Friday, March 31, 2017

En Memoriam

Tami Veldura
OldeWolff Alternascents
Reviewed by Nancy
5 out of 5 stars


Paul has seen Victor before, he just can’t remember where. The rush of fear in his stomach when Victor glances his way is familiar. Paul knows the slant of his smile. There’s nothing safe here, but when Victor offers to meet over coffee, Paul is swayed by this sense of knowing. Victor’s touch feels like an old lover. His hands have been here before.

Paul is sure he once learned something Victor is trying to hide. His hair stands on end whenever Victor gives him attention, like his body reacting to danger that his mind can’t recall. He’s not sure uncovering more is a good idea but he craves what Victor might give him.

Paul wants to know why he longs for Victor’s voice. He dreams about conversations they’ve never had. He desires a darkness he’s never seen before. They met only once, but this longing is too intense. Victor is keeping secrets, Paul just can’t remember them.

My Review

Sexy, dark, and dangerous.

Having read and enjoyed Tami Veldura’s Stealing Serenity, I was very confident that I would enjoy her take on vampires and their use of glamour, even if they often feel tired and overdone. Fear not, dear reader! En Memoriam is a fresh and unusual short story, with strong, memorable characters and a ferocious sexual intensity that had me fanning myself.

Each time Paul encounters Victor, there is an element of fear, and also a feeling of familiarity. He knows he’s done this before. Many times, perhaps, but he just can’t remember.

With one swipe of Paul’s temple, Victor deprives Paul of his memories of their encounters. The problem is that Paul is unable to move on with his life. Alcohol, work, and other men can’t fulfill him or erase that feeling he’s lost something. He has desires that only Victor can satisfy, and he keeps coming back. Victor is not accustomed to staying with one person, yet there’s something in Paul.

So curl up under a warm blanket and spend some quality time with two incredibly sexy and determined men who are not afraid of taking what they need. You won’t regret it.