Heidi Betts~~ 4 1/2 and 5 Star Reviews
"Vampnapped"--Charlotte "Chuck" Lamoreaux knew her big moment had arrived. She was tired of writing for the Tattler, a gossip tabloid about the Las Vegas goings on. Chuck was following the wealthiest man in Nevada (and possibly the world), Sebastian Raines, the owner of the club Inferno. She had hit upon a scheme to prove her theory that Sebastian was a vampire.
Sebastian knew he was being followed, he just didn't know why. He had taken every precaution to hide the fact that he was a vampire. Now his brother had decided that one of his showgirls was "The One," and Sebastian knew he had to intervene. He abducts the showgirl and takes her to his penthouse. Little does he know that he's taken the wrong girl!
'Married With Fangs" --Chloe Lamoreaux, identical twin sister to Chuck, was a showgirl in Sebastian Raines' club. She danced at Lust, the dance club inside Inferno, in a costume called "The Flames of Hell." She loved her job but was tired of dancing in 5‑inch stilettos every night just to take care of her young son Jake. Then she met Aidan, Sebastian Raines' younger brother, and he turned her world upside down. She knew he was "The One," and tonight they were running off to get married. The only problem was she hadn't told Aidan she had a son, and Aidan hadn't told her he was a vampire.
Heidi Betts has penned a light-hearted double romance about identical twin sisters and vampire brothers that will curl your toes and have you sitting up reading through the night. The machinations the intrepid reporter sister goes through, especially in her mind, are hilarious, and the stoic hero calmly lets her spin until she gets tired and comes back down to earth. A fun read.
"All I Vant for Christmas" Connor Drake of Drake Manor was determined to have a traditional, family holiday for himself and his two younger siblings, if it killed him; which actually would take quite a bit of doing since he and his brother and sister were all immortal vampires. But that didn't stop Connor from trying. As the owner of several five‑star restaurants across the world, Connor was used to the best of everything. And if he couldn't get his perennially adolescent siblings out of their Goth clothing and into the holiday spirit, maybe somebody else could.
Professional event planner Jillian Parker couldn't believe her luck. She had met Angelina Ricci at a previous event she had planned, and they had hit it off. Angelina was a vampire and an extremely successful professional matchmaker. The world knew about vampires now and had accepted them into their society, even though not everybody was willing to open their arms to them. Jillian wasn't against vampires; she just didn't know anything about them. Now, thanks to Angelina, she had been handed the juiciest plum of a job that could make or break her business. Just because she was a human creating the perfect holiday for a family of vampires shouldn't make any difference, should it?
"A Vampire in her Stocking" Vivian Harrison loved her job at the news network DNN. And not because she was at the pulse of the goings on in the city or the fact that she worked the night desk so she didn't have to worry about sunlight, but because she had been in love with her boss, Sean Spice, for over two years. Then Sean told her he was dying of a brain tumor, and her world crumbled. Her friend Angelina Ricci came over and after Vivian cried out her sob story, Angelina decided to do something. She turned Sean into a vampire and delivered him, red bow and all, to Vivian for Christmas. After all, what are friends for?
"It's A Wonderful Bite" Every Christmas, and sometimes during the slow days of summer, Angelina's longtime boyfriend watched It's A Wonderful Life. Ian absolutely loved that movie and even though he was a vampire, like Angelina, and a cop to boot, he was an absolute softie; both in the heart and the head. Now that Angelina had her two best friends in solid relationships, she found that she wanted to be married, too. But Ian would never ask her because he was comfortable with what they had. Angelina started wondering what the world would be like if they'd never been turned and wakes up in a world where she and Ian are mortals, police officers and partners and lovers, even though Ian is married and has kids. How can this work?
The Bite Before Christmas is a vampire anthology that is more humorous than scary. The scariest part of the whole book are the rebellious adolescents with their Goth clothing, combat boots, multiple piercings and tattoos and spiked hair. This is a wonderful anthology to read for the holidays and shows that everybody, whether human or vampire, has the same problems in life and the holidays, if done right, can lift all spirits in love.