Story rating: 3 out of 5 paddles
Sting factor (kink): 3.5 out of 5
This Ellora’s Cave short story is a nice little post-apocalyptic vampire tale. After the geological upheavals that devastate the country, huddled communities of survivors band together to pool resources. Survival is hard, and Misty’s little enclave pragmatically decides to trade human blood for a vampire’s protection. Misty volunteers for the job, and discovers new heights of pleasure and pain in her blood-drinking master’s embrace.
There’s bloodplay here in the form of lots of sexy little vampire bites, though I wouldn’t call it particularly intense bloodplay . . .it’s not disturbing at all. Still, if you’re squeamish about that sort of thing, give it a pass. I love me some blood, so I was pleased, but Ialso like my bloodplay a little harsher. There’s also some restraint, and a nicely-balanced ravishment dynamic going on.
Sex-wise, it’s pretty good, but a bit heavier on the hyperbole than I prefer. I’d have likeda slightly more down-to-earth approach, especially considering how sharp and practical the narrator’s voice was. I do like a good quasi-consensual scene, and Kennedy certainly provided that.
It’s a quick, easy read. The writing is solid, occasionally sharp and witty. The narrator’s voice is clear, and the use of first person is done quite well.
Overall enjoyable, but not extraordinary.
Reviewed by Amanda