Grave Throbbing: M/M Vampire Romance by Edie Montreux

"What an interestingly unique vampire story." Téa read and reviewed Grave Throbbing.

From the blurb:

In Harley's day, glory hole meant storage room. The VIP room at the vampire club doesn't fit that description, and why does that coffin have a hole in the middle? Someone could die of sun exposure!

Harley has been out of the dating scene for a century. He's still hung up on Ciaran, the one that got away. Though vampires are supposed to be immune to vampire bites, his last bite from Ciaran left him temporarily paralyzed while Ciaran vanished without a trace. Now Ciaran's back, and Harley has to decide whether he wants answers or Ciaran more.

Ciarán didn't want to run from the sweetest vampire he'd ever met, but his life was already complicated with a sire bond and a rare vampire ability. Now that he's resolved his conflicts with the vampire council, he's too shy to approach Harley. With the aid of the club's strategically designed coffin, Ciarán apologizes with a pleasure-filled bite. Will it be enough to earn Harley's trust?

Ciarán would slow down and court Harley the right way, except he's in trouble with Harley's boss again. He needs Harley's help to survive the week ahead.

Grave Throbbing is a paranormal male/male second chance romance between two consenting versatile adults who like Halloween costumes and drinking mixed blood cocktails from paper cups. (Don't forget to recycle!) This standalone novella takes place in the world of Uncertain Future, a short story anthology by Edie Montreux. These are new main characters with very little crossover. (All hail Empress Marcella!) If you're looking for a short, snarky, and spicy standalone with a happily ever after, download your copy today!

Content warning: Description of vampire on vampire violence resulting in death and dismemberment.

Téa's Review:

I.. don't quite know how to feel about this book. On the one hand, I enjoyed the story. I liked the characters; the writing was really nice, and the concept was completely unique. I've never read anything like it before. However, I feel like the overall dynamic of Key and Harley's story would've benefitted from the book being longer. It didn't feel as though their relationship got any build-up or any depth. 

Having said that, I still enjoyed the story. I thought the bond that Key and Greed had was so adorable, and I really liked Greed's character. She was stubborn, brave, and sassy. I loved the dynamic she brought to the story.

As far as steam/spice goes, this book was high steam and high spice. There were a bunch of different scenes of Key and Harley being together. Some taking place using a coffin. 

Overall, I thought this story was a unique read, full of vampires. 

Rating: 4 Stars

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