4.5 stars: (review request submitted by the author for an honest critique) I’ve read countless stories featuring the good guys finding their love and living HEA. I’ve also read my share of stories centering around vamps that aren’t quite as evil as once feared, shifters who marry outside their pack/kind, and misunderstood paranormals who want a new lease on life. Love. Family. Everything. Those books are common, found in every bookstore. However, what I haven’t seen lining the shelves are books about a dark fairy godmother that wants the so-called villains to find their mates and live Happily Evil After. In the human world, good and evil can be found in every walk of life. It makes no difference your color or gender. There’s good and bad all around us. The same can be said in the paranormal world — evil and not so evil beings can be found in every coven, pack, territory and so forth. As we saw with Viktor, not all creatures are complete blood thirsty, ruthless b@stards. Viktor didn’t choose this life. Actually, it was forced upon him. He didn’t deserve to lose his family. He did deserve a second chance and thank goodness Dori stepped up to work her magic. Dori: She is wonderfully mischievous, manipulative, has no boundaries at all, and is quite humorous. If I had a fairy godmother, dark or light, I would hope she’d be like Dori. However, I would insist she’d leave my underthings on. I may not care for wearing a bra but I do like my pu$$ covered. Other characters I loved….. How about EVERYONE! Ok, maybe not everyone. Conrad was a d0uche, an @$$hat, and a complete psychop@th. Kudos to Sarah for creating a character I loved to hate and creating so many characters I loved falling in love with.
Happy Evil After, 1
Pandora is a Fairy Godmother who’s never fit in with her own people. Still, she has the power—and the attitude—to step in and help those who others have decided “aren’t worthy” of a happy ending. How hard could it be to manipulate some of the most feared beings in their world?
Viktor has spent his entire undead life being the bogeyman to the paranormal community, and that’s the way he wants to keep it … with everyone else far away from him. But when the opportunity arises to take his revenge on his nemesis, he can’t resist—even if it means risking his reputation and rescuing the damsel in distress.
Halle never expected to find herself in need of a savior, especially one with a reputation like Viktor’s. But she’s used to listening to her instincts, and her cat trusts the strange woman who pops up and claims to have some solutions. After all, if a girl can’t trust her own Fairy Godmother, then what is this world coming to?
“I mean you no harm, lady. You can go. I’m only here for what’s in the car,” he said slowly walking towards her. She was a cute little thing, all soft curves with golden skin and hair.
“Um, yeah, about that … I’m what’s in the car, Mr. Krescech. You have to take me with you out of here,” she said almost nervously, those big green eyes pleading with him.
Clearly, she was also insane. What was with the women he was running into this week? Viktor had had more than his fair share of groupies throwing themselves at him in the bars, wanting to take a walk on the wild side for a few hours, but this wholesome little beauty certainly didn’t look like the type, so he had no idea exactly what she was asking him for.
“I don’t think so,” he said, moving past her towards the open back door to search the car.
“Seriously, there’s nothing else in the car. They were taking me from my family and my pard to be married to Conrad. I have to go with you to get away from him,” she continued, putting her tiny little hands on her very curvy hips in a way that distracted him far more than it should have.
Interesting, so this little number was a leopard shifter? Viktor hadn’t really had any interaction with the pard in this country, but by reputation, they were a good lot. Why on Earth would she agree to marry Conrad?
“I don’t rescue damsels in distress. I eat them,” he said with a flash of fang. “So run along, little kitten.”
The tiny spitfire threw her hands dramatically up in the air and sighed loudly.
“You just saved me from a life of baby-making slavery. Aren’t you supposed to whisk me away to your super-secret villain lair and ravish me? Sheesh, where’s your follow-through?”
Viktor just stood there and stared at her for a moment. He didn’t know whether to laugh at her ridiculous statement or take her up on her offer and bend her over right here on the trunk of Conrad’s car. He was extremely turned on by the fact that she didn’t seem the least bit afraid of him. He’d always tried to pretend that his reputation in the paranormal community pleased him, that it helped him by keeping the rabble away. But deep down it bothered him that everyone always thought the worst of him. His honor was just yet another thing that Melisandre and Conrad had stolen from him when they took his mortality.
“Don’t you know who I am, woman?” he finally said as she just stood there looking at him expectantly.
“Yes, I know who you are. Who else is capable of keeping me out of Conrad’s douchey hands?” she said sounding a little impatient.
“Don’t you have a family you can go to?” he asked, still wondering why he was even standing here talking to her.
Well, that wasn’t entirely true. Once she’d said the word “slavery” he knew he couldn’t leave her to Conrad’s tender mercies. Viktor knew more about slavery than he ever wanted to, and no being should ever be held against their will. That and he had seen firsthand what Conrad enjoyed doing to women. It still sickened him to think back to the horrors he’d had to witness as Melisandre’s pet.
