Love is Blindness by Sean Michael
College professor Kieran is listening to
poetry readings at a coffee shop when Lucien arrives. Lucien
is tall, dark, sexy, and blind. Kieran takes him home for the
night and starts to fall for him, but will he still want
Lucien when Lucien shares his secret?
Love is Blindness is a
traditional vampire story with a twist. Lucien is an
old-world, rather gothic vampire, but his blindness and desire
for a companion made him seem more human. In this case, that
was a good thing. Kieran, a hip college professor, was an
interesting match for him. I’ve enjoyed every Sean Michael
story I’ve read so far, and Love is Blindness
was no exception.
The Hit by Sara Bell
Carter Denton is hired by a vampire elder
to eliminate the vampire, Kalimus Roche. Upon discovering
that the vampire is not draining humans as he’d been told,
Carter realizes something’s suspicious about the job and sets
out to discover what it is. He and Kalimus begin working
together and falling for each other, but with dangerous
vampires after them will they survive long enough to have a
The Hit featured some very
cool characters. Although I am not usually a fan of
first-person narratives, I enjoyed seeing the story through
Carter’s eyes. A hit man with his own strange brand of ethics
is an interesting lens to view events through! The vampire,
Kalimus, was not as well developed, but he was an intriguing
character in his own way as well. Even though I would have
liked learning more about Kalimus, I enjoyed The Hit
and there were a couple of neat twists at the end.
Hunger for the Edge by Angel and Star
Vampire Adrien picks up party-boy Zach at
a club for a night. The next night, Zach finds Adrien and
asks to be made a vampire. Will Adrien grant Zach’s request?
And will Zach find the price is too high?
Hunger for the Edge had the
most intriguing twist on vampirism in this anthology. In
Angel and Star’s story, vampirism is a slow death that
eventually leads to the blindness suffered by Adrien and much
worse. Unfortunately, I just wasn’t feeling the love between
Zach and Adrien. Zach often came off as a spoiled, drug-using
thrill-seeker and I couldn’t see why Adrien would want to
spend eternity with him. Hunger for the Edge
had a great premise and the writing was good, but the love
between Zach and Adrien didn’t feel real.
A Light to His Darkness by Jennifer Joyce
Jean-Pierre’s family has been serving the
vampire Pierre for many years. Jean-Pierre loves the vampire
and wants to be with him, but Pierre always pushes him away.
Will Pierre ever return his love?
A Light to His Darkness is
the only historical tale in the anthology and a refreshing
change of pace after all the contemporary tales. Jean-Pierre
is a sweet, determined young man. Reading about his love for
Pierre and his attempts to secure Pierre’s love in return,
left me with a warm feeling. I haven’t read Jennifer Joyce
before, but I will be seeking out more of her work in the
Blinded by the Light by Syd McGinley
Zeke is a former lictor (slayer) who was
turned into a vampire and blinded on the same day. He burns
for revenge against the ones who made him and killed his
lover. He and the imp he’s befriended are captured by the
vampire Marco, who wants Zeke as an ally and companion. Will
the two vampires form a relationship, or be destroyed by
desire for revenge?
Blinded by the Light
featured several things I generally enjoy: revenge, vampires,
and slayers. I felt like Zeke got too caught up in revenge
however, and in this story vampires were rather unfeeling
creatures. Since Zeke is the narrator, his cold attitude made
me feel a bit distant from the characters and their emotions.
Overall, however, the coldness conveyed a different kind of
vampires from the others in the anthology. While
Blinded by the Light was not my favorite story, it was
very well-written and offered another slant on vampirism.
Guapo by B.A. Tortuga
Blind vampire, Dieter, uses his blindness
to lure in a victim. To his surprise, he finds his intended
dinner, Mago, fascinating. They begin to spend time together,
and despite their completely opposite lives they begin to care
for each other. Can they have a relationship when Dieter is
keeping such a secret?
Guapo had excellent
characterization. B.A. Tortuga writes very realistic
dialogue, a talent which is evident in this story. Dieter’s
stiff, formal speech was an amusing contrast to Mago’s
informal English with a bit of Spanish thrown in. The
“opposites attract” theme worked very well here, especially as
the two men began to fall for each other.
Overall, I found Eternal Darkness
to be an excellent addition to my overflowing shelf of
vampire tales. The vampires’ blindness made the stories
different from the usual run of vampire fiction, and each
author found a way to explain their character’s blindness
which made the works even more unique. This was a very