Lonely Vampire is less a romance than a slow burn tale of two men who find common ground in using their vast resources to change their world by providing safe havens for a burgeoning homeless population that includes at risk teens along with families down on their luck.
Thematically earnest, much of the story is devoted to the mechanics involved in Armand, Tino, and Royce working together to flesh out the particulars on bringing their vision to fruition. There are a few minor conflicts easily resolved. Characters are of the low angst variety and conform to the standard vampire mythos.
Tino and Armand either ignore their budding attraction, talk around it, or deliberately table developments in pursuit of the greater good. Royce the cop provides the gentle nudge, and a rogue vampire adds a measure of drama and urgency toward the end of the story.
This is a gentle, tempered novella, low on sensuality, high on awareness and responsibility to civic duty, and an enjoyable, if undemanding read. It is well-written and a nice change of pace if you are looking for something calmer than the usual high angst, frenetic gay romances currently in favor.
I liked it. Four stars.
Staid vampire Armand Lyon knows what it means to be lonely. Yes, he had human acquaintances. But since he can’t reveal what he is, he lives a solitary life.
Tino Verona is a new and very charismatic vampire in town. When he hunts in Armand’s territory, Armand is not amused. Then Tino decides to rob the wealthy of the city. Armand catches him and, when Tino claims he’s only playing Robin Hood, Armand points out he isn’t giving to the poor. The result? The pair, plus a vampire police detective who’s onto Tino’s thefts, band together to create shelters for the homeless.
As they do, the attraction between Armand and Tino grows. Has Armand finally found the one man who can make his life complete? Or will the appearance of a rogue vampire who preys on the homeless destroy any hope of happiness for the lonely vampire?