Title: Light in Endless Darkness
Author: Huston Piner
Publisher: Torquere Press
Characters: Kevin Reeves, Dominic Pierce
Sub-Genre: Paranormal, Vampire
Kevin Reeves enrolls in a night course and meets the sexy Dominic Pierce, an independent, blind emo. A mutual attraction quickly develops into a full-blown romance and after a violent confrontation with his father, Kevin moves in with him. But he soon discovers that far from protecting Dominic like he thought, members of the neighborhood gang think Dominic is a monster and are terrified of him. Meanwhile, someone from Kevin’s past begins blackmailing him for sex, leaving him humiliated, feeling guilty, and suffering from nightmares that cast Dominic as a bloodthirsty monster. Worried that Dominic will dump him if he finds out, Kevin struggles to keep his blackmail a secret. But Dominic has dark secrets of his own. He has a job he won’t discuss that keeps him away from sunup to sunset and he makes secret nightly excursions after he thinks Kevin has fallen asleep. Can Kevin get away from his blackmailer? Will he find out what Dominic does all day and where he sneaks out to every night? And can their love survive when he finally uncovers the truth?
Light in Endless Darkness by Huston Piner is a well-told, sexy old-school vampire tale with a modern edge. Delightful and intriguing, these characters kept me enthralled with their story from start to finish.
Kevin is a loner. Between his crappy home life and his boring everyday job, he is worried there isn’t much more to life. Because of his homosexuality, Kevin’s father does everything he can to make his life miserable. Determined to better himself, Kevin takes a course at the local community college to see if he can somehow jump start his life into something more than what he has. As soon as he spots a deliciously cute young man, Dominic, Kevin is immediately smitten and goes out of his way to introduce himself to him. When Kevin discovers Dominic is blind, he becomes even more fascinated with him. In ways, Dominic doesn’t act blind and the air of mystery about him is something Kevin becomes determined to solve.
What I liked about this book was both characters. Since the book is told in first person through Kevin’s eyes, we don’t learn much about Dominic until he does, which makes him quite intriguing indeed. Kevin is a good guy. He’s had hard times and endures a nine to five job which he isn’t crazy for because of his jerk boss. But Kevin takes pride in his work. Kevin is determined for something better in his life. Because he is young there were times I wanted to shake some sense into him, but as a reader I appreciated watching Kevin begin to truly grow up and mature as the story continues.
Dominic is funny, smart and very sexy. He becomes a good friends to Kevin and when they become lovers, I really felt a real sense of caring and affection he had for Kevin. As we continue to learn about Dominic and why he’s so eccentric, it was interesting to see how he reveals his truth and how Kevin learns how to deal with living with an immortal.
The story itself is well-told and quickly paced. Before I knew it I had finished the book, when it just felt like I had just started it. I enjoyed seeing Kevin’s transformation and Dominic’s paranormal side. It wasn’t always glamorous, yet I could see why Kevin would want to spend his life with him. If you are looking for a fun and deliciously told vampire tale, then Light in Endless Darkness by Huston Piner is definitely for you! It would be interesting to see how these two men continue to mold each other into their lives. I’d love to see more about them. I have a feeling Kevin’s dad and other people might give them some trouble in the future. So I have some unanswered questions I hope the author will answer for us with another book.
Reviewed By: Gabbi