Book Review: “Prologue to The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride” by Kristen Painter

Posted May 17, 2021 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: “Prologue to The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride” by Kristen Painter

I received this book for free from my own shelves in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Prologue to The Vampire's Mail Order Bride" by Kristen Painter
Published by Author on May 2011
Pages: 5
Format: eBook
Source: my own shelves

Also by this author: House of the Rising Sun, City of Eternal Night, Garden of Dreams and Desires, Book Review: Miss Frost Solves a Cold Case, All Fired Up, The Vampire's Mail Order Bride, The Werewolf Meets His Match, The Gargoyle Gets His Girl, The Professor Woos the Witch, The Vampire's Fake Fiancée, The Shifter Romances the Writer, "The Witch's Halloween Hero", The Dragon Finds Forever, The Vampire's Accidental Wife, The Reaper Rescues the Genie, The Detective Wins The Witch, The Vampire's Priceless Treasure, The Werewolf Dates the Deputy, "When Birdie Babysat Spider", Miss Frost Ices the Imp, Miss Frost Saves the Sandman, Miss Frost Cracks a Caper, "The Werewolf's Christmas Wish", The Vampire's Cursed Kiss

A free prequel short story, 0.5 in the Nocturne Falls magical realism series, revolving around a small town that celebrates Halloween 365 days a year. The focus is on Hugh Ellingham, a vampire.

My Take

The idea for the series is cute with all those supernaturals free to be themselves, and the human 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.

What a lovely way to live…if you’re a supernatural, lol.

Painter uses third person protagonist point-of-view from Hugh’s perspective and we learn why he doesn’t want to marry. I’ll never understand women who don’t listen.

It’s been forever since I read The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride, 1, so I can’t really judge how useful (or useless) this prologue is. Good thing it’s a freebie! Although, I will say those last two lines could be the most important in this short story.

The Story

It’s time. Before she starts calling the caterers.

Hugh has never lied. These women though, they simply don’t listen.

Unfortunately, his grandmother does…

The Characters

Hugh Ellingham is a vampire and has no intention of getting married. His first wife, Juliette, is why. Grandmother hopes he doesn’t give up completely.

Piper Hodge and Veronica were two of the many hopefuls. Piper’s family owns the biggest car dealership in a fifty-mile radius and the local newspaper, the Nocturne Falls Tombstone.

The Title

The title is informative, for it is a “Prologue to The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride”.

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