The Witch and the Vampire by Tricia Schneider
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (107 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 4.5 books
Reviewed by Xeranthemum
Melora Merriweather is searching for a fellow witch to protect her from a scheming uncle with plans of marriage. When her carriage overturns on her journey, she is rescued by a mysterious man whom she learns is the very person she seeks. But, he’s not the witch she thought he was…
Sebastian Collins should have left for London days ago. Now a snowstorm has trapped him with a woman who has come seeking protection, a woman who intrigues him like no other. And with each passing hour, his hunger for her grows…hunger for her kiss, her caress, and her blood.
A man and a woman both have secrets that can destroy but in this story they have the power to turn the tide and make those negatives into the most positive force of all-–love.
Melora is the heroine with an extra talent. She’s a witch on the run and is most desperate when I meet her in this story. What I found interesting is how Ms. Schneider had her heroine not only knowledgeable about things in the world but unafraid to face them head on. Melora is not depicted as a shy young miss but a woman who not only knows her own mind but is willing to stand up for herself in any way she has to. She also is willing to fight for what her heart tells her is the man for her. The author created a good balance of having the heroine fall in love despite the short time frame. There was none of the predestined mating that seems to be a well used easy out lately. Sure, Melora had visions but they were certainly no guarantee about what they truly meant nor that the man she sees is her destiny. So many things can go wrong and actually, they do.
Sebastian is the flawed hero in this story. He is a man plagued with fighting against his own nature and he is at a disadvantage, but the heroine doesn’t figure it out for awhile. A reader gets the gist of it a bit earlier but not by much. I liked his strength of will, probably because I don’t even have a tenth of what he has to resist temptation. But with all fun romances, the hero finally succumbs to his desires after a few stuttering starts and stops – which of course heightened the sensual heat of the story.
Another aspect of Sebastian I liked occurred at the first scene of conflict. I really thought that was going to turn out to be a blood bath. All the elements were there and the drama certainly warranted it but the author had other devious plans in store which turned out to be a much more effective and dramatic use of those key ingredients. Not all bad guys are bad when they show redeemable qualities and Sebastian owns the market share on that wise bit of insight. Not that he recognizes it himself at first. It took the love of Melora for him to start dreaming of a possible future and it was a beautiful moment in the book.
The conflict is two-fold in this story but it’s basically the same – survival. Both Melora and Sebastian have their demons chasing them and it ends up being ‘a stand and fight when your back is against a wall’ type pressure. Ms. Schneider wrote it well enough that I was caught up in the suspense of it all. I couldn’t flip the pages fast enough wondering how in the world would they triumph and get their happily ever after.
Fortunately, this is a very satisfying romance because Sebastian and Melora do get their happy ending but it’s conditional and I thought that very interesting. It wasn’t perfect and sappy; it was true to the story and the situation. I liked that.
The Witch and the Vampire entertained me from the first time Melora gazed into Sebastian’s eyes until the very end with all that banging on the door. This is a very sweet and wonderful romance that I believe many paranormal romance readers will enjoy as much as I did. And once a reader finishes this story and gets the idea that it sounds like there’s a back story then they’d be right. Melora’s sister, Lillian, had her happily ever after prior to this book (in The Witch and the Wolf) and both books are great stand alones but it was great to know both sisters are loved and happy after everything they’ve been through. Thank you, Ms. Schneider, for providing me with a great reading experience.