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BLOOD GUARD (A Mission Novel #1) by MEGAN ERICKSON :: REVIEW

Sexy, addictive Vampire Paranormal – can be read separately or as a series 

SYNOPSIS
Enter a world of immortal danger and desire—and discover an incredible fate borne of blood.

Tendra: One minute, I’m a bartender in gritty Mission City; the next, I’m whisked away by a vampire named Athan who tells me that I’m the lifeblood of his clan. It sounds unbelievable, but he’s got evidence I can’t deny. Turns out, Athan belongs to an underground society of vampires who feed only on humans with their consent. Their enemies have no such qualms, and they want me dead. The only thing standing in their way is strong, sexy Athan. And the closer we get, the more tempted I am to let Athan feed. . . .

Athan: How could I have known when I snatched this snarky, beautiful human off the streets that she would change mydestiny? As a loyal soldier, I must deliver Tendra to our future king—my brother. Empowered with the blood of ten generations of the Gregorie breed, she is fated to rule as our queen. But there’s something between us that’s so intoxicating, so carnal, I can’t help wanting Tendra for myself . . . even if it’s treason.

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BLOOD VEIL Book Two
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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 Stars

‘Mission was not a city where dreams were made. At least, not for people like me.’

It’s no secret how much we love our paranormal reads! It’s our go to when we’re in a book funk and our pleasurable indulgence. We immediately got sucked into…pun intended…Blood Guard by Megan Erickson and loved the initial world building and introduction of a Vampire world living under the streets upon which humans walk unbeknownst to them what lurks beneath.

‘Maybe we weren’t all meant to belong somewhere.’

This was a slow build romance which perfectly set up a forthcoming series full of vampires, turf war and ultimately love. We have to mention that reading Blood Guard took us back to how we used to feel when reading paranormal books. For want of a better description, the way in which this story was written and how it made us feel was like proper old school PNR which is why we loved it so much. We were filled with nostalgia for the time, back when we first became addicted to this romance genre.

First we meet Tendra, who works as a bartender and comes across as a bit of a loner and orphan to boot; having been shifted from pillar to post by her deceased single mother. She feels unlucky in every aspect of her life yet keeps a sassy attitude with an inner quiet strength that stands her in good stead when her whole world is turned upside down. Along with her cat she finds herself in a situation that shocks her to her core. It all begins when she notices a somewhat intimidating man watching her in the bar where she works who then follows her into the night.

‘The sun on my face was like life. I’d spent all of my life looking at the sun as my killer, and now I saw it as my savior.’

Athan is the sexy warrior brother of the future Vampire king, Idris, and has one mission. To retrieve and bring home the woman whose blood is prophesised to give his brother the ability and strength to fight and overcome a clan of vampires set to destroy the human race and make them blood slaves. There’s a revolt happening and it needs to be stopped. But just who is pulling the strings for a change that will affect not only humans but the vampire race too?

‘I’d never abandon her, and if my father forced my hand, he’d see just how strong his youngest son had become.’

Athan and Tendra’s journey was jam packed with action, humour and sexual tension.  We loved every minute we spent with them wishing we had more! Their story set up a series we just know we’re going to love. Whilst Blood Guard can be read as a standalone in the sense that each book will feature a different couple, the overall storyline does continue from one book to the next.


BLOOD VEIL – BOOK TWO

SYNOPSIS

In the midst of supernatural chaos, worlds and hearts collide.

Celia: Having never known my parents, I’ve always felt like an orphan. All I want is a normal life. But after I’m attacked in my bedroom by one vampire—and rescued by another—it’s about time to give up on “normal” once and for all. Idris, the second in command of the Gregorie vampire clan, has come to my aid, but his motives for saving me are unclear. And what surprises me most is my attraction to his heated gaze. . . .

Idris: Terror. Curiosity. Arousal. These are the natural impulses of a human female, not the spawn of the ruthless Valarian king. Is it possible that Celia is unaware of her bloodline—and the power coursing through her veins? As the daughter of my archenemy, she was supposed to be my ransom. But how quickly the heat of desire changes everything. Now the family Celia has always craved is trying to kill her, and it’s up to me to save her again—when all I really want to do is make her mine.

