Title: Fate Drops In
Author: K.C. Grim
Length: 7,063 words
Publisher: JMS Books
Genre: m/m contemporary
Werewolves and vampires have always been sworn enemies. They have fought battles and raged wars to keep their kinds apart for centuries, but that all changes one night when a young wolf named Connor accidently drops into a room full of unexpected vampires.
A young wolf living on his own in the city would be easy prey for a group of angry vampires. They are older and stronger than the werewolf, but Connor isn’t ready to give up without a fight. Can he face them alone, or will he find an ally in the most unusual place?
Davis has lived hundreds of years in the shadow of darkness, but what good is eternity if you spend it alone? With nothing left to live for, the older vampire is losing his desire for life when Connor comes crashing into his world. Is the handsome, scrappy werewolf worth saving if it costs Davis his immortal soul? Or will saving this young wolf end up saving them both?
I’m always keen to read a story with vampires and this one begins well. Connor is a werewolf who left his pack when they were going to arrange a mate for him. He’s travelling alone through deserted streets after spending the evening at a bar when he accidentally falls through a door into the cellar filled with vampires. He’s rescued by Davis and the pair have an immediate attraction, but it isn’t easy for a werewolf and vamp to be together.
I liked the first part of this story. It was atmospheric with a good amount of foreshadowed creepiness in Connor’s trip through the city, followed by a very tense moment between Connor and the vampires. I also liked the way that Connor and Davis get together in a very frenetic and exciting sex scene, full of forbidden desires as both know that they should be enemies, not lovers.
After that point things stopped working so well. The plot changed as Davis pushes for Connor to be reconciled with his pack and then Connor returns home to face his past. This wasn’t a bad change in pace, but it did cram in an awful lot of things into a short page space. We are hurriedly introduced to a large number of characters as well as Connor’s parents and the ending seems too easily done after the build up. I felt a little bamboozled by all these new characters and the word length meant that they were all mere snapshots, rather than fleshed out, even Connor’s parents.
So in the end, whilst I enjoyed the meeting of the characters and the start of their relationship, the rest of the story felt rushed and a little flat. This was the first story I’ve read by this author and I wouldn’t mind reading another one.