Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Review & Giveaway: NIGHTSIDE by V.L. Locey (An Erie Vampire Tale)

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Cover Design: Meredith Russell
Length: 50,236 words

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Being a new member of the undead sect has its ups and downs, something that newly embraced Akio Lee is finding out first hand. Being able to spend eternity with his beloved Vincente, the man who introduced him to life in the nightside, is a definite up. Having to feed on strangers? That’s one of the downsides, and something that Akio is finding difficult to swallow. But what other option is there for a recently wed vampire couple who need blood to survive?

Finding a new donor perhaps? One who comes into the lifestyle willingly, as Akio had done, and is open to the unique and sensual relationship that develops when three men have a blood bond. A man who can exist in both the nightside and the dayside worlds. A man like Ian O’Keeffe, the handsome caretaker of the manse Akio and Vincente now call home? Ian seems to tick every box Akio and Vincente have—he’s comfortable around vampires, he’s obviously into men, he’s drop-dead gorgeous, he’s more than a little mischievous, and he’s human. Mostly.

But will the outgoing handyman be willing to offer two vampires his vein, his body, and his heart?

Carra's Review

All the other books I’ve read by this author were hockey romance, so this one was definitely a departure from those.  While I haven’t read the other stories in this series, I was still able to follow along just fine and understand everything going on…so yes, this can be read as a standalone.  That said, I may have been more invested in the characters had I read the prior books since they do have some history in the series.  This story is told from Akio’s point of view which worked well, though as I usually do I was wishing at least some of it could have incorporated Vincente’s and Ian’s too.

I did enjoy the characters—Akio was a trip when he had too much to drink, whether it was alcohol or Ian’s blood, and Ian was a fun flirt.  Vincente was a bit staid at times, something that could be chalked up to how and when he lived while alive and then first turned into a vampire.  There was obvious chemistry between the three of them with their banter and ease with each other, and once things became physical that chemistry was elevated to another level.

There was more than just their developing relationship going on with the mystery of some very disturbing objects they find in the attic of their new home.  This does eventually lead to a major conflict of violence and drama, but for me this aspect of the story felt a bit detached from the rest of it.  Me personally?  I could have traded that for more time spent on the relationship development between the three men.

Overall though Nightside was an enjoyable read, and these guys made me smile and laugh, and my rating is somewhere between 3.5 to 4 stars.  With the adult language and sexual content, this book is meant for readers 18+.

About the Author

V.L. Locey loves worn jeans, yoga, belly laughs, Dr. Who, Torchwood, walking, reading and writing lusty tales, Greek mythology, the New York Rangers, comic books, and coffee. (Not necessarily in that order.) She shares her life with her husband, her daughter, one dog, two cats, two Jersey steers and a flock of assorted domestic fowl.

When not writing lusty tales, she can be found enjoying her day with her menagerie in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with a cup of fresh java in hand.


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