Review: Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve by Danielle Garrett

Posted October 20, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Sweet Delight / 20 Comments

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Review: Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve by Danielle Garrett
Once Upon a Hallow's Eve

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Series: Haven Paranormal Romance #1
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 31, 2017
Pages: 262
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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The Delight

After getting to know the sassy and sometimes insufferable Lacey the vampire in the Beechwood Harbor Magic series,  I was curious to follow her story further after that bombshell the author dropped about her in the fifth book.  Lo and behold, my wish was granted and Lacey got her own book.

 

Review

Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve picks up for Lacey right where her exit in the BHM series left off.  Her father, the Baron of the East Coast vampires, has summoned her home from her self-imposed exile for his scheme to have her fulfill her duty as his heir and the legacy of their house.  His methods are hardball and holds a tournament of blood for eligible suitors to dual for her hand.  Last man standing wins.  But then a murder, a disappearance, and an unexpected ally has her realizing that there is a lot more going on than just her father being autocratic.

Lacey was always a high maintenance person, but she’s really in a mood when her father strong arms her home and then forces her into a tournament for her hand.  Her best friend is now a house slave, her mother supports her father’s decision, and the guy she sparks an attraction with is forced into the tourney and isn’t keen on her either.  Yeah, she’s feeling testy.

I was surprised at how much I liked Lacey even when she was on her high horse.  She has a lot thrown at her and she weathers it all as best as most of us.  Now, Matthias, he was a cutie and put up with all Lacey threw at him.  He does have his secrets and dropped the ball once, but he was right there proving himself to her.  I loved how they fell for each other over the course of the story.

The plot was a good intrigue at the vampire court along with the murder mystery.  I had a good time attempting to figure things out and guessed at some of it, but it was still a big surprise at the end.

It was a great spin off and start to its own new series.  I thought the author succeeded splendidly in crossing over from paranormal cozies to paranormal romance with Once Upon a Hallow’s Eve.

Challenges Met

Romance-opoly #58 Creature Crescent

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Carole Rae
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Glad this worked for you! I always get a touch nervous with spin-offs

Sophia Rose
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Yes, it was a moment of qualm that I wouldn’t like it and then I was having too good a time to worry. 🙂

Angela - Angel's Guilty Pleasures
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Nice review! Glad you enjoyed.

Sophia Rose
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It was a fun one, Angela. 🙂

Mary Kirkland
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Glad to hear it was a good one.

Sophia Rose
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Yes!!! I can’t wait for more installments. 🙂

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
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This is on my list, so I am glad to see you enjoyed it Sophia. I will be reading it soon 🙂

Sophia Rose
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Definitely worth the side trail to grab this one among the other two series. 🙂

Lola
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How fun that Lacey from the Beechwood Harbor Magic series got her own spin-off. Sounds interesting how you get to see more of the vampires in this series and seems it has some good intrigue as well. And that’s nice the change in genre from paranormal cozie to paranormal romance worked well.

Sophia Rose
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I thought it was a fun idea, too, and that she got a suspenseful romance mixed into her rocky homecoming. I can’t wait to see what other side characters will get their stories now.

Angie Elle
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Oh my word. I love love love this premise! I’m going to have to check this out.

Great review!

Sophia Rose
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Woohoo! Glad to hook you in, Angie! 🙂 I had a good time with Lacey and her story.

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
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This sounds like fun without relationship drama like her other series. I might have to give this one a try. I’m wondering if you need to read the other series first?

Sophia Rose
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Yes, exactly! The drama is on the mystery part and not wondering which guy it will be. Oh and her Beechwood Harbor Ghost series has just the one guy and not all the drama in the romance part.

I think you could start here. It doesn’t really connect to the other series and Lacey’s situation is described well in this one.

Lorna
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This sounds fun as does the other series. I still haven’t read anything by her but I know I really should!

Sophia Rose
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Oh yes, you would have a good time with these, Lorna!

Nadene
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It says a lot when you like the heroine even when she acts all high and mighty.

Sophia Rose
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It really does, Nadene, because usually I can’t stand that sort. I think it helped that she had a good side and was very generous when her friends needed help. 🙂

Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books
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I have heard so many good things about this author. I am going to have to give her books a try soon. Great review!

Sophia Rose
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They are light and fun though they have their more exciting moments, too. I think you’d get a kick out of them, Carole!