Jun 9, 2009: Dead Boyfriend is my guilty pleasure: an engaging narrator and fun sex scenes—what’s not to like. The whole vampire thing is trod rather lightly, and though the writing is a bit uneven, when it’s fun, it’s a lot of fun.
Regan St. James is a self-possesed, horny teenaged vampire hunter, in town to take his high school equivalency exams. First night, while out looking to scratch a certain itch, he happens across Ira in a bar near the local college. They flirt a bit, then Regan leads them outside for the privacy of the alleyway, where several minutes of that fun sex I mentioned ensues. It’s not until the next day, when he bumps into Ira again, that Regan realises Ira’s a vampire. Still, it was a hot date (or cool, depending on the way you look at it), and after some more flirting, the two of them decide on a real date. Too bad Ira’s ex-girlfriend doesn’t like him dating, and has the superhuman strength to back up the threat.
Dead Boyfriend is at its best when Regan is flirting or snarking—he’s smart and has a quick tongue (hey! get your mind out of the gutter! . . . okay, yes, that way, too) and when he’s using it, the story is a lot of fun. The fight scenes aren’t bad, either. But at other times, the story can bog down in long passages of overly-descriptive narrative, with the tone often dipping into self-satisfied arrogance. I suppose it is a believable part of Regan’s personality, but the contrast is stark, and the writing loses its spark in these passages.
For me, Dead Boyfriend is a fun diversion. At the moment, the story seems on a knife’s-edge: if it heads into more of the long narrative stuff, it may lose my interest; but if it keeps to the lighter tone, I think I’ll be enjoying it for a good time to come. If you enjoy stories with gay characters, and don’t mind explicit sex, do yourself a favour and check it out.
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