Dark Man by KyAnn Waters
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Short Story (114 pgs)
Rating: 5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern
Vance is determined to discover the secrets hidden in The Catacombs, an exclusive all-male fetish club. Someone there was the last person to see his ex-lover alive and he intends to seek revenge for the brutal murder. Once in, he meets Tac, the owner of the club. He’s secretive and hot as hell. The BDSM sex is unlike anything Vance has experienced. Tac is becoming an obsession and keeping him from the truth.
Nothing can endanger the vampires’ existence. Theron, known in the club as Tac, will destroy any who try. He is dominant and dangerous—in total control of his world. He lives only for sex and blood. He has never been emotionally involved with anyone. Now, a human has slipped into his life and under his skin, making him want more than meaningless sex with blood slaves. But Theron will never allow a mere mortal to bring him to his knees.
First, there was Ice Man. Then, we were given the Iron Man. Yet there was one story promised in the Blood Slaves series by KyAnn Waters I couldn’t wait for. For me, it all came down to the elusive and mysterious Theron, the most powerful vampire of them all. In the very first installment, Ice Man, he literally stole the show, and let me tell you, his story Dark Man was more than worth the wait.
In this, we get to know the vampire that exists behind the cool and aloof façade. Theron has never loved. Following a horrible past, he knows it is too painful to risk emotion in the face of loss. Still, there is something about Vance he cannot deny himself. Determined to make the handsome man his blood slave, he initiates him into The Catacombs, a sex club unlike any other. However, Vance has a secret of his own. He is investigating the murder of a close friend and is using his connection to solve the mystery of who killed him. When Vance learns that Tac, otherwise known as Theron, is not a man, but a vampire, things take a dark and unexpected turn.
Can their desire overcome fear, doubt, and uncertainty? Will Theron finally allow himself to love?
Talk about a story worth waiting for. Theron is as hot as I remembered and then some. I loved how his relationship with Vance advanced, as well as his development as a character along the journey. Vance is perfect as the mortal who will bring a powerful immortal to his knees. His no-holds-barred approach to Theron causes the pages to wilt and wither, to the point that you can literally feel the tension and desire between them. The sex scenes sizzle and the emotion is so prominent that oftentimes it’s difficult to breathe. I couldn’t wait to learn what happened next and was captivated by the dynamic. There is nothing better than an alpha hero learning that one’s heart doesn’t necessarily reside inside their chest, but rests entirely in the hands of another.
A must read for M/M vampire fans, as well as those who adore the series. I loved Dark Man and was thrilled to have the opportunity to read and review it. This is one is going on the keeper shelf!