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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Immortality Is The Suck by AM Riley

Immortality Is The Suck by A.M. Riley
Publisher: Loose Id
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Full Length (256 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Adam's an undercover vice cop dealing with a dark past. He's no stranger to bad nights; in fact, he's lived a lot of them. But he won't survive this one. First, a drug deal he's working goes south. Then his partner and sometimes sex partner Peter has to watch him bleed to death. But the kicker: he's not sure what's worse. Watching Peter cry over him or waking up undead.

Peter's a good cop in love with a bad man. Or a bad vampire, now. Watching Adam die was the worst thing he could imagine. Until he woke up. Now their relationship's in crisis. Adam's in the middle of a vampire enclave at the center of Los Angeles motorcycle clubs and Peter just can't hack it.

Adam thinks he's fine with that. He's a commitment-phobe. But he's about to discover, immortality is seriously the suck.

Immortality Is The Suck is a hold-on-to-the-edge-of-your-seat erotic/urban fantasy mesh up that takes you on one hell of a ride. Author A.M. Riley has created a world in which vampires are attempting to rise to power via the use of biker gangs, only one of the newly turned isn’t so happy about his foray into the afterlife.

The voice of the story belongs to our hero, Adam. He’s brash, unapologetic, and shoots straight from the hip. He’s also selfish, unable to commit to anything aside from a chemical substance he can replace, and addresses most of his issues by cutting them off at the oxygen supply. If you want a sympathetic hero – hell, even a likable one – you’re probably not going to care for Adam much. There are times when you’ll adore him, and then others when you’ll hate him, especially when it comes to his treatment of his on and off again lover, Peter.

To be honest, I don’t think I’ve ever wished the love interest in a story would tell the main protagonist to take a hike, but I did so on more than once during the reading of Immortality Is The Suck. Adam, by his own admission, is “not a nice man”, but his casual disregard when it came to sexual safety and Peter’s feelings (while he was sleeping with other, sometimes random, men) was rather icky. He’s promiscuous, and though he doesn’t exactly lie about it, he doesn’t come clean unless asked directly. You know the lone neighborhood Tomcat who impregnates all of the cats in the area? Adam would fall into that category. To be fair, the material isn’t written to place Adam on a pedestal, or to make him into someone he isn’t. But as a reviewer, I felt it was only fair to warn that if you’re in the mood for romance, you’re not going to find much of it here.

As for the story itself, you won’t hear a complaint from this girl! The entire whodunit will keep you guessing, and the writing is spin-on-a-dime sharp. While Adam might have grated on the nerves in the romantic aspects of the story, he is incredibly entertaining and hilarious when he’s in his smart-ass element. The tongue-in-cheek inner dialogue had me snorting, while the situations he finds himself in keep getting better and better.

Romantics might not dig this story, but urban fantasy fans (especially those with a love of a first person narrative), and those with an adoration for snark will gobble this one up and ask for seconds. Definitely worth the read, be sure to check out Immortality Is The Suck.

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