Yep, when it comes to this one, the title alone drew me to it. Gladly, I was not disappointed, not at all, by this snack-sized story of … could it be attraction? Or vengeance? Or uncertainty? Yep, we get this and more inside this short. I enjoyed my side-trip into Ms Merrow’s mind when it comes to the supernatural.
by J.L. Merrow
3.75 Chomps out of 5 – Oh yeah, it can happen.
From the Publisher:
Nothing says “I love you” like a stake through the heart.
Niall’s just looking for a quiet life, ever since the botched vampire attack that turned him into a ghoul. He’s even trying to stay off the pleasures of human flesh.
Jamie’s a revenge-driven kid on a vampire killing spree, and he needs Niall’s help to survive. Somehow Niall finds his long-dormant conscience — and his libido — waking up. But Jamie’s luck can only last so long.
This is a visceral story of love (or something like it) among the undead.
Humor with a side of Steak… Hold the fries…
It’s ok, I started to hear the song, too: replacing “a girl like you” with “a ghoul like you”… *sings* “I wanna know what love iiiiiiis!! I wantchu to show meeee!”
Actually, when I think of it like that, it adds something to this wee paranormal adventure, truly. I was pretty much immediately in favor of the tone and attitude of this short, of the language, and Niall’s voice, from whose the story is told.
So, we have Niall, and then we have Jamie.
And then… HA! We have Jamie and we have Niall. I did not see that coming. It made me smile, and it usually does when a story surprises me like that, in a good way.
Also, points for: béarnaise sauce. *nods* Although, for Niall, and lucky for Jamie, it’s not a thing.
For me, a short story works when: characters are defined at a level at which they elicit an investment from me and the writing style provides the trolley car on which to roll along <—— because it’s enjoyable. This one is stronger on the character point than the writing style tip, but it does work.
I like when a dude attempts to deny his piqued interest in the other dude. I like it because the power dynamic is manipulated all proper like, for our enjoyment. Yep, another good sign if I’m tossing around a term like ‘power dynamic’, eh?
So in these scant 20 or so pages, Ms Merrow gives us humor, ghastly deeds, a bit of hope and some hotness. I can dig it and I think you will, too. That is, of course, if you like your fledgling lerve connections to be of the ghoulish variety. 😉
I would like to thank JMS Books for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.
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