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ROYALLY ENDOWED (Royally #3) by EMMA CHASE :: REVIEW

5 Stars!
Royal romance series – slow burn, funny swoony and sexy romance.

SYNOPSIS

Logan St. James is a smoldering, sexy beast. Sure, he can be a little broody at times—but Ellie Hammond’s willing to overlook that. Because, have you seen him??Sexy. As. Hell.And Ellie’s perky enough for both of them.For years, she’s had a crush on the intense, gorgeous royal security guard—but she doesn’t think he ever saw her, not really.To Logan, Ellie was just part of the job—a relative of the royal family he’d sworn to protect. Now, at 22 years old and fresh out of college, she’s determined to put aside her X-rated dreams of pat-downs and pillow talk, and find a real life happily ever after.The Queen of Wessco encourages Ellie to follow in her sister’s footsteps and settle down with a prince of her own. Or a duke, a marquis…a viscount would also do nicely.

But in the pursuit of a fairy tale ending, Ellie learns that the sweetest crushes can be the hardest to let go.
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Logan St. James grew up on the wrong side of the tracks, in a family on the wrong side of the law. But these days, he covers his tattoos and scars with a respectable suit. He’s handsome, loyal, brave, skilled with his hands and…other body parts.

Any woman would be proud to call him hers.

But there’s only one woman he wants.

For years he’s watched over her, protected her, held her hair back when she was sick, taught her how to throw a punch, and spot a liar.

He dreams of her. Would lay down his life for her.

But beautiful Ellie Hammond’s off-limits.

Everybody knows the bodyguard rules: Never lose focus, never let them out of your sight, and never, ever fall in love.

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Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny

‘What I do know, what I’m sure of, is that I would die for Ellie. Kill for her, live for her. The vow echoes through me with every beat of my heart.’

We absolutely love this series from Emma Chase. We’ve laughed and swooned in equal measure and gotten a bit hot and bothered too. Waiting for Logan and Ellie’s book was exciting as we had no idea where it was going to go or how it would play out. We had no real expectations and sometimes that is exactly when you end up the most pleasantly surprised, and didn’t we just! We loved this slow burn romance that burnt up the pages with sizzling attraction born out of what can really be described as a protective friendship spanning years, the emotional impact from how it played out won our book hearts, word by word.

‘- he makes me feel wanted. Valued and important, like I’m someone worth protecting. Knowing this man would give his life to shield me, guard me from pain or danger – it’s a heady thing. An arousing, stirring thing.’

We’ve loved Ellie since we first met her. She’s embraces life; she’s vivacious, honest, loyal and hard working. She’s the kind of heroine you root for the minute you meet her as she steals your heart. We kind of feel like we were there watching her as she grew up; and what a wonderful woman she grew up to be under the watchful eye of her gorgeous Royal bodyguard, Logan.

‘I’ve always wanted to be a part of something bigger -something noble and lasting- and now I am.’

Logan has been a bit of an enigma until now. Fierce, protective and loyal to the Royal Family, he’s the young man who grew up on the opposite side of prosperity yet fought create a better life for himself. We knew he had a mouth on him and a cheeky side that came out every so often, but we loved discovering that this man had an endearing vulnerability underneath his intimidating armour. Whilst we knew of his feelings, this man valued loyalty and friendship above any romantic notion. His values and boundaries were always at the forefront and as far as heroes goes, Logan is up there as one of our all-time favourites. He was just such a real man with such a real heart.

“You’re always doing this,” she whispers.
“Doing what?”
“Saving me.”
I smile, just a bit. “I don’t mind.”
“Hey Logan?”
“Yeah?”
“One of these days…I’m going to save you back.”

