Reviewed by Dee
TITLE: What Everyone Deserves
AUTHOR: Dan Ackerman
PUBLISHER: Supposed Crimes
LENGTH: 198 Pages
RELEASE DATE: November 01, 2016
In this 1950s period drama, Junius is a New York City fertility demon with a crush. Ever since falling from heaven he’s been alone. Except for the mothers and children he watches over.
James Kelly Rosenburg, a black soldier with snowflakes in his hair, walks right into his life with a big problem. James Kelly, turned vampire during the war, is new to New York and its prohibition against vampire killing in city limits.
Junius offers to teach him to overcome his bloodthirsty instincts and live a proper Manhattan life. Their growing friendship leaves them both conflicted as they explore a city both welcoming and alienated by their kind
Not only is the cover for this story a little different, but so is the plot. And having read the story, the cover now makes sense. One of the main characters does indeed have blue skin, and both characters smoke.
This is the story of Julius, more commonly referred to as June, and James Kelly. June is openly gay and desperate to find love. James Kelly has a Mistress he is trying to be free of but not because he is into men, something he reiterates time and time again, but because he no longer wants humans to die when he feeds. Besides his need for blood James Kelly is unlike any vampire I’ve ever read of before. He has a very gentle soul, has no aversion to daylight or any other common folklore about vampires. He gets stuck on a ledge trying to help a cat and isn’t afraid to cry. The latter being a trait he shared with June. It wasn’t uncommon for either of these men to cry, because it’s okay for men to cry, right? I mean that sincerely, however I did find it a little over the top when June broke down crying because two of his female friends had a quarrel.
Getting back on track, June is a fertility demon. While some page time is given to him helping childless couples, much more is given to him tending to his cat, Gordon, his houseplants, and trimming his parsley.
When James Kelly doesn’t share his attraction, via a friend, June is introduced to escort Micah. He pays him to spend the occasional night and when Micah asks why, June replies “Because I’m a sad, pathetic man and I’m so old and I just want someone to love.”
Around the 70% mark there’s a trial when James Kelly’s Mistress accuses him of betrayal. It gives the story a nice change of pace for a short time. Finally, James Kelly allows himself to feel something other than friendship for June.
This story is easy to breeze through, low on angst, with a happy outcome.