Kanjin hardly view their servants as human. Even less so when they are different.
Asagi is different. Both a man and a woman.
In the wake of his failure to protect a boy he saw as a son from their abusive master, Asagi is sold into the house of a young nobleman, Mahiro, who is the opposite of everything Asagi has ever known—gentle, kind, and generous.
Mahiro bonds with Asagi and their friendship blooms into a deep and profound love. But when Asagi is poisoned out of jealousy, Mahiro reveals himself to be youkai, a demon who feeds on blood, and he has no choice but to turn Asagi to save his life.
Asagi awakes reborn, strong, and eternally youthful. But the price for Asagi’s new life is high.
The blood of the innocent.
Just as Asagi’s trust in Mahiro falters, the boy he failed to protect, now a man, reappears.
New master, same threat.
With both a literal and proverbial monster at the door, Asagi must decide what it means to be human to protect what he loves most.
- 3 To Be Read lists
Pairings: M-NB, Includes NB
Heat Level: 3
Romantic Content: 4
Ending: Click here to reveal
Character Identities: Gay, Genderfluid, Genderqueer, Non Binary
Protagonist 1 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 2 Age: 26-35
Protagonist 3 Age: 18-25
Tropes: Adopted Child, Class Differences, Friends to Lovers, Hurt / Comfort
Word Count: 75000
Languages Available: English
Series Type: Same Universe / Various Characters
Nicky Flowers on Indies Today wrote:
This is one of those stories that doesn't fit neatly into a category. It has a love story but isn't a romance. It has scary scenes but isn't a horror tale. It has vampires, but isn't a typical paranormal story. What it is, is a fantastic and tragic story that is all encompassing and heart wrenching and definitely a book that will stay with you after you finish it. It will be so interesting to see where Maguire takes this series if this is our introduction!
These conflicting emotions, conflating roles, saturate the pages of Bloodlaced. Whether it is a struggle with gender identity, a position in the master-servant relationship, or even the hierarchy among slaves, the story explores these challenges with as much realism as a memoir—but with vampires!