Vampires and sunlight get along … rather poorly. So when Aserad finds himself locked out of his boyfriend’s — er, ex-boyfriend’s — basement minutes before dawn, he’s a little put out. Even his ex sounds somewhat uncertain about the whole breakup thing, but he was certainly quick enough to toss Aserad out. It’s been less than 24 hours and he has already changed the locks, which means yes, they are actually broken up, and that Aserad is going to have to pray for a miracle if he doesn’t want to get toasted by the sun.
Fortunately Selan, the next door neighbor, is hot, horny, and willing to let Aserad in for the day. But what was meant to be a one-time thing turns out to be something more when Aserad realizes he’s not the only one with secrets.
This is a cute short story set in an interesting world with magic, demons, vampires, and a whole slew of possibilities. There are agencies set to regulate magic and famous criminals — or, in Aserad’s words — “the most controversial figure in supernatural legal history.” There’s a lot to play with here, but the story spends much of its focus on the cat and mouse game between Aserad and Selan.
Aserad needs a place to stay for the day, which means behaving. Which means not biting the human, no matter how lovely his neck is, and how hungry Aserad is. But why does Selan keep offering him food and drink? For a human, he seems to know more than he should, but the sex is too good for Aserad to look too closely.
The writing is good, the world building is creative, and there’s potential for more stories set in the same world. I enjoyed this story and look forward to more from the author.