The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride By Kristen Painter
Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 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.
After seeing her maybe-mobster boss murder a guy, Delaney James assumes a new identity and pretends to be a mail order bride. She finds her groom-to-be living in a town that celebrates Halloween every day. Weird. But not as weird as what she doesn’t know. Her groom-to-be is a 400-year-old vampire.
Hugh Ellingham has only agreed to the arranged set up to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In thirty days, whatever bridezilla shows up at his door will be escorted right back out. His past means love is no longer an option. Not if the woman’s going to have a future. Except he never counted on Delaney and falling in love for real.
Too bad both of them are keeping some mighty big secrets…
Reviewed By Crystal
Delaney James a waitress who dreams of owning her own sweets shop witnesses a crime in a wrong place wrong time moment and is now on the run in order to stay alive! While running for her life she seeks refuge inside of a dating agency- finding a profile of a woman she can pretend to be and maybe survive this whole mess. So now with her side kick Captain Underpants and an over weight spoiled mainecoon kitty. she has to pretend to be Annebelle Givens and become a stranger’s match.
Hugh Ellingham is a vampire is under his grandmother’s thumb and must let this strange woman he assumes is either vampire gah gah or desperate into his home for 30 days. Little does he know that that they are both in for some major surprises! Will this self imposed bachelor change his mind about love or will he continue dating all of the female citizens of Nocturne Falls?
Nocturne Falls- a town where every day is Halloween and it’s citizens are a melting pot of Paranormal beings and humans is my kind of place! The town it self become a very important character in this series and is filled with it’s own secrets and I can not wait to find them all out!
I can not begin describe my love of this book! It sucked me in right away with the amazing level of snark and wacky characters (all in a good way) I loved Delaney’s spunk and love of all things sweet and chocolate (a woman after my own heart) Throw in a hot vampire a wiley old grand mother and a series of mix ups and screw ups and I am in heaven!
The fact that Hugh has two brothers and this is a series makes me extremely excited to see what kind of trouble stirs in Nocturne Falls! This was a wonderfully funny lighthearted PNR read and I wholeheartedly recommend it to any one looking to laugh and fall in love one page at a time!
Rating- 5 out of 5 cupcakes!
Hugh and Delaney’s first date inspired this rich caffeine laced decadent brownies!
Chocolate Chunk Espresso Brownies with Dark Chocolate Espresso Sauce
Ingredients you will need
1/2 cup (1 stick) of melted butter
Espresso Powder (2 teaspoons)
1 1/2 cups of brewed espresso
6-8 ounces of dark (or milk if you prefer) Chocolate chips
1 cup white sugar
One bar of Bakers Chocolate
2 LARGE eggs ( I find with small or medium eggs they just do not come out right)
Pinch of sea salt
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour cupcake mold (you can also use an 8 inch square pan but I prefer using my silicone cupcake mat as in my house there is world war 3 when it comes the the chewy edges and this solves that issues lol)
- In a glass bowl, melt 1/2 cup butter by placing in microwave for 20-30 seconds). Stir in sugar, eggs, and 2 tablespoons of espresso powder.
- Chop up as much of the bakers chocolate you desire- I love my brownies jam packed so I put in most of the bar…..
- Beat in 1/3 cup cocoa, 1/2 cup flour, salt, baking powder and half a cup of brewed espresso. Fold in chocolate chunks.Scoop into cupcake cups or if you prefer spread batter into greased up pan.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes. be wary or over cooking as that quickly becomes hockey pucks instead of brownies!.Also make sure to keep oven closed. You will know they are done when you insert a toothpick and it comes out clean.
Dark Chocolate Espresso Sauce
In a glass bowl pour chocolate chips and 1 cup of freshly brewed steaming hot espresso! Stir slowly making sure you get all the chocolate mixed in and melted. The espresso should melt all of the chocolate but if it doesn’t don’t be scared to pop in mic for a couple of seconds at a time. Mix in 1 tablespoon of cocoa powder and you have a really good sauce that can be bottled and kept in fridge for up to 2 weeks though if your house is anything like mines it wont last that long!