning paranormal romance and urban fantasy.

My Thoughts:

Anyone who follows this blog knows that last year I was introduced to Kristen Painter and her Nocturne Falls series for the first time. I fell in love with every word and haven't looked back since. Wow. Just wow. I can't get enough. I've read and reread these novels so many times that I can't help but shout about them from the rooftops. I am so excited to be sharing my thoughts on this fifth installment of this series.

Way back when, back in novel one, Kristen introduced us to Hugh Ellingham and his... not so conventional family. Of his two brothers, Julian and Sebastian, Sebastian quickly stuck out like a sore thumb to me. Practical and hardened by a past that left him heartbroken and lost, Sebastian fills his days with all work and no play, often seen as the grouch of the family. All work and no play. Is there any question why I related to him so well? But when the beautiful Tessa Blythe makes her way into Sebastian's life by chance, can she be the soul to finally warm his heart?

I have to say that of all the novels in this series, this one featured some of the most deep and emotional scenes. Sebastian's story goes from bad to worse in so many ways in these pages before he gets his happy ending. I really really enjoyed that aspect of the story. Painter did an incredible job showing us an entirely new side of a character we had only seen in passing, allowing the reader to become even more immersed in the Ellingham family and all their secrets, As per Tessa? Woah.

One of my favorite parts about this series is Painter's ability to weave together so many paranormal creatures seamlessly. This time we're introduced to the Valkyrie, the ruthless and fierce warriors of ancient lore. Tessa isn't your traditional Valkyrie though. Having turned her back on her gifts after a dark period in her youth, Tessa, like Sebastian, has changed to a life of practicality and routine. Something most readers can relate to. Tessa was extremely likeable and definitely gave me something to cheer for. I would love to see more from her and other Valkyrie in future novels.

Not only were the characters in this one amazing, Painter really knocked it out of the park with the plot line. It's a deep one that will keep you intrigued from page one. If you're anything like me, you'll be finishing it in one sitting and applauding Painter the entire way through. I don't have enough words to praise Painter and her flawless writing style when crafting this series.  

I’m not sure how many installments Painter is planning in the Nocturne Falls series, but I can see these going on for years to come! Keep them coming Kristen, we’re loving each and every installment! 

One of the greatest things about this series for me is their ‘fun’ factor. These stories are quick, fast-paced, easy reads. Nothing too deep to bog you down with feels, and just enough excitement to remind you why you fell in love with reading in the first place. The romance is very PG-13 and nothing is explicit. Most of the romance occurs off-page so you can rest assured that this read won’t leave you uncomfortable in any fashion. I wish more writers would take a page out of Painter’s book and realize that a paranormal romance doesn’t have to be erotica to be amazing! 

As you can clearly see, I thoroughly enjoyed this fifth installment to the Nocturne Falls series from the first sentence all the way to the final chapter. I absolutely cannot wait for more. It should come as no surprise that I am granting The Vampire's Fake Fiancee a near-perfect 5-star review. I highly recommend this series to readers of romance, paranormal, supernatural, and fiction novels. Don’t miss your chance to catch up on this absolutely incredible series! Add this one to your TBR today!


Check out my reviews of the rest of the Nocturne Falls 
series by clicking the covers below.


Alright readers, that's all I have for you on the topic of The Vampire's Fake Fiancee by Kristen Painter. With this fifth review, I am caught up with the series and now anxiously awaiting the next installment! You guys can be checking right here for more news on this incredible series! Thanks so much for stopping by and a huge thanks to Kristen and her team for supplying me with a copy in exchange for an honest review. Until next time, Happy Reading!


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