Fun, moving, and action-packed…
Handeland delivers plenty of plot developments, intriguing characters, and otherworldly things in his engrossing debut. Struggling with his sexuality, Jack thinks his stroke of bad luck with men and women has come to an end after he meets the enigmatic, charming Laurent Richelieu. As Jack and Laurent begin their relationship, long-buried secrets come to surface, threatening to upend Jack’s newly acquired happiness. And Laurent has his own agenda. Set against the vibrant settings of Paris and New Orleans, the story spans centuries. Recurring romance and action sequences rev up the pace, with Handeland fittingly providing intriguing details about his supernatural and human characters. Imbued with themes of revenge and spiritual love, the novel swings between tragedy and passion and reality and unreality. Handeland skillfully explores love, lust, grief, pain, and LGBTQ issues. Plenty of twists and shocking revelations lead to the frenzied final act and the gratifying conclusion. Lovers of vampire tales will be gratified.
THE DARKEST GIFT
By Len Handeland
Pub date August 5, 2021
Price $13.99 (USD) Paperback, $35.00 Hardcover, $1.00 Kindle edition