Title: The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée
Author: Kristen Painter
Series: Nocturne Falls #5
Sebastian Ellingham is known for being a grumpy, controlling, recluse vampire. When his estranged wife comes into town expecting to pick up where they left off he quickly becomes cranky. He has been alone for centuries, but her assumption that he is still available makes him angry. He claims he has a fiancée to make her jealous and now he has less than a day to find a fake fiancée.
I love the fake relationship trope and this one was so good! Sebastian has been the grumpy Ellingham from the very beginning of this series. Sebastian has spent centuries cleaning up his wife’s messes and being alone. He hasn’t loved her in years but he is still honorable enough to protect her because he is her sire. Sebastian was an honorable, proud, and slightly controlling vampire who has been in a rut for centuries. Meeting Tessa shows him how much he has hidden away. He finally starts living his life again with Tessa around.
Tessa Blythe is a librarian, and a reluctant Valkyrie. She agrees to being Sebastian’s fiancée to get the dream job she wants, but she soon finds herself falling for him. I really liked Tessa. She is a beautiful woman who has been hiding her inner lion for years. While Tessa helps Sebastian start living again, he helps her embrace her heritage that she has hidden since a teenager. I just loved everything about these two and their fake relationship.
Overall, this was another great Nocturne Falls story with some amazing characters. I highly recommend this fun, light hearted series, especially if you love magical towns with unique supernaturals.
Previous books and reviews for the series:
#1 The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride
#2 The Werewolf Meets His Match
#3 The Gargoyle Gets His Girl
#4 The Professor Woos His Witch
#4.5 The Witch’s Halloween Hero
#4.6 The Werewolf’s Christmas Wish