We loved the fact that Royally Endowed took place over several years running parallel with Royally Screwed, Royally Matched and beyond. It meant that we got to catch up with Nicholas and Olivia; Henry and Sarah as well as experience the sharp tongued yet amusing Queen Lenora once more. It was like being back with family. The laughs, the romance, the emotionally poignant moments, and the dramatic twists. We loved every minute of it and didn’t want it to end. Without question the centre of this story was the deliciously building and much anticipated romance between Logan and Ellie, added with just the right amount of emotional drama and funny family antics. The exact reason for why we love Emma Chase. Romantic, funny and so very passionate, we can’t end this review without saying that once again Emma Chase gave us an epic epilogue that left us in swoony puddles combined with tears from laughter. What a royally fantastic series this has been, one for all the hopeless romantics out there. One for the book loving heart.

‘So many memories and moments. We’d circle each other, watch one another, veer away or try to fight it…but we were always pulled back together. Colliding. Connecting.’


TBB RECOMMENDS THE ROYALLY SERIES
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TBB ALSO RECOMMENDS by EMMA CHASE

LEGAL BRIEFS SERIES – CAN BE READ AS STANDALONE’S

Join Jake & Chelsea, Stanton & Sofia, Brent & Kennedy as they navigate the hilarious and heartwarming hurdles of love, life and the law in this bloody fabulous series that will have you swooning, giggling and fanning yourself! One of our faves.

‘I’m not good with flowery, romantic kinds of words. But she makes me wish I was.
Because she’s more than my wife – more than the owner of the pussy that has me so very whipped. She’s my love, my home, the solace to my soul, the keeper of my heart, the center of my entire fucking world. The only reason I really believe in my own goodness is because I see it reflected in her eyes.’

Legal Brief Series

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THE TANGLED SERIES – CAN BE READ AS STANDALONE’S

Join Drew and the gang. The man who started it all will have you in absolute fits with his unique outlook on love, life and relationships. You’ll be laughing like crazy over this one!

“For many men, their car is equivalent to the perfect woman. We can build her to look exactly how we want, we can ride her hard and she won’t complain, and we can easily trade in when a newer, younger model comes along. It’s pretty much the ideal relationship.”

Emma Chase

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THE MOON SHINES RED (Heart of Darkness #1) by PAMELA SPARKMAN :: REVIEW

Paranormal fantasy forbidden romance

SYNOPSIS
Award winning author, Pamela Sparkman’s fantasy debut novel is tantalizingly wicked, drawing the reader into a world of forbidden love where nothing is quite what it seems.

Lord Lochlan was cursed in the womb, condemned by the perceived crimes of his parents. On the thirteenth year of his birth, the red glow of the moon washed over land and sea like a faded bloody stain. Everything was bathed in it, including him. A constant reminder of the curse that marked him before he was born. Every night he gazed at it like he was lured and haunted by it. It followed him, it beseeched him. It called out to him. Just once he wanted to see the moon glow as everyone else saw it. Bright and illuminating. But he knew that would never be possible.

The all too familiar feeling of despair suffocated him, like long gangly fingers squeezing his neck, cutting off his air. He fell to his knees and begged for the sky to fall on him. He had suffered long and tirelessly and he was desperate for it to end. And yet, he fought to breathe. He fought to stand back on his feet. Because fighting back was as instinctual to him as breathing. He had come too far to let his loneliness and despair get the best of him now. He was battle worn and weary, but he still had a reason to live.

Or so he hoped.

He stood back on his feet and he fought against the doom that hovered over him since the day he was born and he stared up into the darkened sky.

At the moon that shines red only for him.

I should have stayed away from him. But I couldn’t.
HE was my love…my life. And he just might kill me.
So I guess that means…he may also be my end.

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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte

‘He smiled today. His smiles are as rare as mine, so I took his smile and tied it to the ribbon around my heart, where I can treasure it always.’

Pamela Sparkman is a new to us author and after reading and falling in love with this book, you can bet we’re eagerly awaiting the next Heart of Darkness story, because the secondary character this story will be about, completely captured our imagination and fascination and we need more!

The Moon Shines Red is a standalone and does have a conclusion, so if you’re worried for continuance or cliffy’s, don’t be. Just dive straight into Lochlan and Elin’s enchanting and beautiful story and prepare yourselves for a magical adventure in this urban fantasy romance.

