Shanna Reviews: Light in Endless Darkness by Huston Piner (Possible Spoilers)

Blurb:
Kevin Reeves lives with his mother and abusive father and dreams of going to Dickerson University. Lonely and easily cowed, he works as a janitor to save money and signs up for night courses at the community college. There, he meets Dominic Pierce, a sexy emo who also happens to be blind. Kevin is immediately attracted to Dominic and soon a mutual attraction develops into a full-blown romance. After a violent confrontation with his father leads to Kevin moving in with Dominic, he discovers that the neighborhood gang is terrified of the blind emo, referring to him as El Sanguijuela.

Meanwhile, Jacky Larson, who outed Kevin as a sophomore, begins blackmailing him for sex at work, leaving him ashamed and panicked that Dominic will dump him if he finds out. But Dominic has dark secrets of his own, including a job he won’t discuss that keeps him away from sunup to sunset and secret nightly excursions. Can Kevin get away from his blackmailer without losing Dominic in the process? Will he ever discover what Dominic does all day and where he sneaks out to every night? And can their love survive when Kevin finally uncovers the truth?

May Contain Spoilers

Review:
I have mixed feelings about this book, on one hand I don’t really like the characters, but then on the other hand the author was able to create three dimentional characters that I could dislike. Kevin comes from an abusive home where his homophobic father rules with intimidation and fear. Kevin’s mother is constantly trying to play peacekeeper, but never stands up for her son. Dominic is a vampire who was turned by a one night stand, who drained him and left him for dead. Dominic survives the attack and discovers that he is now a blind vampire. He and Kevin meet when they sit next to each other in a community college class. They become study buddies and instantly they are insepertatable. There really is no reason for this instant love, it just is. Shortly after meeting, seriously it’s just a couple of weeks, Kevin moves in with Dominic. Then Kevin finds some of Dominic’s behavior odd, sneaking out at night, waking up alone, and not really knowing what Dominic does for a living. As Kevin tries to figure out what’s going on Dominic attempts to keep his secret by altering Kevin’s memories. This is one thing that really bothered me but more than that is how easily Kevin forgave Dominic for his lies and altering of his memories. And yet again, it seems over night, that after Kevin finds out the truth about Dominic he decides to become a vampire so they can be together forever. At this point I don’t think they’ve been together 6 months, and yet with no real explication both men are ready to spend eternity together. It’s strange and inexplicable but even with all of the unanswered questions and generally shallow plot, the story manages to be enjoyable and the characters fully realized. It’s a great book to escape into and that really is what makes this book a success.

Stars:
Four

Excerpt:
We were no sooner on the couch than Dominic had me in his arms and I was really flying. He nibbled on my neck, sending waves of pleasure through me. The sharp edge of his teeth grazed my skin, ready to bite into me. But he stopped and froze all over for a second, leaned back, and his sightless eyes betrayed a confused indecision that startled me. For a moment, he seemed lost. But before I could formulate words to ask him what was wrong, his expression changed, his lips returned to mine, and his tongue renewed its attack.

Friday night, his kisses had been tentative and delicate, but now he pressed his lips to mine with animal-like ferocity and gripped me in a powerful embrace. He licked and nibbled on my neck while unbuttoning my shirt, and then he nudged me forward to remove it.

I started to lift his pullover, but he pushed my hands away. His fingers explored my naked torso and roamed over every inch of exposed skin, adding to the tension building up inside me.

About Huston:
Huston Piner writes books prominently featuring gay characters. His first book My Life as a Myth was nominated for the 2014 Stonewall Book Award for Children’s and Young Adult Literature and was a 2013 Rainbow Awards finalist. His second book, the highly anticipated Conjoined at the Soul, was published in February 2015. In the edgy Light in Endless Darkness, his first New Adult offering, he explores the supernatural romance of a gay vampire. Huston lives in the mythical town of Chadham, Virginia, with his partner and three domineering cats.

Author Contact:
Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/huston.piner
Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Huston-Piner/409082522533786
Twitter: https://twitter.com/HustonPiner
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Website: http://www.hustonpiner.com/home.html
Livejournal: http://huston-piner.livejournal.com/

Where To Buy:
Torquere Press: http://www.torquerebooks.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=200&products_id=4386

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