Gabe Villagran has been an outcast since birth. The large purple birthmark on the right side of his face has ostracized him from family and community, leaving him with little self-esteem. So, imagine his delight when vampires come out to the world. Finally, at the age of eighteen, he’s not the only freak of nature around.
Five years after leaving home, Gabe meets Pierre Sangre outside his gay vampire club quite by chance—meaning, he rescues Gabe from becoming vampire food. A vampire himself, Pierre has been mourning the loss of his beloved Andre for centuries but sees something in the young man before him, and wants to keep him close. Pierre hires Gabe as a sort of “boy Friday” at the club and Gabe, grateful to his savior, accepts and falls irrevocably in love.
For ten years, both men have danced around their attraction to each other. Pierre, because Gabe is vulnerable; Gabe, because he doesn’t think he can ever measure up to Andre. But now, one night of misunderstandings clears things up and the two men meet in a blaze of passionate encounters that make the world new, for both of them.
All it takes is the perfect bite.
Gabe has a scar that keeps him from wanting to be noticed. When he can, he escapes his horrible childhood and finds sanctuary at a Vampire Bar called Dicknosis. There he meets the owner, Pierre and over the years, falls terribly in love with him.
Pierre has lost his mate decades ago and is still pining for him. But… over time he’s come to realize there may be room in his heart for another.
There were parts of this story that I really liked. Gabe has the perfect unrequited love and Pierre the perfect Alpha male character down pat. I was definitely rooting for Gabe and since this is such a short story was happy for the relative low amount of angst and tribulations.
I didn’t always care for the phrasing of things, it felt stilted and old-fashioned at times then uncomfortably “hip” at others.
It wasn’t the best vampire story I’ve ever read, but it wasn’t the worst either. For the most part I found it entertaining.
3 of 5 stars
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