Title: Remember the Blood
Author: Vicki Pettersson
In: The Mammoth Book of Vampire Romance (Trisha Telep)
Rating Out of 5: 4.5 (Amazing, but not quite perfect)
My Bookshelves: Vampires
Format: Short story
5th sentence, 74th page: And while the scream is gratifying, it’s the scent of his elixir, fouled though it is, that causes her appetite to rear.
Ina and Alexander are meant for each other, but what will they do to keep their immortal romance alive?
I struggled with this short story. I absolutely loved it, but I found it quite sick and twisted, and thus a little more difficult to deal with. Actually, I finished this story going… huh and a little bit eeeeew. Not quite the way I normally finish a romance story.
I have read a few of Pettersson’s stories now, and one of the things that I often love about her writing is the fact that it is never quite what I expect and it always leaves me feeling entertained and bemused. This short story, featuring a couple that will literally sacrifice anything to have their immortality together certainly left me feeling a little perplexed. It took a new spin on vampirism and what must be sacrificed for immortality. A new take on the ways in which we keep our love and romance alive in a long-term relationship. Although, not a way in which I would ever suggest keeping romance alive if you have a conscience…
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