A Tale Told in Darkness by Sue Brown ~ Book Review by Josie Goodreads

A-Tale-Told-in-DarknessTitle: A Tale Told in Darkness

Author: Sue Brown

Publisher: Self Published

Cover Artist: unknown

Rating: 5.00 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 02/18/2013

Length: Novella (~ 15K-50K)

Genre: M/M Romance, Paranormal


Cal loves to snuggle up in bed with his partner, Lee, and listen to a tale told in the darkness. His favourite story is about the vampire, Lord Oliver Brook, a lone vampire in London, who uses humans for sex and food.

When Michael Benton moves in next door, Brook’s world takes an unexpected turn. Young, blond and gorgeous, Michael doesn’t discourage his attentions, but he makes it plain he doesn’t want to become a vampire.

Against his own nature, Brook takes their relationship slowly. Then Michael disappears and Brook discovers he’s not been the only one pursuing the young human. Will he find Michael before he’s lost forever?

My View:

“Tell me a story, Lee,”

What a fabulous start to a book. Immediately you get the impression of snuggling down, snatched glances and words said in whispers. The story just got better from then on, I loved the snarky exchanges between Call and Lee at the beginning and kept smiling as I was reading.

Lee is telling Cal the story of Lord Oliver Brook, a lone vampire who has been prowling London’s streets for over a hundred years. This is a world where Shadow Creatures, such as Vampires and Shifters, mingle side by side with humans. Brook becomes besotted with a neighbour, Michael, a young man who has already lost his brother to a vampire and therefore despises all things of the night. Michael is attracted to Brook, even though he doesn’t want to be, but before their relationship can develop Michael disappears. Can Brook find Michael and save him, and can Michael learn to put aside his prejudices and build a future with Brook?

I loved the world Sue created, a world in which Vampires and Shifters walk side by side with humans, especially the club where Michael first learns what Brook is. Inserting the thoughts of a killer throughout the story in italics added in a threatening element, gave a hint of danger that I liked and added darkness that worked very well.

I felt Brook was well developed, he came over initially as a very cold person, immune to any real empathy with his victims, yet once he saw Michael he realized what he could have, and what he had to protect. I also thought adding in that he had regrets about siring another vampire gave him depth, made him seem more real, admitting that he had made mistakes, and wasn’t perfect. Michael was more transparent, he loathed vampires yet felt himself drawn to Brook, something he didn’t really understand, I liked that they took it slowly, no instant fall into bed here. The revelation of the killer is quite a surprise, it’s one I didn’t expect, but it’s all so obvious once you know who it is.

The ending is perfect, it’s a twist I never saw coming and its all the sweeter for that, it’s almost tear inducing. I adore this book, it’s one I read every Halloween as it’s that special.


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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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