Her Vampire Husband

Her Vampire Husband

by Michele Hauf

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Overview



She may resist his bite, but she can't resist his charms…

Werewolf princess Blu Masterson won't allow her seductive vampire husband to consummate their marriage with his bite, marking her forever. Alone in a secluded estate with her sworn enemy, Blu curses the marriage arranged to bring their rival nations together, especially since Creed Saint-Pierre calls out to her most feral desires.

When Blu uncovers her pack's secret plot to destroy the vampire nation—and Creed—she is forced to confront her growing feelings for her sexy undead husband. Will she choose the only life she's ever known or accept his vampire bite?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488080227
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 10/02/2017
Series: Wicked Games , #4
Sold by: HARLEQUIN
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 357
Sales rank: 289,409
File size: 525 KB

About the Author

Michele Hauf lives in Minneapolis and has been writing since the 1990s.  A variety of genres keep her happily busy at the keyboard, including historical romance, paranormal romance, action/adventure and fantasy. Find her on Facebook at: Michele-Hauf-Author, and on Twitter @MicheleHauf, and also on Pinterest at: pinterest.com/toastfaery


Visit her website: michelehauf.com
Email Michele at:  toastfaery@gmail.com

Read an Excerpt



"I would rather be home dyeing my hair."

Blu Masterson peeked between the heavy red curtains that stretched two stories high. She searched for her groom, but no particular man stood out amongst the huge crowd on the first-floor atrium of the Landmark Center. The room was ninety-percent male. The few females were vampires.

She saw that the room's inhabitants had divided, as if magnetic filings to opposite poles—vampires to the right, werewolves to the left.

The dais toward the back of the ballroom had been decorated with a ridiculous white pergola tucked with red roses, and a string quartet played an adagio entirely too upbeat for her heavy heart at this, her wedding.

"But your hair is such a pretty color tonight." Blu's best friend, Sabrina Kriss, smooshed her friend's thick bob with both hands and delivered her a glitter-frosted wink. "You're just nervous."

"Nervous? Is that what you call it? I'm marrying a freaking vampire, Bree. A vampire I've never met. A vampire I've been told is nine hundred years old. And in case you still missed the point—he's a vampire."

Bree rolled her violet eyes. She was sidhe, so did not relate to Blu's ingrained disgust for vampires.

Faeries got along with pretty much all the various paranormal nations. Werewolves did not.

As far as Blu was concerned, vampires were vile, blood-hungry creatures. They flaunted aristocratic snobbery that manifested as entitlement, and were possessed of an inhumane fixation on mortal man. They needed mortals for survival, while the species wasn't worth her time.

Bree asked gaily, "What do you think Ryan—"

"Don't say his name. Please, Bree. It'll only make the night more difficult to get through."

Blu bowed her head and wandered to the window. Tugging aside the curtain, she looked over the dark street outside.

She'd agreed to this idiotic farce of an arranged marriage to appease her father and pack leader, Amandus Masterson. "To show the werewolf nation we are capable of putting aside our differences and embracing the vampire nation," Amandus had proclaimed, but not without a wink.

Yeah, but he wasn't the one being forced to marry a vampire.

And it was force.

When presented with the marriage proposal, Blu had staunchly refused. For weeks. She was a princess; no one told her what to do. That argument held little weight within her father's pack. Blu hated all the Northern pack members. The only one she could tolerate was Ridge, her father's right-hand man.

And Ryan.

Don't think of him.

After the engagement had been inflicted, Blu had pleaded and pouted and even went on a hunger strike for two days, but she did love to eat, and self-denial was not her strong suit.

How she wished her mother was still around. Someone to stand on her side. Someone Blu could tuck her head against and sniffle out a few tears to. At the very least, someone who would nod encouragingly as Blu walked down the aisle tonight.

The door opened and a man poked his head inside the room. Blu stiffened and clasped her fingers together.

"There you are." Amandus Masterson crossed the room to her. The standard proud-father smile was absent from his long, drawn face. Blu would have been surprised had he shown her any sign of pride. He inspected her hair. "What is that ghastly color?"

She looked down, eyeing Bree surreptitiously. The faery had retreated to the wall, arms across her chest and eyes seeking anything but Amandus.

"I should have expected nothing better," he said grumpily. "Why must you always challenge me, daughter?"

"Challenge? I haven't said a word since you stepped in."

Blu had tried every trick in the book to convince Amandus she wasn't marriage material, until her father had threatened to have Ryan removed from her life. She should have protested more. But she never could find her strength in Amandus's presence.

And she knew what removed meant. Blu didn't want her lover harmed because she was too stubborn to play along with Daddy's game.

No doubt about it, this fiasco was a game.

She had her orders. And now the dread night had arrived.

"Here." He dropped a heavy ring onto her palm. "The jeweler delivered it moments ago. Don't lose it. And don't give me your disdain. Tonight you will not act as your mother so frequently did. You will do as you've been told."

Startled, Blu shook her head minutely. So rarely did he mention her mother. She wanted to grab him by the shoulders, shake him and ask him for more information. Her mother never did as she was told? Had she irritated Amandus, as well? Why had she left?

