I love the old classic Christmas story, A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens so it was exciting to see it given a fresh new telling by setting it in the paranormal romance genre. The author was very creative in sticking to the spirit of the story while offering up something new and sultry in the bargain.
Ben Prescott’s life is nothing the way he imagined. It’s Christmas Eve, but he hasn’t celebrated in years since that last time didn’t go so well for him and he figures there’s no real hope anyway. Ten years before, he was attacked by a monster and left to become just like the fiend. All his hopes were destroyed that night with Simone’s death so now all he lives for is the next vigilante killing that feeds him. He’s a creature of the night-a vampire- and he chooses as his food source humans who prey on other humans. But he is stopped this night from finishing his kill by a ghost from his past. Okay, demon from his past, but who’s counting.
William Marley has come to help persuade him that he really needs to change his ways before midnight when all is lost. More is riding on Ben choosing a different path for his life than he could imagine. Marley takes him back into his past to the evening that changed it all and it was no less heart-wrenching than the first time around. But Marley is only his first visitor of three that will come to show him also his present and what could be his future. Ben soon learns the stakes are higher than he realizes. There are grave doubts that there is enough good in him left, but maybe he just needs the right motivator to find enough hope to change.
As I said, this is a paranormal retelling of A Christmas Carol. The Scrooge in this case is a bitter and disheartened vampire whose character was written well and he makes a great sympathetic hero. It does deviate a bit to include a romance and a sweet heroine though these two definitely have a little something hot and spicy going on with their sweet. It was a quick read, but it wasn’t missing anything to make it a complete story. The other ghosts were a fun, irreverent addition and I loved how there was even a character to portray a new version of Tiny Tim. The story is told mainly from Ben’s point of view, but it does switch giving time for the other characters to have their turn too.
All in all, I enjoyed this version of the old classic tale. I think it will appeal to the paranormal romance lovers who are looking for a quick holiday read and have an appreciation for the old Dicken’s classic.
My thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.