Immortal Bad Boys, another anthology in the “Bad Boys” franchise, begins with the premise that there is nothing sexier, more enthralling, and powerful than a vampire. From the unusual and erotic “Night Ecstasy” by Rebecca York, the humorous and suspenseful “Velvet Night” by Rosemary Laurey, to the dark and mysterious “Midnight Court” by Linda Thomas-Sundstrom, this anthology offers up three completely different vampire tales.
“Night Ecstasy” by Rebecca York is not your usual vampire story. Jules DeMario is a three-hundred-year old vampire who lives in the French Quarter of New Orleans. Slaking his need for blood is easy in this large, night-loving city, but gratifying his sexual cravings is much harder. Knowing that no liaison can last long for him, he struggles to subdue his need for one, but his desire is strong and he is about to meet a woman he cannot resist.
Taylor Lawson has rented a house in the Garden District in hopes of rejuvenating her art. Artistically, she is stale and needs new inspiration to take her art in an new direction, but she doesn’t know where to go in the city to seek the stimulation she needs. A friend suggests she call Jules and ask him to guide her through the dark, erotic world of the New Orleans nightlife. They are each selfishly looking for something from the other when they first meet. For Jules it is about sexual gratification, and for Taylor it is about artistic inspiration. But their relationship changes over time, deepening into something neither of them is familiar with or is even sure they want.
In “Velvet Night,” Rosemary Laurey delivers a wonderful story that could easily lead into a fascinating and exciting series. When Pete Falcon roars into her life on the back of a red motorcycle, Vickie Anderson has no idea just how he will change her life. On vacation from her high-stress job as a cop in the nation’s capital, Vickie has come to her grandparents' old house tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains to relax and unwind. But from the very beginning, her new neighbor has her hormones and her imagination flying in all directions.
Pete Falcon is a new-blooded vampire who lacks the control of a more mature vamp. He knows he should stay away from Vickie but is unable to resist her lure. She stirs up deep emotions and longings within him that threaten to derail him from his real reason for being here. There is a threat in the seemingly peaceful Virginia woods that surround them, and it is Pete’s job to uncover what is really going on. Pete and Vickie’s growing relationship unfolds against the backdrop of this mystery and both of them find more than they are looking for.
Linda Thomas-Sundstrom’s tale “Midnight Court” takes us back in time several centuries to the castle of Lord Rothchilde and his infamous Midnight Court. Dark and disturbing, this story twists and turns until the reader is unsure what to believe. The Midnight Court is a gathering of debauchery, depravity, and greed, attracting night creatures and humans alike. Christopher Dante is a vampire whose curiosity has led him here. He’s found more than he bargains for in his sensual, giving lover, Elizabeth, and the tempting innocence lure of Lord Rothchilde’s intended young bride, Dominique.
Elizabeth Rothchilde is a woman with secrets. Although she is trapped in her brother’s castle, Elizabeth has held herself away from the dark, disturbing activities, and games the guests play in the dark of the night. Until now. Only Elizabeth knows the whole truth of what really is going on at the castle, and she will do whatever it takes to save her lover’s life. The game she is playing with Dante is deep and dangerous and the wrong outcome could mean death for them all.
Immortal Bad Boys offers three completely different styles of vampire tales. While all are well-crafted stories with strong, rich characters, and filled with the sensuality and eroticism that one expects of a vampire tale, there are some twists on the familiar that may not suit everyone’s taste. The stories are unique, and overall, Immortal Bad Boys is worth the read, especially if you are looking for a new twist on an old tale.