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Book Reviews, Dark Romance, LGBTQA+, Paranormal/Science Fi/Fantasy Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – Hell Gate by Veronica Eden

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Hell Gate; Twisted Legends Collection #5
(A standalone within a series)

Publication Date: June 9, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Twisted Myth/Paranormal/Reverse Harem/Dark Romance

Author: Veronica Eden

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
I love a tale or myth that is twisted with new flair and makes me giddy to turn each page to discover how it will end. Hell Gate is a fantastic twist on an old lore, classic legend, and centuries old myth that I adored and pretty much salvated over until the very end.

A take on hell and the hierarchy, lore, and legend that comes out of there can really go so many ways and yet it can also go poorly very quickly. That is not the case with Eden’s newest book. Three demons, Valerian, Matthias, and Alder guard one hell gate, a portal between the mortal world and hell. Lily, a mortal, just so happens to be the one who summons those three and thus begins their epic journey.

Their journey to save, not only themselves, but Lily, is full of suspense, adventure, and self discovery. Lily has been shuffled from foster home to foster home and not only has she always felt inadequate, but there is something inside her that sets her apart from others. Her journey to discover why she feels this way and gaining her self worth is magical.

As for the demons that Lily summoned from hell, each unique and picking my favorite is nearly impossible. I could go with the obvious, Matthias, he’s fun, wears his emotions and feelings on his sleeve and always says what he’s thinking. From the moment he meets Lily he’s basically smitten with her and never fails to affirm her inner beauty and strength while praising how much he loves her outer beauty. He’s a total charmer and a key component to the mix.

Alder is the warrier, the strength and always makes Lily feel safe. He can be the reasonable one of the bunch, but he’s also very much an alpha when it comes to Lily. However, he shares very nicely with his demon brothers…is it getting hotter in here?!?

Lastly we come to, Valerian, the broody, silent demon. Lily and Vale bicker and fight like its their foreplay, but he always pulls away. It’s hard for him to admit weakness, especially given his past and right in the midst of what they are going through, Lily is a huge weakness. However, Valerian will never abandon her and he will always protect her. It’s so hard not to like him, even when he’s super broody.

So like I said, who can pick, I want all three just like Lily does, yum. The bond all four of them create is not only steamy to the extreme, but it’s quite beautiful too. The weaving myths and legends were unexpected and I love reading new twists on old tales. This entire book took me on a journey that was new and refreshing and I loved every moment of it. Extremely well thought out and written. It deserves way more than five stars!!

Synopsis:
From USA Today & International bestselling author, Veronica Eden, comes an all-new standalone reverse harem paranormal romance with a headstrong heroine and twisted demons who left their morals in the last century.

Open the gate…if you dare.

The first thing I’m warned about when I arrive at the girls’ home is to stay away from the abandoned graveyard. Local urban legend claims it’s host to a gate to Hell.

Then I was dared…

The legend is as real as the monsters I’ve summoned by activating the gate. Demons guard it, waiting for skeptical idiots like me to do the ritual. Three sinfully hot, dangerously powerful demons.

Valerian.
Matthias.
Alder.

Ruthless.
Deadly.
Terrifying.

The gate’s three wicked protectors won’t let me get away without paying their price.
I’m at their mercy, fighting to survive them and the supernatural world they drag me into.
But none of us are prepared for what is awakening within me.

A long buried secret and hidden ancient magic will change everything.
The match is lit and together we’re all going up in flames.

*Hell Gate is a standalone PNR reverse harem romance. Due to dark themes, strong language, and graphic violent/sexual situations it is recommended for mature readers.

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Book Reviews, New Adult, Paranormal/Science Fi/Fantasy Romance, Year of Reviews - 2021

Review – Cursed by K.K. Allen

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Cursed; Enchanted Gods #1
(#1 within a trilogy)

Publication Date: July 6, 2021

Genre/Tropes: New Adult/Mythology/Fantasy Romance

Author: K.K. Allen

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars

Review/Synopsis:

Review:
This is Greek mythology, magic, and coming of age all rolled into one. It’s the perfect blend of storytelling for lovers of fantasy to get lost in and I loved the entire thing!

