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Summary

Welcome to Nocturne Falls, the town that celebrates Halloween 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 setup to make his overbearing grandmother happy. In 30 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....

©2015 Kristen Painter (P)2015 Kristen Painter

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Amusing

If you could sum up The Vampire's Mail Order Bride in three words, what would they be?

Very amusing indeed

What other book might you compare The Vampire's Mail Order Bride to, and why?

Some of Katie Mcallister books same kind of humor and adventure.

What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

Good speed of reading, and good voices.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Not really, all good , all the normal ups and downs in an adventure.

Any additional comments?

I would recommend this book it kept my interest all the was through and I will be listening to the next one as soon as it comes out in audio.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

Any additional comments?

I really enjoyed this book! It was my first time reading anything by this author and I loved it. The characters were easy to love and the story as engaging! I didn't want to put it down! I will definitely be picking up the next in the series when it comes out! I love the idea of Nocturne Falls, it sounds like an awesome place to live! Loved the audiobook of the novel as well, I adored hearing Hugh's British nobility accent!

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • walsall, United Kingdom
  • 22-06-16

hmmm, where is the Passion?

I have many Audio books and although some of my Audible books are not Romance/Happy Ever After/Sexy and Passion filled,
I expected this book and series to have the passion and erotica..

I have to admit the story was nice with funny and sweet moments but there is no sex, passion or love making beyond a kiss followed by the next day!!!

This book would have probably received a four star rating if the author had written above a PG (Parental Guidance) rating!😟




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Satisfactory Read

I read a lot and feel this is nearly but not quite a Molly Harper book 'look-a like'. It may well be me, but, I couldn't feel the humour or the strength of passion in Kristen's writing.
I didn't expect erotica but I didn't feel romance and connection.

I will give a thumbs up to the narrator BJ Harrison good job well done.

Would I recommend this book?
Yes I would but say that it is more a Young Adults book but readable.

I did like the first chapter of the next book in the series which we heard at the end of Vampire Mail Order Bride. I may purchase that next one especially, if it is on special offer.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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I love a good supernatural cozy mystery.. got one!

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 and all.

I think Delaney is a wonderful character and Hugh is charming and sweet. Their budding romance runs into a small problem when the mob boss that Delaney is on the run from tracks her down, however being surrounded by supernatural friends has it’s plus side.

This is a fun, well written, supernatural, cozy mystery. The first of the Nocturne Falls series.

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Brilliance and enriching

Loved It, best ever can't wait for next one, superb voice over and narrative, taken magically to another world with danger and romance.

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In large parts horrible

This is a bubbly and humorous book that did show some promise early on. However a lot of the humor was not funny and the main female lead was cross and annoying at times, specially in the second half of the book.
A special note goes to the scene where she is comforting the male lead of his guilt over the loss of first wife and children. Paraphrasing it was of the lines of "you should not feel guilty, have you considered the death of your wife and children was your wife's fault?"
Shortly after the guy did in fact come to the same conclusion, what a relief! His previous losses were indeed because his first wife was a weakling and now he had a strong amazing replacement.
The second half there was one genuine laugh... when the woman mentions the situation was like a bad romance novel... that she did not want to read!

I have to get over my compulsion to finish books I do not enjoy... felt a bit like I imagine the religious practice to whip ones back with branches.

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fun

very funny and a good listen. I will be getting the next book . soon

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Fun

I couldn't put it down specially as I couldn't pick up my previous book & took me ages to finish. I finished this one in record time and I even found some chapters hilarious 😂 well worth reading 👍🏼

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Never has a mismatched match been so magically matched

Brilliant narration. Kirsten Painter's story is excellent and written so plainly. This is any of us the story wants to say... 🤓

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  • Cheri
  • 11-02-16

Loved It!....... It was Clean, Funny, and Sweet!

What made the experience of listening to The Vampire's Mail Order Bride the most enjoyable?

There are three things I really liked about this story.

1. The characters! I loved how both the main and supporting characters were developed. You also got a glimpse of the different characters that will be coming up in future stories.

2. Nocturne Falls - Halloween all year long! I loved this town and all the creative shops and holiday's.

3. The Plot - A funny light romance!

What about B.J. Harrison’s performance did you like?

B.J. Harrison performance was hands down one of the best I've listened to. I loved how each character had their own voice and accent and was easily distinguishable between the characters. He was also did a great job projecting inflection into the tone of the characters throughout the story.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Laughed, Laughed, and Laughed! :-)

I loved Delaney and her inter thoughts, her random chocolate facts, and her cat "Captain Underpants."

Any additional comments?

This was a fun story to listen to; it was clean, funny, and well written. I could easily listen to this story again and again!

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • BookNerd
  • 09-11-15

So much fun!

What did you love best about The Vampire's Mail Order Bride?

I really enjoyed the character development of the protagonists; you feel like you're part of their world and want to hang out with them.

What other book might you compare The Vampire's Mail Order Bride to and why?

The book is really one of a kind (I mean it's like Halloween year round!), but if I had to compare I'd say it's maybe a bit like the Half-Moon Hollow series by Molly Harper

What does B.J. Harrison bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I read the book and listened to it, so hearing B.J. Harrison lend voices to the characters was an added bonus. He has a real talent for inflection and you feel as if each character has his or own voice. I'll admit I was skeptical about the choice of narrator at first, but I was so wrong!

Any additional comments?

Take a chance, use a credit, and listen to this book... it's light, fun, and entertaining! I loved this first book, and the other books in the series are wonderful also. I anxiously await more from Nocturn Falls.

30 of 33 people found this review helpful

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  • Sharon Demond
  • 20-05-16

NEW TELEVISION SHOW IN THE MAKINGS????

