Child walks a very thin line of staying true to traditional vampire lore and giving way to some tired clichés, but for the most part she delivers a touching tale with a realistic development in the relationship. You feel the danger that looms, and she shines at describing Grayson in his predator mode.
With Pineiro 's Fate Calls we get a darker story. Though it is still a holiday tale with the concept of "a season of giving" carefully weaved throughout, the plot twists with the hero Hadrian, kidnapping and holding the heroine, Connie, hostage. It may seem like an off-putting scenario, but she handles their journey, which moves them though Hadrian's troubled past, with sensitivity.
Though both stories are filled with peril, Fate Calls feels like a heavier story with darker themes. In Christmas Cravings, Grayson mourns his loss of humanity and curses the beast inside, but Hadrian actually wrestles with the demon within, sometimes unsuccessfully, in the latter.
I'm sure I'm not the only one who gets such impulses and—with the ability to easily access the type of book I wanted and with a few clicks of the mouse—to be reading these stories within minutes not only yielded a satisfied customer, but also the sale of a book. As much as I love to whittle away the time perusing the shelves of my local bookstores, a hectic life—complicated even more by the holidays—prevents me from doing that. With only stolen moments available to read, the Sony pocket reader is a blessing that satisfies this shopper and reader.