I think what I enjoy most about this writer's work is that you are guaranteed a relationship between the main characters so intricate, complicated, and realistic, you are never sure until the very end whether it will work out and they'll have something lasting--and you vitally want them to because they're *that* real.
Nick and Anton are one of the strongest pairings I've read by Ann Somerville, and this story, written from Nick's POV, wraps around you from the first paragraph and holds you deep in his world all the way to the end. I don't personally care for vampire stories, but this isn't your average vampire story; in fact, to me it wasn't really one at all, but a smart, intriguing twist on the usual vamp. Another fascinating quality about Somerville's stories is the way she can employ a futuristic setting that is not all that far off from our own, and have you feeling that it *does* already exist, this world, or that it at least should. The futuristic elements are perfectly integrated into our familiar world. You believe it thoroughly.
Nick is a strong-willed, incredibly stubborn, often difficult man to know and love. Anton is beautifully up to the task. I think Anton was so right for Nick because Nick needed someone with patience and the ability to understand him. Anton was wise that way. That they are good for each other and you know it even when Nick isn't sure is something that will drive you crazy while reading, but also heighten the pleasure when Nick has his own insights into what he has with Anton and whether it's something worth holding on to.