In the midst of her life crumbling around her, Bryn receives an all-inclusive trip to Sin City, granted access to its most premiere, opulent hotel, which happens to have a wait-list that spans years. Upon arrival, she catches the eye of a strikingly handsome stranger, and an evening of debauchery ensues. Hey, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Even if that means waking up the morning after not only married, but bound by magic.
Dyer Street Punk Witches was my inevitable return to the enigmatic city of Ordshaw, drenched in mystery and dangerous esoteric ongoings, and how exciting it has been to experience it from a whole different angle deep in the depths of St Alphege’s! Phil Williams always reels me in with his gritty tales of trickery and shenanigans, so I went into this novel with high hopes. From the gate readers are bombarded with a hard-hitting punk attitude, violent gang rivalries, socioeconomic issues being brought to light, and mystifying magic to tingle the senses. What a wild ride! I swear, Williams’ writing has gotten better and better with each book of his I’ve read.
A tale of fated love and finding one’s true self, Tricky Princess begins right where we left off in Tricky Magic, wandering the black and gold marbled halls of a castle that belongs to a King of Hel. You know that feeling of diving into a sequel, yeah? That equal mix of excitement and subtle fear that something may go horribly wrong? Well, Tricky Princess, while different from its predecessor, is bigger and better in every way possible. The plot deepens, the scope widens, the journey becomes grander – loved this book to pieces.
Blood and Secrets is a tale of the hunters becoming the hunted, where rules are broken and blood is spilled (and consumed). Two rookie undercover vampire hunters are tasked with gathering intel for the takedown of a massive vampire organization, but nothing goes as planned and they soon find themselves on the run from everyone involved. Forbidden unrequited love, dueling secret societies, and filthy dirty smut, what more could you ask for?
At the heart of this tale lies two souls. Peter, a human searching for his monster, despite the trauma he has endured at the hands of one in the past. And Dante, an incubus seeking his other half after a hunt spanning millennia. Cue the Barista and his matchmaking magic – sparks fly as soon as their eyes meet beneath that obscene Minotaur portrait. And those sparks are fanned into an inferno as the story continues on.
Darkly imaginative, deliciously grotesque and deeply unsettling, God’s Leftovers is a brutal little novella that packs quite an unanticipated punch. Right out of the gate readers are transported to the sacred Valley of Fire, a desert expanse in Nevada, and this desolate stretch of sand houses a multitude of dark secrets.
Edgy and twisted, Natural Born Sinners is a gripping gothic occult fiction novel, with splashes of cosmic horror and dark romance. Satanos is a place of immoral release to escape the confines of the “real world”, but tourists always seem to receive more than they bargained for when they arrive upon its sinister shores. A mystifying tale of betrayal and one’s hunt for truth, all laid upon a backdrop of vile worship, this book was a page-turner, and my first read, but certainly not my last, by author J.M. Keep.
It Was Only a Kiss is one of those books you think you’re prepared for, but you really have no idea what you’re getting yourself into. This is a short novella showcasing a forbidden romance that has been brewing for years and a night of firsts with levels of depravity I never knew I needed. I did. I needed all of it. It’s hot, it’s taboo, it’s absolutely filthy and I loved every second of it. There, I said it.
With a promise of a steamy story inspired by Beauty and the Beast, Bluebeard, and Rapunzel, where the villains get their happily ever after, there was no doubt that Consort was a book I needed in my life. A charming tale of loyalty and acceptance, this was my first delve into author Ada Dart’s work, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity to do so. It’s difficult to fit this book into a certain category…gothic romance, techno-Victorian, futuristic dystopian, Gaslamp fantasy with a bit of science fiction – it’s truly a unique story that refuses to toe the line of any genre expectations. And this made me love it even more.
Brackish Harbor. A village draped in deep blankets of mist and dark secrets. Is the enveloping misfortune simply the result of Mother Nature’s wrath? Or have the old gods abandoned this place and its denizens?