We adore tales about the Fae fantasy folklore. Those pesky, treacherous creatures with their half-truths riddles and tricks, the alpha Fae who falls and fights for his love….the trysts, the curses, tricks and legends…sigh…they enthral us time and again, and we’re happy to say Pamela Sparkman most certainly treated us to an alluringly expressive and beautiful read, satisfying our much needed PNR fix.

The premise of the story captured our imaginations and hearts as poor Lochlan cut such a sad and lonely figure. This is a man who has only known isolation; never being able to experience the comfort of a touch, the warmth of a hug, the love of a woman after a curse was bestowed on him at birth, resulting in dire consequences for the person if they ignore the curse and touch him.

‘If he could make one wish, he would wish to have one moment in time where he could just touch her.’

Banished to a monastery with Searly, a Monk as his only true friend, (and what a heartfelt relationship it was) the pair have struck a firm friendship, with Searly showing a dogged determination to try and seek a reversal to the curse affecting his friend.

Lochlan has resigned himself to a life of seclusion and loneliness until he comes upon the beautiful human, Elin. This makes him want and need that human affection he has been denied all his life. However, little did they know their world was about to be turned upside down.

“Do not hide your pain from me, and I will not hide mine from you.”

Now, we could go into detail here about what unfolds, but where’s the fun in that? Oh no, you need to experience this authors bewitching story for yourselves firsthand, because there are surprises and twists galore to be enjoyed in this one!

‘For a reason unbeknownst to him he needed her to like him.’

This author had our hearts soaring over the lengths this man went to for love, she had our hearts beating and never failed to grip us with the surprises, twists, emotion, suspense and passion of this fantasy. The passion in this case coming from the connection between Lochlan and Elin. Their love was true, innocent, subtle, yet fiercely heartfelt. We believed it, we felt it, and we loved it. We certainly didn’t need a graphic sex scene on every page to convince us of the connection between these two, that’s for sure.

“I was willing to give you all the time you needed, I would have given you forever if you’d asked for it.”
“I know.”

Love, loyalty, friendship, forgiveness and hope. Pamela Sparkman did an amazing job of lovingly bringing Elin and Lochlan’s story to life, telling it with an old world storytelling charm that only added to the atmospheric surroundings. The vividness of the Faery realm, the beauty of her characters and the way in which she kept us glued to our Kindles was testament to the terrific story she delivered!

“…so you see, you love…it does matter. It matters very much.”

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CHILDREN OF VICE (Children Of Vice #1) by J J McAVOY


REVIEW :: CHILDREN OF VICE by J J McAVOY 
Gritty, raw Mafia romance spin off from Ruthless People Series

First in the series spin off from the Ruthless People series. You do not have to read Ruthless People series beforehand but we LOVE this series and recommend it!
Now it’s time to revel in the reign of the Callahan children…

SYNOPSIS

I, Ethan Antonio Giovanni Callahan, first son of the former head of the Irish mob, Liam Alec Callahan, and former head of the Italian mafia, ex-governor, Melody Nicci Giovanni Callahan, solemnly swear to ruthlessly protect our family name, business and way of life, no matter the cost to me or anyone else. I shall show no mercy; I shall offer no forgiveness; there will be no peace for those who stand against me.

I will live for my family.
I will kill for my family.
I will marry for my family.

I, Ivy O’Davoren, the only daughter of Shay O’Davoren, solemnly swear to ruthlessly and mercilessly exact revenge on the Callahans and all those who betrayed my father and family.

I will live for revenge.
I will kill for revenge.
I will marry for revenge.

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**Spoiler Free Review by Gitte & Jenny

4.5 stars

‘The Belladonna and the Mani di forbice.’
‘The beautiful poison and the duel blades.’

We’ve read every single JJ McAvoy book, and bar one, we’ve loved and fallen in love with every single one. Her stories are compelling and an indulgence we love to partake in. This is a spin-off of the Ruthless People series featuring the children of Liam and Melody Callahan. Whilst this series can be read on it’s own, we highly recommend reading the Ruthless People Series, as not only is it one of our all-time favourite mafia/mobster series, you’ll also get much more out of this series.

‘To repent they must be sorry. To be sorry they must feel pain. So let there be pain.’

