Happily Never After by Jeaniene Frost| Short Review

April 21, 2014 Reviews 8

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Happily Never After by Jeaniene Frost| Short ReviewHappily Never After by Jeaniene Frost
Series: Night Huntress #1.5
Published by Avon on July 19, 2011
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 100
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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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!

The Good…

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.

The Bad…

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.

Concluding Sentiments…

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!

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About Jeaniene Frost

Jeaniene Frost is the New York Times, USA Today, and international bestselling author of the Night Huntress series, the Night Prince series and the Night Huntress World novels. To date, foreign rights for her novels have sold to twenty different countries. Jeaniene lives in North Carolina with her husband Matthew, who long ago accepted that she rarely cooks and always sleeps in on the weekends. Aside from writing, Jeaniene enjoys reading, poetry, watching movies with her husband, exploring old cemeteries, spelunking and traveling – by car. Airplanes, children, and cook books frighten her.

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8 Responses to “Happily Never After by Jeaniene Frost| Short Review”

    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Replying to this ANCIENT comment just made me remember how much I really wanted to finish this series this year. Not gonna happen at this point. Oh well.
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      Not so horrible lol – I haven’t made it much further. I told myself I would read this series this year, but as it stands, it’s not going to happen :/ Oh well, there’s always next year, right?
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    • Berls
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      I’m playing catch up on comments, but I still wanted you to know I appreciated your comment. So please forgive my tardy reply!

      I need to read more of this series – I love the world and Bones 😀 Especially now that the series is finished, I have no reason to not haul through them!
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