Saturday, March 21, 2015

Wicked Reads Reviews – Damon Snow and the Incubus Rake by Olivia Helling

Incubus and prostitute Damon Snow wants nothing more than a repeat of his last fateful visit with his long-time patron Byrne. Not that he’d actually admit that. Week after week, Byrne’s door remains closed, until Damon discovers he’s not the only one paying Byrne a bedside visit.

Even Damon’s only friend Rogers seems ready to discard him if he ever does get into Damon’s pantaloons.

So when a dapper rake reveals himself as an incubus and offers to teach Damon how to bend men to his desires, Damon is quick to take him up on his offer, even if it means breaking a few of his own rules.

But the rake has a secret of his own, and men keep disappearing around him. In a world of only users and the used, who can Damon really trust?

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Book 2
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Reviews by the Wicked Reads Review Team

4.5 Stars
Upon starting Damon Snow #2, I was happy to note the series' identity crisis was abolished. It felt 100% historical paranormal from start to finish. With book #1, it felt more of a historical romance with mentions of paranormal. Why do I mention this? I fear it would have been off-putting for a reader who didn't straddle both camps, wanting more of their favored genre. Olivia Helling manages to inject the charm of the era with the originality of the supernatural.

Well-written and easy to read, with the flow maintaining the narrator's voice, and a quick pacing which keeps the reader engaged.

This was an angsty, lust-filled novella that wasn't light on story. Damon is an insecure, Incubus Molly, who is lonely, heartbroken – even if he won't admit it – and completely endearing. Oft times a novella isn't as fleshed out as a full-length novel in the emotional depth department, with the characters coming off as 2 dimensional in order to fit a story in so few pages. But this wasn't the case in Damon Snow #2. My heart hurt at times. I found myself smiling, getting excited, and worried for Damon. The side characters were just as endearing, even the anti-hero Frost (I want to know more of him, but I'm equally intrigued by both Rogers & Byrne).

Without coming off as a fangirl, I will say that years ago I read a ton of UF & PNR, and in recent times I started reading Historical Romance, never combining the two until recently. I've read thousands of books, but when I was asked to read this title for Wicked Reads I was excited, recognizing the title immediately (as I'd been waiting for it).

In a nutshell, I was entertained the entire time. When I finished the novella, my appetite was whetted for the next. Book #1 was a slow build into book #2, which captured me as a reader, and I anxiously await #3.

Recommended: Historical Romance fans | Paranormal Romance Fans | Male/Male Fans |
Heat Level: HOT | explicit | M/M | Orgy |
Would I read more by this author: I look forward to seeing the growth as an author, and will be on the lookout for books to come.
Would I read more of this series: Absolutely. I cannot wait to see the direction the series takes.

Also Available in the Damon Snow Series

Book 1
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For reviews & more info, check out our stop on the Damon Snow and the Nocturnal Lessons Blog Tour.

Book 3
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Olivia Helling doesn't believe in love at first sight... but maybe, just maybe, it blossoms along a few books. That is, after all, how she fell in love with her husband.

Olivia writes about the darkness and flaws from within, the struggle with self-confidence, self-perception and fear of failure, and fantasy and historical worlds that refuse to allow love between men. So be warned: happily ever after is not guaranteed.

The protagonist and love interest don't always end up together by the end of one book. But when they finally come together, their love will be a thing of beauty.

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Reviewers on the Wicked Reads Review Team were provided a free copy of Damon Snow and the Incubus Rake (Damon Snow #2) by Olivia Helling to read and review.

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