Author: S.L. Danielson & Julie Lynn Hayes
Genre: Historical (1904), Vampire
Length: Novel (186pgs)
Publisher: Silver Publishing (8th October 2011)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3 ½Hearts
Blurb: It’s 1904 and ‘Meet me in St. Louis.’ is the watchword of the day. William Deming is excited to be covering the event for his newspaper, the Utah Gazette. Arriving in St. Louis, he takes a room at a boarding house near to the big event. That’s where he meets Misha Rumiantseva, the nephew of the owner. William finds himself instantly drawn to the beautiful and very pale young man, but he has to be cautious–gay men cannot be forward about their attractions, society is not quite so open-minded about such things.
A spark has been struck between them which cannot be denied, and they meet in secret at the World’s Fair, losing themselves among the many fairgoers. But William begins to learn that all is not as it appears to be with Misha. He cannot find him during the day, and he can’t get answers from his aunt as to his whereabouts. William tries to control his jealousy when he learns that there have been others before him. But things get out of hand when one of Misha’s former lovers is found dead at the World’s Fair–and Misha is accused of his murder!
Can William prove the innocence of his lover? Or will this be an affair which lasts only as long as the World’s Fair itself? Is love strong enough to conquer prejudice and the jealousy of a lover spurned? Will William be sorry that he ever came to the World’s Fair?
CONTENT ADVISORY: This title includes scenes of rape/near rape.
Review: Misha lives his life as quietly as he can with the help of his aunt when a new boarder catches his eye. William has been sent to do a story on the first World Fair when his eye is caught by Misha and he decides that maybe he can do the story and still have some fun.
This is a well thought out story that has a good outline and plot. Misha has a somewhat lonely existence and he begins to long for something different. William is just covering the World Fair and falls into a dalliance with Misha. These two men seem to be a good fit for each other and fell for each other quickly and they were quite passionate towards each other.
I liked the slight mystery and the danger, but I thought that things fell into place too easily. The start of the book was a bit hard to get into but as it progressed it seemed less stiff. It seemed contrived at times and there was one point that I really found hard to believe. I mean out of all those thousands of people they just decided it was Misha…for no reason at all.
I will recommend this to those who love historical, vampires, gentle sex and angst.