Friday, November 21, 2014

Blog Tour and Review: Silent Night by Kristen Strassel

Title: Silent Night
Author: Kristen Strassel
Age: NA
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Cover Designer: Nathalia Suellen
Scheduled to release: November 2014

This Christmas isn’t about celebration for eighteen-year-old Kyndra, it’s about survival. Grieving the loss of her grandmother and struggling with the indifference of her family, Kyndra now splits her time between her dead-end mall job, her junkie ex-boyfriend’s bed, and the streets. Longing to be close to her grandmother one more time, she wanders into Christmas Eve mass and prays she’ll find the place she belongs. Home.

Aidan isn’t ready to let go of the past either, even though he’s had nearly three hundred years to do it. He chronicles the search for the reincarnation of his beloved wife as the vampire romance author Allison Duprois. Aidan knows the wife he mourns is out there, but fears writing their story is as close as he will get to her.

At Christmas Eve mass, he finally finds her. Alone, with no place to go.

Aidan brings Kyndra into his home, and gives her the safety, comfort and love she longs for. Though he gives her second chances she never thought she’d have, Kyndra still can’t get over Aidan’s mysterious past. Not to mention that he claims that he’s a vampire. Life alone on the streets is dangerous enough without handing her trust and love to the wrong person. Can Aidan break through the walls around Kyndra’s hardened heart to convince her that she belongs with him, forever?

*This is a companion novel to the Night Moves Series.

3.75 out of 5 stars

When I first read the synopsis for this book and knowing how much I love paranormal romance I just had to take a chance on Silent Night.  I also think it's important to note this is my first Kristen Strassel book and therefore my first book of this series, so it absolutely can be read as a stand alone.  

It all begins with Kyndra a young girl who has suffered a great loss and who finds herself alone with literally no where to go on Christmas Eve at a church for midnight mass.  She meets a stranger, a man named Aiden who she is drawn to.  They connect, he offers he a roof over her head in exchange for nothing and thus begins their friendship.  It isn't long before these two find themselves heavily weaved into one another's lives, but when the truth comes out will Kyndra stay and believe or will she run scared for the hills?

While I was able to easily figure out where this story was going I have to say I still enjoyed the process of watching everything unfold.  Aiden is mysterious and for a while I was frustrated Kyndra wasn't able to see there was clearly something very different about him.  But then again I imagine she was wrapped up in finally enjoying herself, finally having a place that felt like home, finally going after what she always wanted.  It was all too good to be true, but Kyndra is so desperate to have stability in her life and a way to provide for herself she just sticks her head in the sand and keeps going.

While I liked Aiden's character I didn't really feel like I knew him at all.  The story is told from Kyndra's perspective and thus you never really know what's going on inside Aiden's head.  He just always appears and exactly the right moment and makes it all better.  I felt disconnected to him and thus to the two of them as a couple.  My most favorite part of the book was reading the pages from Aiden's latest novel, it was finally a way inside his deepest thoughts and they were so beautiful.  I think maybe I began wishing I could hear the story from his eyes. 

Just when I started getting into things the story ended and I was left wanting more!  I have no doubt fans of Kristen Strassel are going to love this book and if like me you aren't familiar with her work then this is the perfect opportunity to see if you like her style of writing, especially while you can get it for only pennies! 

About Author Kristen Strassel

Kristen shares a birthday with Steven Tyler and Diana Ross. She spends each day striving to be half as fabulous as they are. She’s worn many hats, none as flattering as her cowboy hat: banker, retail manager, fledgling web designer, world’s worst cocktail waitress, panty slinger, now makeup artist and author. She loves sunshine, live music, the middle of nowhere, and finding new things to put in her house. 

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