Rating: 3 stars out of 5
Shameless vampire addict Eli spends every waking moment chasing pleasure, securing invites to vampire den after vampire den via the vampire/human social network FangFinder. This weekend, he’s signed up for his most extreme adventure yet, a 72-hour party where a legal contract serves as his voluntary consent to anything and everything the den members decide to do to him…
Strong and silent type Orion is the only member of his den without fangs, a dhampir who wears metal points on two fingers so he can give the human guests what they crave. What he craves is a release for the savage half of his nature; he wants to force a human into submission. When his fellow den members inform him that Eli has signed up for just this treatment, Orion lays claim to him for the weekend.
But Eli would never have agreed to spend three days with a half-breed, and he’ll fight Orion’s touch every chance he gets. Even if the pleasure he finds in the dhampir’s grip is more intense than anything he’s ever felt with a vampire…
fangjunkie27 (FangFinder #1) by Lyssa Dering is a dark, violent short tale of 72 hours in a junkie’s life. Instead of drugs or alcohol, Eli is chasing the high he felt from his first vampire bite and there’s nothing he won’t do or hasn’t done to get it. He’s an addict in every way, including the sometime denial, the back history that helps with an addictive nature and the worst of an addictive’s personality. On top of that? Eli is somewhat masochistic (he wavers on this), likes being forced, is prejudiced towards dhampirs, in his words…he’s a “mess, a suicidal mess”.
Orion is unusual in this sort of fiction. He’s a dhampir that is fangless (his solution to that is neat but one I’ve seen before), mortal and angry about that. That last bit is quite understandable. Yes, he gets called names under the guise of being “one of the gang”, yes, he’s looked down on for those characteristics by Eli who wants a ‘true vampire’. Let the beatings and non-con sex ensue. I said it was dark and violent. Orion truly doesn’t have that much more going for him at least outside of the job at the den. All he seems to have is this “den”, no other outside income or place of his own. So in a way he’s as dependent as Eli because of his less than desired stature.
There is a redeeming factor to Orion. He wants to give the people who come to him what they want. Part of the game for him is figuring that out. Eli is more puzzling than normal and that makes Orion even angrier. Yes, more beatings and angry sex.
To give Dering some credit, its not quite as basic as that. There’s some layering going on to both characters which is why this story got 3 stars. But in the end you’re spending the weekend with a masochistic junkie and the angry, insecure somewhat sadistic Dom in charge of him. Look at that sentence and think hard about that. There’s an unlikely ending tacked on here probably to give reason for a second story but instead it just makes you wonder why this vampire den isn’t charging for this “cure’ for addiction. To me this just felt unfinished, not enough payment for having to stay with Eli for 72 tortuous hours. I’m stopping now before I rethink that 3 star rating.
For those of you who enjoy dark fiction, erotica, BDSM without restraints (no restraints here-that’s part of the contract at the den), a dhampir with quirks and fangs of his own and an blood addict on a downward spiral, this book is for you.
Cover art is dark which is certainly suitable for this story.
Kindle Edition, 81 pages
Published February 2nd 2017 by Disobedient Publications, LLC