Fangs Like Me, by Lyssa Dering
Publisher: NineStar Press
Release Date: March 13, 2017
Lane, a newborn vampire, still feels the pain of betrayal. Two years ago, a faithless boyfriend took his life, and now, Lane’s Maker has also left him behind. The pain of separation burns strong when all Lane wants are arms to hold him and enough warm blood to satisfy his voracious appetite. At a shifter party, Lane is drawn to a hunky Alpha werewolf who tries to console him.
Parker is more than a thoughtless hookup. Since his family disowned him for finding boys just as hot as girls, all he wants is someone to love and look after. The sweet little vamp calls to his protective instincts, but he sure is jumpy. Cuddling with boys is new and delicious, but when this boy also wants him as a food source, things get complicated.
Vampires and shifters aren’t supposed to get along, and Parker’s rough dominance triggers bad memories for Lane. But Parker’s wolf wants Lane, and he knows he can give Lane what he needs. Can Lane learn to navigate his past and give the thing growing between them a chance? Or will the very real possibilities of heartache, abandonment, and even death, keep them apart?
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Well, that was different.
I’m not sure I’ve come across two more anxiety-ridden paranormal creatures than Lane and Parker. And to be honest, I’m not sure how I feel about that either.
Both Lane and Parker do have very good reasons for being a bit traumatized. Lane is a ‘babyvamp’ who hasn’t quite shaken off the trauma of trusting the wrong vampire. When he meets shifter, Parker, he realizes his memories are closer to the surface than he thought.
Never mind the risk to his heart. Never mind the risk of getting close to another guy with fangs, which would inevitably bring everything back. How he’d trusted the wrong vampire. How he’d gotten to that lovely, dizzy place the came with feeding. But Adrian hadn’t stopped when he was supposed to. He’d taken all of Lane’s blood.
Parker too is dealing with his own demons, having left his pack behind when it was clear that his sexuality was a problem, especially to his father who expected Parker to have pack of his own one day.
Parker’s dad was almost always disappointed about something, but Parker not being “man enough” to take on the breeding mantle and start up a pack of his own was the gravest offense. [Parker] told him he couldn’t see himself breeding in the first place. Couldn’t see himself with a woman, even. Couldn’t see himself with a wolf.
So yeah, they both have their reasons for being a bit angsty about things. It’s just that…Lane is just so extra about everything. He reads as very emotionally immature and I’m not sure if that’s because of all of his big FEELINGS or that’s the way the author wrote him but, gods, at times he can get a little tiring.
Added in to all the angst, Lane’s maker, Theo, is away from home and Lane is feeling emotionally vulnerable, the separation causing havoc with their sire/sired bond. As Lane is still a new vampire, his need for Theo’s physical presence is strong, but Theo only sparingly provides the kind of intimacy Lane craves. This results in Lane being even more needy, which causes him to be more emotional, which causes me to want to tell him to put his big girl pants on. Urgh.
Aside from that, though, I kinda dug this book. Yeah, I know – I’m just as surprised as you are. The idea of a vampire and a shifter making a go of things is actually kind of intriguing. The whole ‘knotting’ aspect of shifter sex always freaks me out a little, but it totally makes sense here, especially if your partner is a vampire who can heal the extra, er, stretching, quickly and easily.
This book won’t appeal to everyone. Aside from the aforementioned knotting and the general emo-ness, there are elements of BDSM, biting and the whole wolf ‘claiming’ thing. But if some of those things work for you, I suggest giving this book a shot. It’s got a different kind of vibe than a lot of books I’ve read, but that alone might make this book worth reading.
Lyssa Dering is an author of erotic M/M fiction. Her work is sometimes romantic, always emotional, and features shifters, vampires, and regular old humans in whatever subgenres inspire her. She seeks to share the kind of fiction she loves to read: engaging, addictive, and intensely erotic without sacrificing depth and characterization.
Lyssa is nonbinary and demisexual and often draws upon her time in the BDSM community when writing intimate scenes. She resides in the Midwestern United States with an aggressively affectionate tabby cat. When not writing, she enjoys livetweeting the books she’s reading and dicking around in Photoshop.
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