Without question, this Author excels at writing intensely intriguing and downright exciting mobster stories. She’s one of our all-time favourites. The Children of Vice series features the stories of adult siblings- Ethan, Donatella and Wyatt Callahan.

‘Fury. Wrath. Rage. Death. Ethan, at this very moment, was all of those things, personified in silence.’

This first book is Ethan Callahan’s story- the oldest brother. Now, if you’ve read Ruthless People you know what kind of childhood this boy had and as the head of the family you know the shoes he has to fill. If not, the Author does a good job of catching the reader up. If you know us, you know we absolutely love our anti-heroes and they don’t come much more anti than this man. He is a power of reckoning, meticulous in his revenge and powerful in his planning. Nothing fazes him. You could say he is as cold as ice with no second thought to when and how as long as it plays out in favour and as he planned it, using other lives as collateral or weapons with an almost domino effect. He is incredible- he is cold in his ruthlessness. The pressure and weight on his shoulders is immense and he knows no other way nor a different life.

‘Ivy O’Davoren was mine, and now the whole world would know.’

Who in their possible right mind could be with a man like Ethan or possibly live up to the role as wife of the ultimate mastermind, the puppet master: Mani di forbice? Well, we couldn’t imagine, yet there she was; Ivy O’Davoren – the belladonna. This woman is fierce, wronged, cold and accepting of the fates. Their story was on the edge of your seat reading. Every so often our jaws dropped as the plot unfolded. Surprising twists and secrets revealed. Over the top? Absolutely! However, there is no question that sometimes over the top works as it satisfies a craving that needs to be filled.

“…the world isn’t black or white. Sometimes you need to do bad to do good and worse to do even better. The Callahan’s made themselves the worst. The money, the fame, the power was built on blood and bones. Why? Because no one else could do it.”

We couldn’t put this book down for love nor money, it was truly compelling and gripping. JJ McAvoy has such a talent for balancing darkness with humour -in the sense that- something horrific could’ve just happened yet the sarcastic wit and almost dark comedic timing immediately veils the sombre somewhat melancholy mood. Sibling relationships are hard at the best of time, however, if you’re siblings at the top of a mobster dynasty; the spotlight and responsibilities heightens and results in dire consequence. And so the series continues in the next book which is Donatella’s story and wow…..we are dying to find out what happens next!

“That is the tragedy of women born with the ambitions of men.”

So why not a 5 star? Well, Children of Vice would have been a 5 star for us if not for the editing issues as well as some timeline issues that distracted us from the story at times. We have mentioned the editing issue before which seem to have continually plagued this Author since book one. We do hope she finds a good one that can sort this continuing problem out for her because her brilliant stories deserve no less.

“They said the Callahan’s are greedy and selfish, power hungry thugs who don’t care about their own people anymore.”
“They’re right.”


THE RUTHLESS PEOPLE SERIES READING ORDER

Ruthless People

The Ruthless People Series is available to purchase below

Ruthless People Book One (Currently Free) :  Amazon us | Amazon uk | Our review
 The Untouchables Book Two : Amazon us || Amazon uk || Our review
American Savages Book Three : Amazon us || Amazon uk || Our review
A Bloody Kingdom Book Four : Amazon us || Amazon uk

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THE VEIN CHRONICLES by ANNE MALCOM :: SERIES REVIEW

Paranormal Series with a snarky heroine and a book boyfriend who will slay you!

SYNOPSIS – FATAL HARMONY BOOK ONE

I may be the villain of the story, but at least I get a leading role.
Evil is a term thrown around history and literature as if it’s something so easily definable. A concept to fight against.
Evil doesn’t exist.
Neither does ‘good.’
Vampires do, though.
I just happen to be one.
I’ve cruised through the centuries managing to avoid all the wars, supernatural and human, but still going to all the best parties.
I would say I avoided bloodshed, but it’s kind of part of the whole ‘vampire’ thing.
I’ve lived on the fringes of a society that considered cruelty and sadism favorable character traits for almost five hundred years. Now I’m in the middle of a war that might just put my nonbeating heart in a lot of danger.
Battles, I can handle.
The impossible attraction between me and the vampire slayer, not to mention the penetrating gaze of the king of our race, on the other hand?
I might not get out undead.

