Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
New York, 1799: the future looks bright for the charming young book dealer William Lacy, until a raucous night of drinking lands him in shackles. Sentenced to a five year apprenticeship, William finds himself in the care of Merrick, a mysterious healer who never shows his face. Sequestered in Merrick's remote stone cottage, William begins to learn things about himself he never imagined... More

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About Claire Cray

Claire Cray specializes in M/M romance and stories of an offbeat nature. Her tales feature intelligent characters, a vivid sense of atmosphere, and a (sometimes twisted) sense of humor. Born in a strange little village in the Pacific Northwest, Claire was raised on rain, trees, and spooky stories. An addiction to misadventure has carried her from the backwoods of Oregon to Portland, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York, where she currently resides.

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Review by: Bookwatcher on March 11, 2014 :
Oh my oh my... William and Merrick's story is fantastic!
Don't miss it because:
*it's a self published book, but the quality is superb. I got many books published by (in theory) professional publishers that was not good as this book! And the price! Smashwords price, now, December 2013: 0.99$. Oh fucking yeah. I'm not kidding! Less than one dollar!!!! . less than one dollar for a book with higher quality of many I got paying 9 or more dollars! Yeah! I kid you not!
*It's a dark fantasy... I will not spoil it, but let's say it's not all fluffy bunnies walking around while people say "awwwwww". If there were fluffy bunnies probably Merrick would eat them. And don't feel guilt about it. At all. Get used to hear talks about killing someone as if it's the most normal and acceptable thing in the world. Merrick and Theo (Merrick's friend and VERY FUNNY secondary character) kill people... Many.. Countless. And... Yeah, it's ok in the story. Nothing gross or gore is show, but it's there in the plot.
* It's VERY romantic. If you don't like sappy stay away from this story
* In my view the historic facts are cool. I have no idea how precise they are, how historical correct is this book. I really don't care at all. It's a paranormal romance with incredible funny moments and a lot of weird stuff. That's what I know, and what I liked.
* William never stop calling Merrick Sir. That was fucking hot
(no, no BDSM subplot. Wiliam just like to call his lover Sir... And yeah, I like it)
A lot

* I loooooove the end.

5 stars... And if someday more of their lives will be out I WILL get it. William and Merrick are a couple I will ALWAYS want to read more!
(reviewed 4 months after purchase)
Review by: tcraig6 on May 6, 2013 : (no rating)
Enjoyed it immensely, strong characters and well plan plot.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
Review by: KJ O on Feb. 1, 2013 :
Very good characters. Loved the story and the romance.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Tanya S on Nov. 20, 2012 :
Please read this! I agree with other reviews--nice quiet story but compels you to keep reading to the end! Thank you.
(reviewed 27 days after purchase)
Review by: Tressa Green on Oct. 24, 2012 :
A lovely story; I wasn't ready for it to end. Another reviewer (on Goodreads) mentioned this is a quiet story. I agree. Merrick is a fine example of those all too rare novels that I search and search for and only very occasionally find. I fervently hope there is a sequel.
(reviewed 29 days after purchase)
Review by: K.M. Frontain on Sep. 26, 2012 :
I bought this last night and swallowed the story whole. This is a well-written indie pub. The story had a nice combination of mystery, romance, sex, angst ,of course, vampire lore. The lore included a nice twist different from what I've seen in previous vampire novels I've read. The protagonist felt very real and his 'voice' was very personable. Excellent short novel. Highly recommended.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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