Here’s my spoiler-free review of Kristen Painter’s The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée, Book 5 in the Nocturne Falls series! Again, some of the sections below are the same as those in my previous reviews of the Nocturne Falls series (Genre, Intended Audience, and Setting), with a few minor adjustments. Also, this review does not have any spoilers from the previous books in the series, so fear not! You’re safe from spoilers.
Keep reading for my spoiler-free thoughts on TVFF!
Fantasy, Supernatural, Romance 🎵🎶 these are a few of my favorite things 🎶🎵
This doesn’t count as a YA novel, since the main characters are in their late 20s, early 30s, but I wouldn’t go as far as to say it should be restricted to adults-only either… so perhaps mature YA
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Instalove advisory! This book (and the entire NF series) contains high levels of instalove. Of which I have no problem with whatsoever 😜
Overview (From back of book)
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 know for being a happy vampire. And when his long estranged wife returns 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: earning 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…
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!
The characters in TVFF have a very Pride & Prejudice feel to them – especially the Darcy-esque Sebastian! Tessa herself is also similar to Lizzie Bennet – seemingly unassuming, yet entirely fierce ❤️
What I Liked
The Ellinghams are back! 😆 It may be because these were the first characters I was introduced to when I started the Nocturne Falls series, but nonetheless, they are my fave NF family 💕🙌 So I’m glad for any chance to see what they are up to – present book included!
As with her previous novels, Painter successfully and consistently maintained levels of fun, flirtation, romance, and sexiness throughout TVFF and her writing style kept the story moving along at a good clip.
As I’ve mentioned in older NF reviews, each of Painter’s books are resolved within a single novel, so these books can be read without worry of a breathless cliffhanger. Yay! Unless you’re into that sort of thing. In which case, aw. But! The series should still be read in the appropriate order.
Last, but not least, I enjoyed reading about a less commonly known supernatural being – Valkyries. I mean, don’t get me wrong, I love vampires, werewolves, shifters, etc., but it’s still nice to read about something else every once in a while.
What I Liked A Little Less
I mentioned that this particular story reminded me of Pride & Prejudice. Well, like with P&P, certain, uh…antiquated?…attitudes sometimes rubbed me the wrong way. Old vampire pun not intended. However, I’m aware that this is a personal opinion (much like how some people are completely turned off by instalove) and doesn’t reflect on Painter’s work.
The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée gets 4.5/5 stars!