“If I go back to my family they’d just have to hand me right back over to him again. My pard owes him a blood debt, and I am the payment. I need this to look like Conrad’s men lost me in the confrontation with you. This needs to be his fault, as otherwise, it will start a war between my family and his coven,” she said, stepping ever closer.
She stood so close now that Viktor could smell the strawberry and coconut scent of her shampoo. Good Gods, she smells good enough to eat.
“Why would you think that I should care whether or not this starts a war for your people? I will not be fighting in it,” he answered, trying to sound like he didn’t care one way or another.
“Because I think that you hate Conrad just as much, if not more than I do, and there’s nothing he wants more than to possess me,” she answered quietly, her huge green eyes staring right into his grey ones.
She was right of course. There was no one on this Earth that he hated as much as he hated Conrad. That’s what he told himself anyway when he ultimately decided he would take the girl with him—whether it was the whole truth about his motivations or not.
“First, tell me how your pard was thoughtless enough to enter into a blood debt with a killer like Conrad?”
“It’s not like we had any choice. My father was jumped one night by a bunch of rogues, and Conrad just happened to be there to offer his assistance … for a price.”
The venom in her voice clearly stated that she suspected they’d been set up. The rogues were most likely paid to attack by Conrad himself. It was a trick the coward had used over and over again.
“Fine,” he said with a sigh. “You can come with me, but just until we find somewhere to stash you that Conrad cannot reach you.”
“Thank you!” she said with a squeal just before she reached up and hugged him before he could stop her. “I’m Halle, by the way.”
Clearly, his reputation was never going to recover from this if anyone saw him being hugged in the alley, but with her luscious frame leaning against his, smelling so sweet, he had a difficult time finding a reason to care.
REVIEWED BY: LINDA TONIS MEMBER OF THE PARANORMAL ROMANCE REVIEW TEAM Witches, shifters, vampires, brownies and a dark Fairy Godmother named Pandora, her name says it all. Pandora (Dori) has decided that she is going to start a new business finding Happy Ever Afters for those too much of a challenge for the normal Fairy Godmothers, after all even those who are not considered worthy of love deserve it and she is going to see that they get it. Her first clients are Viktor Krescech a century old vampire known as the Destroyer. He is the one parents tell their children about to scare them. He is the monster hiding under the bed and it is a reputation he embraces even though that is no longer what he is like. He was taken by a vampiress named Melisandre who used him as a blood slave until she felt he was getting too old and turned him. His hatred for her and her coven led him to kill them all as soon as he was turned and the only one who escaped his wrath was Conrad Dair who Viktor has been after for centuries. Dori’s other client is Viktor’s mate Halle Briggs who is to become Conrad’s breeding machine since her father owes him a blood debt. If the debt is not fulfilled then war will break out. The first thing Dori does it convince Viktor that he has to stop Conrad from getting his happy ever after something Viktor is more than happy to do but he never expected to find a beautiful leopard shifter who he has to protect. Halle knows all about Viktor but she is not afraid since her leopard recognizes him as their mate. Conrad is not going to just go away and Dori, Viktor and Halle have a fight on their hands. This was a vampire, shifter romance with a fairy tale vibe, loved it. Oh and by the way the sex was hot. Read less
Heroes aren't the only ones that need a Happily Ever After; villains do too and Sarah Marsh's "Viktor" from her Happy Evil After Series is a great read. It's sweet, sexy, has a great plot, and even some laughs. This sweet and sexy read has a whimsical goth fairy named Pandora, who is determined to give the less desirables of the paranormal crowd a 'happily ever after'. So she starts with Viktor. Viktor is the boogie man of their kind; a vampire with a monstrous reputation. Viktor is just merely misunderstood in Pandora's opinion and his perfect match is a feisty leopard shifter named Halle. Halle has no desire in mating a psycho vampire named Conrad, but to keep her family safe and fulfill her father's blood debt she is set to mate him whether she wants to or not. Pandora knows that Viktor and Halle are meant for one another, all she has to do is convince Viktor by convincing Halle. "Viktor" is a great read. I highly recommend it.
