Review: How Zombies Stole Christmas by Sidney Bristol

November 4, 2014 Review 2

Review: How Zombies Stole Christmas by Sidney Bristol

Every creature in Haven snuggled down in their beds, ready for another Christmas, they liked it a lot. But not everyone in this magical land shares their holiday cheer. . .

Evelina Frost is a woman used to staying in the shadows, but this year Christmas needs a hero, and with Santa away, it’s up to her to save the holiday from ruin.

A figure dressed in white cast a spell and from the frozen land, ghastly zombies appear.

Kameron is a creature out-of-place in the frigid land, but he’s carved out a life, away from his Highland moors and pastures, happy to live alone. Until a woman barges into his life, and awakens urges he hasn’t known in centuries.

“I’ll take their Christmas, their cheer and their hope,” the figure says, as zombies descend on the Snow Palace, ripping the trees and presents from the hearth.

Together, Evelina and Kameron delve into the history of their land, fighting a magical blizzard, ice zombies and an all-consuming lust for each other as magic seeks to create another fairy tale from their lives. They must fight together against the odds and save Christmas, though they might lose their hearts in the bargain.

Title: How Zombies Stole Christmas
Author: Sidney Bristol
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Duty Bound, Personal Adventures, Blind: Killer Instincts, Under His Skin
Published by Self
Source: Publisher
Published: 4 December 2013
Genres: Erotic Fantasy Romance, Fairytale Re-telling
Pages: 168
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: five-stars
Flames: three-half-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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I wasn’t quite sure what to expect from this story, but I have heard wonderful things about this author so the chance was irresistible: and I am happy to report that I loved this story with a perfect blend of heroine, fae, legend, shifter and sexy moments.

Evelina is a half-human daughter of Jack Frost, and a full time guardian of the Snow Maiden and Santa’s staff.  But the Snow Maiden was spirited away by the ice zombies, taking the staff with them.  And only Evie, Guardian for Ded Moroz and her husky dog Maddox can recover the maid and the staff, so off she treks to track down the wayward maid and with less than 21 hours, time is not on her side.

Kameron is a Scotsman, living in this wilderness in an old abandoned cathedral.  Boldly decorated in the Orthodox style, Evie awakes to find this naked man speaking to her.  While the man isn’t answering a ton of her questions, the attraction between the two is palpable: even Maddox doesn’t seem to sense ill intent.  Rescuing her from the ice zombies, feeding her and then patching her wounds, she starts to relax, and let their attraction take over.

The story unfolds at a beautiful pace as it mixes legend and action with the ever present threat of zombies and the quest to find the Maid and the staff.  Told in a manner that brings memories of story hour as a child, the plot twists and weaves like a folk tale, with insets of incredibly hot sex to show you this isn’t for the kids: even though it brings similar rapt attention and hold your breath moments.  Descriptions and information weave seamlessly throughout mentioning mythological, fae and other fantastical elements that enhance and place the story firmly in the ‘otherworldly’ yet maintain enough conflict and concerns that are wholly human so readers can relate.  Far more than a fairy tale with erotic elements, or a romance, or even a Christmas tale, this was a fun ride from start to happy ending: with enough twists, humor, action and heat to engage readers.

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