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Merrick [Kindle Edition]

Claire Cray
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New York, 1799: the future looks bright for the charming young book dealer William Lacy, until a raucous night of drinking lands him in shackles. He narrowly avoids the brutal prison system thanks to his mother, who negotiates with the judge to secure him a five year apprenticeship in lieu of a prison sentence. And so William finds himself in a carriage bound for the remote woods upstate, where he'll spend the next years of his life learning a new trade under some old master.

When he first sees Merrick, William thinks he's been dropped into a medieval horror story. Tall and gruff, dressed in a hooded robe that completely conceals his features, and riding a black mare, Merrick might as well be the Grim Reaper.

But appearances are deceiving. An uncannily skilled apothecary and healer, Merrick proves to be a generous host and a gentle teacher, and William soon finds himself surprisingly comfortable in his new surroundings. Yet troubling mysteries abound: Why does Merrick never show his face or hands? Why do his movements seem so young and sure beneath his robes? What lies within the cave behind the stone cottage?

Something unnatural is afoot. But most alarming by far is William's own reaction to his new master. For Merrick's strange charms are bewitching enough by day; but by night, in the darkness of the room and the bed they share, William finds himself entirely overwhelmed by desires he never imagined...

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 328 KB
  • Print Length: 198 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009KFHSKG
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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Claire Cray was born in a strange little village in the Pacific Northwest and raised on wet foggy forests, strong black coffee, and spooky stories. Her addiction to weird adventures has taken her to Portland, Tokyo, Hong Kong, and New York City, where she currently resides.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By mack55 TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I don't want to give any spoilers out about this story so it makes it a hard review to write but I will say this is a ' otherwordly ' tale as the synopsis hints at and for its price and for once decent length at 198 pages was surprisingly enjoyable and very well written in a style that suited its period - it is set in 1799 and the author captures its feel perfectly in the voice of its narrator and MC , William, a young 18 yr old ' Jack the Lad ' who manages to escape a jail sentence by being indentured to an apothecary and healer - Merrick - who lives out in the wilds and is himself a character of mystery and speculation. There is a Gothic feel about this book and its atmospheric but not too dark or dreary. The synopsis does a pretty good job of explaining the main premise so I'm not going to rehash the plot but it becomes pretty clear to both William and the reader that Merrick is not what he seems, some of his cures appear to be magical and the odd glimpses of him behind his hood and robes belie the age that William thinks he should be, all of this is part of the story's charm and attraction and keeps you glued to the book. I started a chapter in bed and ended up finishing it in the early hours as once started I couldn't put it down. Thank goodness it wasn't 390 pages!

What I loved about this was that Claire Cray stretches out the unvavailing of who Merrick is so there's time to see the relationship grow between the two main characters. The ST starts from the moment they meet and grows as William finds himself drawn more and more to Merrick sexually. Before they meet he has only had experiences with women so he can't understand his body's reaction to this mysterious man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars gothic romance 22 Nov 2012
By Furio
Format:Kindle Edition
The first chapters of this M/M vampire romance belong in a gothic anthology: there are a tension and a suspense that seem to promise a masterpiece. We also have the young lead facing adversities and a dark future he does not deserve, an essential part of any gothic tale.

Unfortunately narrative tension decreases quickly. The quality of writing remains high but it is as if the author uncovered her cards too quickly. Suspense all but gone and plot close to non existent, all that remains are the two likeable leads and their growing passion. The exciting gothic story evolves into a pleasing M/M romance: it is always interesting but perhaps less than expected.

The novel is self contained but there are openings for a sequel. Sex scenes are not many and not particularly graphic. Characterization is consistent even if it strikes me as a bit off for William to be so torn about his new gay feelings and so very unconcerned about the death of innocent people (vampires kill here, as it happens in some of Ms Rice's novels whose corpus is explicitly quoted, "Merrick being the title of one of her volumes).
A few typos should be corrected as they clash with a generally well edited work.

This volume is currently inexpensive and surely worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars enterntaining and moving read 17 Nov 2012
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I loved this book - the author has written the story so that you really wonder what's going to happen and feel for the characters - even arrogant Theo has a softer side. These are real vampires that kill, not glossy, sweet, twinkling, emo types - but they have feelings and emotions too and Clare has managed to bridge the gap of making them killers but not horrific and making us feel their emotions. The way she builds the romance up, the way young William struggles with his feelings about sexuality, the sensuality in a light touch on the shoulder, a smile or glance, a gentle hand through the hair - all lead into a romance that is sensual without being crude or explicit (not that I mind explicit but there's as much to be enjoyed from words and gestures when they're done correctly)
At 76p for 198 pages its good value for money, its pretty much error free as regards spelling and grammar, the plots are all complete and flow gently onto next section, the ending is rounded off nicely with no horrible cliffhangers - all in all its a fabulous book and I'd happily read more from Claire. 5 stars :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful. 14 Mar 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Everything about this book is perfect from the cover to the last word.
I have always loved the books set in the long ago past and this one is
probably the best I have read for a long time
It was pretty easy to fall in love with Merrick and William and want the best
things possible for them. The growing love between them was tender and beautiful
and I couldnt help wanting them to end up together The growing feelings between the two and the difficulties they both had to face ,made this a hard to put down book.
and one to keep.
The author should be very proud of her writting and I think that the price asked for it was too low.I would have paid more for it.
First class in every way.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great gothic romance 20 Mar 2014
By Tween
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I have to say, I was surprised by the supernatural element of this book. Surprised, but pleasantly pleased. It's a great American gothic romance, which presses all the right buttons. A wonderful book to curl up with and get lost in.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, will probably read it again.
Really took me back to the days I used to read Anne Rice vampire books. It's great, and really makes you think dirty thoughts as it builds up. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gemma Suen
4.0 out of 5 stars A great read
A good story well written. Would love to hear more from these characters especially our French friend .... such a fun character.
Published 8 months ago by Jamako
5.0 out of 5 stars Merrick
If I could give this book a 10 I would can't wait for the follow-up to this book. This is a hot read.
Published 11 months ago by Mary
5.0 out of 5 stars Fsinated
It draws you in and you will be very supprised at the ending though ther could have had a few diferent endings
Published 12 months ago by AnthonyJohnBowen
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected enjoyable read
Great story and the reader warmed to Merrick. The book is set up to be a saga, so hopefully in the future the author will add more titles and create a series
Published 14 months ago by Sciqueen
4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant short novel!
This book was a great story of an interesting relationship between two well rounded characters. I found it an exciting and seductive page turner! It's worth a shot! :D
Published 17 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best vampire gay story I've read
I loved this book alot!!! I wonder if there will be a follow-up on this book soooooooon!! Thanks for a great read
Published 17 months ago by Natasha Maltman
3.0 out of 5 stars An easy read
An easy read with unexpected content. Great to have gay romance in fiction and made a light hearted read with a twist.
Published 17 months ago by LEAM
5.0 out of 5 stars good book
I really enjoyed this story, the characters are fun and the way it progresses is good.The way the relationship is portrayed is great amd the m/m sex is beautifully written. Read more
Published 17 months ago by christella
4.0 out of 5 stars What a load of old tosh,
What a load of old tosh,
I enjoyed it though, take it for what it is.
Lets jump on the vampire band wagon, again. Read more
Published 18 months ago by johnny p
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