(I am not a native speaker, please overlook my style)
This book is a most entertaining read: neatly written, very fast paced, fairly original in its storyline.
It happens to belong to a collection of gay erotica, but I would much more define it as a vampire story with explicit sex in it. Moreover I think it is so much more than trash fiction: it belongs to a middle range between one-read-only novels and literature.
If the author fails to achieve literature is through a lacking characterization and a lack of polish in some plot twists.
The three main characters are well depicted, deep, but they act inconsistently: for example we are told that Rafael feels guilty about his hunt for blood but the theme is treated goofily: one moment he is torn by guilt, the other one he just thinks about his clothes; another point is that one cannot understand how his new lover, a rather self righteous, moralist guy can deal with his beloved being a killer, without facing the fact with a little more thought. Several remarks of this kind could be made.
It is a pity Mr Bowen did not decide to edit these inconsistencies: a little more care, a better choice of words, a couple of paragraphs would have been enough to settle them and to let us read a perfectly enjoyable novel.
As it is, it is nonetheless a swift, good read.