Vampire Week Review: Payback by Jordan Castillo Price

Guest Reviewed by Morgan

1Title: Payback
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: Channeling Morpheus #1
Heroes: Michael/Wild Bill
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 38 Pages
Publisher: JCP Books
Release Date: April 25, 2011 (2nd Ed.)
Available at: JCP Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb: The hunt is on.

Pretty young men and women like Michael’s best friend, Scary Mary, are disappearing from underground goth clubs all over Detroit. For over two years, Michael has been scouring the midwest for buried newspaper articles and obscure medical reports, and now he’s finally pinpointed the source of the problem. Too bad he can’t exactly go to the cops and tell them his friend was murdered by vampires. Since it’s his duty to start wiping out the scourge, he’s posing as bait—and he’s got a bag of sharpened hickory stakes to do the job.

Everything should go smoothly, given the amount of preparation that Michael has put into the hunt. He’s got a practiced repertoire of come-hither eyeliner looks and a full blister-pack of the date rape drug Rohypnol. But he didn’t count on Wild Bill showing up.

Wild Bill is a vision in spiked hair and scuffed black leather—exactly the type of guy Michael would have fallen for…if he’d ever had the chance. Unfortunately, with a vampire in his sights, Michael has no time for an actual date. Despite his best efforts, it seems there’s nothing Michael can do to shake Bill loose. Looks like they’re in for a wild, wild ride.

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Review:

This series starts with Payback, Michael seeking revenge for the death of his friend. He’s hunting a vampire who kills indiscriminately. While waiting for his “prey,” he meets Wild Bill, but doesn’t realize Bill is also a vamp.

The three of them end up in a clench, and the night does not end how anyone thought it would, but that isn’t the end of this story, only the beginning.

**

Amazing. Jordan Castillo Price writes amazing characters. Dark. Brooding. Broken. Fascinating. What I love about this series (and her work in general) is how much she portrays with a minimum of words. Each phrase, word, thought adds to the story and in such an economically but erotically beautiful way.

No doubt about it, the eroticism of this series is off the charts, but not eclipsed by the character development and the emotional attachments that develop.

I was surprised when I read on GoodReads that originally JCP had intended Payback to be a short story one-off with no intent for more. Its popularity convinced her to re-visit it and make it into a series. When she went back to look at the series, she decided she had to do at least some of it from Bill’s perspective. As she states it, “I’m not sure if I sensed that Michael wasn’t really a leading man, or if I just wanted to see if being in Wild Bill’s head was as do-able as having Michael hear him talk…In the end, though, I decided that whether it was cheating or not to dip into Bill’s perspective, I wanted to challenge myself to see if I could write like he thought.”

Which brings us to book two in the series, Vertigo, where we see Bill’s side of the story, from where Payback leaves off.

I highly recommend this book and this series and give it 4.5 of 5 stars.

Overall Impression: I loved it!

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 4.5 Star Ratings, Book Review, Guest Reviewer, LGBT, Published in 2011, Theme Week | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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