Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: The Vampire’s Dinner
Author: T.J. Nichols
Series: 2016 Advent Calendar – Bah Humbug
Heroes: Charles & Blake
Genre: M/M Paranormal
Length: 39 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: December 1, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: For vampire Charles Redfort, Christmas is a bitter reminder of the day he was killed by a werewolf. After fleeing the vampire army he was created to serve in, he has lived in exile in England. Once a year he allows himself to tell the truth about his life over dinner. Then he eats the man he’s hired for the night.
Blake Wells is an engineering student by day and escort by night. He works Christmas because he doesn’t want to see his father, and his mother doesn’t want to see him. When he meets Charles, he thinks he’s gotten a bonus present that he can’t wait to unwrap. But as the truth is revealed, Blake will have to think fast to live until morning and convince Charles to give up his lonely life.
I’m not sure how to write this review. It’s about Charles, a vampire, who only allows himself to reveal who he is once a year. Afterward, he drains the person who reveals himself to and kills them. Unfortunately, Blake is the escort he rents for the night who’s unlucky enough to be his victim. As the night goes on and Blake realizes what’s happening, he tries his hardest to convince Charles having a full-time companion is much better than being lonely a majority of the year.
It was hard for me to really like this story. I’m the type of reader who wants more substance to her stories and less smut. This whole short is pretty much sex or foreplay of some kind, which is really not my cup of tea. I also wasn’t very fond of Charles as a character. I mean, he was so unfeeling and slightly annoying for me. And there wasn’t enough of Blake to really get into him either, especially when I found him to be a little hypocritical when it came to his family. It was just really hard for me to like these characters when there wasn’t much depth to them because it was all just sexual, I didn’t feel any connection beyond that.
In the end, I thought this one had a lot of potential but I thought the author could have done more with it than just having it as a sex story. It was hard for me to like it because there wasn’t much depth beyond that, IMO. However, I think readers should still give this a try if the blurb interests them because others might enjoy this more than I did.
Overall Impression: It was okay, but not good
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*