THE DARKEST NIGHT SERIES
Author: Sophie Avett
Genre: Dark BDSM Fantasy Romance
Lengths: 40k installments / 4 parts in all
The Darkest Night: Part One
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Owner and operator of Bits and Pieces, and resident expert on charms and glamours, Elsa Karr is a witch with a sour frown and a list of things to do as long as Thor’s hammer. Top of the list is saving her father's shop from ruin. If she isn't trying to claw her way out of debt, she's arguing with her cat, Fenris, or shoveling carts of cake into her gob. She's not interested in romance or the vampire who rents the flat above her shop. All she wants is a little peace and chocolate--fine, all right! All right! The vampire is kind of screw all cute. (Curse him.)
The disgraced son and heir of the Wingates House vampire clan and a mad-man to boot, Marshall Ansley spends most of his time working and dodging his mother's phone calls. Marshall is beyond family. He's beyond everyone, actually. Don’t be daft, he especially doesn't do…Christmas. But behold, the plague brings an original flavor of annoyance this year when his boss tasks him with acquiring the account of a recluse fey and her upcoming Gothic clothing boutique, Sinister Stitches. That is the ONLY reason he's bothering with his shrewish landlord. No, that's it. No…really. Fine, if you insist, the witch might be a tad bit...all right, she's adorable. (Damn her.)
Scrooge meets Scrooge. Dominant meets Dominant. Tempers…spark. In each other, they may unfold a tale that only comes to pass on the darkest of nights.
~ PURCHASE ~
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Return to the horrible and haunted New Gotham in the second installment of The Darkest Night: An Erotic Fairy Tale.
Our vampire prince charming, Marshall Ansley has done the unthinkable. Now, he intends to do the unforgivable. Elsa Karr will be his. At least for one night. It's the only way to end the spell she has over him. This little angel is going to learn what it is to hold hands with the Devil. She's going to learn her place. Or so help him, he'll mount her on crucifix and cast her overboard the Palatine Lite. Drown her. Murder her. Over and over again. Deal be damned.
Little does our vampire prince charming know, New Gotham's Anti-Cinderella is no one's prey. Let the darkest night begin...
~ PURCHASE ~
The Darkest Night: Part Three
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Return to the horrible and haunted New Gotham in the third installment of The Darkest Night: An Erotic Fairy Tale.
Marshall Ansley, our vampire prince charming, is finally under Elsa's spell. Figuratively and literally. Their epic battle of wills continues, but they haven't the time to worry with that right now. Bits and Pieces must be saved, Sinister Stitches must be signed--there is grand Christmas ball to survive. (Oh, what an ordeal.) Meanwhile, trouble is sailing toward them... Someone is coming... Someone bad... It could be a vampire. It might be a witch. Only time and the stroke of midnight will tell.
~ PURCHASE ~
~ SYNOPSIS ~
Return to the horrible and haunted New Gotham in the fourth and final installment of The Darkest Night: An Erotic Fairy Tale.
New Gotham's vampire prince charming and Anti-Cinderella will have to face off against worthy foes...and each other. There is nowhere for Marshall to hide anymore. There is nowhere for Elsa to run. Perhaps, the vampire will make choices he never dreamed he would. Perhaps, Elsa will make some surprising choices of her own. Tune into the last and final act of this deliciously dark fairy tale.
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~ EXCERPT ~
Bitter amusement at her arrogance shot through Marshall's desire like an arrow and he peeled back her plump bottom lip, checking for fangs. Surely, she had some. And if not, he’d rip out her dull canines in place. “What makes you think—”
She surged up and crushed their lips together in a terrible kiss. Mouth on mouth, they warred. Lips, teeth, and tongue mating wildly. Fire and ice crashing until every smoldering suckle and sigh was nothing more than the grandeur one would expect when two forces of nature collided. Kismet.
Independent Reviewer for Archaeolibrarian-I Dig Good Books.
I'm writing one review for the entire series, 4 books, since they follow on immediately after the other and I am reading them back to back.
Elsa finds herself making a deal with a vampire to save her father's shop. Elsa is a witch, a half breed at that, with incredible powers that leave Marshall, quite literally, tied in knots. Marshall is a cambion, a half breed, vampire/incubus. He knows where he strengths lie, and Elsa seems...immune.
Welcome to New Gotham. Its a city, just out side of New York, that gives the creatures of the night, the night. A curfew rings for humans to retreat. Those stupid enough to find themselves on the street after dark are fair game.
I read a warning for these books, I suggesst you heed it. It dark, its deadly and its utterly, and totally, delicious! This is NOT your average paranormal romance, no ma'am, its not.
Elsa knows she is keeping secrets, and Marshall is still suffering from a dreadful childhood. Both know their faults and embrace them. They both have motives and will do whats necessary to get what they each want. I loved the other creatures that are here, pixies, brownies, and Fenris, the familiar. The wit that cat has is ace!
Some scenes are very borderline, almost, ALMOST non-consenual. Some readers may not like this, some will revel in it. I found them just, so very JUST on this side of okay (for me and my liking) The scenes between Marshall and Elsa are not so hot and heavy but more down and dirty, and the way they both use their own powers, and for Elsa, when she uses Marshall's power, to get what they want out of each other. Marshall almost turnabout from Dominant to submissive is a slow burn, its starts right after their first time together, and it total in its devastation. BUT equally, its so beautiful, when he finally comes back to Elsa.
As I said, no fluffy romance, there is no I love you. There IS a happily ever after, as far as these two can ever be really happy.
The only reason its getting 4.5 stars and not 5 is: the writing is a little choppy. Its the STYLE, I think, of Sophie Avett, rather than a negative comment. It just took me a little getting used to. Had I read these as instalments when they came out, and not back to back, the rating might well have been lower, simply for getting used to the writing each time. I should like to read more in this series, there are some listed on Goodreads, but not Amazon. I would wait til there are all parts available, though, again, because of the style of writing.
The first part of this set is currently free on Amazon. If you enjoy it, buy the novel bundle, rather thn the instalment seperately, it works out much cheaper. Yes, you'll have the same book twice, but you will save a few pennies. :-)
so, 4.5 stars.
~ ABOUT THE AUTHOR ~
Sophie Avett is kind of a nerd. Like not even one of the cute, hip ones everyone brags about nowadays. More like the socially awkward hippie who eats way too much bread and dreams about being a dragon from behind towers of mythology books. Um...yeah. Picture old, tattered paperbacks and comic books--mostly Batman and Wonder Woman--dwarfing a tiny desk, with just barely enough room for the troll who writes there and the 70 pound hell-hound that insists on laying its wet nose on top of her bare foot.
Granted not the most exciting existence, but she tries to make up for it by writing romances populated with her own peculiar ilk of paranormal beasties. Trolls, wyverns, the obscure Nordic brownie--she likes to keep things interesting. And bloody. (And mostly naked--but, we'll keep that bit between us.)
Sophie Avett loves to hear from her readers. (Hi, mom.) So if there's something on your mind, feel free to leave a message after the scream.
(Mom, you can just call me. Seriously.)
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