What sharp teeth you have!

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It’s October—the month of monsters! Do you have a favourite monster?

I do. About ten years ago I read every vampire story (mostly PNR) I could get my hands on. This went on for a while so, in the end, I grew a little tired of tall, dark and deadly and started mixing it up a little.

But as the nights grow darker I find myself wanting back to the time when I curled up on the sofa and read a novel a day, most often one including sharp fangs tearing through delicate skin.

But where are the gay vampires?

I know there are tonnes of M/M vampire stories out there, and maybe I haven’t read the right ones. Maybe I grew a little tired of these evil hotties even before I started reading M/M. Maybe, just maybe, the gay vampires are too busy having sex to actually take part in a rememberable plot.

I don’t mean to criticise, not really, but when I think of vamps, the books popping up in my mind aren’t M/M. I’m thinking of Black Dagger Brotherhood (yeah, I know one book in there is an M/M but it’s the weakest in the series in my opinion), Anita Blake, Nighthuntress, Sookie Stackhouse, Chicagoland Vampires, Guildhunter, I even think of Twilight before I think of an M/M story—though that’s probably more because of well-done marketing than a rememberable plot.

So where are the gay vampires? I scrolled through my read list to see which books I’d forgotten because some pale hunk must have swept me off my feet these last years. There must have been someone, right?

Nah, not really.

Don’t get me wrong. I love Jordan Castillo Price‘s Channeling Morpheus series but, as much as Wild Bill drags me in, the stories have little to offer outside the bedroom activities. I really liked Winter Winds by Missouri Dalton about Cillian the deaf vampire. And let’s not forget Harvey Feng in the Sanguine series by Harper Lou. You have to love a cross-dressing, vegetarian vampire. Among the favourites, I also have to mention Jordan L. Hawk’s Hunter of Demons. I’ve only read the first in the SPECTR series but I so loved Gray.

I’m still missing a gay vampire snagging and managing to keep my attention, though. I miss desperately searching for the next book in a series. I miss not being able to put the book down until the dreaded ‘The End’ stares back at me.

Which vampire books should I read?


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Friday Reads | Thirsting for More

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Autumn is here. In my head, I’m painting pictures of us all snuggled up on the sofa with something hot to drink and a good book to help us escape the whining wind outside. The reality is not getting any sleep because the kids are coughing through the night and being covered in snot because they use me as a living tissue.

In an attempt to place myself in that romantic picture of a book, a steaming cup, and a cosy sofa I went looking for a vampire story. Yes, vamps are very autumny. But, since reality once again made itself known, I realised I’d better pick something short if I’m ever going to finish it. I was browsing Amazon when I spotted Thirsting for More by Claire Cray in the ‘Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought’ section.

I recognised Claire Cray’s name, I’ve read her before, and before I knew what I was doing I pressed the buy button. The book is free so don’t worry, I didn’t impulse buy books for my food money.

Thirsting for More is about Cal, who has been a vampire for seven years, and Ira who has been one since the 1940s. It’s a short, sexy tale about love and misunderstandings. I wouldn’t have minded a little less sex and a little more vampy stuff but hey, still a great little story worth every minute invested in it.

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Book cover Thirsting for more Claire CrayCal’s seven years as a vampire haven’t been so bad. After being turned by a horny immortal he never saw again, he got used to things pretty quick. The aphrodisiac venom has been an unexpected perk, keeping him supplied with beautiful boys who double as meals.

There’s just one thorn in his side: for this entire seven years, Cal has suffered a painful unrequited crush on the vampire Ira. Cool, narcissistic, and loudly straight, Ira drifts in and out of his life as he pleases, soaking up Cal’s attention when he’s around and then leaving him alone with his hopeless desires.

After Ira’s latest departure, Cal has decided to get over him for good. But now Ira’s back with a shocking proposition that threatens to change their dynamic forever…


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