Vincent had a tough childhood with parents that didn’t understand him. He then barely had time in college before he was turned into a vampire. Life is even harder for Vincent as a vampire as he can’t afford black market blood and he’s starving most days. Vincent’s option to survive is to break into people’s homes and bite them while they are sleeping, leaving his victims with no memory of his visit the next morning. Vincent never visits the same house more than once, but when he gets a taste of Wesley’s blood, he can’t help but break his own rule.
Wesley is stuck with no answers. His mother has disappeared and he believes a pharmaceutical company killed her. Wesley has been trying to get inside the facility for answers and bringing them a vampire for their experiments is his ticket in. When he notices fang marks on his neck, he decides to lure his visiting vampire in exchange for blood.
But Wesley recognizes Vincent as his former childhood neighbor and starts to have feelings for him. Betraying Vincent in the worst way doesn’t feel right. However, Wesley is also desperate for answers about his mother. The men want to trust each other, but they may not be able to survive the betrayal, or the pharmaceutical company that won’t rest until they have captured Vincent.
The blurb for this one made me think How to Bite Your Neighbor and Win a Wager was going to be a fun, banter-filled vampire book. It wasn’t that for me and what I did get wasn’t appealing. Vincent is a sad vampire that I think I was supposed to feel empathetic toward and I did maybe a little, but overall, his personality was difficult to appreciate as he was more mopey. He is all alone with no direction on how to be a vampire, but still his character wasn’t intriguing to me. Wesley was more of the same as he’s mourning the disappearance of his mother, but I really didn’t care for either of these guys.
The vampire characteristics here are different than the standard expectation, but there is no world building on vampires at all; they are just there in society and not looked at favorably. Vincent and Wesley go around and around with the same thoughts for much of the book about their attraction to each other. The plot line with the pharmaceutical company made little sense and went nowhere by the end of the book with the “bad guy” not well developed and they were a cardboard caricature. Wesley makes a grand gesture at the end of the story that was extreme for the circumstances and their relationship read as watered down and bland to me. While I still like to take a chance on a new-to-me authors, this book wasn’t the one for me.