From the Cover: A sexy vampire with an infected fang falls in love with his dentist. Dental drills whir and hearts pound as this unlikely pair struggles to find happiness. Will he come to terms with his 500-year-old guilt and grief? Will she trade her fear for a set of fangs?
Dr. Lauren Marsh has had her share to odd patients, but a patient with an infected fang is a new one on her. But, being the night owl that she is, seeing patients after hours works well for her and she has no problem squeezing John Wright into her schedule. And he turns out to be great, cute, funny, sexy, and just a little quirky, who could resist?
John Wright has no intention of becoming involved with any women, dentist or not, if only his fang would quit throbbing. When his assistant, Doreen, suggests seeing a dentist, he can only imagine the blacksmith he saw a very long time ago. He wants no part of that, it's nothing he wants to repeat. But upon meeting Dr. Marsh, the tables turn, and maybe it time he becomes part of the world again.
Forced to deal with his throbbing fang, John realizes an immediate attraction to Lauren who turns out to be better than any prescription. Lauren is immediately struck by his wit, who even remembered blacksmiths were the local dentistry? Together, they seem a perfect match, but dating a human is almost impossible, especially with the attraction John feels for Lauren. A blood exchange is a lifetime commitment. Can Lauren imagine her existence as a vampire? Can John risk his heart to another woman?
Love Fang by Susan Blexrud is a fun short story and a quick read. It is uniquely told as the old world vampire meets a new world modern woman. The ever chivalrous John won't force his ever increase magnetism on Lauren and Lauren isn't sure she's ready for a lifetime commitment to a vampire, even if he's a feast for her eyes and makes her body and heart sing. And it's been a long time between songs. She didn't even know that vampires really existed and now one wants to claim her as his. John has been burned before, so before he commits, he has to know it's for a lifetime, and vampires lead exceedingly long lives. As Lauren realizes that John is part of her life for better or worse, there can only be one answer. Ms. Blexrud gives a perfect blend of humor, romance, and action in this short story. Her book released in print form on February 2, 2010, and is now available on various book sites. I'll be looking to pick up her other short stories.
I received this short story from Ms. Blexrud as a prize in a contest. All opinion expressed are my own.