Immortal Symphony : Overture #2
Title : Overture – Life of the Party
Serial : Immortal Symphony Season 1
Publisher : Storm Moon Press (BUY HERE)
Genre : M/F/M, Paranormal
Length : 38 pages (e-book)
Published : March 8, 2013
Rating : ★★★
You think you know the story of Dorian Gray, but you’re wrong. The real story didn’t end the way Oscar Wilde penned; in fact, it hasn’t ended at all. The ageless beauty of Dorian Gray walks now in our world of cellphones and lattes and internet porn. His latest conquest is Gabriel Lawrence, a paranormal investigator with a secret or two of his own. But the trouble with a life as long as Dorian’s is that the skeletons are threatening to overrun the closet… and not all of them want to stay dead.
Season 1 : Overture introduces Gabriel to the truth of a world he had only suspected, where ghost hunting is the least of his worries. And at the heart of it all is the mysterious and fascinating Dorian Gray, as though he’d stepped out of the pages of the book bearing his name. But if he has, he hasn’t come through alone. And this figure from a past Dorian had though long behind him bears a grudge nurtured for a hundred years and intends to tear down everything Dorian has built, a piece at a time.
Episode 2: Life of the Party
Gabriel’s first glimpse into Dorian’s lifestyle was only the beginning, and now he finds himself tumbling further down the rabbit hole. Dorian’s birthday party introduces Gabriel to some of Dorian’s friends, all as free-spirited and debauched as Dorian himself. Through them, he learns that he isn’t the first that Dorian has drawn into his web this way, not even the hundred-and-first. And yet somehow, all of Gabriel’s concerns instantly seem strangely inconsequential at Dorian’s slightest touch, fueling Michael’s fears that there is so much more to Dorian than they could guess.
Gabriel makes his way to Scotland to be with Dorian. He wants to spend time with the man. He tells himself he’s not deluding himself, it’s just a fling for a few weeks and he’ll get back to his regularly scheduled and fairly depressing life once it’s over. Gabriel just wants to make the fun decision for once. Michael really doesn’t want Gabriel doing this. Michael can do nothing but watch Gabriel make what he believes is the wrong choice. Once in Scotland, and Dorian’s home, Michael is still after Gabriel to leave. Michael can see that Dorian isn’t your average human. Add to it Dorian makes no bones the big birthday party he’s planning is his 182nd birthday party. So Gabriel goes to the party, meets Dorian’s friends, and proceeds to get drunk, use drugs, and have public and unprotected sex.
Dorian is actively using a depraved lifestyle to not deal with his painful memories. He’s not happy. The people with whom he parties are sycophants and moochers. It’s not living. Gabriel can see this is not for him but can’t control himself once Dorian touches him. Michael is the superego warning Gabriel of all the bad he’s doing. Or at least I’m hoping that’s what is happening with this story. It could just be erotica with a bit of a plot. That’s okay, but not what I’m hoping for in this story.
Rated 3 stars by Faye