Short Story Review: Three by ‘Nathan Burgoine

 
 
Luc, a vampire, and Anders, an incubus, are both alone without a coterie or pack to keep them safe. When they both go for the same prey on one of the few nights they're able to hunt without being harassed by others of their own kind, they decide to work together, and they end up finding a chance at freedom neither of them realized they could have.
 

 
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Title: Three
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Book Number: Short Story Prequel to Triad Blood
Pages: 33
My Book Rating: 5 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Publisher's Site
 
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*I received a free ecopy of this short story from the author in exchange for an honest review.*

I never read short stories unless they’re part of a series, and even then I usually read them after reading the books. See, the thing about me is, I don’t connect to characters quickly. It often takes me literally an entire book or two.

But this story had me, within pages, laughing out loud, feeling for the characters, and already falling in love with them. Seriously, by the time I finished, I was so excited that I would get to read a whole full-length book about them because I was already sure I was going to love it—and I did, but that’s a different review ;-)

Anyway, this isn’t necessary to understand the book, but if you’re considering reading Triad Blood, this is a perfect little taste of the characters and writing, and if you’ve already read the book, this is a fun, sexy short about the characters you surely already love!

 
 
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During the full moon the vampires gather to renew their bonds. It takes three, and those in groups have total power over those who are alone. Luc, alone since he was created, takes the full moon as a rare freedom. Hunting for blood that will satiate him for the month ahead, Luc finds instead a rival. Anders, a demon just as alone, with the same plan.

They choose the same prey: a handsome young man resistant to their supernatural charms. Neither a vampire’s glamour nor demon’s passion working, it becomes clear their only chance of success lies in the unthinkable: working together.

As Luc tastes blood and Anders devours soul, they gain a chance at something neither expected.

Freedom.

Originally appearing in Bold Strokes Books’s anthology Blood Sacraments, “Three” introduces the characters from ’Nathan Burgoine’s novel Triad Blood.

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  1. Lola

    I guess I am the exception, but I usually like short stories and read quite some of them. I have read short stories that are part of a series or not. Although I do read mostly short stories that are part of a series and a few series that are made of entirely of short stories.
    My biggest issue with short stories is usually that they can get a bit rushed and I dislike it when that happens, luckily there are also a lot of authors who can write short stories right without them feeling rushed. And I understand what you mean about the characters, it’s also a bit harder for me to get a feel for the characters in short stories, unless they are part of a series ofcourse and I already know the characters.
    It’s great when a short story like this one can give you a feel for the series and make you excited for it. And wow a 5 star rating for a short story, that’s definitely rare. Sounds like this one was very well done! Will check out your review of Trial Blood next!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Honestly, I have no idea which one of us is the exception here lol. I don’t know if other people like short stories or not, but I know there are plenty of anthologies out there, so there must be readers for them. I can see how they can feel rushed if they’re not done right though.

      I don’t really know what my criteria for rating short stories is, but I know it’s different than full books lol. This one made me seriously excited for the book and the characters though, so I figured it deserved 5 stars :-)

    1. Kristen Burns

      I only read this one because I was about to read the book and wanted to make sure I didn’t miss anything important, but then I ended up loving it :-) But I do enjoy shorts/novellas/etc. when they’re part of a series I love because I’ll take every little bit of the characters that I can get lol.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Oh no, but how will I live with myself knowing that you spent a whole dollar on it if you don’t like it?! ;-) To be fair though, I am pretty picky with my dollars lol. But I did get really excited, and I think you’ll really like Triad Blood if you like what you see of the characters in the short!