The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée by Kristen Painter

Series: Nocturne Falls #5

Publication Date: January 6th 2016

Publishers: Sugar Skull Books

Pages: 239

Format: e-book, paperback

Get a copy: Amazon




Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town where Halloween is celebrated 365 days a year. The tourists think it’s all a show: the vampires, the werewolves, the witches, the occasional gargoyle flying through the sky. But the supernaturals populating the town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

Sebastian Ellingham isn’t known for being a happy vampire. And when his long estranged wife comes to town expecting to pick up where they left off, things take a sharp turn toward cranky. Sure he’s been protecting her for centuries, but her assumption that he’s still available (he is) rankles.

His answer is to hire a woman to play his fiancée. The lucky victim is Tessa Blythe, sister of one of the town’s deputies, librarian in need of a job and, oh yes, reluctant Valkyrie. Playing along with Sebastian is all about the end game for her, the position of Dean of Library Studies at the local private academy.

When unexpected sparks fly between them, they agree to mutually deny the attraction. Fate, however, has other plans… 


I was lucky to get an ARC of this book for exchange for an honest review.

When I heard the title, The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée, it left me with a few questions that needed to be answered for example was this story going to be one of those sobs ending that he doesn’t get the girl in the end and is he left with a broken heart again. The only answer I had was this novel was about Sebastian.

Everyone who has entered Kristen’s world of Nocturne Falls wanted Sebastian’s story told, real truth about his life. This book didn’t disappoint me at all. When Sebastian’s ex wife rocks up into town well that’s where the lie started telling his wife that he was engaged to be wed and using a totally stranger in the mix. What could go wrong?

I wanted a story about a Valkyire but who knew a Vampire could fall in love with one. Two different people who are really the same. Tessa is new to town, just wanted the job at the Deans but she signed up for a lot more than she bargained for. Whirl wind roller coaster ride with lies building up, trying to fool Sebastian’s ex and gets his freedom. I am glad they didn’t get married in the end, just let nature take its course and who knows we may see this couple in future novels or even a short story.

There was humour, suspense, and fun just had every element of a great novel and not to forget the wonderful characters. Loved seeing Tessa showing her Valkyire towards the end.

Am I surprised what Kristen brings to her novels. Yes of course I am, you leave me guessing right till the very last page. Not to mention the covers are flawless. Another great story set in Nocturne Falls, another favourite can’t wait for the next instalment.

 “They were a perfect fit, the recluse and the bookworm. The weapons collector and the sword wielder. The vampire and the valkyrie.”


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