A Dark-Hunter Christmas was a very short story that touches the importance of family and guess who's in charge of teaching that lesson to Gallegher, little Ms. Simi. I am enjoying Simi as a character, she has a innocence about herself but yet she is lethal and funny as hell. Every one she loves as family ends up with a limited edition cooking mitten from QVC. Arki lets her use his plastic for orders, LMAO. On a serious note, I find that the short stories add a little more insight to the characters, like in this story you get to see a softer side of Ash. It is very important that you incorporate these stories into your Dark Hunter reading list.