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Buddy Read: Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare


Chain of Gold by Cassandra Clare 
Series: The Last Hours, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 624 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 3rd 2020 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Chain of Gold is the first novel in a new trilogy that stars the Shadowhunters of Edwardian London.

Welcome to Edwardian London, a time of electric lights and long shadows, the celebration of artistic beauty and the wild pursuit of pleasure, with demons waiting in the dark. For years there has been peace in the Shadowhunter world. James and Lucie Herondale, children of the famous Will and Tessa, have grown up in an idyll with their loving friends and family, listening to stories of good defeating evil and love conquering all. But everything changes when the Blackthorn and Carstairs families come to London…and so does a remorseless and inescapable plague.

James Herondale longs for a great love, and thinks he has found it in the beautiful, mysterious Grace Blackthorn. Cordelia Carstairs is desperate to become a hero, save her family from ruin, and keep her secret love for James hidden. When disaster strikes the Shadowhunters, James, Cordelia and their friends are plunged into a wild adventure which will reveal dark and incredible powers, and the true cruel price of being a hero…and falling in love.

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Book Review: Her Soul to Take by Harley Laroux


Her Soul to Take by Harley Laroux 
Series: Souls Trilogy, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Adult
Format: Paperback, 458 pages
Source: My Copy
Published April 9th 2021 by Independently Published
Harley Laroux: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Leon: I earned my reputation among magicians for a reason: one wrong move and you’re dead. Killer, they called me, and killing is what I’m best at. Except her. The one I was supposed to take, the one I should have killed – I didn’t. The cult that once controlled me wants her, and I’m not about to lose my new toy to them.
Rae: I’ve always believed in the supernatural. Hunting for ghosts is my passion, but summoning a demon was never part of the plan. Monsters are roaming the woods, and something ancient – something evil – is waking up and calling my name. I don’t know who I can trust, or how deep this darkness goes. All I know is my one shot at survival is the demon stalking me, and he doesn’t just want my body – he wants my soul.
Her Soul to Take is book 1 in the Souls Trilogy. Although all the books are interconnected, they are stand-alone and can be read in any order.
Content Warning
This book contains graphic sexual scenes, violence, kink/fetish content, horror elements, drug use, and depictions of hard kink/edgeplay. This book is strictly fictional and is not meant to represent realistic expectations of BDSM or kink.
Kinks/Fetishes Within: consensual non-consent (CNC), breathe play, spit, needle play (body modification fetish), pain play, fear play, public play, bondage, restraint, spanking/impact play.

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Book Review: City of Thorns by C.N. Crawford


City of Thorns by C.N. Crawford 
Series: The Demon Queen Trials #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 306 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on July 28th 2021
C.N. Crawford: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
I never thought I’d be singing happy birthday to myself in a dungeon. And yet when a sinfully sexy demon crashes happy hour, that’s exactly what happens. He’s known as the Lord of Chaos, he’s mistaken me for my succubus doppelgänger.

Happy birthday to me.

When he tastes my blood, he finally understands I’m mortal. And I realize we have something in common: we both crave revenge. So we make a deal: I can stay in the forbidden city to hunt for my mom’s killer. In return, I’ll help him get the vengeance he craves. I just have to pose as a sexy succubus. One problem–he’s my number one suspect.

And that’s increasingly hard to remember as he teaches me my role: seduction. With each heated touch I drift further into peril. And if I fall under his seductive spell, death awaits me.

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Buddy Read: Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco


Kingdom of the Cursed by Kerri Maniscalco 
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 26th 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton
Kerri Maniscalco: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
After selling her soul to become Queen of the Wicked, Emilia travels to the Seven Circles with the enigmatic Prince of Wrath, where she’s introduced to a seductive world of vice.

She vows to do whatever it takes to avenge her beloved sister, Vittoria… even if that means accepting the hand of the Prince of Pride, the king of demons.

The first rule in the court of the Wicked? Trust no one. With back-stabbing princes, luxurious palaces, mysterious party invitations, and conflicting clues about who really killed her twin, Emilia finds herself more alone than ever before. Can she even trust Wrath, her one-time ally in the mortal world… or is he keeping dangerous secrets about his true nature?

Emilia will be tested in every way as she seeks a series of magical objects that will unlock the clues of her past and the answers she craves…

One sister.
Two sinful princes.
Infinite deception with a side of revenge… Welcome to Hell.

