Genre: Urban Paranormal M/M Romance
CHANNELING MORPHEUS is a series of ten novellas. It focuses on a vampire hunter, Michael, and a vampire, Wild Bill, who fight to stay together. Sometimes the forces that pull at them are other vampires and humans, and sometimes it’s their own natures. Michael’s on a revenge mission to kill every bad vampire. And despite his love, sometimes Bill sleeps with one eye open, because he knows there are no bad or good vampires, or humans really–they’re all killers–and it’s only a matter of time before naive Michael comes to the same conclusion. Sure, Bill could leave, but he’s a slave to his sweet young thing. Eh… maybe he was getting too old anyway?
If you are tired of the typical vampire story, do not despair! There are no sparkles here, no fated mates, and no crushed velvet. And even though both Michael and Bill could be arguably called pretty, it’d be a miracle if they bathed two days straight in a row. Their jeans have seen better days. They live out of a van, both starving and sick from the bloodshed that’s a vampire and a vampire hunter’s daily life. Their love is strong, but it’s also dangerous. They are dangerous.
Wild Bill is fun, in a devil may care kinda way. This is amazing character work, and damn, Price just fucking nails these super amazingly gritty and conflicted characters. Wild Bill’s old, but not crazy old. He may remember Atari, but the internet is still an odd thing young people do. He was pretty happy, living day in and day out, drinking blood, sleeping, and roaming from town to town. Then he fell for a barely legal hunter, and his life got complicated pretty damn quick.
And Michael? He’s young, full of anger. Despite himself, he fell for a vampire. Sure, he had grand ideas of love, but at the same time knew he couldn’t have anything nice, nothing he’s read about in stories. Those kinds of fairy tale endings don’t happen to people like him, people who are broken, drenched in violence. He also possesses the incredible focus of a twenty-something, and that focus revolves around either killing vamps… or fucking Bill. Poor Bill’s left to wonder what will happen when Michael wisens up. Lucky for him, Michael’s also an idealist, another youthful trait, and while most of the time he’s in the moment, the rest of the time his head is in the clouds, and he’s dreaming big.
Let’s hope Bill’s still alive in those dreams.
I probably have more of Price’s work on my review blog than any other author–she’s just that good. I love how in every piece of her work, whether it be about vampires or psychics, you can find many little morsels on the human condition. What I love about Price’s characters, is her ability to turn unlikeable assholes, into relatable heroes. These aren’t guys I’d ever want to have a conversation with, but I’m captivated by their personalities. And even though I don’t go into much plot in the review, I promise you’ll enjoy the story, especially if you’re a fan of Supernatural. And if you like this one, you’ll love her other works.
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