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Unwrapping Tess: Christmas Encounters

(Vegas Mates #5)

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  202 ratings  ·  73 reviews

Tess Demakis loves the city life. The noise, the lights, the people. Everything about the rush feels like home. The only thing missing is a spark with any of the pack males. After her and her twin sister's twenty-fifth birthday passes, she'd thought for sure one of the handsome men in her aunt's pack might've been meant for her.

Kindle Edition, 75 pages
Published November 25th 2014 by KS Publishing (first published November 24th 2014)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]

Unwrapping Tess: Christmas Encounters is book 5 in the Vegas Mates series by Krystal Shannan. This book was generously provided to me in exchange for an honest review by the author.

Tess Demakis is one of the twins. She and her sister have been living in New York for the last two years since the death of their mother with their Aunt who runs the pack in that area. It’s Christmas time and everyone is gathering at Maggie and Scott’s Inn up in the mountains. Secretly, she is glad to
★Moonrise Books
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-star-favorites
For a werewolf, living in New York has its limitations. So, returning to the Woodhaven Inn in Utah for the holidays is all Tess can think about. Surrounded by a lush forest, Woodhaven caters exclusively to its paranormal guests, providing the perfect setting for werewolves and other shape shifters to run freely, without fear of being discovered by humans. And although her pack's bases are in New York and Las Vegas, Tess has always preferred the forest setting of Woodhaven over the city.

Dec 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Tess Unwrapped!

I was gifted this book by the author for an honest review.

Little did Tess imagine that her holiday retreat would bring so much joy....She finally meets her life mate, but Patrick is a bear shifter! The love and passion is instantaneous.

Tess is a descendent of royalty, of the original wolf shifter. Will her family accept Patrick and will she be able to stay in the mountains away from her twin who lives in NY?

Very heartwarming story, will love prevail?
Lynde Shaw
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, quick holiday read. Even though it's book 5 in a series, it can be read as a stand alone, although I think you'd get a better feel for all the characters if you read their love matches first. Tess is a wolf who longs to return to her country home where her wolf can run freely, but is worried about how that will impact her pack in New York. Patrick, a bear shifter and the brother of Scott, mate to another member of Tess's pack, knows the minute he sees Tess that she's his mate. Wi ...more
Oct 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a complementary copy from the author, in exchange for an honest review.

As someone who is yet to read Krystal's "Vegas Mates" series (I know it's terrible of me)... I found myself enjoying this novella. It gave me a taste of what I've missed out on with the previous books, but was also made understandable, so I didn't have to read from book 1. Although now I have them all on my TBR & plan to get & read them ASAP. I loved everything within this book & can't wait to be able t
Tish Cocktails & Fairytales
Cats and bears and wolves oh my! I really enjoyed all of the different shifters in this book. A very sweet story with a bit of a Christmas miracle. So much love and passion.

(I received a copy in exchange for my honest review)
Cheryl   Graham-Petit
Oct 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review and I can honestly say, Unwrapping Tess: Christmas is short, sweet, and oh so HOT!
Nikki Brooks
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tess' wolf has been very unhappy living in New York. It wants to be free and being at Woodhaven for the holidays is just about perfect! Tess and her sisters are celebrating Christmas together but she never expected an additional present..her mate!

Patrick is just about the biggest badass of them all! After the drama and fall out moving from the traditional royal order of the packs in the previous books, a lot has changed. Woodhaven is a perfect, isolated idyll to let your inner beast be free!

Catrina Barton
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
I enjoyed getting to see all of the characters again.
Tess is easy to relate to and I'm glad to finally meet Scott's brother.
The story is short but sweet.
Michelle Graves
Mar 13, 2019 rated it liked it
It was 2 short and there's alot of things missing from the x in Greece 2 now in this book. It's awesome that she from her mate and it was pretty fast. It's hard 4 her 2 leave her twin but at least fate gave them a good true thing 4 their future.
Judy Lewis
Dec 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Title: Unwrapping Tess: Christmas Encounter
Series: Vegas Mates
Designation: Book Five of Series
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Author: Krystal Shannan
I discovered Krystal Shannan in 2014 when I read My Viking Vampire, the first book of her Sanctuary, Texas Series and the rest, as they say, is history. I was instantly hooked on all things Krystal Shannan and her books became my new guilty pleasure. And now, a little over a
Kathleen R.
Nov 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Overall Stars: 5 STARS


The wolf in her recognized the mate in the bear.

