Author: John Amory
Publisher: Torquere Press
Cover Artist: BS Clay
Rating: 3.25 of 5 Stars
Not much about Thad’s life is exciting. He works at a coffee shop in a college town and has little else to look forward to other than the changing of the seasons to his favorite of them all: autumn. But with the changing of the leaves, Thad’s life is turned upside down. He begins having strange dreams in which he sees a stranger who has been frequenting the cafe… a stranger who holds a lot of secrets that will put Thad’s life in danger.
The man’s name is Guy, and he is a vampire who is being stalked by his creator, an intimidating creature who always manages to snatch Guy’s happiness from him. And at the moment, that happiness has taken the form of Thad.
This story is also included in Eternally Dark Anthology.
Ok so I am torn on my review for this story. I have to review it based on what was there, which is why my rating is what it is, but I want to include my thoughts on how this could have been amazing. I will start with what is there since that is what you are really here for.
I was immediately drawn into the story by the undercurrent of tension that I could feel as the story unfolded. I needed to know more about these dreams, more about this man who sits alone all day, more about the connection being forged between the two main characters when they barely know each other. I was just as enthralled as Thad was. However, that was where it ended. The story then started to fall apart for me. This wa a short story that tried to present a novel’s worth of information and therefore left gaping holes in the backstory and development. I did not feel like there was enough time to adequately establish the world or to accurately describe the growing connection between the men. I know this was a paranormal and therefore it was expected to have unrealistic elements, but even a paranormal would not just go back to sleep in a house that was full of smoke from almost burning to the ground.
Now comes the time for me to talk about how I thought this could have been fantastic. Please feel free to ignore this as it is just one woman’s opinion. This story was fantastic and had so much potential. If the author went back and expanded this into a novel and re-released it, I would purchase this in a heartbeat and offer to do another review. There is so much to play with and so many ways that this could turn into a love story of all love stories. It needs those holes filled and the history expanded. It needs more time for the characters to develop an emotional connection. It needs more fighting between the good and bad. It just needs more.
I loved the concept of this story. I loved the writing. I would really love it if this was turned into a novel that could really do it justice.
I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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