Persia Masterson had disappeared when Blu was eleven. No trace left behind, no trail to follow, completely vanished. And with the father/daughter relationship as impersonal as it was, Blu would never have the chance to learn the answers to her aching questions.

"The wedding march begins in five minutes," Amandus stated. "You've your instructions, Blu. Don't let me down."

"Yes, Father."

Jiggling the ring in her cupped palm, she waited until Amandus exited and closed the door before she exhaled and caught her shoulders against the wall behind her. Her heart raced and she winced to realize how quickly her anxiety had shot through the roof.

"Remember," Bree offered as she approached. "It may seem the most awful thing to marry a vampire, but with your vows tonight, you will be leaving your father's house."

"Thanks, Bree. I knew you'd be the one to point out the good in this disaster. Tuck this somewhere for me, will you?"

The faery took the ring and sought Blu's bouquet among the tissue paper crumpled in the florist's box.

Clasping a palm about her neck, Blu couldn't decide which was worse—marriage to a vampire or remaining at the pack compound. Neither offered the freedom she desired.

So she would seek a third option, when the time was right.

With a brush of her fingers, she confirmed the three-inch-wide choker was still in place at her neck. Though the gemstones resembled diamonds, they were cheap cubic zirconia. Blu had bought it as a treat for succumbing to her father's demands—and for protection. She didn't want any vampires getting ideas at the sight of her neck. It was a futile defense, but it did provide reassurance.

Tonight she needed all the support she could muster.

She wasn't afraid of vampires. Not that she'd been around many, or had held a conversation with one.

And she wasn't afraid of a creature because he or she was different. She'd accepted Bree; the faery was her best friend. Years ago she'd had a few witch friends. And her father had once dated a chaos demon; she'd liked her.

Moving in and playing wifey to a vampire? Bring it on. Just because she would sign the marriage contract did not mean she had to like him or go to bed with him.

She would go through the motions. Until her father determined those motions proved successful. But would compliance then see her back at the compound? That was not her ultimate goal.

"It's time," Bree said.

The faery hugged her from behind, snuggling her cheek on Blu's bare shoulder. Her violet-and-blue wings tickled along Blu's arm, warm with tenderness.

"You look gorgeous, honey. There's not a wolf in the house who won't shed tears over losing you."

"You think?"

Female werewolves were rare. Which was why this whole arranged-marriage thing was expected to mean so much and be the catalyst to bringing the two nations together. If the wolves could sacrifice one of their females to marry a vampire, then they could surely stand back and allow peace to reign.

Peace was a long time coming, she had to admit. For decades, probably centuries, the two nations had been at odds. The vampires were the cruelest; they'd hunted and slaughtered her breed without mercy.

And what were the vampires sacrificing? Nothing, as far as Blu was concerned.

Sure, this man she was to marry was some revered vampire lord who belonged to Nava, one of the oldest tribes around. He was called an elder, and there were supposedly but a handful of his ilk walking the earth. That meant little. Only that he was old. Old, old, old.

"Chin up," Bree whispered.

"It is." Blu lifted her chin and turned to her friend. "How do I look? I may attract all the male wolves but do you think I can bring a longtooth to his knees?"

"You're going to have to quit using that word. I don't think it'll go over so well with the new hubby."

"Whatever. Longtooth, bloodsucker, flesh-pricker." It felt good to rattle off the epithets one last time. "So do I pass muster?"

Bree shimmied her gaze over the tight black sheath Blu wore.

Her bridal shroud, Blu had named it. She'd had it specially designed. It plunged low in the front, clinging and only covering half her high, full breasts. The black silk was slit high on both thighs, clasped at her hips with tiny rhinestone chains. The back…well, there was no back. It plunged to her derriere, and revealed the intricate tattoo her lover—former lover, she amended—had etched into her flesh along her spine.

Ryan had claimed her as his own after her father had grudgingly agreed to consider their engagement. As the pack's scion, Ryan was the next in line as principal should Blu's father die. But Amandus thought himself immortal. No whelp was going to wrench away his command.

That had been a year ago. Amandus had reneged on their engagement when presented with a grander, more delicious proposal.

Her lover had been shattered, but that hadn't kept them apart. They had been together 24/7 until two days ago when Amandus had sent Ridge to retrieve Blu from Ryan's home.

"Do you think Ryan will ever have me again?" she asked Bree.

"Of course he will."

"But I'll be tainted. I'll smell like nasty longtooth."

"I thought you weren't going to let the vampire touch you?"

Blu lowered her lashes and looked aside. Her reflection in the night-dark window pouted.

The marriage contract the Council had drawn up stipulated that the alliance was not considered consummated until she had accepted the vampire's bite. It was supposed to be the ultimate bonding in the vampire nation.

If a werewolf wore a vampire's bite, the stigma would be unbearable. Not to mention the wolf would develop a blood hunger it had never known before.

Blu smirked. "Hell, no. It's all for show, Bree. Don't forget that."

"You won't let me. Hey, will you let me bless you?"

"I'd love it."

