Matsui survived his rocky past with the help of his mentor
and friend, Officer Ray Watts. Before Watts came along,
Daisuke was alone and responsible for his mother and brother
Wei. Through Watts’ influence, Daisuke becomes a police
detective. He suffers the loss of his protector and finds
himself dealing with unresolved desires that are dark and
disturbing. For years, he and Watts both carried their own
secrets, some shared, others not. Soon, Daisuke becomes
distracted from his woes when Wei starts singing the praises
of a Russian vampire called Mistress Viktoria.
becomes even more complicated with the arrival of Liu
Sakurai, a powerful, ancient chaing-shihwho’s been
asked to deal with Mistress Viktoria and her underlings.
As an Elder vampire Liu subscribes to the old beliefs that
humans are nothing but playthings. Daisuke is the perfect
toy, but little does Sakurai realize that it won’t be so
easy. It takes two to tangle, and he’s about to become one
vampire that’s tied up in knots courtesy of one hard ass
If you have
a weak constitution, then approach Dark Whispers
with caution. The story has graphic gore and loads of
hardcore BDSM scenes. This is a gritty cop-meets-criminal
tale set in New York, except unlike a CSI episode,
the bad guys are mainly vampires. Everything revolves
around the underground world of sex clubs, drugs and nasty
revelations that aren’t meant to break the light of day.
Sheridan and Ms. Cain take time to develop Daisuke’s
character, but occasionally, Daisuke changes direction like
a weather vane. By the end of the story, my perception was
thrown off balance by his choices. Sometimes I felt like
the plot interfered with Daisuke’s and Liu’s relationship
more than I would have liked, but it kept me reading to the
end. Liu is interesting, scary at times, and downright
vicious. You’re not always sure whose side he is on.
Daisuke is tough as nails, hot tempered, and loyal, which
made me cheer him on at the darkest hour. Of course, this
sizzling duo does gain their somber slice of HEA.
Whispers is a novel maxed to the hilt with violence,
Dom/sub thrills, and paranormal M/M steamy goodness. The
love/hate dynamic between Daisuke and Liu will tantalize
readers while holding down its hard-kicking street cred,
which means this book is definitely worth a go by anyone
that enjoys a challenge.