Review: The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée (Nocturne Falls #5) by Kristen Painter

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Nocturne Falls #5
Kristen Painter
Paranormal Romance
Sugar Skull Books
January 6th 2016


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, fur, and all.

Sebastian Ellingham isn’t known for being a happy vampire. And when his long estranged wife comes to town expecting to pick up where they left off, things take a sharp turn toward cranky. Sure he’s been protecting her for centuries, but her assumption that he’s still available (he is) rankles.

His answer is to hire a woman to play his fiancée. The lucky victim is Tessa Blythe, sister of one of the town’s deputies, librarian in need of a job and, oh yes, reluctant Valkyrie. Playing along with Sebastian is all about the end game for her, the position of Dean of Library Studies at the local private academy.

When unexpected sparks fly between them, they agree to mutually deny the attraction. Fate, however, has other plans…


The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée is book five in the Nocturne Falls series by Kristen Painter.

Sebastian Ellingham, the vampire, is basically a Mr. Darcy. He’s cranky, keeps to himself, and takes responsibility seriously. He’s got a big heart yet no one in his family truly understands him and his estranged wife takes advantage of him. 

Tessa Blythe, the Valkyrie and librarian. She’s given up on her protective powers. She loves her books, all things intellectual, and the quiet life. Her sister is a deputy sheriff in Nocturne Falls and convinces Tessa in moving to town. 

What started out as a job interview ends up with her sister setting her up to act as the fake fiancée for Sebastian, so he can get his estranged vampire wife to sign divorce papers. 

I adored Sebastian and Tessa. Their relationship was funny and sweet. They ended up helping each other heal from past experiences. They also helped each other find what was missing in their lives. The romance is a sweet one. I also loved how Tessa ends up being his fake fiancée. Now for the estranged wife. She is a piece of work and boy does she cause problems and drama.

“They were a perfect fit, the recluse and the bookworm. The weapons collector and the sword wielder. The vampire and the valkyrie.”

The Vampire’s Fake Fiancée was a fun read. The plot is fun, the characters are unique, and the supernatural world is enjoyable. This story is perfect for a summer read or a rainy day. 

Rated: 4 Stars

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Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer
September 20, 2019 10:04 am

I really think I would enjoy these. Great review!

Kathy Valentine
Kathy Valentine
September 19, 2019 3:13 pm

Fantabulous review Angela!! Shared on my socials!!👍😉💋💗

sherry fundin
September 19, 2019 10:53 am

everything about the series looks like so much fun

Anne - Books of My Heart
September 19, 2019 10:16 am

These really sound fun! I like the many types of supernatural characters and occupations. Wonderful review! Are you buying all of these? I have so many ARCS, library books and KU things I want to read I have trouble justifying buying many books unless it is a favorite I know I will reread or listen to many times.

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