Blu closed her eyes as her friend drew her fingers lightly down her cheeks and traced over her shoulders and to her hips. Calm and a tingle of joy infused Blu's pulse. In the wake of Bree's motions, a fine sheen of faery dust glittered onto Blu's flesh.

"Blessed be," Bree said, and kissed Blu on the cheek. "May the stars guide your nights and the sun your days."

"Thanks." For a moment she almost dropped a tear. But it passed quickly. "Now, where's that bouquet? If I'm going to do the bride thing, I intend to be the best damn bride out there."

She grabbed the posy of black roses tied with a long red velvet ribbon. She sniffed, but the flowers offered no perfume. Pity. She had wished for a distraction from the vampire's scent, which she dreaded taking into her senses.

"You find out which one she is? Shouldn't be too difficult to spot a female werewolf in this crowd," Alexandre said.

"I think they've got her secreted away until the ceremony starts."

Creed Saint-Pierre tugged at his shirtsleeves and traced one diamond cuff link with a finger. He looked over the crowd from his position on the dais. His best friend and best man, Alexandre Renard, stood at his side.

A female wolf should stand out amongst the female vampires, who all, he'd noticed, had decided black was the color for the event. Interesting how the two nations had divided, keeping to their respective halves of the ballroom as if the aisle of red carpeting were the proverbial line drawn in the sand.

While he had led the Nava tribe since the late eighteenth century, and had endured pomp and ceremony of all sorts, Creed did not care for fussy events. Strategy and the hunt were his mien. And when not serving his tribe members, he was a private man, and chose his pleasures carefully.

The very fact he stood upon this dais now represented a three-sixty-degree shift in his thinking. Whether or not he was actually being true to his nature remained to be seen.

That half the crowd milling here in the Landmark Center were werewolves put up his guard. They smelled wild and earthy, and were easily roused with the most innocent of glances. Creed was impressed a fight had not broken out yet. But then, only the trusted few had been invited to the ceremony.

The Landmark Center had been marked a neutral zone for the evening, but he didn't trust the dogs not to start something. It was so like them. Though he should be more relaxed knowing half the security force were vampires.

Because so many wolves were present, the room was overwhelmingly male. With lots of testosterone floating about, anything could happen. Which was why it was necessary for posted sentries outside and along the inner hallways hugging the ballroom.

Creed never let down his defenses.

"All the dogs in the room," Alexandre said over his shoulder, as he scanned the crowd, "gives me that aching hunger feeling, you know?"

His second in command never turned his back on a werewolf, for painful reasons. It had been less than a year since Creed had rescued Alexandre from the blood sport.

"I feel like Henri of Navarre on the night of his wedding to the de Médicis bitch," Creed commented uneasily. He'd been in Paris in the sixteenth century during that event. Nasty memories.

"The Saint Bartholomew's Day massacre? So what does that make us?" Alexandre asked. "Catholics or the Huguenots?"

"Catholics, most definitely." Creed had never sided with the losing team.

"You're actually doing it." Alexandre's tone held a smirk. "Never thought you'd go through with it, old man."

Creed shoved a hand in his trouser pocket, ensuring the ring ordered specially by the Council was at hand.

"I did not believe the wolves would actually put up something so valuable as a female. But they have, and so I am no man to back from a commitment."

He prayed she was not hairy. Male wolves had hair in abundance on their head, arms, legs and chests. In all his centuries, Creed had never seen a female werewolf, but he could guess she would be hirsute, as well.

Gods, what had he gotten himself into?

For nine centuries he'd walked through this thing called life without once getting involved with any particular female for more than a few months.

