I read Kristen Painter’s The Vampire’s Mail Order Bride (Book 1 in the Nocturne Falls series) last October, but shamefully didn’t get a chance to write a review at the time. Plus I wanted to read the entire Nocturne Falls series in quick succession – you know, to keep the awesomeness going. The reviews for books 2 thru 6 are on their way. In the meantime, having re-read TVMOB this month, I can say with renewed certainty: “Kristen Painter, where have you been all my Halloweens?!?!” 😍
Read on for my spoiler-free review!
Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance 🎵🎶 these are a few of my favorite things 🎶🎵
I wouldn’t describe this as a YA novel, since the main characters are in their mid- to late-twenties (…to 3 or 4 centuries), but I wouldn’t go as far as to say it should be restricted to adults-only either… so perhaps mature YA
to infinity and beyond?
Oh, and if you’re not a fan of instalove, consider yourself forewarned – this book (and entire series) has it in spades. Or at least a form of instalove – it’s really not quite as exaggerated as the Urban Dictionary definition would have you believe. I personally have no problem whatsoever with instalove (I met my husband on our very first day as college frosh; 9.5 years ago), so I just gobbled this all up. And it was yummy.
Moving on 😜
Overview (from back of book)
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.
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…
Nocturne Falls!!! 😍🙌 Like it says above, a town that celebrates Halloween every day to safely accommodate its supernatural citizens, allowing them to be themselves out in the open. Yes, please!
Kristen Painter has created quite the cast of characters in this introduction to Nocturne Falls. Characters, mainly Delaney and Hugh, had their own strengths and weaknesses, which were showcased through their development as the story progressed. Delaney’s got some major spunk and sass – I love her 💕
What I Liked
Did I mention the town? Yes? Just checking 😉
Okay, well, besides that, I found this book to be witty, charming, fast-paced, (see instalove disclaimer above), cleverly-written, and FUN. Fun above all else. Oh, and sexy! How has it taken me this long to mention the sexiness???
I also LOVED that the story was contained within a single novel. Yes, it’s book one in a series, but Hugh and Delaney’s stories were resolved within this first book. No pesky cliffhangers here! Of course, that didn’t stop me from jumping right into book 2 😋 But more on that later.
What I Liked a Little Less
There really wasn’t much that I didn’t like here. Perhaps sometimes I felt the supernatural stereotypes were a bit much. But that wasn’t a consistent feeling on my part, so I’d say it was negligible.
I’m giving TVMOB 4.5/5 stars. Back in October, I gave it 4/5 stars on Instagram, but upon my second read through I decided to bump it up a bit. All-in-all, this was a light, fun, cute, and super quick read. This should be made into a movie and featured on the Hallmark channel during October to celebrate Halloween. I’d be so down.
P.S. How awesome would it be to live in a town where it’s Halloween every. Single. Day?! I may or may not have done a cursory search online for one… Okay, yeah, I totally did. Currently, none exist. Someone needs to get on that. Pretty please and thank you!