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Monday, March 14, 2011

Creole Nights by Jessica Coulter Smith

Creole Nights by Jessica Coulter Smith
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (24 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: 4.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Xeranthemum

Adelaide finds herself without a home and without hope, until a mysterious stranger stops to help her.

Jean-Luc is drawn to Adelaide. Even though he hasn't been human in a long time, he feels human emotions for her. Welcoming her into his home, and into his bed, he determines to keep her forever.

The daughter of a vampire hunter, Adelaide never thought she'd fall for the enemy.

Creole Nights is like smooth lobster bisque – rich, creamy and devoured quickly because it’s so delicious. It’s a delightful romance that was a cute read.

Ms. Smith condensed this story to its basic essence and what she chose to share with readers was the perfect balance of information and scene set up with enough of the character’s personalities to make it seamless and a well told tale.

Adelaide is the heroine. She’s young, educated but she has found out that her family, specifically her father is not the warm and loving parent she thought. He has a hardened core about him because of the family business and she runs up against it in a painful way. The poor girl almost doesn’t make it and for that reason she quickly had a place in my heart. I wanted her to find happiness.

Jean-Luc is a man, okay, so he’s a hunky vampire, who hasn’t been happy in many years. He doesn’t think it’s in the cards for him but he finds himself acting impulsively anyway when he comes across a defenseless Adelaide. His actions are not altruistic in nature as I found out to my delight. Something else drives him and through very skilled word choice and storytelling, Ms. Smith fleshed out a man who has no fear of commitment when the opportunity presents itself. In fact, I adored his pursuit and focus on the heroine and it climaxed during a wonderful confrontation that, though brief, made his declaration believable and romantic.

There is light drama which helps the hero and heroine express themselves and their intent and I was satisfied with the delivery. Perhaps other readers will think that Adelaide capitulated too quickly, and perhaps she did, but due to the brevity of the pages in this story, I thought it worked well and was just right. This is a romance story that has all the basic elements that I look for. There is nothing I didn’t like and I’m really glad I read it. I think the author’s storytelling voice is wonderful.

I recommend Creole Nights for readers who need a quick shot of romance and are looking for an uplifting and satisfying happily ever after. This book delivers on all counts.

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