Tess Demakis loves the city life. The noise, the lights, the people. Everything about the rush feels like home. The only thing missing is a spark with any of the pack males. After her and her twin sister's twenty-fifth birthday passes, she'd thought for sure one of the handsome men in her aunt's pack might've been meant for her.
- No. Such. Luck. –
Patrick O'Hearn just got back home from a long tour overseas with
Oct 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing

UNWRAPPING TESS- BOOK 5-A captivating romantic Christmas holiday story.

The story focuses on; Tess Demakis, a sexy, sassy, beautiful wolf shifter from the New York Demakis pack; Patrick O'Hearn, a strapping blue-eyed, gorgeous bear shifter.

What you'll find in this story; the cast of characters are amazing impressive and engaging, fantastic story-line, fabulous picturesque and potent scene descriptions, humor, gripping suspense, life threatening incident, pent up rage, memor
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Tess Demakis, unlike her twin sister Hallie, is not crazy about living in New York City; she much prefers the country. Tess is a wolf shifter, and the big city cramps her style, so she is delighted to spend the Christmas holidays at her brother-in-law’s country inn for paranormal guests. At 25, Tess is of age to find a mate, but she is yet to find a wolf shifter that appeals to her; besides she is shifter royalty. And the gloriously sexy Patrick O'Hearn is definitely not it: he is a bear shifter ...more
Oct 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is book #5 of the Vegas Mates Series.

Tess Demakis and her twin sister, Hallie, are on their way to Woodhaven Inn in Utah for the Christmas holiday. They are both royalty of a wolf pack and they live in New York. Tess loves going to Woodhaven ( which is owned and run by the O'Hearn family) to be able to shift and run whenever she wants. In New York they can't do that but about once a month. Hallie is being groomed to be the Alpha female and she is perfect for it. Tess wants nothing to do wit
Samantha Woods ( LSK Sweetheart Reviews )

'I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest reveiw'

When Tess goes to her to her aunts place in the mountains for the Holidays she realizes how much she missed it there. She loves the freedom to be able to shift and run. Problem is she also loves her home and her twin sister. So when she meets her mate her first day there she is shocked. Not only because of the suddenness of it but also because he is a bear shifter. She is wolf shifter Royalty. It won't be easy but she
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
Unwrapping Tess is Book 5 in Krystal Shannans Vegas Mates series.

Tess Demakis recently celebrated her 25th birthday and is now fully able to recognise her mate. She thought it would be instantaneous with one of the males from her Aunts New York pack, but no such luck. When she escapes to Woodhaven for the holidays, she looks forward to relaxing in the open air. What she gets, is another thing entirely.

Patrick O'Hearn has finally been discharged from a long tour overseas with his SEAL unit and i
What a adorable story, very much suited for the holidays. I usually tend to stay away from the “sweet tooth books” but I've always enjoyed Krystal's stories. I haven't read all the series in this set,
this is book 5, I think it could be read as a stand alone. Its short, sweet and to the point, for
Patrick the bear, and Tess the wolf its straight all about the mating.
Because of the past packs as splintered, packs has formed new pack with new additions of family and friends. Tess and Hallie (her tw
If you have not yet read the Vegas Mates series, and you are looking for a great holiday paranormal/shifter read - this may be just what you are looking for. Krystal Shannan did a great job of giving relationship details as needed to follow Tess's story. It wasn't a re-hashing of previous books, but just enough to help me a bit.

Tess is royalty in the wolf world, so she's a bit worried when she finds out that a bear is her fated mate. I loved the way the characters related to their animal - espec
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A quick, fun and Christmassy read that brings me back into the world of Krystal Shannan’s Vegas Mates. Tess is ‘royalty’ from one of the leading families in Vegas, but she’s been making her way in New York City, living among humans and enjoying the thrum of the city. Christmas is a time to gather with family in an inn in Utah that caters to shifters of all sorts.