Kat – Katrina Summers – has always felt different, but couldn’t explain why or how mysterious things happened around her until she was sent to live with her grandmother after her mother passed away. Losing her mother was tough enough, but finding out her grandmother, whom she’d never met, is the founder of a small beach town and the Summers name is basically attached to everything, well for Kat, it was a lot to take in.

Her grandmother, Rose Summers, is a woman with a lot of power, but just how much power Rose Summers truly has might not be the biggest mystery Kat has to solve while she’s living in Florida. She is surrounded by questions that she doesn’t even know to ask, and her frustration grows as the secrets mount around her. Kat spends time seeking answers to her past, the town, and secrets that continually pop up, but could the answers to those things be intertwined more closely than she ever thought possible?

On top of secrets, Kat finds an instant connection with Alec Stone, a popular boy who is sweet and particularly nice to the new girl in town. Kat also finds herself in the path of Johnny Pierce who instantly dislikes her, a feeling Kat is more familiar with from the town she used to live in. Johnny dislikes Kat upon first sight and while she doesn’t understand why, she tries to stay out of his way. These two boys couldn’t be more different than night and day and as much as Kat would like to stay away from one of them, she seems to cross his path no matter where she goes.

Probably my favorite parts are how Greek Mythology weaves in and out through the entire story (I’m such a geek for mythology and folklore). Like a lot of Greek love tragedies, Kat’s story is shaping up to be one fraught with danger, peril, sacrifice, loss, and of course epic love.

Cursed is just the first story in this epic ride with lots more to come and I can hardly wait to see what happens and who is truly going to make it out alive.

Synopsis:

“𝘞𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘮𝘢𝘬𝘦𝘴 𝘶𝘴 𝘮𝘰𝘴𝘵 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘤𝘢𝘯 𝘢𝘭𝘴𝘰 𝘬𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘶𝘴.”⁣⁣
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Katrina Summer always knew she was different. Her fiery temper seems to perpetually land her in hot water, making her an outcast among her peers. When tragedy strikes and she’s sent to live with her only remaining family in the tiny coastal town of Apollo Beach, Katrina starts counting down the days until her eighteenth birthday.⁣⁣
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Only then will she finally be free.⁣⁣
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As Katrina learns the legends of her Ancient Greek ancestors, secrets from her heritage are exposed—secrets that her mother purposefully concealed. Her only solace is found in Alec Stone, the gorgeous guy next door. With his devastatingly charming smile, his persistent flirtation, and a love that sparks from the flames of friendship, he offers her a much-needed escape from the turmoil.⁣⁣
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If only she wasn’t cursed.⁣⁣
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As powerful forces threaten the lives in Apollo Beach, Katrina can’t escape the evocative world of mythological enchantment and evil prophecies that lurk around every corner.⁣⁣
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𝘊𝘜𝘙𝘚𝘌𝘋 𝘪𝘴 𝘉𝘰𝘰𝘬 𝟷 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭-𝘯𝘦𝘸 𝘌𝘕𝘊𝘏𝘈𝘕𝘛𝘌𝘋 𝘎𝘖𝘋𝘚 𝘴𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴. 𝘍𝘰𝘳 𝘧𝘢𝘯𝘴 𝘰𝘧 𝘛𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘪𝘨𝘩𝘵,𝘛𝘦𝘦𝘯 𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘤𝘩,𝘛𝘩𝘦 𝘚𝘦𝘤𝘳𝘦𝘵 𝘊𝘪𝘳𝘤𝘭𝘦, 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘤𝘺 𝘑𝘢𝘤𝘬𝘴𝘰𝘯.⁣⁣

🔥 Fantasy in familiar, real-world settings
🔥 Slow and steamy romance
🔥 Supernatural elements
🔥 Small town vibes
🔥 Mystery and Suspense
🔥 Beachy towns
🔥 Greek mythology with a twist 😉
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