Winter Bloodlust by Miranda Thorn

Winter Bloodlust by Miranda Thorn
Published by Self Published on 12/01/2023
Genres: Romance
Pages: 128
Format: ARC
Source: BookSirens
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I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

She’s an executive assistant. Killing her boss isn’t usually in her job description.

When several assassins fail to get close enough to eliminate Holly’s vampire boss, Nick, the shadowy Bloodstone Institute dispatches her to seduce and poison the billionaire CEO.

Posing as Nick's date to a weekend-long Christmas party is Holly's chance to slip her poison-laced blood past his defenses. Until she discovers she’ll be spending the weekend with a house full of bloodthirsty vampires.

You don’t get to billionaire status by being a complete idiot. When her poison goes missing, she knows Nick is on to her. She’s got more than one secret, and he wants them all. Starting with who wants him dead.

Forced to choose sides in a dangerous game, Holly realizes Nick might not be the real monster - and the Institute could prove far more deadly than any vampire.

Winter Bloodlust is for anyone who thinks Die Hard is a Christmas movie but wishes there were more vampires and romance in it. If you like billionaires, office romances, assassination plots, and Christmas parties full of bloodsucking fiends, you need to check out Miranda Thorn’s festive novella.


Now, I know I thought I was done with holiday romances considering we’re reaching the end of the winter holiday season. Then, I came across Winter Bloodlust by Miranda Thorn, and how could I say no to reading a short winter romance featuring a billionaire romance? It ticked almost every one of my boxes (if only Nick secretly played hockey on the side.) All that said, it was a nice and entertaining read that fell short of a higher rating ONLY due to its short length.

This is my first introduction to the Bloodstone Institute, and I was so intrigued. There is obviously a much larger world in place than what we see in this short romance. Holly belongs to the Bloodstone Institute, an order that hunts supernaturals/vampires. She didn’t choose this life but it is the only one she’s ever had. She’s sent to infiltrate Nick, a wealthy vampire CEO, with intents to killing him. This is despite the fact that she’s just an administrative assistant, never trained in subterfuge or murder. Nick obviously knows what she’s up to and is curious and infatuated. Despite the story being so incredibly short, we get hints that Holly and Nick have been avoiding their attraction for some time and we just happen to be lucky enough to get into the story the moment it overflows.

I really enjoyed the characters and the world, which is why I’m sad I couldn’t give Winter Bloodlust a higher rating. There was just so much information hinted at that I was left unsatisfied. This was such a tantalizing peek that left me wanting so much more. I would have LOVED for this to be a full 300 page novel; there was plenty of story there. It felt like a tease, and I get it considering it looks like the first official Bloodstone Institute book comes out in 2024, but I still would rather have had a full and complete short story that gave ‘everything’ than one that gave hints to what can be.

Winter Bloodlust by Miranda Thorn is an exciting short romance that holds promises of greater things to come. I would definitely recommend this, but possibly closer to the release date of Secret Bloodlust.


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