Title: Theron’s Boys
Author: Kiernan Kelly
Length: 14,000 words
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: m/m/m, m/m paranormal romance
When an irresistable man offers Christian a job that sounds too good to be true, he finds out the proposal comes with sharp teeth and the loss of his immortal soul.
Christian thought he had a handle on life. He wasn’t rich, but he had a decent job bartending at a local gay bar. That is until one night when Theron walked into the bar and turned his world upside down. Theron, a mesmerizing stranger with the ability to turn Christian on with a single look, makes Christian an offer he can’t refuse, but in hindsight, probably should have – a job at Theron’s ultra trendy club. The problem? The position is for life, and in the underworld of vampire sex slaves, that can be a very, very long time, indeed.
I often like this author’s short stories and this one had an interesting take on life as a vampire. Christian was lured into being a vamp by sexy and domineering vampire Theron. Horny and intrigued, Christian agrees to be turned, but doesn’t realise he’s handing himself over as an eternal go-go dancer and prostitute in Theron’s club. Given barely enough money to live on, and barely enough free time, the other vamps in the club are pissed off but frightened of Theron and his goons, until Theron ups the stakes and Christian knows he has to do something, or die trying.
Like many of this author’s stories this had a lightness of touch to the narrative. I liked Christian, but it’s obvious that he’s rather led my his dick and that landed him into trouble. With hindsight, he’s very aware of what an idiot he’s been and I couldn’t help but warm to him. His slightly sarcastic turn of phrase means that instead of coming across as whining, his reflections on the mess he’s got himself into are wry, another reason to like him.
Christian is the narrator and as a result the other vampires, including the love interest, are barely there. This meant that the romance didn’t work quite so well, especially as the on page sex takes place between Christian and other vampires, not the love interest, and although that menage sex scene was hot, it was a little lacking in emotion other than lust. We don’t get many scenes with the two main characters together so that aspect was a little forced at the end. However, since the main plot is centred around the plan to get away from the clutches of Theron, I didn’t mind that so much.
The sending was rather satisfying and overall I found this to be an enjoyable, quirky story with an amusing narrator. If you like vamp stories then this one may appeal.