Author: Brantwijn Serrah
Title: Graveyard Games
Genre: Paranormal F/F Erotica
Length: 24 ‘pages’
Kylie’s always believed something inside her was missing. Lonely, longing restlessness drives her out into the city every night, searching for the unseen treasure to make her feel. But a stranger awaits her in the underground club known as the Graveyard…a dangerous and sensual and unreal beauty, offering a promise beyond Kylie’s wildest desires.
Now that I know what the book contains, I really like this cover. I’m guessing I didn’t look at it very hard when I first got the book, but I wish I had. Women of colour are so rare on these covers unless the fact that they are ‘of colour’ is an integral part of the story. I also missed the figure at the base of the image with the bloodied throat. That should have been a clue that I was going to love the piece, but I didn’t blood pay attention. Ho hum. 😉
Kylie is on a search for meaning. For feeling. She has spent great lengths of time not feeling anything at all until she hears of a club (The Graveyard!) in which people there can be made ‘to feel’ through encounters with some of the locals that frequent the place.
It was . . . interesting. I’ve read something of this kind before, written by a friend of mine, actually and I was prepared to be bored and annoyed by the trope of a woman desperate to ‘feel’ and ‘be seen’.
But reading this . . . it wasn’t like that at all. The woman trapped in her own mind, unable to get out, unable to feel or connect to others . . . that resonated.
Kylie: Unable to feel. She came into her own once she reached the club. Before this point I felt concerned that all I was going to learn was of her daily misery, but even that was tastefully handled. But when she got to the club and had the chance to interact with Tessa she blossomed and became something/one new.
Tessa: The sultry dark mistress. First off, I was stunned (and pleasantly so) to realise this woman wasn’t white. Dunno why, but when I imagined her, to start with, she was white, just like every other image in my head—that’s a whole other post for another time!—but then to learn that she wasn’t . . . for some reason that made me sit up straighter. Then to watch this character unfold and to hear the way she spoke; it was a delicious treat. Hell, I’d fall for this woman. She could do anything she wanted to me!
It’s gentle. But not. There’s actually something quite raw and animal about the interactions between these two and I loved every second of it. It is only a short story, so the encounter, be default, cannot be a long one, but I think that aids to the mysterious nature of Tessa’s hold over Kylie and the change that follows. I also love the fact that it’s a seduction . . . without being creepy and gross.
Great little short story. The fact that it ends in an open, yet satisfying manner, is also one that made me keen to rush onto the next of Ms Brantwijn’s books. Something I’ll be reviewing in a couple of weeks. Even better: no niggling formatting issues, typos or other immersion stealers. A great read from start to finish.
Average across all scores is 4.4, which rounds out to 4.5 fireballs.
Not surprised at this score at all. I think the only reason it wasn’t a five is because it wasn’t longer, haha! Great story, wonderful idea, skilfully executed and so, so sensual.
A real pleasure to read.