Unique! Entertaining! Snarky! Smokin’ hot sex scenes! Fairy Godmothers, vampires, shifters and everything in between. This is a paranormal world with a fairy tale twist that I can’t wait to get more of! VIKTOR (Happy Evil After Book 1) by Sarah Marsh is a novella beginning to a new series that I devoured! This author has a unique voice and easy to follow world-building in this paranormal romance series that keeps you turning the pages. The character that will connect all the books in this series is Pandora “Dori”, who is a dark Fairy Godmother. She has never fit in with the rest of the Godmothers. She comes to realize that like herself, different doesn’t necessarily mean always and forever bad. She decides to help others deemed ‘not worthy’ of a happy ending to find one with her black matchmaking mastermind notebook. Viktor likes his scary boogeyman reputation. It keeps others away and leaves him to do what he likes. He has almost completed his revenge on the vampire coven that turned him. Only one remains, Conrad Daire, who is now head of the North American coven. Few realize what lies behind his façade, but Viktor knows him for the psychopath he truly is. As Victor enjoys a drink at The Pit, in pops Dori to tell Viktor how he can ruin Conrad’s happily ever after. Halle Briggs is a beautiful leopard shifter. She is the beloved daughter of the head of the leopard pard and has become the prize that Conrad wants for saving her father’s life years ago. Halle has spirit and hates Conrad, but sees no way out until a certain dark Fairy Godmother pops in to tell her that she will be rescued, but she needs to do everything in her power to make sure she stays with Viktor. She will have to fight for her happily ever after and her mate. This novella contains so much and yet is extremely well paced and never seems rushed or missing information. The sex scenes are explicit and sizzling, but I did not feel they were gratuitous. I just fell into this new world and was very sorry to see the end. I will definitely be following this series into the future and hope it continues to make me cheer for the unlikely H/h’s and laugh out loud at Dori’s matchmaking and snarky attitude.
I really enjoyed this book! To be honest, I usually don’t read anything with more than two POVs (exceptions to GAME OF THRONES), but you cannot NOT love Dori – I mean, a goth Fairy Godmother? Can I have one please? Okay, so back to the review: All of the characters I enjoyed – they all brought something to the storyline. Viktor, being my favorite because I loved his humorous thoughts, and just everything about him. The story kept me on the edge of my seat at times, and made me laugh out loud and grin like an idiot. Flow was great, and there was never a dull moment in this story. I’m also intrigued with more of Dori’s story (and parentage) and to see if anything develops with that little crush of hers *wiggles eyebrows* Not to mention, the intimate scenes in this book is pretty steamy *fans self* – loved it! If you want a story that’s really well written, fun characters, and great story, I highly recommend you buy this book and read it. Sarah Marsh is a natural-born writer, and I look forward to reading more of her wonderfully well-written stories!
Viktor by Sarah Marsh is the first book in the Happy Evil After series. In this first installment, we have a fairy godmother, named Pandora. (yup, that’s her!) She’s a bit different than your typical fairy godmother, she as we all might remember, creates havoc. So deciding to play matchmaker to the people who deserve a second chance at a Happy Ever After is her latest and greatest idea, after all, doesn’t every one deserve love? So she goes for vampire Viktor. He has a bad rap that while deserved a long time ago for killing his own kind, he’s deserving of a second chance now. Especially when he saves shifter Halle from a fate worse than death by being mated to coven leader Conrad, a nasty, nasty vamp that Viktor would rather get his revenge on, and does so by taking whats his. This was a total blast of a book that I totally loved reading. Sarah has come up with a hit of a new series, and having Dori pop up all over the place is a riot! Not to mention her mother and grandmother who appear in the story as well. I loved Viktor and Halle, and I was rooting for them the whole time. I can’t wait to see who is paired up next!
Pandora is a fairy god mother that is trying to give the most feared beings in the world their happy endings. Therefore, feared and angry vampire Viktor is next on her list. Halle reluctantly trusts her fairy god mother and is thrust together with the dark, sexy Viktor. Together, they may just find that elusive happy ending. This is such a unique story! I love the idea of a fairy god mother for the ‘boogeymen’. The blurb alone makes me want to read this book and once I started I couldn’t stop. Pandora is a sneaky fairy that really makes me smile. Viktor, oh, sexy, undead, Viktor. *Sigh**Swoon*. Yeah, I really, really like him. He’s a badass with a soft heart underneath all that angry armor. Equally Halle is a great character. I like her personality. The romance is both sweet and seriously hot. I’m thinking some ice water on the side while reading this story would not be a bad plan. If you’re looking for a unique paranormal romance I highly recommend Viktor. Hell, this is a must read for me. I can’t wait for the next book!
Pandora is a wonderfully sarcastic, pot stirring, fairy godmother. Viktor loves his rep - he works hard to keep out of people's way. He's been on the hunt for Conrad for years. So when he finds out Conrad is supposed to be getting something delivered...he decided to step in and take it. Oh, did I mention he's a vampire? Halle is a leopard shifter (sigh, I love leopard shifters) who Conrad has decided will be his payment to cover the supposed debt her pard has. Halle has some spirit and isn't afraid to speak up. These characters are fun to watch during their interactions! Pandora really does stir the pot, and has a dream to help "the bad guys" find their HEA. I had some great laughs during my read of Viktor. Fabulous reading. I love the possibilities this new series could have!
This book was an amazing short read!! I loved Viktor, even though he was sort of a tortured soul!! Halle was an awesome woman and the Fairy Godmother? Well, you just need to get the book and read it to see what I'm talking about. Now I just need the next book!!