Warning on Gun To My Head: Blood and gore, suicide, dubious consent.
Gun To My Head’s vampire protagonist Sin has just committed suicide. Or at least, as much of suicide as he can with just a gun to his head. He’s escaped evil vampire cult the Antonines, and things aren’t exactly looking up. He’s starving, he’s more than a little crazy, he’s miserable, and he’s pretty much hoping for death instead of something worse.
When he wakes up from his “nap” under a bridge, he runs straight into 18 year old semi-orphan Dominic. And then into another vampire. And another. Unable to bite Dominic due to the Antonine’s torture, and now imprinted on him, Sin is bound to a meal he can’t have. Worse yet, he’s trapped between the unstoppable forces of the Antonines and Oriana, a local vampire.
After killing one of the vampires and likely angering Oriana, Sin and Dominic flee to Dominic’s home and into his sun-proof basement. Even knowing what Sin is, Dominic is undeniably attracted to Sin’s glamour (basically a vampire disguise to make him attractive and otherwise unremarkable to his prey), and the two of them quickly fall into bed together. Dominic’s not an idiot though, and he always keeps his water gun filled with holy water close at hand.
Even if things seem calm and easy for a moment, trouble is brewing.
Oriana hasn’t forgotten about Sin or Dominic, and she wants them both in her court. She’s managed to incorporate Sin, but she wants Sin to turn Dominic—and Sin absolutely does not want to put Dominic through that. Meanwhile, the Antonines are playing tricks with Sin’s head, or he’s just more broken than he thought. Sin knows they can’t stay in Dominic’s basement for long, and struggles to find a way out of this horrible situation—either through freedom or a permanent death.
A Gun To My Head is enthralling (vampire joke most definitely intended). It’s the right balance of absolute misery and lights at the end of the tunnel with a few smutty spots in between. Sin is perpetually on the verge of something horrible with Dominic pulling him back from the edge, and while the story doesn’t take place over more than a couple of weeks, it’s easy to see how their mutual attraction grows into something more. Furthermore, Lewis does a great job of incorporating a lot of lore and culture without bogging down the story. If you’re looking for a vampire story better (and gayer) than Twilight, this is definitely for you.
I give A Gun To My Head an A! Look for it July 20th, 2016.