*I received an ecopy of this book from the author. This has in no way influenced my review.*
These characters are wonderful and I just love them! It’s been a while since I’ve found a new series in which I really just kind of adored the characters, but Sara and Thaddeus and their relationship just make me happy. They were yet again so realistic and well-written, and their interactions with each other felt so natural. (How cute is it that they watch Antiques Roadshow together and Thaddeus just grumbles about all the antiques that are like the ones he grew up with?) In fact, all the characters and interactions among them, including random background characters, felt real and natural.
Also much like the first book, I loved getting to see things through Thaddeus’s POV. I’ve never read about a character who thinks and sees and experiences things the way he does because his upbringing, his many years of strict religious beliefs and practices, and all his time alone have really affected him—not in a good way or a bad way, it’s just very clearly part of him. And it’s not even that he sees everything as necessarily relating to religion, he just sees in things in a way that I never would and in a way that other paranormal creatures I’ve read about never have, like the way he was suddenly struck with humility while feeding from Sara because he felt like it was so amazing that this person would give him his lifeblood. Even the way he talks is just very Thaddeus. I wouldn’t even need dialogue tags to know when it’s him talking. But of course Sara still provided the humor and relatability. Their two perspectives made for a great balance.
Anyway, this was a fun Christmas-themed novella in the series. It did have a plot involving feu follet (will-o’-the-wisps) luring people into the bayou, but it was uncomplicated and not too serious since this was more just kind of a nice little glimpse of Thaddeus and Sara’s progressing relationship and time together over the holidays. I definitely recommend it if you enjoyed the first book and want to spend more time with these characters!
Fans of Book 1 in Irene Preston and Liv Rancourt's Hours of the Night series. Anyone who likes M/M, vampires (and in this case, a Catholic one), sweet romantic relationships, and lovable characters.