The Blood We Crave #1; Hollow Boys #3
(#1 of a duet, #3 within a series)
Publication Date: December 13, 2022
Genre/Tropes: Book Duet/Antihero/New Adult/Dark/Suspense/Intrigue Romance
Author: Monty Jay
Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars
A fascinating, spine-tingling book!!
Serial killers, murderers, obsessions, stalkers, the entire category of unnatural death and what drives a person to that become unhinged…I have to say this book was like opening up the skull to a psychopath and digging inside. I couldn’t look away. I was enthralled to dig deeper and on top of everything this had such a great backstory. I loved it!!!!
Lyra and Thatcher are so intertwined and that is only part of the fascination between them. On one side Thatcher is calculated, cold, and comes off as a true psychopath. On the other, there is Lyra who is warm, talkative, a bit awkward, but incredibly sweet. They appear as complete opposites when you see them side by side, but there are so many similarities when you begin peeling back the layers and below the surface. Once again I will say, I was truly fascinated by their story and couldn’t stop reading. This is a very long, slow burn in the romance department, but it didn’t detract from the burning chemistry that brewed between them. It only seemed to light the pages on fire even more as they circled the dark danger that called to each of their inner demons.
For the story of Lyra and Thatcher this book can be read as a standalone…or let me correct myself and say, as a duet. This is book one and it ends on a GAH! of a cliffhanger, but as for their story you don’t necessarily need to know the other books. However, for the ever evolving storyline of what is happening in Ponderosa Springs, reading the prior books becomes helpful for context clues.
I know I will be waiting with baited breath for the next part of this duet because there is so much more to tell and they have barely dug below the surface of what has flourished between them.
My secrets are infested with infatuation.
His cravings are dripping in blood.
Is it love?
Or is it something much darker…
Death found me as a young girl. Latching onto the core of my soul.
No one knows what that horrid night did to me. What kind of monster it flourished inside me. I’d become a ghost, hiding from the world so that people would never find out about the morbid desire I harbor.
Until he noticed me.
Thatcher Alexander Pierson. Cunning. Sharp. Beautiful.
A man bred from the seed of a serial killer. Stitched together with old money and Dolce & Gabbana clothing.
He is my strongest fixation. My sweetest, darkest addiction.
And I’m his phantom.
I have haunted him my entire life and now?
He sees me for exactly what I am.
I sicken him. But he has always mesmerized me.
When a copycat murderer prowls among the trees of Ponderosa Springs, our loyalty is tested.
It had been foolish of us to believe our revenge would go unpunished. That the town wouldn’t retaliate after what we did.
With our lives hanging in the balance, Thatcher and I have no choice but to coexist.
In the twilight of musty cabins and haunted library towers, my somber secrets are exposed, and his cravings are revealed.
So the question is…what is love without obsession?
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