Thanks to the publisher & Netgalley for the complimentary e-ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
Did I read a book that isn’t out until September & love it? Yes, yes I did.
Shelby Mahurin’s The Scarlet Veil is such a delicious bite of vampire romantasy. It gave me those vampire book thrills I look for: danger, beauty, temptation, & a bite that brings pleasure .
At the beginning of the book Célie is a Huntswoman, the only Huntswoman in a group of men who largely deride her & her abilities. Her fiancé, the Captain, is so busy trying to protect her that he stifles & under-appreciates her in a different way.
Then Célie finds a dead body & in short order is kidnapped by mysterious, obviously dangerous people she realizes are vampires. Two mysteries surround everything: the recent crop of similar deaths in her city & the death of her sister & the trauma Célie experienced in its aftermath.
If you’re looking for an atmospheric vampire book with kissing, check this one out. If you’re looking for a tortured MMC who speaks and moves & acts in a silky, clearly dangerous way, a spirited and beautiful FMC who can talk to ghosts (!), and a prophecy that suggests their romance is doomed, check this one out.
Don’t be mad at me about the cliffie, please! Also I should note that this is a spin-off of the Serpent & Dove series but I’ve only read book 1 in that series & I was fine .
In closing, this book is delivering big vampire energy & I’m here for it. You might want to be too .
4.5⭐️. Out 09/26.
[ID: Jess’s white hand holds the ebook in front of a mural painted on a red background of a white woman with red lipstick wearing a tartan corset & holding a set of bagpipes.]
Give me that HEA, please.
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