Series: Night Huntress #1.5
Published by Avon on July 19, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Isabella Spaga is about to reluctantly walk down the aisle with Mr. Dangerously Wrong…but not if dashing vampire Chance has anything to say about it. As a favor to Bones, Chance has come to derail this wedding of beauty to the beast. Now if only he can keep his hands off the bride. From New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress world, it’s the wedding of the season…that everyone wants to miss. (Originally appeared in Weddings From Hell anthology)
My Initial Reaction…
Happily Never After was a fun, quick read that gave me a bit of the Night Huntress world, without focusing at all on Cat and Bones. I enjoyed it and hope I get to see some of these characters more!
I really loved the characters in Happily Never After. They’re decently well developed for a short and have fun personalities. Greta was my favorite character – she’s Isabella’s grandmother and an OLD friend of Bones. She calls on him for some help for her grandchildren and gets everything set in motion. She’s spunky and still got a lot of life in her.
Isabella was also a solid character – she clearly isn’t a weakling – she’s playing with the mob and even though she’s scared, she’s holding her own. And Chance is a vampire very like Bones – not vicious, protector of the innocent, etc. I would really like to see more of him in future Night Huntress books. I really hope these stories overlap with the main story line at some point.
This got dangerously close to insta-love for me. I think Jeaniene got around it by having Isabella be hesitant around Chance at first and Chance just being more enlightened about what he’s feeling because he’s lived so long. But it still felt insta-lovey. Thankfully they weren’t actually promising themselves to each other or anything by the end, so maybe it’s just insta-lust with lots of hinting at love. The lust was pretty nice though 😉
I also found the conflict a bit lacking. The mob boss we’re dealing with is a joke – not just to Chance, but to other mobsters. I suppose it might have been meant to make the story humorous, but I just felt like it made them a non-obstacle. So I was never anxious or worried.
Although not an amazing short story, Happily Never After was a lot of fun to read and introduced some characters I really hope to see more of in the Night Huntress books. And it has me itching to get back to the novels now, so I guess it also did it’s job!