This was such a witty, fast-paced, adorable and completely unique vampire story! I binged it in just a few hours, so smitten by the sweet and nerdy characters, and the hilarious plot!
How to Bite Your Neighbor is a very different kind of vampire tale and Vincent is as far from the strong and lethal vampire stereotype as one can be. Growing up, he was the shy and awkward bully victim, and being turned into a vampire unfortunately didn’t make his life any better. Still shy and awkward, but now also homeless and broke and on the hide from vampire haters, he’s too poor for black market blood and has to sneak into homes to feeds from sleeping humans. He never feeds from the same person twice though, and he always make sure that they won’t feel or remember anything. That is, until he breaks into the home of his former school friend Wesley, who has the most delicious blood Vincent has ever tasted. Coming back for just one more round can’t hurt, right?
Wesley (Wes) is the opposite of Vincent, a social and easygoing slacker who loves to spend his time playing games with his best friend. But lately Wes has been grieving his mother, who he believes was killed by a pharmaceutical company. Now he’s applied for a position at the company to gain access to their research labs to find evidence of what happened to his mother. The only problem is that he needs to find and catch a vampire for their experiments. So, when he wakes up one night to find a vampire on his bedside, he can’t believe his luck, and offers Vincent to keep coming back to feed on him while he finalizes his plan how to use Vincent as a bate to get into the shady pharmaceutical company and avenge his mother.
What neither of them expected was how much they would like each other and how fun it would be to spend time together, and certainly not to start getting more than friends feeling for each other. Soon Wes has to decide what’s most important to him – to avenge his mother or to protect his sweet vampire friend.
I loved Vincent from the very start. He was such a vulnerable, sweet and lovable character! My heart ached so much for him in his struggles to believe he was even worthy of living, his trust issues and loneliness, and hardship in a life he didn’t choose. I also really loved Wes’s best friend, the badass lesbian gamer Kendall. But it took me a while longer to warm up to Wes with his slacker attitude and his initial bad intentions. Especially since Wes kept on with his scheming and betrayal even though he knew that Vincent wasn’t an evil predator. I would have loved some more character growth on his part, as well as some more closure as regards what happened to Wes’s mother.
But all in all, this was such an enjoyable, quirky and charming story, with an engaging mystery plot and an absolutely heartwarming mm romance. Highly recommended!
Thank you so much to the author D.N. Bryn for the opportunity to read this adorable book for free! All opinions are my own and I am leaving my honest review voluntarily.
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