Little Grizzly Lake is not exactly your ordinary mountain location, vampire, werebears and one werecat inhabit it, but as usual the danger doesn’t come from them.
Trent is the last arrival to the town and he is soon “welcomed”: drugged and almost raped by some punks. Lucky him Martin was out there in the night mind his business and decided he didn’t want to witness to that. When Trent awakes in Martin’s cabin, the handsome Iroquois Native American not so subtly make him aware of his interest, an interest that Trent would be willing to reciprocate if not for the fact that he is in Little Grizzly Lake to search his lost twin.
The author chose to plunge the reader directly in the middle of the story. That Trent is newly arrived in town and that it was not the first time he met Martin are all details the reader learns in a second-hand way, through memories and chatting. Even Trent’s real reason for being in town, Paul, is somewhat like an afterthought, and even if Trent is a cop he doesn’t really behave like one, actually Martin, the owner of a gym, appears to be more “professional” than Trent.
The author mostly focuses on Trent and Martin’s blossoming relationship and on Martin’s everyday life; even Choco, Martin’s cat, has a bigger role in the story than Trent’s search for his brother. And due to the “abrupt” ending, I think the author didn’t really “close” this story, and that she is maybe planning a sequel, since, more or less, there are a lot of loose ends, like for example the simple fact that Trent is a L.A. cop and that I don’t see Martin moving away from Little Grizzly Lake.
The small town itself is very interesting: a place where an ancient clan of werebears is living in peace, even if not really all the town is aware of their true nature; moreover also a group of vampires made of Little Grizzly Lake their own reserve and they grudgingly cohabit with the weres, even if there is not really good neighbour relationships between them, but more a live and let live motto.
All in all the story was good above all since it was an original intake of an abused theme; I’m not really sure I fully understand everything, I had the feeling there was even a “sad” undertone I’m not sure it was willingly intertwined by the author in the plot.
Amazon Kindle: Inhabiting The Night
http://www.amberquill.com/AmberAllure/WhiteShadowsDarkness.html (print book)
Amazon: White Shadows In Darkness
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Amber Quill Press (November 17, 2010)