With summer ending and temperatures dipping low at night, Michael is eager to get his leather jacket back, and although Wild Bill could easily vamp any sales clerk into giving Michael some new duds, it wouldn't be quite the same as the jacket he left at his parents' house. Not unless the malls have begun selling clothing with rohypnol and ketamine sewn into the seams.
The return of the jacket comes with a price: a new cell phone from Michael's parents. Surprisingly, Wild Bill encourages Michael to keep the phone. After all, Michael wouldn't want to be the only twenty-one-year-old in the world without one. Seems innocent enough... right?
But you never know where an innocent gift will lead. Michael worries the phone may be some shiny bait, meant to lure him closer to his family, and then, college. Everyone seems so intent on getting Michael to enroll, but he's busy looking to catch a vampire. (Explicit gay content)
I am so in lust with the cover model. His profile is better because his eyes are ever so slightly too close together, but he is so beautiful.
Anyway, on to the writing. At first I didn't like this one as well as most of the others because it started out weakly. I felt the two guys were distant and their love didn't show. At one point I felt that the only way they knew how to show their love was through sex. But it got better and the last quarter was wonderful.
There was some lovely and romantic imagery. For example, Bill says to Michael:
"Just lemme hold you while the sun comes up. You're the silver cord that anchors me in the land of the living while my soul spends the day roaming through hell."
Nit picks: You don't need a credit card to get a cell phone. A Trac-phone, for example, is prepaid and cheap. Harman gets the phone number right away, as in within a few minutes. While we later find out he's talked to the sister, how did he know that they got the phone when they did? Yeah, it's creative license, but still. It could have been written, "a couple of hours later...."
The drama/danger at the end was really good. I loved how Bill's love was shown in his actions rather than with him saying it out loud. Sometimes I think he loves Michael more than Michael loves him. I think that's why I prefer the stories told from his perspective. But in this one, Michael actually says the words "I love you" although he was under much duress at the time. Bill's reaction is to call him a drama queen, so I'm not really clear on whether either has ever said them before.
I love this series and I'm glad this ended on a romantic and sweet note. They almost all do, but I wasn't sure how romantic this one would be given the first half. But it was good.
First half=2.5 stars, second half = 5 stars, so 3.75 rounded up to 4.read more
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