Tess never expected to be attracted to a shifter that wasn’t from her pack, or another wolf, but Patrick is not only a delicious speci
Tara Dorough
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
In Unwrapping Tess, Krystal Shannan shares a sweet Christmas story of love. This book is part 5 of the series but can be read alone. Understanding who's who would be easier if you've read the other books but Ms. Shannan. does a great job of explaining the connection with each character. Tess is a wolf shifter. She is of the royal Damakis bloodline. She and her twin sister Hallie are being groomed to take over the New York pack. Thing is Tess doesn't like living in New York as much as Hallie does ...more
Sue Zawisa
Nov 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this as a gift for an honest review
It is the Christmas season and Tess and her twin sister, Hallie, have arrived in Utah for a visit with friends and family. It seems all of her family is there at the home of Scott O’Hearn, a bear shifter with a lodge that will be used for the celebrations. Scott is mated to a wolf named Margaret. She is surprised when she hears an unfamiliar voice. It turns out to be Patrick, Scott’s brother, who has recently returned home f
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this for an honest review.

Tess who was Royalty, a Demakis, an alpha’s daughter, and a wolf shifter was being prepared to be alpha one day. She thought she would find a nice wolf and continue the line. Thing about life is things do not always happen as we picture it and not always a bad thing. What Tess was not expected was to find that a bear shifter was their fated mate. Her wolf loved the idea and wanted Tess to claim Patrick immediate.

Patrick who was a bear shifter knew the moment
Coral Mitchell
Apr 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
*explicit content*

Tess Demakis loves the city life, but not as much as her twin sister, Hallie. The mountains are more her speed, along with the ability to shift regularly. She does not want to rock the boat with her family and their presumptions of her place as royalty. After her and her twin sister's twenty-fifth birthday passes, she'd thought for sure one of the handsome men in her aunt's pack might've been meant for her. Patrick O'Hearn just got back home from a long tour overseas with his S
Eva Millien
Dec 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
At the family get together for the holidays, Tess meets the male that’s meant for her, Patrick O’Hearn, Will family get in the way or will this be the best Christmas ever in this charming paranormal holiday romance.

The holidays add a magical air to the charm of this fast paced and smooth flowing romance. The attraction between Tess and Patrick burns hot from the very first meeting and the sex scenes are scorching hot and the reader can’t help but get caught up in their captivating romance especi
T.M. Payne
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Book: Unwrapping Tess: Christmas Encounters (Vegas Mates #5)
Author: Krystal Shannan
Publication Date: 11/25/2014
Reviewed by: Tammy Payne- Book Nook Nuts
My Rating: 4 Stars


I have not read any of the previous books in this series and I feel it hinders me in knowing the characters.

Tess always thought her mate would be a wolf. She is royalty and an Alphas daughter and although they are not held to strict rules, anymore she is not sure how everyone will react. While visiting friends for the h
Nadene  (Totally Addicted to Reading)
I have read all the books in the Vegas Mates series prior to this, so I was psyched to receive a complimentary copy of Unwrapping Tess in exchange for a honest review. This is a holiday romance that is short, sweet and hot. The focus of the story is on Tess Demakis, a wolf shifter and Patrick O’Hearn, a bear shifter. Patrick had returned home to spend time with his brother during the Christmas holidays. While on his visit he met Tess. The moment these two laid eyes on each other; they knew that ...more
Samantha Ramsey
Nov 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I was given a copy of this book for an honest review.
I absolutely love this series so was excited about this book, it was very short, however this didn't take anything away from the story at all and I didn't feel that it lost anything.
The love story between Tess & Patrick was fantastic and I just got swept away in it. The fact that they meet and fall so quickly, in any other situation other than a shifter world you would just be rolling your eyes, but in this world you just accept it and s
Linda Levine
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is a very quick read featuring two shifters finding out they are mates at a family gathering and trying to work thru the issues associated with them being mates.

Tess and Patrick know immediately that they are mates when they meet. Neither expected it and Tess knows that it may be a real issue. She is a wolf shifter and he is a bear shifter. She comes from royalty and expected to mate with a wolf and stay in the city near her twin sister. Tess is not sure that her community will accept their
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, 2015, arc, rev-team
Despite loving life in NY, Tess has secretly longed for the space and freedom to shift and run in Woodhaven. Being the daughter of an Alpha, Tess had never thought her fated mate would be a bear so imagine her shock when she came into contact with her fated mate, Patrick. As much as her rationale wants to deny the attraction, her inner wolf was giving 2 thumbs up. Patrick felt the connection but he wanted her to come to the conclusion in her own time without pressure.

An incident which resulted i
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