- Book Title: Made By The Vampire
- Author: P.J. Nevada
- Publisher: SelfPub (September 30, 2015)
- Book Length: 162 pages
- Genre: Erotica, Paranormal
- Reviewed by: Kyle
- Rating: 2 Star
- Posting Date: December 18, 2015
The story is told in first person by Devon, a slightly nerdish senior in high school who has been servicing the school’s football star jock. One night, they’re attacked, the jock is killed, and suddenly Devon is healing in no time and finds himself bigger, better, and more in control of his life. His friends sense he’s changed, straight guys are attracted to him, and even the cops investigating the dead jock’s murder are affected by his newfound power and charisma. It turns out Devon has been chosen to be the life-companion of a vampire named Yorick, who’s hot and hot to trot, so to speak…and more than a little controlling. But Devon doesn’t want to be controlled, sending the story into a dangerous confrontation.
More I Was A Teenage Vampire than Dracula — or even Buffy, the Vampire Slayer — this book is really just a hand-job tale. All of the boys having sex are beautiful, and the bedtime action is lovingly detailed in every way and word imaginable. The characters are just there to service and serve each other. Minerva is the truly interesting one of Devon’s friends; she uses spells and potions to get boys into her bed…until the potion wears off. I found this idea to be joyous fun, for some reason, and wish it had been detailed, as well.
There are a lot of typos…like forgetting to use quotation marks at the beginning of too many bits of dialogue, and the dialogue fluctuates between adequate and very stiff (albeit, not in a good way), normally of the “Are you okay?” “Yes, I am fine.” “I am happy to hear that.” variety, without any connection to how someone would really act under such circumstance. A boy who was beautiful, whom Devon lusted over and finally got to service, is brutally killed right next to him, while Devon, himself, almost dies, yet he has all the reaction of a grapefruit. In fact, Devon’s interactions with his parents and classmates and even Yorick are surface level only.
But…this is not the kind of book you read for a literary experience or even to enjoy reality and the relationships of the characters involved. That’s really too bad, because I like gay vampire stories, and I can be very forgiving of the authors’ limitations in them. One series of gay-vampire-detective-stories I read was fun because his characters were so bright, unusual and fascinating, I could overlook how his writing style was stuck in the early 19th century.
If PJ Nevada had worked with a good editor on this, and they had pointed out there is a lot of repetition that could have been excised, and had suggested cutting back on everyone calling each other by their names every three sentences…this could have been a good book. Instead, it’s okay for an evening read when you’re feeling a bit horny and just want something to get you more in the mood…and you’re not too demanding.
An ordinary high school senior, Devon Barnes knew his place as one of the few out and proud gay kids. Picked on by some, he found an ally with one of the football jocks, offering favors when needed. But Devon’s life took a dark turn when his path crossed with a real vampire, a hot sexy gay vampire, who was as hot for Devon as Devon was for him. Faced with threats of real danger, and balanced by the lure of hot sex with his vampire lover, Devon found another love in his life, a mortal, which enraged his jealous vampire lover. How does a mere high school senior handle such difficulties, all while trying to figure out his own future? Or must he follow the prescribed path that his controlling vampire set out for him? In this hot, romantic, and certainly sexually explicit m/m story of erotica, follow Devon’s adventure, laced with just enough blood and gore to make it all very exciting.
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