These days we take it for granted that vampires are handsome and seductive like Eric Northman in True Blood, but why is that? Vampires haven't always been pale-faced and brooding, and they definitely weren't romantic figures. Vampire-like creatures have existed in the myths of many cultures for millennia. The current popular image of these creatures rose from east European folklore in the 18th century, and then was gradually shaped by the fancies of individual storytellers. The original blood suckers peasants feared were ruddy-faced, usually ugly, and commoners themselves.
Vampires led to the exploration to other taboo subjects as well. The act of biting is a form of penetration and it allows crossing heterosexual boundaries. Bram Stoker's inspiration came in part from a now-forgotten gothic novella, Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu—featuring a lesbian vampire. Male homoeroticism in the genre took longer to emerge but Anne Rice's immensely popular books ushered in a new era of sinfully sexy vampires. Thanks to J.R. Ward, gay vamps have even gone mainstream. Meanwhile, on True Blood, Eric Northman continues to display remarkable sexual fluidity.
Some traditions are worth keeping, and making vampires vanilla would be a crime.
Is that a wooden stake in your pocket, or are you just happy to see me?
After five years in eastern Europe using his unique, inborn skills to slay bloodsuckers, Gabe is back in his hometown Chicago and feeling adrift. Until he’s kidnapped by a young, sexy vampire who seems more interested in getting into his pants than biting into his neck.
Harvey Feng is one-half Chinese, one-hundred-percent vampire. He warns Gabe to stay out of the Windy City, but somehow he isn’t surprised when the young slayer winds up on his doorstep. And why shouldn’t Gabe be curious? A vegetarian vampire isn’t something one sees every day.
Against their better judgment, slayer and vampire succumb to temptation. But their affair attracts unexpected attention.
When Chicago’s Vampire Boss makes Gabe an offer he can’t refuse, the unlikely lovers are thrust into peril and mystery in the dark heart of the Windy City. Together they hunt for kidnappers, a killer preying on young humans, and vicious vampire junkies.
However, dealing with murderous humans and vampires alike is easy compared to figuring out if there’s more to their relationship than hot, kinky sex.
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