My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
ebook, 39 pages
Published February 8th 2012 by Storm Moon Press LLC
edition language English
Available at: Storm Moon Press
3.5 Stars -- With great potential
A serial release.
"Tea and sugar and pure sex."
THE BLURB: You think you know the story of Dorian Gray, but you're wrong. The real story didn't end the way Oscar Wilde penned; in fact, it hasn't ended at all. The ageless beauty of Dorian Gray walks now in our world of cellphones and lattes and internet porn. His latest conquest is Gabriel Lawrence, a paranormal investigator with a secret or two of his own. But the trouble with a life as long as Dorian's is that the skeletons are threatening to overrun the closet... and not all of them want to stay dead.
Overture introduces Gabriel to the truth of a world he had only suspected, where ghost hunting is the least of his worries. And at the heart of it all is the mysterious and fascinating Dorian Gray, as though he'd stepped out of the pages of the book bearing his name. But if he has, he hasn't come through alone. And this figure from a past Dorian had though long behind him bears a grudge nurtured for a hundred years and intends to tear down everything Dorian has built, a piece at a time.
Episode 1: A Meeting of Fate
Gabriel Lawrence, a paranormal investigator from America, finds himself in London chasing down a supposedly haunted artifact. While there, he meets a man who calls himself Dorian Gray, who may not match the description from that famous story, but certainly has the attitude. And the seduction. And because ghost hunting isn't exactly a lucrative venture, Dorian's invitation into his world of opulence, decadence, and wealth may just prove too tempting for Gabriel to resist!
Some of my Goodreads friends have noticed that I actually read a classic novel this week and must have wondered why. Especially when they know how much fun I have reading "the good stuff".
I did read The Picture of Dorian Gray to prep for my read of this series, just like the good, little student that I am O_o I even looked into Oscar Wilde's 'fabulous' life. The classic was everything a classic should be; controversial, illicit, critically persecuted and prosecuted...all the good stuff. It also opens the reader up to ideas of immorality and depravity not often seen in the literature world. Well, the literature world of 1890.
Fortunately we live in the 21st century where all depravity is celebrated and out from the shadows. Yeah. Well anyway, luckily we have authors willing to carry us forward with an intriguing spin-off.
Dorian Gray - Dare I say the baddest bad boy of them all???
"Because I am sin incarnate,..."
Gabriel Lawrence - Young, cheeky - Alive -
Gabriel liked looking at the bright side of every situation.
Michael Lawrence - Gabriel's dead twin brother. He seems more steady, practical. Even if he's only apparent to Gabriel.
Michael groaned. You'll never see him again.
"Keep out of my head." Gabriel sighed.
Being instantly "thrust" into the erotic world that Dorian Gray so desired to prolong we, literally, see his depravity hasn't been subdued.
"Enough' doesn't exist, pet. You don't want 'enough'. You want more."
Gabriel and Michael are paranormal investigators living abroad and living by the seat of their pants. Well, Gabriel's pants anyway. Michael's spirit lives within Gabe. When Gabe and Michael investigate a "metaphysical tar", it feels like a scene from an early Indiana Jones movie as things seem to go from bad to worse. But we learn that this is what they do best, sort of.
When Gabriel 'bumps' into Dorian during a second chance encounter they hook up and it's hot, sexy and quite unholy. Dorian invites Gabriel for an extended stay in Scotland knowing that Gabe won't be able to resist him.
A mere gesture, and the boy could be his, but Dorian relished the conquest, the slow, erotic disintegration of those walls modern young men built around themselves.
A general understanding of the concepts within A Picture of Dorian Gray would be helpful, but the authors do a fine job of making clear what happened to Dorian, allowing for artistic license to let this version work. To be clear, this is erotica, not fine literature. So to compare the works would be entirely unfair.
The authors then set off to explore and toy with the modern day version of sex, vanity and power. I don't think we're going to have to "worry" about too much morality showing up before some true fun is to be had by all.
I could have used a stronger connection between Dorian and Gabriel, but I'm sure that's still to come. In this first episode some of the relationships were rushed or even completely undeveloped. I got the feeling that we were just getting an overview of the situation rather than delving into the emotional connections. Presumably that is the nature of this type of serial release.
This is fast, quick, decadent, sinful and excessive. Everything Oscar Wilde warned us against. That was his message, I'm sure.
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My thanks to Storm Moon Press, S.L. Armstrong and K. Piet for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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