Wednesday, February 1, 2017

{Book Review} Body of the Crime by R. Scarlett

Body of the Crime by R. Scarlett
Published: January 30th, 2017
Series: Blackest Gold #2
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
Genre: Paranormal, Romance, NA

Never trust a demon.
Never trust your heart.
And never trust the woman who holds it.
In Body of the Crime, a beast craved a beauty and oh, how she ravaged him.

And when I didn’t think R. Scarlett had the possibility of topping Vein of Love, she blew me away!  I have said it a million times and I am going to say it again, this series has made me fall head-over-heels in love with paranormal romance!  I have picked up quite a few books from this genre since finishing Vein of Love, looking for anything to sustain me until the second book was release, and although I loved a lot of them, nothing could beat my LOVE for this series.  The amazing writing, captivating plot, intricate world building, dynamic characters and epic romance had me begging for more after I turned the last page.  This is by far one of my favorite series, paranormal or not, and I cannot wait to see what happens next!

I was instantly captivated from page one!  Scarlett’s writing is amazing and I felt like it was even stronger in this installment!  I absolutely adored getting to delve deeper into the world of demons, seeing more of their culture and social dynamics.  It is this aspect that gives this series a unique spin and kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time.  And that ending!  I did not think that Scarlett could leave readers with a bigger cliffhanger than in book one, but this one tore my heart out and took my breath away.

I keep falling deeper in love with these complicated characters.  I didn’t think I could like Molly more than I did in book one, but she became even more badass and independent.  It was interesting watching her try to balance her normal life (friendships, work and school) with the demon world she was unexpectedly thrown into.  I think Molly is a character that a lot of women can relate to considering she is strong, but still occasionally let her heart rule her actions and decisions when it came to Tensley.  Tensley was the perfect mix of soft and hard in this book!  He still had that savage edge that readers were introduced to in Vein of Love, but his walls have slowly been broken down and I LOVED seeing his caring side.  I think that Tensley has to be one of my all-time favorite male protagonists!

I think the only criticism I have about Body of the Crime was the lack of September and Illya!  I LOVED them both in Vein of Love and really missed that they were not featured as much in this book.  I understand that this book mainly focused on the progressing relationship between Molly and Tensley, but one of my favorite things about book one was the amazing friendships and the dynamic cast of characters.  However, Scarlett did introduce a whole new cast of characters that I very much enjoyed getting to know.

Just like Vein of Love, my favorite thing about this book was the romance!  I enjoyed seeing Molly and Tensley explore their relationship and communicate better.  This is some of the best angst I have read within a book.  It was SO palpable, it was literally radiating off the page.  And it was S-T-E-A-M-Y without being over the top or awkward.  I was over the moon by the end of it because I was happy to see their progress and an excited to see how their relationship is going to develop with their impending complications.

Overall, I LOVED it!  I cannot get enough of this series and it is going to be pure torture waiting for the next book!  This is a series that I see readers devouring within days of starting because it is so addictive, captivating and entrancing.  Please pick up this series because R. Scarlett defiantly deserves every bit of praise she gets for creating this masterpiece! 


“She was cursed because she was in love with that beast-and she didn’t want it to go away.

            But beasts, she’d learned, were never meant to be loved.”

Also check out Vein of Love, book one in the Blackest Gold series!

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