Sunday, August 28, 2016

{Book Review} Vein of Love by R. Scarlett

Vein of Love by R. Scarlett
Published: August 16th, 2016 by R. Scarlett
Series: Blackest Gold #1
Source: Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
Genre: NA, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 315

"Darkness isn't all one shade, sweetheart."

Three centuries ago, Molly Darling’s ancestors signed a contract in blood—daemon blood—to protect themselves from harm. On the eve she turns nineteen, Molly leaves for her birthday party against her parent’s wishes, sick of their warnings about her “betrothal to a demon.”

Except that she’s very much betrothed, and he’s very much a demon—one who’s only agreed to the nuptials to steal Molly’s ancient daemon powers. Brash, arrogant, and built like a Greek god, Tensley Knight keeps showing up to save Molly from otherworldly attacks, only to insult her a moment later.

As Molly learns more about the demon world, she realizes two things: that her family’s safety depends on a successful marriage, while any chance of freedom she’ll ever have calls for Tensley’s demise.

Yet sometimes Molly spots a tortured soul beyond those liquid grey eyes, and there’s no denying the way her skin tingles when Tensley touches it. In Vein of Love, safety requires sacrifice, foe becomes lover, and one must decide whether to kiss...or to kill.

This book!  THIS BOOK…it destroyed me!  I am hoping with all my hope that I don’t have to wait an entire year (or longer) for the next book to be released because I cannot wait.  This book is one of only a few NA paranormal romance books that I have read, but after finishing it, I looked on Goodreads to see anything slightly similar to quench my need for more Tensley and Molly (mostly Tensley).  Sadly, I came up short so I will be waiting eagerly for the next book to be released…and then probably devour it the first day!

So first things first, I am going to specify why I only rated this book 4 stars after I have just finished gushing about it above.  It was the first 25% of the book.  I had a really hard time grasping the ins and outs of this new world revolving around demons.  It was very complicated and I felt like all the information was delivered very quickly, making it hard for me to comprehend it all.  Some of the dialogue also felt a little unnatural and forced, but after the 25% mark, it blew me away!  The story started to flow seamlessly together, weaving together a dynamic story that kept me captivated.

The characters in this book tore my heart out, frustrated me, made me laugh, engrossed me and pretty much made me have all the feels…I could not get enough!  Molly, the main protagonist, was very relatable.  I liked that she did not just lie down and be a damsel in distress when disaster struck.  She trained to protect herself, friends and family.  And Tensley!  He was A-MAZ-ING!  His inner battle with his feelings, culture and family was heart-breaking.  Even though he was harsh and demanding, I turned to goo when he exposed his softer side.  Tensley is one of those characters that you highly dislike at the beginning of the book, but by the end, you are absolutely in love and can’t get enough.

The secondary characters in this book really added another dynamic to the story that made it more complex and intricate.  Molly’s best friend, September, was great!  She was strong willed, spunky and hilarious.  I constantly found myself smirking at her dialogue and loved how protective she was over Molly.  However, the standout had to be Illya, Tensley’s best friend.  Unlike September, we got to get a glimpse into his engrossing history that made me want to know more.  Illya is the complete opposite of Tensley, but both are completely swoon worthy!  I really want to see more of Illya in the future books.

The romance in this book had to be the thing that drew me in the most.  It was very hot and cold, with Molly and Tensley constantly struggling with their feelings and attraction to one another.  I continually kept rooting for them and by the end of the book, my heart was about to explode from happiness….and then fear.  Then ending leaves on a bit of a cliff hanger, but I am eagerly anticipating the next book so I can experience how their relationship grows and evolves.

After finishing this book, I know that I am going to be experiencing a huge book hangover!  I have the feeling this is going to be a good series to marathon read, too bad for me that I will have to wait for them to release one by one.  Overall, I would recommend this book to any readers who like paranormal romance.  I also think this is a good book for readers looking to get into the NA genera.


“She wasn’t sure who Tensley Knight was any more- the demonic beast who refused to release her from a terrible marriage, or the misunderstood man trapped in a messed up culture where survival meant being the most ruthless.”

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