Author: Tom Cardamone
Publisher: Bold Strokes Publishing
Cover Artist: Mel Odom, Kate Shanley
Rating: 3.75 of 5 Stars
Publication Date: 01/18/2016
Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)
Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Erotica, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy
Set in Japan, small town America, midnight Manhattan, ancient Greece and Rome, and beyond, these stories run the gamut of urban nightmare, gay love lost and found, dragons, super villains, a fairy addicted to meth, and Satan on the subway. Readers of Night Sweats will find tales that push boundaries while supplying ample scares, erotic thrills, much wonderment, and some woe.
Night Sweats was a hard book to review. It was hard to read at times, as well. The stories here are not for the faint of heart. These are not sweet and romantic tales, but they are unique and that’s one reason I enjoyed the book.
The tales run the gamut of genres; paranormal, urban fantasy, sci-fi, contemporary and more. Some stories I didn’t really understand others blew me away. Cardamone is talented, that much is sure.
The Cloud Dragon Ate Red Balloons is one of the stories that left me thinking Huh? It’s not that the writing is bad, but the story was more than a little surreal.
The tale entitled Diabolical has one of the best opening lines in any book: The Devil was masturbating on my train.
The sex scene in this story was as equally disturbing and intriguing as that first line.
Kid Cyclops concerns the birth of a cyclops and the journey his life takes. It’s an interesting tale for sure but could’ve used more physical descriptions. For instance, he is described as tall and bigger than other humans but not how much bigger. This left me unable to picture many things including the sex scene.
If you’re in the mood for dark and moody stories this is the collection for you.
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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