Title: Preternatural Rescue Centre, Book 1: Cole in his Stocking
Author: Ellen Cross
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Characters: Cole, Adam
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Erotic Romance, Series
It doesn’t matter if he’s been naughty or nice all year. Adam’s stocking is still getting stuffed full of Cole, this Christmas.
The coming of age for any vampire is cause for celebration, a time when they first taste blood. For Cole, however, his twenty-fifth birthday brings a terrible choice from his father—either he takes the life of another to prove his worth, or he forfeits his own life. Cole chooses the only way his heart will allow, and pays the price with both his fangs and the rapidly mounting blood starvation that will slowly end his life, now that his body needs to feed, but cannot. He escapes, bleeding, barefoot, and wearing nothing more than a simple cotton sleep-shirt. With his father’s sentinels in pursuit, Cole soon finds himself half-frozen and unable to run anymore. The last thing he expects when he crawls into a dumpster to hide away for the last few hours of his life is to be rescued by a temperamental black cat and…aww hell…his cherished one, Adam. How is Cole meant to blood-bond to the wolf hybrid when his time is fast running out, and he has no fangs to even try? He quickly learns his cherished is far more than he appears, though, and Adam’s friends at the Delta Rehabilitation Centre have even higher friends, with a score to settle with his father, of their own. It’s just a shame he won’t be around long enough to witness their payback.
I’ve read a lot of Christmas stories this year and I’ve enjoyed most of them, BUT I have to say that Cole in His Stocking is one of my favorites that I’ve read this year.
To begin with, this is the start of a series. I think the author did an outstanding job at setting up the world her paranormal beings live in. I really liked the backstory of both Adam and Cole and I quickly became totally enthralled with their story.
Both heroes are unique, interesting and sexy. Both men have their own personal baggage they must work through to be together. Adam is just now getting on with his life after the loss of his partner five years ago and Cole has been suffering the abuse of his father and is on the run for his life. (You’ll have to read why and what happened to him…gulp!)
What I really loved about this book was the sweet and loving feelings these two men had for each other. I enjoyed the chemistry they had together and loved watching them become closer as the story progressed. I also liked how each man found his ‘hope’ again. Hope to live, hope to love and hope for the future. Cole in His Stocking has totally got this reader hooked on reading the rest of the series and I can’t wait until the next book is released!!
Reviewed By: Gabbi