Love, danger, and a vampire turn Lane’s mundane life into an adventure.
For the last several hundred years, vampire Truelock’s job has protected the various Presidents of Archer Industries, a successful family-run company. Desmond Archer is getting ready to retire and he sends True on a mission to protect his estranged grandson and heir, Lane.
Lane thinks his grandfather is dead and has no idea he’s heir to a fortune. When a handsome stranger steps in and saves him from bodily harm just when he needs it, he’s both grateful and a little suspicious. That suspicion only grows when bad things continue to happen to him following True’s arrival and the claim that he’s been sent by Lane’s grandfather to protect him.
The insane chemistry between Lane and True doesn’t help either of them untangle where the danger’s coming from. Can they figure it out before Lane’s unknown enemies manage to do him permanent damage?
Truelock is a vampire who has always worked for the Archer family. For centuries his job has been to protect the head of the family. The current patriarch is retiring and has one final job for True – to protect the grandson he’d lost touch with. Lane’s not interested in having a bodyguard, even if the man is drop dead sexy. Lane’s life is full of enough trouble and he’s not interested in any more. Can he learn to trust True?
I found this to be a fun, sexy and refreshing story. I really loved how Lane didn’t just immediately fall at True’s feet and believe his every word, simply because there was chemistry and the two men were attracted to each other. For example, Lane had been told by his mother for most of his life that both his grandparents were dead, so when True, this random, sexy stranger suddenly starts saying he’s the grandson of this rich old guy, Lane doesn’t immediately jump on board with it. I found this reaction – and a number of other ones, realistic and it helped me connect more with the characters.
I was also pleased that I didn’t find any real angst in this story. While I do love vampire plotlines, all too often it’s gloomy and full of angst. I found True refreshingly well adjusted – committing himself to one family and working security/body guarding and forming strong, deep connections to a group of people. I could really believe this as a plot not only for being a way to give an endless existence meaning, but also in helping True keep up to date and current with the modern times. For a vampire story this was fun and kept me interested in how True had adapted and helped give me insight into his character.
The sex was deliciously hot and also remarkably emotional. I loved how True and Lane didn’t just jump right into it, despite their attraction being near-instant. Mr Michael is to be commended on how he built up the anticipation. I feel it made the consummation even sweeter when it finally occurred.
I loved this short story, full of action and thrills, guns-for-hire and vampire-themed restaurants I feel it’s sure to have something to appeal to everyone. With a great M/M love story and some sizzling sex scenes it’s a definite keeper and one I will happily reread many times to come.