Vincent, an ancient vampire, is searching for just the right fabric to line his coffin in time for his Annual Cotillion. Vampires don’t need coffins, but it has become a tradition to present their decorated coffins. Vincent is a vampire of not only great age but strength and power as well, and so has his position to consider when making his presentation. While at a fabric shop, he notices a bolt of rich-feeling pink satin, and when told it was left-over from a special order, suspected how it was to be used. To his dismay, he learned that it was to be delivered. No experienced vampire would ever give out the address of their lair. Vincent surmised that clearly it must have been a young vampire who needed instruction on how to stay safe, and the pink color indicated it was a female.
After purchasing the remnant bolt of pink satin, he removed the address from the delivery book, wiped the minds of the clerk and driver, and set out to find her. Arriving at the apartment located in a less desirable London neighborhood, Vincent is forced to break in. While he waits for the female to arrive, he is struck by her love of pink and love of show tunes and posters. Settling in to wait, he is drawn again to the pink satin and allows his imagination to soar about what he and the young woman could do on such satin. Realizing that it has been at least a decade since he has felt such passion, he found himself anticipating meeting the woman even more. The door finally opens. Imagine Vincent’s dismay when he realizes that the woman of his fantasy that he has been eagerly awaiting is Martin, a young male! In all of his centuries, he’s only been attracted to woman. Yes, of course, there have been a few stray thoughts, but really, it’s unnatural for men to be together “that way”.
Martin is at first terrified to find a strange and clearly powerful vampire in his room but also intrigued. The strange vampire is GQ handsome, distinguished, all together yummy and of course, dangerous. Vincent learns that Martin has indeed been newly reborn as a vampire and his maker did not take the time to properly instruct him. He feels it is his responsibility to teach Martin necessary survival lessons and, besides, finds himself enjoying the company. He concludes that, of course, he must be more bored than he realized or why wouldn’t he leave immediately? They are both shocked to discover that the evening has passed and dawn is almost upon them. Martin invites Vincent to share his day-time sleeping place. Although Vincent probably could make it home in time, why take the chance? He is, however, taken aback to discover the day-time sleeping place is in a wardrobe, a cramped one at that. So, Vincent and Martin enter the closet together. And in the author’s words, “….having existed for so long, Vincent had thought the world held no more surprises for him. Life had other ideas for them both.”
Nights in Pink Satin is an absolutely delightful and masterful read, full of humor, clever phrasing, sizzling passion and tenderness. Vincent’s confusion, hesitancy and hide-bound ways are perfectly portrayed. Martin is free-wheeling, full of exuberance and accepting of himself both as a gay man and a vampire. The book is wonderfully well-written, and the author skillfully enmeshes the reader in Vincent and Martin’s story. I found myself chuckling out loud at Vincent’s conversations with himself, Martin’s antics and the really clever references. And being a romantic, I found myself sighing in satisfaction at the end. I highly recommend it!
- e-book, digital format
- Publisher: Changeling Press
- Book Length: Novella
- Language: English
- ISBN: 978-1-60521-237-1
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