Book Review: The Devil You Know (Hotel Heat #1)

Title: The Devil You Know

Author: Nicole Northwood

Pub. Date: August 3, 2022

Pages: 263

Pub: Midnight Tide Publishing

Genre: Paranormal Fantasy Romance

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.5


In the Underworld, nothing ever changes.

When the demon of Lust, Cam, decides he needs an overhaul in his ‘life after death’, he leaves the Second Circle of Hell to run an indulgent hotel and club in the heart of New York City. As his lover, Lucifer, bides his time to create a bargain to have Cam return, Cam is permitted to explore the human world, but not without being led into temptation. A group of demon hunters disguised as police set out to send Cam back into the fires of Hell by getting him lost in desire for one of their own, but things very quickly take an unexpected turn—Cam’s fallen in love with the Hedonism Hotel’s night manager, Giselle, and he won’t leave Earth so easily.

Within the liminal space of hotels and their surroundings, paranormal beings and the humans who love them travel together on intimate journeys of self discovery while learning to trust one another with the things that make them unique. Each of the seven stories in the Hotel Heat series takes the reader through a steamy, sensual, and sometimes risqué, romance with new main characters while featuring fan-favorite major and minor characters who have appeared in earlier novels, and will continue to appear in upcoming books.

Content warnings can be found on Nicole Northwood’s website.

This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to the author for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review. I’ve read a couple of Nicole’s other books and have enjoyed them – so my interest was piqued with this one.

I mean, demons, hell, spice…

I’m always down for a spicy romance, and this was pleasantly spicy and the characters were fun, and the plot was pretty strong. I really enjoyed Cam and he kind of gave me Lucifer (from the show) vibes.

I loved the way the book started – him in hell, him in bed with Lucifer, him wishing for something more…it painted a really clear picture of who is was and who he desperately wanted to be.

Once Earth side, Cam is a whole lot of fun, and disarmingly sexy – it’s honestly so attractive.

I don’t know what it is about creatures/demons from hell that is so damn enticing – but I’m sold every time. And with Cam being the Demon of Lust – I mean…the spice doesn’t disappoint.

And then there’s Giselle. This book gives a sprinkling of Boss/Employee spice – and I feel like it’s a trope I shouldn’t love, but something about that power dynamic…

I was a little surprised by the twist her character has, I really wasn’t expecting it. I loved it for the drama, because she definitely brings out the drama in Cam.

The two of them together are spicy, they’re sweet and it’s so wonderful the different sides they bring out in each other.

As for the plot apart from the spice between Cam and Giselle – I wasn’t ready. I’m like 95% certain I never actually read the synopsis for this. I’m pretty sure I just saw Nicole tweeting about it along the lines of – demons, Lucifer, demon of Lust, spice and romance (maybe not in that order, or those specific words) and I was sold. Tell me know more, I will read the book. So, I really had no idea what the plot was going to be, and there were a few things that caught me by surprise.

Also, for how much I love sexy, confident Cam, mopey Cam is just as enjoyable and made me just want to hug him.

If you’re looking for something a fun, with a bit of mystery twist and some spicy demonic romance – maybe consider checking this out. If you enjoy the show Lucifer – then you’re going to enjoy this.

Book Review: The Whispering Dark

Title: The Whispering Dark

Author: Kelly Andrew

Pub. Date: October 18, 2022

Pages: 368

Pub: Scholastic Press

Genre: YA Paranormal Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


The Raven Boys meets Ninth House in the most exciting debut of 2022 — a dark, atmospheric fantasy about a Deaf college student with a peculiar connection to the afterlife.

Delaney Meyers-Petrov is tired of being seen as fragile just because she’s Deaf. So when she’s accepted into a prestigious program at Godbole University that trains students to slip between parallel worlds, she’s excited for the chance to prove herself. But her semester gets off to a rocky start as she faces professors who won’t accommodate her disability, and a pretentious upperclassman fascinated by Delaney’s unusual talents.

Colton Price died when he was nine years old. Quite impossibly, he woke several weeks later at the feet of a green-eyed little girl. Now, twelve years later, Delaney Meyers-Petrov has stumbled back into his orbit, but Colton’s been ordered to keep far away from the new girl… and the voices she hears calling to her from the shadows.

Delaney wants to keep her distance from Colton — she seems to be the only person on campus who finds him more arrogant than charming — yet after a Godbole student turns up dead, she and Colton are forced to form a tenuous alliance, plummeting down a rabbit-hole of deeply buried university secrets. But Delaney and Colton discover the cost of opening the doors between worlds when they find themselves up against something old and nameless, an enemy they need to destroy before it tears them — and their forbidden partnership — apart.
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Book Review: Defend the Dawn (Defy the Night #2)

Title: Defend the Dawn

Author: Brigid Kemmerer

Pub. Date: September 13, 2022

Pages: 496

Pub: Bloomsbury Children’s

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


To save their kingdom, they must embark on a dangerous journey…

The kingdom of Kandala narrowly avoided catastrophe, but the embers of revolution still simmer. While King Harristan seeks a new way to lead, Tessa and Prince Corrick attempt to foster unity between rebels and royals.

But the consuls who control the Moonflower will not back down, and Corrick realizes he must find a new source for the lifesaving Elixir.

When an emissary from the neighboring kingdom of Ostriary arrives with an intriguing offer, Tessa and Corrick set out on an uncertain journey as they attempt to mend their own fractured relationship.

This could be their only chance to keep the peace and bring relief to the people of Kandala, but danger strikes during the journey to Ostriary, and no one is who they seemed to be. . .
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Book Review: This Vicious Grace (The Last Finestra #1)

Title: This Vicious Grace

Author: Emily Thiede

Pub. Date: June 28, 2022

Pages: 448

Pub: Wednesday Books

Genre: YA Fantasy

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️


Three weddings. Three funerals. Alessa’s gift from the gods is supposed to magnify a partner’s magic, not kill every suitor she touches.

Now, with only weeks left until a hungry swarm of demons devours everything on her island home, Alessa is running out of time to find a partner and stop the invasion. When a powerful priest convinces the faithful that killing Alessa is the island’s only hope, her own soldiers try to assassinate her.

Desperate to survive, Alessa hires Dante, a cynical outcast marked as a killer, to become her personal bodyguard. But as rebellion explodes outside the gates, Dante’s dark secrets may be the biggest betrayal. He holds the key to her survival and her heart, but is he the one person who can help her master her gift or destroy her once and for all?

Emily Thiede’s exciting fantasy debut, This Vicious Grace, will keep readers turning the pages until the devastating conclusion and leave them primed for more!
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