I loved this story. Kieran Kelly managed to create a world in 50 pages that I am eager to spend more time in. Not just with these characters, but in tI loved this story. Kieran Kelly managed to create a world in 50 pages that I am eager to spend more time in. Not just with these characters, but in the world.
Vamps, Werewolves/shifters, zombies and other paranormals are part of the everyday world. They've been incorporated into the workforce (although for the zombies this isn't always good...but we need fertilizer hehe) and they have protection via laws and the gov't...well, except zombies. But protection has trade-offs. The vamps are tagged and can only feed from gov't issued blood. The werewolves have to wear tags but they are also forced to be neutered...at least here in the US. Otherwise they have the option to "go rouge"
Seth, has had a very bad day at work. A garlic pizza, a splinter and a boss who likes to bless the water cooler water make minutes seem like hours. His sanctuary is his apartment which he shares with a werewolf named Mark. Mark is a horndog and Seth has kept his distance because he doesn't want to just be another notch on Mark's belt.
The vamp that sired Seth returns and the two roommates are forced to realize just how much they mean to one another.
Loved this story. Clever writing and a fantastic amount of humor. My only disappointment is that it's not a full length novel or a series....more
A solid 3 stars on a short story level...I liked it.
I'd have probably liked the story a little more if one of the main characters, Frank, wasn't so inA solid 3 stars on a short story level...I liked it.
I'd have probably liked the story a little more if one of the main characters, Frank, wasn't so insufferable. He carried himself like an arrogant reporter and I found myself wishing Victor would have drained him just to shut him up.
Frank is looking for a scoop on a huge level, he wants to prove that vampires exist. So he goes to where vamps are thought to hang out to ask questions. The vamps don't like questions. So they throw Frank in a cell with Victor, a vamp who is imprisoned and hasn't eaten in weeks. Frank is the type of person who doesn't know when to shut up, even his internal thoughts are frustrating.
The problem is that Victor is not a killer. He's hungry, filthy and resigned to his fate...imprisonment and eventually death for something he did to displease the queen vamp.
Because this is a short story if I say more I'll pretty much give away everything if I give more detail. I will say that the guys have sex and the sex is okay. The way it's written it fails to gain much heat. Vamp books often rely too much on this notion that being bit by a vampire induces ecstasy. It's nice is there is some passionate (or hard n' hot) love making to go with it.
One thing I really enjoyed, it actually made me smile and laugh, is why Victor was in prison. That combined with the fact that the Queen didn't even remember Victor was still imprisoned. Ah, women... *snark*...more
Beautiful Forever is a short story that packs a lot in it's 71 pages. Diana does a wonderful job pulling the reader into the scenes aReally 4.5 stars.
Beautiful Forever is a short story that packs a lot in it's 71 pages. Diana does a wonderful job pulling the reader into the scenes and making them care about a character (Brady) they hardly know. There were moments in the story that I felt genuine concern for Brady because he didn't realize just how serious and real his situation could be. Most of that concern stems from the fact that throughout the story you don't know if the situation he is in is real or if it's all pretend...especially considering the fact that he was dragged into the situation by a friend who may know more than she is letting on.