If you could sum up The Vampire's Mail Order Bride in three words, what would they be?

FRESH. COOL. AWESOME.

What did you like best about this story?

It was refreshing outlook on the supernatural. It was cool that there was "love" in the air, however, not an overabundance of sexual verbiage. Awesome because they have likable characters - ones that could be the making of a new TV show.

Which character – as performed by B.J. Harrison – was your favorite?

I am sorry, BJ Harrison was great in all the performances, I can't pick just one, although I really loved Hugh's Rook.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes!!

Any additional comments?

Not really, although I would suggest to Kristen Painter to seek out people in the Hollywood scene and pitch this as a possible show. I have listented (audio) to 4 of the books in this series and have just downloaded the 5th. This little town could be the next supernatural show success. I rest my case!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Elizabeth
  • 04-11-15

Fang-tacular Fluff

If you could sum up The Vampire's Mail Order Bride in three words, what would they be?

BalancedIntelligentFun

Which character – as performed by B.J. Harrison – was your favorite?

I'm not sure which was my favorite... maybe Stanhill, but mostly because B.J. Harrison kept a much more consistent accent than the voice in my head did when I read the book myself.

I had not heard anything by this narrator before but I really enjoyed his voice. I will seek out other reads by him. I hope he reads the rest of the series :)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Wanted to - yes. Able to, no. Life kept getting in the way. I had already read the book and knew it was enjoyable but loved that I got swept away again with as much marvel and joy as I did when I read the book for the first time months ago.

Any additional comments?

I've dipped into the Nocturne Falls pool a few times and it is refreshing each time and each manner. I'm eager for the next story in audio, even though I've read it myself several times. It's great to be able to re-listen to a favorite when I'm doing repetitive but detailed actions at work. There isn't much demand on the reader in this series but there is great reward for those who care to visit the town where Halloween is every day.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • Cianna Elizabeth
  • 16-11-15

Outstanding! Cute, funny and well written!

What made the experience of listening to The Vampire's Mail Order Bride the most enjoyable?

This is an outstanding book, and the audio is even better! Perfect for just sitting at home, listening, or getting a workout and enjoying this fun read! The narrator is awesome, and just perfect for the story! I loved it and would listen again!

What did you like best about this story?

This story is great because it's got the right of amount of action to laughs. It's a fun read, and a quick one too. Very enjoyable to listen to while relaxing!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I didn't want to stop listening to this book! It's so funny and unique! I cannot wait for the rest of the series to be audibles! Such a good book to listen too!

Any additional comments?

Amazing audiobook, and well worth picking up! :)

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Rebecca
  • 12-11-15

Amazing

Oh my goodness. I could listen to this book over and over again. I have read the book. but listening to this man tell the story is amazing. The way he reads it is perfect. I would highly recommend this. Kristen's work is amazing, this is a completely different experience. well worth listening to.

10 out of 10.

20 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Christine Lee
  • 13-12-15

Incredible story and outstanding narration

Any additional comments?

I've read The Vampire's Mail Order Bride, so knew I would like the story; I was unprepared for how spot-on the narration was. This is only my second Audio book, but if the narration remains this good, I can see myself getting hooked.

BJ Harrison was able to make you feel a part of the story; you knew by the tone and accent he used which character was speaking, or even thinking. This is particularly impressive when you consider it is a love story at heart, with multiple characters of both genders, raised in different times and circumstances, all of which affects their speech patterns.

I've been a fan of Kristen Painter's for a while. Now, I am also a fan of BJ Harrison's.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Anya
  • 22-03-16

Easy read

Really easy to read, not much to say, a love story between a human and a vampire. Not so credible from time to time, but a sweet enjoyable romance. Predictable but that's not the point. Some good humor, but not too much. The reader was really good. I don't think I would have enjoyed as much the written book, rad by myself.

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  • Brynja
  • 30-01-16

Light and fluffy

This wasn't bad per se, just not my cup of tea.
Delaney is your typical paranormal romance heroine, cute, not stick-thin, with a passion for baking (I love baking, too, but why is this such a common thing?). Hugh is your typical paranormal romance tortured vampire hunk. I was expecting something lightweight, so I didn't mind these things. But listening to it I was reminded why I prefer books that place less emphasis on the romance element (or more on the non-romance. Here, it's about 90-95% pure romance fluff, with a tiny bit of her being chased by a mobster; I prefer up to fifty-fifty or, when I'm in a romantic mood, sixty-forty): like with many other books of this kind, I simply could not believe the romance between the two protagonists. It happens way too fast. Hugh has been grieving (or at least feeling bad about) his late wife for several hundred years, but after a few days with Delaney, he is sure she is his eternal love? And then, they decide to take that next, crucial and literally life-changing step *now*? Why not wait - oh, I don't know - a month or two, at least? Better yet, a year? Two, maybe? Until puppy love wears off and they know each other a bit better. Delaney is young and Hugh has all the time in the world. I just don't get it and I don't think it's romantic. I've seen it in so many books and it just baffles my mind why authors seem to think that waiting even a few months and enjoying each stage of a new relationship for what it is is unromantic.
But again, that's just my personal preference. The writing wasn't bad, the characters not awful or anything. Just not my preferred sub-genre.

The narration was good, well paced and fun to listen to.

35 of 43 people found this review helpful

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  • Lisa Guertin
  • 05-11-15

Fantastic Series

I'm a big fan of the Nocturne Falls series and was so happy when I heard they were being made into audio books. The series is very entertaining and the audio version lives up to its promise. The narrator does an amazing job. His accents and voice characterizations fit well with my feel for the characters and made it easy to tell who was speaking at any time. I look forward to listening to the rest of this series.

18 of 22 people found this review helpful