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Pagan More than 1 year ago
The main character Blu gives new meaning to the term punk princess! A kick butt attitude, a bad girl persona, and a secret to tell all make Blu Masterson an engaging character, wrap that in the trial of being a Werewolf princess and the poor girl deserves to find her prince charming . In this tale of an arranged marriage to promote peace between the warring Vampire tribes and Werewolf packs you have Blu (a Werewolf) and Creed (a Vampire). They meet for the first time at their own wedding and much intrigue and plotting later they actually, to their own surprise, fall in love. This plot will pull you in and make you read until the end. Some parts were a little slow going, but the wait was well worth it. Magic, feuds, love, politics, and the things that go bump in the night. all mix to create an interesting new world for readers of the paranormal romance genre. The only problem I had with the book was the lack of background information on some points. For example, at one point the Devil shows up to thwart the efforts of the characters as they try to save the day. The author (due to either a lack of attention on my part somewhere along the way, or a genuine over site on the authors part) didn't actually explain why the Devil had any reason to show up to the shindig. Perhaps I've missed a previous book in this series? It kind of gave me the impression that in this world the Devil was supposed to have created the supernatural beings. I promptly ignored that feeling and moved on with reading since old Scratch only made a quick and not really focused on appearance. Dont let that concept take away from your interest. All that aside, I recommend this book.
peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
Her Vampire Husband has a promosing start. Starts off with an arranged marriage between a Vampire and a Werewolf Princess just so they can prove to the Union that these two nations can actually get along after centuries of violence with one another. Blue Masterson, our Princess Werewolf have spunk and a smart mouth to complete the ensemble. She sported a green wig on her wedding night and the thme of her wedding is black, way to express the mood huh? Our resident Vamp is named Creed Saint-Pierre, 900++ year old vampire with magics stolen from witches. Good looking and extremely proper. Despite the obvious difference of nations, these two actually got along pretty good. They almost immediately called out a Truce and fell in love. Blu and Creed found out that the peace talks and their marriage are just a decoy for both parties while they plan the attack on each other. Upon knowing this Blu and Creed against the world happened. I had issues with Creed at the beginning, the way he talks, so proper, so old school, so 19th century. I find it hard to conjure a mental image of how he looks like. He is described as this hot 30 year old looking vampire but every time I read his dialogue I keep picturing an old man plus he keeps saying that he's old. But not to worry that did not stay as an issue. Blu on the other hand lacks finesse, her slang and modern language is just too cackling and those outfits. Togehter, they are so damn entertaining. As far as taking care of the problem, I don't like most of the decisions they did. But it all worked out for the best so my complaint stops right there. LOL Blu's father is a horrible man / animal. All the lies and situations that he put Blu on was just despicable, and that's what I like about this story, it shows that traumatizing part on our heroine, it makes her vulnerable sure but it also made sense on why she's the way she is. I also like how Hauf played the Vampire - Werewolf marriage, it was quite unconventional. The knowledge that they posses about each others race was all based on rumor until they get to live in together. And the love scene, that was intense the first time Blu spent the full moon with Creed. A bit creepy but totally appropriate for the whole plot. I am a first time Michele Hauf reader and I must say I like her style.
lpcoolgirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Her Vampire Husband is a good read, one that I really enjoyed, and I really liked how the characters were, like her wedding dress, very funny, to the way that their marriage worked out, and the time Blu kinda wreaked their room, very funny!
ut.tecum.loquerer on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I'm consistently disappointed by paranormal romance, and this was no exception. The plot had potential, but it kind of fizzled out. The characters slip in and out of formal antiquated language, which is especially odd in Blu, a young and modern werewolf. And at a certain point, I just have little interest in or affection for people who are essentially racist. The whole 'you're a different SPECIEZ' thing is a turn off. Our protagonists conquer that attitude in themselves, but they're the only ones.
krystalsbooks on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
standard love story with a bit of paranormal interest. i liked where the book was headed but the vampire thing seemed to be thrown in for effect. I am not sure this story would have been much different if it was just a regular relationship struggle.
Badass_Book_Reviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 It's Blu Masterson's Wedding day. The only problem? She's never met her husband. Her Vampire husband. Blu is a werewolf. Offered up as a sacrificial pawn in order to create peace amongst the Vampire and Wolf nations. Enter Creed St. Pierre. Creed is an interesting Hero. A Vampire for nearly 1000 years he has seen it all, done it all, and lives a pretty boring life nowadays. In charge of the Nava Clan, his resolve is to stop the blood battles that werewolves force vampires into by starving them for months, then pitting them against each other in a cage, fighting to the death. Blu is a young, lone female werewolf who lives loud and colorful. Dressed in colorful wigs and attire ranging from Goth to Porn Star, Blu is a strong lead for the story. Despite her outword strength, she harbors an inner pain. Mistreated by her Fathers pack, she distrusts all men on principle. With an eclectic cast of characters, inlcuding a violet and blue winged fairy named Bree, and a best friend to Creed named Alexandre, the story is interesting. I found sometimes the writing felt choppy and incomplete sentences drove me crazy. It wasn't an overly long book, so the romance and love between Creed and Blu did feel a bit rushed in the "I love you" department, but what can you do? Writers have limited space in which to have their characters fall in love. I enjoyed Ridge as a character. He alone of the Northern Pack had morals and honor. A few places the story drags, but overall I did like this book enough to read more by this author.
