Bonfire, by Irene Preston & Liv Rancourt
Series: Hours Of The Night, Book #1.5
Published By: Presscourt Books
Release Date: November 15, 2016
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
Silent night, holy hell.
Thaddeus and Sarasija are spending the holidays on the bayou, and while the vampire’s idea of Christmas cheer doesn’t quite match his assistant’s, they’re working on a compromise. Before they can get the tree trimmed, they’re interrupted by the appearance of the feu follet. The ghostly lights appear in the swamp at random and lead even the locals astray.
When the townsfolk link the phenomenon to the return of their most reclusive neighbor, suspicion falls on Thaddeus. These lights aren’t bringing glad tidings, and if Thad and Sara can’t find their source, the feu follet might herald a holiday tragedy for the whole town.
This holiday novella can be enjoyed alone or as book 1.5 of the Hours of the Night Series. Bonfire takes place the December after the events in Vespers.
If you were a fan of Vespers, the first book in the Hours Of The Night series, you will love this novella. Sara and Thaddeus are back, still trying to figure out how to define their relationship, while investigating some mysterious lights (“feu follet” in local terms) in the bayou and fending off increasingly worried neighbours.
Sara is his usual laid back self, quietly encouraging rather than pushing Thad into accepting his affections by bringing some light into his life (literally) by ordering a multitude of Christmas decorations and putting up a tree. For his part, Thad seems to be slowly accepting that he is allowed to let himself fall in love with Sara, despite years of denying himself any sort of pleasure. He’s finally seeing there may be a future between them, one that extends beyond Sara’s contract.
The bed I would share with him as long as he’d have me. Though at times my inner conflict still raged, Sara was a sin I couldn’t help but commit.
For decades, I’d endeavored to restore my soul through service to the White Monks, and now I regularly engaged in acts that would destroy it.
I found I didn’t care, or at least not enough to leave off my relationship with Sara. Perhaps having lived so long granted me a new perspective, but the joy he brought now outweighed any future paradise.
Watching the two of them delicately move from a business relationship to one that is infinitely more profound, is a joy. For me, this novella made their attraction to each other much more obvious, more so than in book one (Vespers). Perhaps it’s because we’re now getting more of Thad’s real emotions, the ones not coloured by guilt or a sense of Christian duty. I think now he’s being more honest with himself and finally allowing Sara to love him the only way Sara can – with enthusiasm and passion.
Intertwined with the romance, the mystery of the feu follet luring both adults and children into the crocodile-infested bayou was simple but effective. It gives Sara and Thad the opportunity to engage with Thad’s neighbours, something the outgoing Sara embraces (being mostly segregated due to Thad’s ‘condition’) and one that Thad resists. Naturally, people are suspicious of Thad which leads to some assumptions about his involvement in the mysterious lights, and it’s up to him and Sara to discover who – or what – is behind them.
All in all, this was an excellent novella that manages to pack in a lot of action and character development. It’s not just a must-read Christmas gift for fans of the series, it actually gives us a little more insight into Sara and Thad’s characters. I highly recommend it for anyone who loved the first book and wants to spend a little more time with their favorite characters.
About Irene Preston
Irene Preston has to write romances, after all she is living one. As a starving college student, she met her dream man who whisked her away on a romantic honeymoon across Europe. Today they live in the beautiful hill country outside of Austin, Texas where Dream Man is still working hard to make sure she never has to take off her rose-colored glasses.
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About Liv Rancourt
I write romance: m/f, m/m, and v/h, where the h is for human and the v is for vampire … or sometimes demon … I lean more towards funny than angst. When I’m not writing I take care of tiny premature babies or teenagers, depending on whether I’m at home or at work. My husband is a soul of patience, my dog’s cuteness is legendary, and we share the homestead with three ferrets. Who steal things. Because they’re brats.
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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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