Title: Sucks and Blows
Author: Storm Grant
Publisher: Self Published
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Genre: Paranormal/M/M Romance/Humor
Length: Short Story/19 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
A guest review by Sirius
Summary: I was very amused by this meeting between a doctor and the first patient in his dental office.
No greater love has a vampire than for his dentist.
Deeply in debt to a loan shark, oversexed dentist Cary Drewel lives in fear of foreclosure and bodily harm. His new practice is missing one rather crucial element: patients. Which, terrifyingly enough, is the one thing his creditors also don’t have.
Pierce Sharpe, a powerful vampire with a drinking problem—or, more accurately, a problem drinking—can’t feed through the pain in his damaged eye teeth. In danger of losing his standing in the vampire community, Pierce seeks Cary’s dental services. When Cary extracts his canines, Pierce must turn to other bodily fluids for sustenance.
Together, Cary and Pierce find a mutually pleasurable solution to both their problems. Turns out, though, there’s more to this dentist-patient relationship than simple suction, and what began with raw hunger from each of them might just end in love.
From what I understand this story was originally published with Torquere Press and this is the new extended version. I enjoyed the two novels by Storm Grant that I read before, so I decided to try this one.
On one hand I thought this is a perfect example of well-written short story; it captures the meeting of two characters and does not try to take on too much. On the other, I am not sure what else to say about this short besides the fact that every line was hilarious for me. There were plenty of humorous moments in her longer works, so I knew this writer can do humor really well, but since this is a short story I found myself basically laughing the whole time while I was reading it because it was very funny. I think this excerpt shows off the writing in this story pretty well:
He was a man of science, after all. While others might hold on to their beliefs even in the face of new findings, Cary quickly adjusted his worldview to accommodate the undead. Especially since, according to his recent research, one-hundred percent of the vampires he’d studied were really, really cute.
“You should probably outline the replication process for me again just in case I’ve forgotten. Somehow it was not on the dental college curriculum.”
“It’s not rocket thienthe.” A little blood shimmered scarlet on Pierce’s full lower lip. “A new tooth will grow in, longer than the otherth around it.”
“That’s stretching the tooth.”
Pierce groaned, although whether from pain or pun, Cary couldn’t tell. Pierce’s stomach rumbled again.
My only niggle: While the characters definitely have great chemistry, unfortunately I did not feel that there is a lot of depth in those characters. I am not saying that I wanted to read their life story (it is a short story after all). However, I would have liked the characters to jump off the page and that did not happen for me.
Regardless, it is definitely a worthwhile read if you want to brighten your day and be entertained.