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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
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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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Buddy Read: Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole


Wicked Deeds on a Winter’s Night by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #3
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 359 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on September 24, 2007
Kresley Cole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
This seductive paranormal series continues with a brutal Highland werewolf and an exquisite young witch, adversaries with a blood vendetta between them.

Her breathless kiss haunts him…

Bowen MacRieve of the Lykae clan was nearly destroyed when he lost the one woman meant for him. The ruthless warrior grew even colder, never taking another to his bed—until a smoldering encounter with his enemy, Mariketa the Awaited, reawakens his darkest desires. When sinister forces unite against her, the Highlander finds himself using all his strength and skill to keep her alive.

His slow, hot touch is irresistible…

Temporarily stripped of her powers, Mari is forced to take refuge with her sworn adversary. It’s rumored that no one can tempt Bowen’s hardened heart, but soon passion burns between them. Though a future together is impossible, she fears he has no intention of letting her go.

No deed is too wicked for her seduction…

If they defeat the evil that surrounds them, can Mari deny Bowen when he demands her body and soul—or will she risk everything for her fierce protector?

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Buddy Read: No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole


No Rest for the Wicked by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #2
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 356 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on October 31st 2006 by Pocket Star
Kresley Cole: Website | Twitter | Goodreads

Synopsis:
In this next installment in the Immortals After Dark Series, USA Today Bestselling author Kresley Cole delivers a scorching tale about a forbidding vampire who lives in the shadows and the beautiful assassin who hunts him there.

A vampire soldier weary of life…

Centuries ago, Sebastian Wroth was turned into a vampire—a nightmare in his mind—against his will. Burdened with hatred and alone for ages, he sees little reason to live. Until an exquisite, fey creature comes to kill him, inadvertently saving him instead.

A valkyrie assassin dispatched to destroy him…

When Kaderin the Cold Hearted lost her two beloved sisters to a vampire attack long ago, a benevolent force deadened her sorrow—accidentally extinguishing all of her emotions. Yet whenever she encounters Sebastian, her feelings—particularly lust—emerge multiplied. For the first time, she’s unable to complete a kill.

Competitors in a legendary hunt…

The prize of the month-long contest is powerful enough to change history, and Kaderin will do anything to win it for her sisters. Wanting only to win her, forever, Sebastian competes as well, taking every opportunity—as they travel to ancient tombs and through catacombs, seeking relics around the world—to use her new feelings to seduce her. But when forced to choose between the vampire she’s falling for and reuniting her family, how can Kaderin live without either?

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Buddy Read: A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole


A Hunger Like No Other by Kresley Cole 
Series: Immortals After Dark, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Paranormal | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 360 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on April 1st 2006 by Pocket Star (first published March 28th 2006)
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Synopsis:
In New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author Kresley Cole’s sizzling series, a fierce werewolf and a bewitching vampire become unlikely soul mates whose passion will test the boundaries of life and death.

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. Emmaline Troy is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

Sheltered Emmaline finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?.

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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
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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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Buddy Read: House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas

 


House of Earth and Blood by Sarah J. Maas 
Series: Crescent City, #1
Genre: Fantasy | Romance
Age Range: Adult Audience
Format: Paperback, 803 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on March 3rd 2020 by Bloomsbury
Sarah J. Maas: Website | Twitter | Goodread

Might contain spoilers

Synopsis:
BOUND BY BLOOD.
TEMPTED BY DESIRE.
UNLEASHED BY DESTINY.

Bryce Quinlan used to light up Crescent City, partying all night in the clubs where the strict classes of angel, shifter, human and Fae merge intona sea of beautiful bodies.

And the a demon murdered her closest friends.

Two years later, when the supposed killer is behind bars but the ceimes start up again, the city’s leaders command Bryce to help investigate. They assign an enslaved fallen angel, Hunt Athalar, to make sure she does. But as Bryce fights to uncover the truth – and resist her attraction to the brooding angel who shadows her every step – she finds herself following a trail that leads deep into her own dark past.

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Buddy Read: The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan


The Faerie Prince by Rachel Morgan
Series: Creepy Hollow, #2
Genre: Paranormal | Fantasy
Age Range: Young Adult
Format: ebook, 360 pages
Source: My Copy
Published on 2013
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Synopsis:
Guardian trainee Violet Fairdale is just weeks away from one of the most important occasions of her life: graduation. After messing up big time by bringing a human into the fae realm, Vi needs to step up her game and forget about Nate if she hopes to graduate as the top guardian of her year. Everything would be fine if she wasn’t forced to partner with Ryn, her ex-friend, ex-enemy, current ‘sort of friend’. They might be trying to patch up their relationship, but does she really want to spend a week undercover with him for their final assignment? On top of that, the possibly insane Unseelie Prince is still on the loose, free to ‘collect’ as many specially talented faeries as he can find—and Vi is still at the top of his list. Add in faerie queens, enchanted storms, complicated not-just-friends feelings, and a murder within the Guild itself, and graduation is about to become the least of Vi’s problems.

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