I have just finished reading “The Nightlife – New York” by Travis Luedke.
“The Nightlife – New York” – Travis Luedke (via Amazon)
This novel is the first in The Nightlife Series about vampires. The book description reads as follows:
“Vampires, strippers, escorts, night clubs, gangs, pimps and corrupt cops, the Nightlife of New York is never boring.
Is she a beautiful blond guardian angel as he imagined, or something else entirely? When Michelle saves Aaron’s life she shares the benefits of her blood––after getting him shot accidentally. He awakes a changed man, living in a purgatory of eternal night, never to see the sunrise again.
Michelle drags Aaron through a hardcore learning curve of vampiric slavery. Forced to adapt to servitude, he is subject to her authority of compulsion. She orders him around like a puppet on a string, a dog on a very short leash. First things first, he must learn to feed properly without creating bloodslaves (humans addicted to the powerful drug-like effect of their venomous bite).
And then she puts him to work––a male escort in the sex trade––same as Michelle. Aaron walks a tightrope of strictly controlled feeding regiments and intensely erotic sexual adventures while catering to the neurotic control-freak tendencies of his new master. It’s do or die, Michelle vows to eliminate him if he proves too difficult to control. Amidst all these shocking and degrading adjustments, Aaron finds he’s falling in love.
Can he maintain her rules and keep a sliver of his humanity intact? Innocence is a luxury few can afford in the decadent nightlife of New York. In a world where sex, blood, and power over women is so readily accessible, Aaron struggles against the predatory instincts deeply rooted in his new psyche. He must find his way quickly, practicing rigid self-control, or risk the consequences of Michelle’s wrath.”
Aaron is a genuinely nice fellow, still hung up on his ex-girlfriend who recently left him, working in a diner and living with his typical laddish flatmate. Then his life changes rather abruptly and suddenly he finds himself living as a vampire under the control of the incredibly sexy French vampire, Michelle. Michelle has a troubled past, knowing what it is like for Aaron being new to the life of a vampire and having to succumb to her commands. She struggles to let anyone in, but in Aaron she finds a new friend who shows her that things don’t have to be the way she thinks they should be.
There is a layer of tension built up from the incident at the beginning with two cops who want to find the pair and punish them, and the cops track them down and there is a rather horrific showdown which changes everything. I really hated the cops and really hoped they would get taught a lesson!
The vampires do adhere to the stereotype with being immortal, beautiful and indestructable, and needing to sleep during the day so they don’t burn in the sunlight. However, the difference in this novel is that the vampires’ sexuality is exaggerated with the orgasm-inducing properties of their venom when they bite other vampires and humans. There is a LOT of sex in this novel, with Michelle showing Aaron all the benefits of being immortal and almost indestructable, and several scenes of sexual contact with the more breakable humans as escorts. After a while it gets a little bit boring. However, it’s interesting to see how the boundaries between lust and love are stretched through the novel.
There are a few things which i didn’t like about this novel. I really hated a scene near the end which is really shocking and kind of put me off liking vampires! Also, there are a few too many clichés in the book, they’re not really necessary to the plot!
I give this book 6/10 because, despite the original and gripping plot, the constant sex scenes started to grate on me and the scene with Aaron’s ex-girlfriend at the end was a little bit too disturbing. It is a good novel, don’t get me wrong, but i’m not sure i could read it again. If you like Twilight and Fifty Shades of Grey, then this might be a good novel for you to read, as it’s a bit of both!
Note: I read this in ebook format. The next book is available now, “The Nightlife – Las Vegas”.