echoesofstars on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It¿s a fun, lusty romance novel with lots of fighting and action to keep the plot moving. If you like vampires and dark romances, you will probably like this book.However, some things did drive me a little nutty as an educated reader. "Doing a 360" means coming back to where you started from. "Doing a 180" means you've changed directions completely. The author always confused these phrases and apparently, so did her editor.Also, there were many grammatical issues, but if you don't expect too much, it won't disappoint.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first book by Michele Hauf and it was enjoyable but not one of my favorite paranormal romances. Blu¿s character cracked me up with her attitude and sense of humor. Creed was your typical old-school gentleman so I couldn¿t help but like him as well. The story line was predictable and you knew what was going to happen in the end but the pace of the story moves along nicely. The other characters in the book do sound appealing and I would most likely pick up another Hauf book.
mcelhra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Her Vampire Husband is the third book in the Wicked Games series but the author states that it can be read as a stand alone book. I have not read the first two books in the series myself so I can¿t offer an opinion on whether or not that¿s true.Blu, a young female werewolf, is forced to marry Creed, an ancient vampire, in an attempt to bring peace between the warring vampire and werewolf nations. Of course they start out hating each other and then reluctantly fall in love. Even with the paranormal element, this book follows the standard trashy romance formula to a T.This book is a Harlequin romance so I am not holding it to as high a standard as I normally would when reviewing a book. However, even with the lowered bar I think this book had some issues. First of all, I think it was in serious need of editing. There were several instances where words or phrases were used incorrectly or where sentences were repeated with just slightly different wording in the same paragraph.Secondly, the dialogue was over the top cheesy. Blu and Creed repeatedly referred to each other as ¿lover¿ which just makes my skin crawl. And there was a love scene during a full moon that was very creepy and bordered on bestiality. I also wasn¿t happy with the liberties the author took with vampire mythology without explanation. There are so many trashy paranormal romance books out there that are better ¿ I¿d skip this one if I were you.
bbricke on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable characters, good storyline that made the book a nice paranormal romance read. I like most of Michele Hauf's work and this was no exception. This book was a fast read for me once I got over having to sit at my computer to read it.
stars_2z on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book by this author that I have read. I really enjoyed the book. Hauf managed to make a werewolf/vampire love story new and interesting when it is so commonly found in paranormal romances today. I genuinely liked both of the main characters, werewolf Blu and vampire Creed, and wanted them to find a happy ending. I also liked that it was not a falling in love with the enemy in secret story. Both are expected to marry for peace between their people. The dynamics within each society and how Blu and Creed tried to remain loyal to each but also to bring peace made their struggles together more significant. I would definitely read more by this author, especially to find out the back stories to the couples featured in this novel.
MDobson84 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I have to say I just loved Her Vampire Husband by Michele Hauf. It wasn't until after I finished reading it that I found out it is the third book in the Wicked Games series. I had no problem catching up with what was going on in this supernatural world of werewolves, vampires, and witches. I loved that Blu and Creed were such an odd couple. He is over 900 years old, and she's in her 20's. But it's not just their age difference that plays a factor, but that they are different species. She is a werewolf, and he is a vampire. Their marriage is supposed to be a truce and to bring the two fighting nations together, but both the vampires and werewolves have other plans.Blu and Creed are forced by their respective groups, the Weres and the Vampires, to marry in the hopes that their union will bring peace to these long warring nations. Unfortunately things aren't what they seem and as Blu and Creed begin to care for each other and to learn from one another, everyone from their parents, and tribes, and even the Devil himself will conspire to keep them apart and their union to end in tragedy. Going into this marriage both the Nava tribe and the Northern pack had other motives, they weren't for peace, they were for war.I really liked Blu and Creed. Blu was such a vibrant character. She is very much a women from the 21st century, she loves to dress up, wearing different brightly colored wigs to suit her mood, red lipstick, and sexy clothes. She gives off attitude and is completely irreverent. She is charming and full of life, but under all that she is a wounded women, with scars. She was one of the only females, in a large group of male werewolves. You would think they would have treated her like a princess, but no, she had to learn to survive. Creed was a sweet hero. In the beginning it seemed he's going to go the way of the alpha man, but he quickly morphs into a rather sweet and noble hero that wants nothing more than to save his wife from all that would hurt her, even himself and his people. Creed has been around for a very long time, and you can see this through his air of intelligence, and sophistication, that so many of the younger vampires lack. He is puzzled by Blu and her many different colored wigs. Creed is drawn to Blu, her love of life and her amazing body. Creed and Blu were physically attracted to each other and Hauf wrote some very hot and steamy love scenes. The later part of the book deals a lot with the two waring factions. Creed and Blu are trying to make the truce a reality but coming up against strong and dangerous opposition. Aside from trying to make something of their marriage Creed and Blu also have to deal with the groups of vampires and werewolves that are against the truce. They find out they are not safe and have to make decisions concerning their loyalty to their nations and each other. The political aspects of the story were complex with different groups within the vampire and werewolf nations at odds. Her Vampire Husband is a nicely rounded paranormal romance with lovable characters who demonstrate that even polar opposites can overcome the odds and find true love in each other. If you are in the mood for a funny, sarcastic heroine then this is a must read for you, Blu is all that and more.
