a sapphic paranormal romance
It’s not that Vi Davis wanted to be alone. It’s just that the outside world doesn’t seem very welcoming for a shy, nonbinary introvert - especially one who can read minds.
But when the gorgeous Hester Milojević approaches Vi in a crowded sports bar, it doesn’t take telepathy to figure out that they share a mutual attraction - even if Vi suspects this towering blonde is way out of their league.
That suspicion deepens even as the two get to know each other better - especially as Vi struggles to reconcile so many emotionally overwhelming first experiences, along with Hester’s mysterious hot-then-cold behavior, and her claims to be something impossible: a vampire.
But even in a world that seems intent on tearing them apart, Vi and Hester can’t help but grow closer to each other - that is until the past and prejudice of their own families threatens to drive a stake through the heart of their relationship once and for all.
Fluid Bonding is an engaging and emotional paranormal romance between nonbinary and neurodivergent characters - described by one reader as “a sweet, realistic romance between two people figuring their way in life.”
Issy W on Amazon wrote:
Without spoilers, Fluid Bonding is one of the best stories I’ve read on Vella so far. It doesn’t try to be a grand, sweeping epic with world-changing stakes, or a deep-dive into paranormal tropes that have been endlessly explored. Instead, it offers a sweet, realistic romance between two people figuring their way in life. The way Vi and Hester’s relationship deepens throughout the story, how they help each other grow and the building of their “fluid bond” is a joy to read. I enjoyed the characterization, and everything else really, until the very end. Highly recommended!
Vi is non-binary, neurodivergent and a telepath; Hester is neurodivergent and a vampire, though that aspect takes a while to come up. Two people who are different, but also similar, with their own struggles, insecurities, and secrets to hold. But there is something between them as well, as a friendship and relationship start to unfold after meeting in a sports bar, as they navigate each other, learn about each other, and see if they can make it work.
It's a sweet and engaging tale, of emotions and struggles, of opening up, and finding that place with another. And it's not always easy either, especially having family to deal with as well, and all the complications that they bring. I very much enjoyed the story. It is well written, and an interesting setting, one that I want to learn more about.