**Book received via Netgalley**
This holiday season has bite.
Ben Prescott hates Christmas--he's a vampire, and to him, there's certainly nothing jolly about the holiday season. While the humans are running around being merry, he's hunting in the shadows. Ben plans to spend the holidays his way...by stalking deadly prey.
But fate has other plans for Ben.
Three visitors are coming Ben's way...A demon who will force Ben to face his past, a ghost who will show Ben the present he could have, and a shifter who will reveal the darkness that waits in Ben's future. Unless Ben can change his ways, he may just turn into a real monster, one who can't be saved by anyone or anything.
'Tis the season...to be undead.
Ben's redemption rests in the hands of the one woman he loved and lost--Simone Laurent. If Ben is going to have a chance at being more than just the beast in the darkness, he has to prove himself to the lovely Simone. A very hard task, considering that, once upon a Christmas Eve, Simone died in Ben's arms...
Really, really loved this book. Cynthia did an amazing job translating a classic into a modern almost fairy-tale. I liked Ben almost from the beginning, even though at that time, he was much more anti-hero than hero.
The visits from the ghosts allowed us to see who he was and why he had become the way he was. The plot twist regarding Simone came at me from left field and it was not one I was expecting in any way, which made it all the more satisfying.
Seeing Ben change over the course of the night was uplifting and reminds the reader that no matter how dark the night seems, the dawn will come and the world will become a brighter place. Sometimes, we have to go through many hard and seemingly unfair trials to get were we are supposed to be. Ben and Simone did that and highly deserve their HEA.
Other than it seeming too short, I loved this book, it's one I'd love to have in paperback to add to my shelves. Highly recommended.