Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Publisher: JCP Books
Cover Artist: Jordan Castillo Price
Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 04/21/2015
Length: Long Novel (~ 100K+)
Genre: Contemporary, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Paranormal
Staking a vampire isn’t so easy now that Michael’s got a vampire of his very own. Although killing them is no longer an option, he’s as determined as ever to stop the spread of vampirism.
Wild Bill is a lover, not a fighter–so he’s tickled when Michael’s new agenda, to dispense condoms and sterile phlebotomy gear among vampires, replaces the old “heads will roll” approach.
It takes courage to track down vamps in their own territory and deliver a lecture on safe sex, and more importantly, safe bloodletting. Michael’s never been short on audacity…but he’s finding that he and Wild Bill aren’t the only ones with agendas.
Ebook box set contains the following novelettes: Brazen, Snare, Fluid, Swarm, Elixir
This is Channeling Morpheus Box Set #2 A Bitter Taste of Sweet Oblivion – This box set translates into a long novel length. It started off so well with a fabulous emotive description;
…I was a giant tuning fork, and he was the note that had just bent up to meet my quivering harmonic…
I adore that a vampire calls his paramour, ‘his heart of hearts’. Wonderful symbolism and romance of the type you would expect from someone like Wild Bill except…it is too sporadic, and although there are books I can think of where the two characters really do communicate certain events, or emotional problems, through sex – these characters have too many wonderful things they could say away from the sex. So it starts to intrude on rather than illuminate the relationship and story.
Wild Bill is even more of the main event in this box set. His persona is becoming more needy while Michael’s seems to stray more. I never once doubted Wild Bill’s total love and passion for Michael, but the sex was getting in the way where developing Michael’s feelings were concerned. Some of this is to be expected as Michael is still only twenty one/ twenty two whereas Wild Bill may look twenty four, but he’s been that way for a few years now – hence his attitude is a little more jaded, cynical and knowledgeable than Michael’s.
I thought the themes and ideas set out in the first box set would be elaborated upon in this set and to some small extent they were. The trouble was that there were new adventures/plots/ideas also presented, so with all the sex there still wasn’t enough time to really develop some incredibly dark and intense themes.
I suppose I did have the answer to ‘would Wild Bill take a vampire cure?’ and I had the reason why he makes his decision, although it was not a reason I would have thought sustainable. We had an idea of what is in store for Michael as a ‘Renfield’ BUT there is no real resolution – the endless wandering continues. The cheap motels and van life will continue I expect too. For all the dark intensity and one of those fictional relationships that are bigger than most of us can ever expect – there were no understandings; no improvement; no direction found, and so many opportunities left without development.
I loved reading these Box sets and I own them, so I would have read them regardless of review commitments. I just felt as interesting as they were – they could have been so much more.
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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