diasukie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I never read any of Michele Hauf''s work, I enjoyed this book and I will read another by this author.This was a great book, it does not take a long time to get involved in the story, the characters are fun, it keeps moving along at a good followable pace, the characters had depth, and I liked all of the activity going on. I'm not into books with graphic sex and this book didn't need to have it - at least not this much, so I feel that Michele is pulling herself down that way. I've never read "trashy paranormal romances" before and another reviewer said there were allot better ones out there - so if anyone would leave a couple of referral titles in my comments I would like that. After reading/enjoying this book I started to read other reviews - agreeing with some and not others, however, the interesting thing for me is how detailed most people got. I'm a reader that likes to be carried away, if a book is good or not I do not look to see why, the reviews on this book were as interesting as the story, so - thank you everyone.
dbhutch on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is an awesome book.. I got this as in e-book. After reading i just found out it is book three in a series. But it could stand alone. This is a wonderful love story filled with lust and sex of a marriage of people on opposite sides of war that are forced to marry and then fall in love
xbetty on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
**I received this digital copy of Her Vampire Husband for free via Net Galley in exchange for posting an honest review**My Thoughts...I love vampires. I love werewolves. Mix them together and throw in some conflict and you¿re always bound to get heated results. Which is exactly what Blu and Creed get as a result of their arranged marriage.In order to soothe the tensions between the two tenacious races both sides nominate a sacrifice. The werewolves offer one of their valuable females, Blu Masterson, the alpha¿s lone daughter. The vampires select Creed Saint-Pierre, a centuries old elder vampire. They are to marry to show a sign of both sides efforts to create peace between the warring races.Thrown together the pair must confront their prejudices against each other¿s races and over come the odds thrown against them. Though neither are aware that the other is holding back one little detail, their plot to be the first to overthrow the others unsuspecting race.This is the first time I¿ve read one of Michele Hauf¿s books and when I saw that the publisher was Harlequin (I vowed never to read one of their books when I discovered my mothers love for them as a child) and nearly passed on it. But, I was willing to give it a go. How many times have you passed on a book because of it¿s cover, genre etc.? I¿ll admit, I¿ve done it ¿ who knows what treasures I might have passed over? I¿m glad I did.I don¿t want to go into too much detail as this is a pre-release review and I would hate to spoil it for those looking forward to it. The book is well played out and the conflicting opposites in the main characters ¿ Blu¿s love for living on the wild side with her array of multi coloured wigs and barely there clothing against Creeds quiet and reserved personality was crackling with tension as they grated one another in close quarters.Final Thoughts¿This was a great light read for me in a week where I¿ve barely been able to hold a conversation for longer than two minutes before I zone out in tiredness.There were moments when things were wrapped up a little too neatly and conveniently for me and I bristled when previous head butting conflicts were settled in the space of a few sentences. But it fit in with the romantic tone of the book and kept the book moving. I can honestly say I read the book from start to finish without it loosing pace, which can be a terrible thing for any reader.Overall I really enjoyed this book and will be checking out more of Michele¿s work and if you enjoy your romantic paranormal tales then I suggest you check this out!And I¿ve got to get in my favourite quote from the book, ¿Time to get into super werewolf sex mode.¿ p.235 ¿ fabulous!
buzzkiss on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've never read an e-book before. So when I got an email stating I need to download the book through another site...well I was worried I'd screw it up. But it was really easy, plus I really liked the format and bookmarking. I might just get more e-books after this.At first I really couldn't stand Blu, she just seemed like a major tease. How she walks around in almost nothing and flirts when she knows she doesn't want Creed. But when you finally find out why she does what she does I forgive her just a little. I ended up liking her, but it did take the deal she made with her father (at the party) for me to believe she really cared for Creed.Creed on the other hand, I love the way the author made him believable. His character was what a leading man should be. You can track the way he improves his character and beliefs. But is honest in his love for violence and killing. What vamp wouldn't love killing?There were times when the two interacted I just wanted to roll my eyes. Don't get me wrong I like mushy love scenes like any other girl. But for me it wasn't believable (with these two characters). I could have done without the lovey dovey talk between them.Overall, a good book. I would like to read the others too.
thewalkinggirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I started this book annoyed - between the process of getting the link to download the file through a 3rd party reviewing site, the spam that ensued after I registered in order to actually get the file, the fact that I had to read it in Adobe Digital Editions (I recognize that getting a free book to review means I shouldn't be too picky about file formatting, but the ADE display gives me a headache), and then finding out that my free review book is just a 60 day loan - like I said, I was annoyed and prepared not to like this.Fortunately, the book itself was more enjoyable than the process of obtaining it. When I started to read it, I was immediately reminded of La Reine Margot - the story of the ill-fated marriage between Marguerite de Valois and Henri de Navarre. Fun! (At first. The repeated references to it and the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre got old after awhile.) That was actually the problem for me - lots of fun elements, but the execution was uneven. And the sudden shift from Blu and Creed's developing relationship against a backdrop of deep-seated, violent political conflict to them declaring their love for each other happened so quickly that I actually had to back up to be sure that I hadn't missed a few pages.Sexual content: References to rape. Intermittent heavy sensuality and one scene of light m/m sensuality.Overall, it was a fun read, but I'm no longer upset that the file will disappear after 60 days.
