Apr 13, 2018

Mini Review--The Vampire's True Love Trials by Kristen Painter

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 in town know better.

Living in Nocturne Falls means being yourself. Fangs, fur, and all.

Vampire Sebastian Ellingham wants one thing: to marry Tessa Blythe, the Valkyrie he’s fallen madly in love with. So meeting her parents seems like the natural thing to do. He’s even looking forward to it, until he discovers they’ve already found her a husband. Now the only way to keep Tessa in his life is to complete a series of tests meant for a very different kind of supernatural. And failing means losing her forever.

Two DNFs in one week, that’s terribly, terribly sad to me. But it did mean that I got to hop over to a TBR book that’s been waiting oh so patiently! Thank goodness I have the kindle app! Since I finished book six in Kristen Painter’s Nocturne Falls series yesterday, I thought I would move along to the novella that follows, The Vampire’s True Love Trials!

In this short little story, Sebastian and Tessa are finally done with all the nasty business regarding Sebastian’s ex-wife. It’s all over and done and since they are in Amsterdam, Sebastian thought it would be the perfect time to extend the getaway and even proposing! Just as he’s about to pop the question, Tessa’s parents call to tell her a berserker named Gunther has completed a set of trials and has won the right to propose. Naturally, this doesn’t sit well with Tessa or Sebastian.

It’s a basic meet the parents kind of moment except the only way Tessa’s parents will accept the relationship that Tessa and Sebastian want to have is if Sebastian completes the same set of trials. The only thing is the trials were created with berserkers in mind instead of vampires and if Sebastian were to fail any of them, then it’s game over and Tessa will marry the faceless Gunther.

This was just a fun, short little read that lets you see more of the Nocturne Falls world! Made fun since it let us see a returning couple get a little more complete with their happy ending and oh wow was there a surprise twist at the end! Not so much of a twist, but a surprise all the same!

I almost expected that we’d see this mysterious Gunther, but that wasn’t the case, which I guess makes sense. We don’t need to see who this wannabe contender is since we’re all rooting for Sebastian to win anyway! The read was a fast one and I was just happy to be back with the Nocturne Falls gang! Though not everyone was there, being with just two of them is always enough for me! If you’re already reading the series, don’t skip this novella for anything because that surprise at the end was a fun little one that might have you questioning things in the books ahead!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars



  1. I had a DNF this week myself. They always haunt me. This sounds like a fun series. And that cover is too cute. Glad this one made up for those others:)

  2. I haven’t heard of this series. It looks really fun and cute.


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