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Buddy Read: Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco


Kingdom of the Wicked by Kerri Maniscalco 
Series: Kingdom of the Wicked #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 372 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 27, 2020
Kerri Maniscalco: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
Emilia and her twin sister Victoria are streghe – witches who live secretly among humans, avoiding notice and persecution. One night, Victoria misses dinner service at the family’s renowned Sicilian restaurant. Emilia soon finds the body of her beloved twin…desecrated beyond belief. Devastated, Emilia sets out to discover who did this, and to seek vengeance at any cost—even if it means using dark magic that’s been long forbidden.

Then Emilia meets Wrath, the outlier among the seven demon brethren, always choosing duty over pleasure. He’s been tasked by his master with investigating a series of women’s murders on the island. When Emilia and Wrath’s fates collide, it’s clear this disturbing mystery will take a bewitching turn…

Kerri Maniscalco introduces her next series, a dark tale of a beautiful young witch, a troubled demon, and their epic romance, set against a 19th century Italian backdrop.

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Book Review: Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Grace and Glory by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: The Harbinger, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 512 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on June 1, 2021
Jennifer L. Armentout: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Spoilers for The Dark Elements

Synopsis:
Danger, betrayal, and enticing forbidden love clash in book three of #1 New York Times bestselling author Jennifer L. Armentrout’s Harbinger trilogy!
When Angels Fall

Trinity Marrow has lost the battle and her beloved Protector. Even with both demons and Wardens on her side, Trin may not win the war against the Harbinger.

Bringing Lucifer back to the world to fight the Harbinger is probably a really, really bad idea, but they’re out of options—and the world’s ultimate fallen angel is the only being powerful enough to impact the outcome.

As Trin and Zayne form a new and more dangerous bond and Lucifer unleashes Hell on earth, the apocalypse looms and the world teeters on the end of forever. Win or lose, one thing is certain—nothing will ever be the same.

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Buddy Read: Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole


Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #5
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 388 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on May 20, 2008
Kresley Cole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
A seductive beauty he can never have. Yet can’t resist…
Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought we could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.

A tormented warrior she should fear, but can’t deny…

Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon’s wicked touch.

Surrender to dark desires…

Yet just when he earns Holly’s trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can state his wildest needs–and claim his heart?

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Buddy Read: Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout


Rage and Ruin by Jennifer L. Armentrout 
Series: The Harbinger, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover, 576 pages.
Source: My Copy
Published on June 9th 2020 by Inkyard Press
Jennifer L. Armentout: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Spoilers for The Dark Elements series

Synopsis:
A half human, half angel and her bonded gargoyle protector must work with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming… but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led – herded – played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

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Book Review: The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu


The Lost Book of the White by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu 
Series: The Eldest Curses, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Romance | Paranormal
Age Range: Young Adult |New Adult
Format: Hardcover, 400 pages
Published on September 1st 2020 by Simon & Schuster
Cassandra Clare: Website | Twitter | Goodreads
Wesley Chu: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:

Life is good for Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood. They’re living together in a fabulous loft, their warlock son, Max, has started learning to walk, and the streets of New York are peaceful and quiet—as peaceful and quiet as they ever are, anyway.
Until the night that two old acquaintances break into Magnus’s apartment and steal the powerful Book of the White. Now Magnus and Alec will have to drop everything to get it back. They need to follow the thieves to Shanghai, they need to call some backup to accompany them, and they need a babysitter.
Also, someone has stabbed Magnus with a strange magical weapon and the wound is glowing, so they have that to worry about too.
Fortunately, their backup consists of Clary, Jace, Isabelle, and newly minted Shadowhunter Simon. In Shanghai, they learn that a much darker threat awaits them. Magnus’s magic is growing unstable, and if they can’t stop the demons flooding into the city, they might have to follow them all the way back to the source—to the very realm of the dead. Can they stop the threat to the world? Will they make it back home before their kid completely wears out Alec’s mom?

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Book Review: The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter

 


The Darkest Whisper by Gena Showalter 
Series: Lords of the Underworld, #4
Genre: Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 406 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 1st 2009 by HQN Books (first published 2009)
Gena Showalter: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
New York Times bestselling sensation Gena Showalter returns with her long-awaited next installment of the Lords of the Underworld series…
He is the keeper of Doubt and his entire world’s about to be rocked.
Bound by the demon of Doubt, Sabin unintentionally destroys even the most confident of lovers. So the immortal warrior spends his time on the battlefield instead of the bedroom, victory his only concern … until he meets Gwendolyn the Timid. One taste of the beautiful redhead, and he craves more.
Gwen, an immortal herself, always thought she’d fall for a kind human who wouldn’t rouse her darker side. But when Sabin frees her from prison, battling their enemies for the claim to Pandora’s box turns out to be nothing compared to the battle Sabin and Gwen will wage against love…

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