The Bite Before Christmas Review

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Romance has a wonderful tradition of presenting us with themed collections of stories. We see Halloween stories and Valentines Day stories, but mostly there are Christmas collections. But Heidi Betts’ The Bite Before Christmas is the first paranormal Christmas story collection I can remember reading.

I was first introduced to Heidi’s through her modern (and definitely not paranormal) book Tangled in Love, a knitting romance. Fun, flirty and filled with yarn and pretty hot romance I enjoyed her style, but since I read mostly paranormal I didn’t look hard for Heidi’s other books. I consigned her to the cozy hot chick lit section, and moved on.

But Heidi is not keeping to her box. (Actually she writes a large variety of stories from chick lit to HQN Desires to westerns.) Oh no! Heidi has broken out and now writes paranormal, so when I saw she’d authored a Christmas collection of novellas, I decided The Bite Before Christmas has to jump to the top of the TBR pile.

I enjoyed it. Funny, sweet, and paranormal, this book is just the type of light reading I love for the holidays. Broken into three separate stories, each about modern day vampires, The Bite Before Christmas was a treat. I know it’s a little late for the actual holiday, so if you want to read about vampires, but don’t want anymore Christmas, you might try Heidi’s other paranormal books. Her latest is entitled Must Love Vampires, if you read it, let me know if you liked it!

And if you’ve tried The Bite Before Christmas, let me know what you think. Did you read a Christmas book this year? What are some of your favorites?


Filed under Paranormal Book Review, Thursdays Bite

9 responses to “The Bite Before Christmas Review

  1. Brinda Berry

    I love that book cover! Sadly, I didn’t read any Christmas stories this year. *note to self- must schedule time off from writing during Christmas*

    • It’s a tough time of year to be reading anything, but this is a quick read. A great thing about novellas is how fast they go. You can pick up one story in the book and read it and then put it down for a week and not feel like you are lost when you pick it back up again. That’s where I am with my reading, it had better not be too big of a book or I lose interest due to putting them down. So sad!

  2. I remember reading only one Christmas-themed book, by Mary Higgins Clark. I bought one last year, but it is still sitting on the shelf, spine uncracked. Maybe next year?

  3. I didn’t read any Christmas themed books this year. I didn’t read ANY books during the holiday season this year. The titles (and authors) of those on my shelves escape me at the moment. Perhaps because I’m elbow deep in organizing the trash can masquerading as my purse?

    Next year, give me a GET READING nudge, Jessica! Preferably early November. I’ll put you in charge, because I can NOT keep my act together well enough to remember why I walked into the pantry during the holidays–let alone remember to pull down my Christmas reads.

    • Sorry! I just happened to remember to read one. Heidi Betts came up on my radar due to chapter business and lo and behold, she had a paranormal Christmas book! Just in time for my December reading. I’m counting on Sherry’s updates to keep us all digging through our TBR piles!

    • Gloria, did you skip Blue Velvet? I know, I know, it’s not a whole book, but it is a Christmas story.

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