Jac8604 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Let's break it down. Romance - unbelievable. One minute they hated each other, the next they were in love. Characters - more like caricatures. Conflict - too easily resolved. Sex scenes - weren't bad, but not great either. Worth my time - um, no.
spectralbat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After the first couple of pages I never expected this book to have any real depth, but thought it might pass for a pleasant work of adult fiction. Heck, I like a story where I don¿t have to concentrate on anything but the awesome sex now and then. Unfortunately, this book did not do that well in that department either. First, the werewolves and vampires, despite being at war for centuries, seem to still be baffled by their own hatred of each other:¿Interesting how the two nations had divided¿ Creed thinks when he sees the vampires and werewolves standing on two different sides of the Landmark Center before the wedding. Well¿not really. We just got a spiel about how much these two hated each other, so it isn¿t anywhere near as interesting or surprising as it would be if they started mingling and exchanging pleasantries. What did you expect would happen?I also hoped that there would be a bit more disdain between Creed and Blu. The species have been battling each other for centuries after all, and suddenly Creed gets all worked up and in awe over Blu¿s body? He couldn¿t even focus on the official as he was speaking during the vows. Come on, if a pretty figure can make him forget all about his hatred for the werewolves as she marches down the aisle, how little self control does he have with species he doesn¿t supposedly completely disdain? At one point Blu asks Creed ¿you seriously don¿t eat?¿ You would think that after having a lifelong enemy in vampires and vampires being so prevalent among werewolf culture, there would be no need for a werewolf to ask this question. It¿s pretty obvious. No, he doesn¿t eat. Seriously. Also, as another reviewer said ¿ 360 degrees? 360 degrees is a full circle. I saw at least two instances in which this was used and it was really a face-palm moment for me.Creed mentions his vow several times ¿ atonement. Why? Why does he want to suddenly ¿atone¿ and make up for all the horrible things he¿s done throughout the years? This never becomes clear to the reader. For how old Creed is, his manner of speaking seems very juvenile. I would expect him to sound more adult and mature. From the very beginning Creed tries to act as if he¿s so tough and ¿dominant¿ (that word is actually used several times ¿ what happened to showing, not telling?), but from his thoughts about Blu and his all-too-easy arousal by her you can see that he isn¿t as tough or nonchalant as he attempts to seem. He seems weak and easily swayed mentally, yet somehow that does not transfer over to his action, making the character seem non congruent and out of sync.Some language just seemed awkward. ¿Bended¿ vs ¿bent¿, ¿areola¿ (just call it a nipple, for Pete¿s sake, you don¿t need to label every single part of the nipple). Nevertheless, some of the interaction between Creed and Blu is actually engaging and somewhat arousing. I liked their humorous exchange of insults, the power battles. I also enjoyed the little quirky moments. Blu trying to find out the name of the housekeeper had me chuckling. Their more casual conversations together really are amusing and enjoyable. I was looking forward to getting past the empty, noncongruent plot and weak characters and to my last hope for this book ¿ the sex. Unfortunately this was a big disappointment. The sex came about halfway through the book and instantly whatever plot there was slowed to a crawl. It¿s like the author snapped her fingers and decided to only talk about sex scenes for the next several pages. It would be ok if the sex scenes were arousing, but they weren¿t. Forced, awkward speech from the characters during the acts and lacklustre descriptions made the sex a chore to get through rather than scenes to enjoy and lust for. The author seemed not to care about doing any real character building and the plot was barely tied together by threads, with numerous inconsistencies. In conclusion, I can find a stronger plot in online fan fiction and better sex on a free adult story site. This book ha
Poopy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book had an interesting premise - werewolf girl forced to marry vampire boy to ensure peace between the species - but it didn't feel as well-developed or thoroughly explored as it could've been. There were a lot of assumptions made and leaps of faith that just didn't seem to make sense. I am as willing to suspend disbelief as the next person for the sake of entertainment, but there has to be logic within the parameters of the story itself, and I felt that was sometimes missing. For instance, vampire hubby's best friend first thinks were-bride is hot, then he hates her, then they're friends - and no explanation of how he got from one to the other is offered.Also, I didn't find the main heroinne, Blu, to be a particularly noble or sympathetic character. I found myself annoyed with her more often than not. I realize that we're not of the same species, but she has to be relateable! Despite some of these gripes, though, there were moments where I hated to put the book down. It was oddly compelling, for all it's weaknesses.The author also makes some perhaps technically correct, but uncommon choices of word usage and grammar in some places that was somewhat jarring, almost as if English were not her first language. I'd be reading along, trip over an oddly-phrased word, and think, "Really? Is 'emitted' really what she meant to say there?" And it would take me right out of the story. I've saved my main gripe for last, though: I am astounded at the number of people who do not realize that 360 degrees is a complete circle. If you are trying to say that a character has moved from her original viewpoint as far as possible, THAT is ¿a 180-degree change,¿ not a 360-degree one. A 360-degree change just puts her right back where she started. And the author not only relied on the cliche', itself, to convey the radical-change idea numerous times throughout the book, she also committed the "saying 360-degree when she really meant 180-degree" sin, as well. Sloppy writing and lazy editing, both of which made me feel like my intelligence, as a reader, was less than respected. Bottom line: If I had paid full price for this book, I would have read the whole thing, but felt like I had been over-charged.
