They Called Him Nightmare by Deja Black (review)

Tagline: Two creatures of the night – one dark, one light – cannot forget a burning touch
Alternate tag:  a vampire’s thirst and need to possess encounters a hotly burning dark man with deeper secrets

They Called Him Nightmare Book Cover Image

Title: They Called Him Nightmare
Author: Deja Black
Genre:  Paranormal Gay Erotica
Format:  Short Story (7k words, 26 pages)

Series: Walk on Wild Side

Publisher: Dreamspinner (June 2016)

ISBN: 978-1-63477-502-1

Retail:  $1.99

Also available:  Walk on Wild Side Anthology

Rating:   star  star  star  star  star  (5 stars – I loved it!)

Dreamspinner’s 2016 Daily Dose anthology includes 30 romantic male/male shifter stories released one a day during the month of June.

Synopsis: Kai Bennu, a man of dark skin and even darker secrets, is taunted as a Nightmare in his small Carolina town.  Golden boy Alex Vasilios is more than intrigued by the Nightmare, yet all of his powerful charm cannot real him in.  A mere touch between the two leaves an immediate burn and a long-term sizzle that does not dissipate. When it is time for men to move on in life, can anything replace and surpass that supernatural boyhood burning and yearning?

Review:  I am not sure how to even begin to review this without revealing the tantalizing details of the story.  Normally, I try not to reveal any more (or at least not too much more) than the publisher’s synopsis unveils.  This short story switches back and forth between the two protagonists, revealing the core hunger and fears of both boys and then men as they each struggle with their own fantastic natures.  The exposition for each character is absolutely compelling, enticing, and enchanting, engaging my rapt attention like no other story has in a long time.

The switch between the point of view that quickly thrusts deep secrets and longings out to the reader obviously worked extremely well for me, binding me in a spell of interest and fascination that usually takes chapters upon chapters to evoke from me as a reader.  While this writing style might not work for some, it took my breath away, reeling me into a supernatural short story incredibly quickly and effectively.

The ultimate physical connection was fine, but the reveal at the end was a perfect payoff for me.

Recommended for fans of: Extremely light and rather dark fantastical creatures; first person point-of-view of quickly and piercingly laying out the longings and fears of supernatural creatures living in a sea of humanity.

Explicit Heat: fire  fire  fire –  Only two explicit scenes, but they burned very hot for me.
Passion: heart  heart  heart  heart  – For such a short story, it’s hard to imagine more passion that worked for me

Other Comments (spoilers):

The vampire’s narration was the most compelling description of supernatural hunger and lust I have read in quite a while.


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