“Black Leather Night”
The vampire Robhain has been hiding his
desire for his employee, the mage Byrne, for a long time.
According to the law, humans are off-limits for vampires,
however. What will happen when Robhain loses control?
“Black Leather Night” is a
smoking hot story! I was unsettled by Robhain’s stalker-ish
behavior at first, but everything worked out in the end.
“Into the Shadows”
Money-changer Donal has a busy and
often dull life, but he’s at last beginning to fit in with
the crowd of his coworkers. The only problem is what waits
in the shadows…for him.
I couldn’t get into “Into the
Shadows”. The initial scene between the vampire Kyreion
and Donal was more manipulative than hot to me, and Donal’s
wishy-washiness made the ending ring hollow.
Medic Ronan works in the ER patching up
the victims of rogue vampire attacks, a job that keeps him
incredibly busy. Every so often, however, he gets the urge
for a little uncomplicated companionship and goes out into
the night looking for it.
“The Hunter” is an interesting
story with a twist at the end. Picking up a prostitute
isn’t usually the basis for a romance, but it actually
worked in this story.
“Tale of the Night”
City Guardsman Darien is barely getting
by, so he jumps at the chance to get a temporary promotion
in order to watch over a “tame” vampire. Attraction to the
vampire is a complication he doesn’t need…
“Tale of the Night” had an
interesting premise, but I wasn’t terribly fond of the
characters. The vampire Aydn was very manipulative, and
Darien seemed weaker-willed than he ought to be. The story
was hot, but not very emotional to me.
Young vampire Silvan and his mentor,
the old vampire Malaki, are fleeing the City for a safer
place. On the way, a terrible accident may separate them
“Crimson Nights” was my favorite
story in this collection. Malaki and Silvan have an obvious
affection for each other and the way Silvan cares for Malaki
after the accident is very sweet. And of course, there are
hot scenes as well.
Tired of being beaten down by his sire,
Draylen, and his harem, Reziel flees to make his own home.
On the way, he meets an unexpected woman. Now all he has to
do is find a mate.
“Sixty-Nine Reasons” features
several ruthless characters, including Reziel and the woman
he meets. It illustrates the cruelty and viciousness of
vampire culture, and it’s hot, but it’s not an emotional
tale. Everything happens very quickly.
Two men in the middle of a sex act
suddenly forget who they are, or why they’re in an isolated
dugout house during a terrible snowstorm. Will they
remember who they are before its too late?
“Missing Pieces” is an
interesting if somewhat confusing tale. I liked being shown
glimpses of the men’s identities and learning things as they
did. The last part of the story was a bit of a letdown for
me, but I still liked it.
On the whole, Black Leather Night and Other Tales
is hot, but many of the stories read more like straight
erotica with a happy ending tacked on than erotic romance.
I enjoyed a few more than others, but I didn’t find the
collection nearly as engaging as I usually find Willa