peaceloveandpat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Her Vampire Husband has a promosing start. Starts off with an arranged marriage between a Vampire and a Werewolf Princess just so they can prove to the Union that these two nations can actually get along after centuries of violence with one another. Blue Masterson, our Princess Werewolf have spunk and a smart mouth to complete the ensemble. She sported a green wig on her wedding night and the thme of her wedding is black, way to express the mood huh? Our resident Vamp is named Creed Saint-Pierre, 900++ year old vampire with magics stolen from witches. Good looking and extremely proper. Despite the obvious difference of nations, these two actually got along pretty good. They almost immediately called out a Truce and fell in love. Blu and Creed found out that the peace talks and their marriage are just a decoy for both parties while they plan the attack on each other. Upon knowing this Blu and Creed against the world happened.I had issues with Creed at the beginning, the way he talks, so proper, so old school, so 19th century. I find it hard to conjure a mental image of how he looks like. He is described as this hot 30 year old looking vampire but every time I read his dialogue I keep picturing an old man plus he keeps saying that he's old. But not to worry that did not stay as an issue.Blu on the other hand lacks finesse, her slang and modern language is just too cackling and those outfits. Togehter, they are so damn entertaining. As far as taking care of the problem, I don't like most of the decisions they did. But it all worked out for the best so my complaint stops right there. LOLBlu's father is a horrible man / animal. All the lies and situations that he put Blu on was just despicable, and that's what I like about this story, it shows that traumatizing part on our heroine, it makes her vulnerable sure but it also made sense on why she's the way she is. I also like how Hauf played the Vampire - Werewolf marriage, it was quite unconventional. The knowledge that they posses about each others race was all based on rumor until they get to live in together. And the love scene, that was intense the first time Blu spent the full moon with Creed. A bit creepy but totally appropriate for the whole plot. I am a first time Michele Hauf reader and I must say I like her style.
RuthiesBookReviews on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a book that I thought I'd give a chance when I signed up for Netgalley! And naturally, I didn't realize that it was the third book in this particular series. But all in all, I didn't have a hard time jumping into the story at this point. So I think now I'm going to have to go back and check out the other books in this series.In the beginning we meet Blu who is the process of marrying a vampire from an arranged marriage in the attempt to bring werewolves and vampires together in peace. But naturally being a werewolf, she has absolutely no desire to ever actually love this creature of the night. This was a nice switch on the lore of vampires and werewolves. Really bringing out the love of the story in which the two main characters, Blu and Credence aren't really ready for the emotions that spring to life between them. But there is more to worry about on the horizon by those that seek to destroy what peace has been kept. All the while, the couple tries to convince everyone that peace can be kept.All in all, this was a pleasant change to read something where instead peace is trying to brought between the two totally different worlds, but against the wills of others who choose to pursue war. And it really wasn't as hard to jump into the story at this time, which I'm sure the other books have led the way to this point. I really look forward to going back and reading the other 2 books in this series so I'll be all caught up! What a wonderfully, refreshing take on a subject that has been written over and over.
C.Ibarra on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Her Vampire Husband is listed as the 3rd book in the Wicked Games series. I had no problem reading it as a standalone novel.Michele Hauf has created a fascinating world of vamps, witches and weres. I love that the characters from her other books crossover from series to series at times. It makes me want to read more of her work so I can possibly catch a glimpse of one of my favorite characters.After I was a few chapters into Her Vampire Husband I had to ask myself why I¿d waited so long to pick up another one of Michele Hauf¿s books. She really has a knack for creating strong female characters. I loved Blu and her many colored wigs. She had experienced her share of trauma but still managed to be a free spirit who loved life. I never really warmed up to the vampire husband, Creed. He was stuffy and a little bland. I¿m not sure if that was because of his age (900 years or so) or because it is impossible to outshine Blu. I did enjoy this book but like I said never really felt any love for Creed. Blu was fantastic though and made me want to keep reading. This is a pretty steamy read. I wouldn't recommend it for vampire or werewolf lovers under the age of 17.
VividConfusion on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Her Vampire Husband by Michele Hauf is a fun little romantic romp with the supernatural version of Hatfields and McCoys. Vampires and Werewolves are on the verge of war, a war that the Council ruling the supernatural societies wishes to avoid. The solution? Blu, a rare female werewolf, and Creed, one of the vampire elders, are commanded into a political marriage. Each is considered to be making a great sacrifice for the cause. Yet behind the scenes, each side is still plotting against the other. Both Blu and Creed enter the relationship with their own painful secrets as well. Predictably--it is a romance after all--Blu and Creed beat the odds and actually fall in love. The story continues as Blu and Creed try to turn a farce of a marriage into a lasting peace despite the continuing strife between sides.Though Blu and Creed are likable, the rest of the book is populated by truly abhorrent characters. The only other exceptions seem to be characters carried over from previous Hauf books and making cameo appearances here. The love story in Her Vampire Husband also seems rushed and a bit flat--with love being declared too soon between the protagonists given the situation. But overall, the quirky Blu ultimately carries the story. For light and predictable fluff, this is a decent read. It is good enough that I will be looking into other related Hauf books when out of reading material, but not enough that I'll be actively looking for the next in the series.
autarkia79 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One of the things I liked about this book was how quick the hero/heroine were to admit their feelings. They both blurted out that they loved it each at the same time at about the same time they realized they were in love. I hate books that have the hero/heroine denying their true feelings for the whole book. I also liked the chemistry between the two main characters. Sparks flew. And even though the relationship started out on the wrong note, there's not a lot of mean-spiritedness throughout the book. Instead, there's a lot of teasing which only helps fuel the passion in the relationship. This is the first book I've read by this author and of this series and this book has interested my in other books by this author.