Hello my lovelies, it’s time for another mini review. Today I’d like to share my thoughts about A Demon’s Dark Embrace. Book 1 in Amelia Hutchins’ paranormal romance series The Elite Guards which is a spin-off series to The Fae Chronicles.
I decided last year that shorter, mini reviews are the way forward for this particular book blogger. 😉 Therefore I only write full detailed reviews for the books I receive from authors, publishers and PR organiser (ARCs).
This year, as you may know, I set myself the long overdue challenge of actually finishing some series! 😉 I’m linking up to the 2020 Finishing the Series Reading Challenge. Check out my progress here.
Today, I’m so happy to be able to check off another one from my TBR pile. I started reading Amelia Hutchins last year because she was an attending authors at RARE19 in London.
So on with my thoughts about…
A Demon’s Dark Embrace (The Elite Guards #1) by Amelia Hutchins
From betrayal and pain, can two very different worlds be saved?
A naïve beauty…
Olivia has never questioned the teachings of the Witches Guild, never questioned the Elders; it’s the only life she’s ever known.
An uncontrollable hunger…
Ristan has spent centuries trying to contain his true nature, restraining his Demon and its voracious hunger for souls.
A situation neither of them were prepared for.
They say the road to Hell is paved with good intentions, and Olivia can’t escape from her actions. What she’s done, she knows must be paid for in blood. Her own.
A monstrous need for revenge against the girl who wronged him; Ristan wants to keep her, humiliate and torment her, but his inability to truly harm her may just be his undoing.
A dangerous need to explore the man who holds her captive and captivated; Olivia knows she should run, or resist him, but the magnetic pull he has on her is undeniable.
I’ve become a fan of Amelia Hutchins after starting The Fae Chronicles last year and couldn’t wait to get to know the men of The Elite Guard better. I love her writing style, the pace she sets for her stories and the gripping adventures she takes us on. The characters she creates are always complex souls that exhibit all the personality traits that hold my interest. 😉
If you’ve read any of my reviews before, you’ll know that I enjoy a story more when the female protagonist is intelligent, resilient, resourceful, self-reliant and has plenty of gumption. Olivia was amazing. Although, she isn’t your usual kickass heroine, I loved her gumption. Mistakes were made but I admired and respected Olivia’s resolve to own up to them and deal with the consequences. I was already a little in love with Ristan from reading The Fae Chronicles because of his actions, loyalty, sexual teasing and wicked sense of humour. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know him better in this book and getting inside his head.
As an existing fan of this world, A Demon’s Dark Embrace was a fantastic read and I stand by my 5 stars rating. However, because the timeline for this book overlaps events that happened in The Fae Chronicles, jumping straight in with this one may cause new readers to feel a bit lost. There are lots of story threads that run in both series. However, I’m anxious to continue my adventures in Faery and get to know the Fae of The Elite Guards much better. 😉
There’s a great deal of graphic violence and sexual content in this book. Some things in this book will cause offence or trigger emotions that some readers should avoid. I always feel that romances written about succubi or inccubi type Fae is playing in the grey area. Sex without consent is rape after all. The overwhelming power that these Fae have over humans is frightening. However Amelia always gives her readers wonderful insights into her characters’ inner dialogue which changes your perspective and understanding.
I was definitely out of my comfort zone reading some scenes. However, it’s a book so you can always elect to skim over content that you really don’t want to read. I didn’t back away and ended up enjoying the extra dimension that these aspects added to the emotional turmoil and conflict they created.
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Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my mini review. I hope I’ve sparked your interest in A Demon’s Dark Embrace and you add it to your TBR.
Bye for now,