Vampire Week Review: Manikin by Jordan Castillo Price

Guest Reviewed by Morgan

1Title: Manikin
Author: Jordan Castillo Price
Series: Channeling Morpheus #3
Heroes: Michael/Wild Bill
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 57 Pages
Publisher: JCP Books
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Available at: JCP Books, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Marushka loves pretty things: lace and velvet, porcelain and pearls. She sews elaborate costumes for all of her dolls, and she spends hours arranging their hair just so. Her collection is growing; she’s added a very pretty trinket, and his name is Michael. She can’t wait to dress him up.

Michael always suspected mentally ill vampires grew worse and worse as the years went by. He’d never realized how unhinged they could get.

Now Michael is in way over his head. Will Wild Bill save him? Or was it only wishful thinking on Michael’s part that their connection ran deeper than sex or blood?

First edition was published as Channeling Morpheus: Manikin in 2008. Appears in the print collection Channeling Morpheus for Scary Mary.

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Review:

This is from Michael’s perspective. He’s on the hunt again and in a lot of trouble. Fortunately, Bill took the hint and finds him in the nick of time. He’s also bought Michael a van, and thus starts their relationship with Big Red.

Bill is now, more or less committed, at least in the short term, to seeing where things go with Michael. Michael is both ecstatic and trepidatious about getting involved with a vampire, and specifically Wild Bill.

Again, JCP blows us away with another super-erotic scene between our two “heroes,” and their budding relationship is both needy and fulfilling in the way that only such amazingly flawed characters can possibly be.

I loved the examples of his enchantment for Michael that Bill slips through. He lets Michael have his “Harlequin” fantasies, and tolerates his jealousy over getting blood from others, and “bites” Michael on the neck, just to make him happy. Michael, in turn, is both determined to persevere and be virginally seductive (the shaved bits showcase this so metaphorically) and is ever questioning of Bill’s experiences.

The creepy vamp with the mannequins is vanquished, and the duo move on, now a team of sorts…. Where will they end up in book 4?

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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