The Scotsman and the Vamp by Jennifer Ashley [Short Story Review, 2006 paranormal romance]

The Scotsman and the Vamp by Jennifer Ashley [Short Story Review, 2006 paranormal romance]Author: Jennifer Ashley
Title: The Scotsman and the Vamp (short story)
Publisher: Running Press
Release Date: September 21, 2009
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Format: Paperback
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five-stars

“The Scotsman and the Vamp” is a short story that appears in The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance 2: Love Bites anthology.

This is, as far as I know, a standalone story. I haven’t read anything else by Jennifer Ashley because I’m not a big fan of the destined mates theme that her series involve, but I did enjoy reading “The Scotsman and the Vamp.”

The short story takes place in 1925. Claire, an actress, is abducted by a Scotsman she is familiar with. He wants her to give up acting and become his wife.

At first, the story seems far from anything I would enjoy because of the whole caveman mentality of the Scotsman. However, he grows as a character. I ended up enjoying this a lot. I liked that Claire didn’t just roll over and do what he wanted. Even though it took place in 1925, she was independent and dedicated to her career.

It’s been a while since I read this, but I remember that the author did a good job of worldbuilding in such a short piece. The paranormal aspect didn’t play a big part in the story, but it was enough to satisfy me.

If you haven’t read “The Scotsman and the Vamp” and you like love stories that involve character growth, you should give this one a try. I give it five out of five stars (an A) for interesting characters that were developed well in a short story, which is sometimes hard for authors to accomplish. Also, the story has a clear plot and goal. Jennifer Ashley is a good writer; she is concise and detailed at the same time. If it weren’t for the fact that her other books are usually about destined mates, I would read more from her. I know the other blogger on here, Misty, really likes her books.

Have you read anything by Jennifer Ashley? What did you think?

 

Jen Schaper

I am a mom of three kids, a wife, and a wannabe author. For Books That Hook, I review books, create features and discussions, design the website, and do all the administrative stuff.

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