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Friday, July 23, 2010

Gomorrah: Bonded by Elizabeth Jewell

Gomorrah: Bonded by Elizabeth Jewell
Publisher: Changeling Press
Genre: Contemporary, Paranormal
Length: Short Story (34 pgs)
Other: M/M, Anal Sex, Voyeurism, Forced Seduction
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

Ian has wondered about Gomorrah, the seedy bar/sex club downtown, for years. Now that he's single again, he decides to check it out. It can't be that bad, can it? And surely all those rumors about vampires are bunk.

Nick's a bouncer at Gomorrah, and when he sees Ian, he sees fresh meat. Or fresh blood, as the vampire patrons of the club will think. Trying to protect the younger man, Nick instead finds himself in a bit of a pickle involving the head of the local cadre, and the only way out is to get a lot closer to Ian than he ever intended.

Sometimes trying to find the thing you want can be the worst possible decision — when vampires are involved. But that doesn’t mean it’s all bad — in the case of Ian and Nick, it’s really good.

I like stories that take plot twists I didn’t expect. This is one of those tales. Elizabeth Jewell creates a situation where an emotionally wounded man finds not only a second chance, but the love of more than a lifetime. I felt like I was really there in the club with Ian and Nick. I only wish there’d been a bit more description. But I realize that this is a short story and there is only so much room for scene and world building. Still, it wasn’t enough to deter me from reading further.

I liked Ian. He had emotional baggage and wasn’t sure if he was ready to love or be loved again. The reasons were valid and realistic which added to the story. I wanted to see him get what he deserved — someone to care about him. I could also appreciate his trepidation. He’d gotten in over his head and the reader can identify with him because who hasn’t made a decision and then realized maybe it wasn’t the right one?

Nick is a bit of an enigma. I wanted to get into his head more and find out what made him tick. Being that this story is told from Ian’s point of view, I wasn’t totally sure how attracted Nick even was to him or if it was a sense of taking care of him. But I loved how things came together at the end and I appreciated the decisions made. The story became more forceful and enjoyable.

If you want a story with a twist of kink and a whole lot of soul, then you need to read Gomorrah: Bonded. I give this story 4 cherries.

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