A Barb the Zany Old Lady Review: They Called Him Nightmare (2016 Daily Dose – A Walk on the Wild Side) by Deja Black

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Rating: 4 stars out of 5

they-called-him-nightmareFrom the 2016 Daily Dose package – A Walk on the Wild Side

This short story is my first from this author, and I was pleasantly surprised by the story. It opens with high school student Alec assessing all the others in his class for who will taste the best. A young vampire, he has the ability to put people in thrall, so they have no idea he has had sex with them and drunk their blood. But when the young man nicknamed Nightmare is around, Alec loses his ability to think straight. He’s attracted to the boy whose real name is Kai, and when he reaches out and touches him, sparks literally fly. Both recoil from the shock, but Alec wants more and Kai, wanting nothing to do with Alec, disappears shortly after the encounter.

Flash forward ten years and Alec has finally found the location where Kai has been hiding from him all this time. Excited to finally set out to meet the man he feels attracted to, he has no idea that Kai’s mother, or at least the woman he calls mother, is dying of cancer but wants nothing more than to see her boy settled before she goes so is willing to help him get his man.

There’s much more, including some very good character development, considering the brevity of the story, and there’s a surprise in store for readers who are wondering what type of being Kai might be. Let’s just say he’s the last of his kind. When the two men come together this time, they ignite in passion and finally fulfill their destiny.

I really like this story as I said at the beginning of this review. It had all the ingredients of a longer story, including a unique otherworldly perspective, and I’m looking forward to more from this author in the future.

Catt Ford is the cover artist for this series and this particular cover shows a figure in the center of a clearing lit by bright blue light and surrounded by wild animals in a darker shadowed border. It’s very appealing.

Sales Links:   Dreamspinner Press | Amazon

Book Details:

ebook, 26 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Dreamspinner Press
ISBN 1634775023 (ISBN13: 9781634775021)
Edition LanguageEnglish

Series2016 Daily Dose – A Walk on the Wild Side
CharactersKai Bennu, Alec Vasilios settingSouth Carolina (United States)