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SYNOPSIS – DEATHLESS BOOK TWO

My life was never black and white.
Heck, it wasn’t even black, white and gray.
Lines were not drawn between good and evil, and if they were, I would have jumped those suckers for fun.
But now it was simpler. It wasn’t black and white. Or gray. It was only one thing.
Blood.
A crimson-tinted world. That was all I needed.
All I wanted.
Him.
Despite the war raging around us, or the secrets between us, there was nothing simpler than blood.
It didn’t matter that it would be fatal.
After all, it’s the things we’re not undead without that will kill us in the end.

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Deathless Book Two

          

 


Reviewed by Gitte & Jenny
(complete spoiler free series review)

 

Fatal Harmony – 4.5 Stars
Deathless – 3 Stars

“What do you know about a rebel faction of vampires, witches, demons, werewolves and a variety of the supernatural vying for world domination?”

We are avid readers of paranormal stories – we crave them much like vampires need the sustenance of blood. Well, almost. So biting into this series was like a hit of fresh blood. A new to us Author and the promise of a paranormal satisfaction to quell that incessant need. We were immediately hit with a sensation of pure bloody bliss. The story was incredibly well written, it was action packed, the humour sarcastic and dry – just how we love it – the paranormal world-building was slow but intriguing. There really was something for everyone, what with Vampires, Slayers, Demons, Witches and Wolves.

‘The grave did not cater to such pious emotions as love, nor listen to promises whispered on the eve of the battle. The grave came for everyone. Even immortals if they happened to be star-crossed lovers.’

Who doesn’t love a kick-arse heroine who oozes self-confidence and rocks a wickedly sarcastic sense of humour? Well, we were immediately loving on Isla, the sassiest Vampire we’d met in a long while. Isla is a feisty, sexy, and scandalous Vampire of stately descent and fights to rival and outdo any other breed but has a penchant for humans no, matter her denial.

‘A Slayer. First used as villains in our bedtimes stories, slayers were what went bump in the night for us. The only thing that could kill us. Designed to kill us.’

Isla becomes entangled in a coup to end the supernatural world as she knows it, being the target of not only a nameless and faceless enemy but also her own family whom she’s been trying to survive for centuries. Added to the mystery, the violence, the double crossings and the drama is one enigmatic King of Vampires and a dark and broody Slayer who’s an enemy to all vampires.

‘He was hot when he got all murder. Granted, I’d only seen him murder, but that’s how I liked my men: broody with a side of homicidal.’

We have to say we were rather partial to the enigmatic Slayer….and Isla was….well you’ll have to read it yourselves to see who is the smooth-talking love of Isla’s bloodthirsty existence. A funny sidekick, a Scottish rogue and a sexy and savvy witch. We were in paranormal heaven.

“You want to tell me why it felt like you fuckin’ died in my arms the second after you made me feel more alive than a thousand battles could have?”

“That’s what you are, Isla – the ultimate battle. My ultimate battle.”

So many battles, so many twists. We were enthralled and bloody loved Fatal Harmony so we very quickly moved onto Deathless to continue our journey, excitedly. Where the first book excelled and built the story up with great injections of humour and romantic tension, the second one sadly went in the opposite direction for us. Yes, we were still invested and the writing was first class and flawless. However, the humour and jokey aspect overtook the story  and not necessarily in a good way, we began to feel uncomfortable at the insensitive jabs Isla took at various people in society. We started to lose our connection with her as she became a mean girl and not in a good entertaining nor attractive way. No one was safe; from ageism and body shaming to sexuality jokes and vanity. It made us cringe quite a few times. Where book one was slow, understandably so, book two had an even slower pace and became quite repetitive. This left us gutted as we were enjoying everything about this series and were loving the writing. Overall, we enjoyed many aspects of this series but book two just fell short for us, sadly. Saying that though, this series felt different and fresh from a paranormal aspect.

“As it was and always has been.
In Blood.
The blood will run The Deathless night. |
The curse.
The blood will run.”

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