Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Indie/Self Published
Released on October 31, 2017
Source: Kindle Unlimited
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.
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.
Romance-opoly #58 Creature Crescent