Larken’s conflicts are evident from the opening pages, as an intense prologue introduces her torrid past with Balance of Light and its leader, Father Lionel Broussard. Although she finds that Kholt feels to her “comfortable, like a warm blanket on a cold winter’s night,” Larken’s hesitations about a relationship give way to a stakes-raising, cat-and-mouse romance that drives the narrative. The story progresses with chapters alternating perspectives between Larken, Kholt, and Father Lionel, adding depth and nail biting tension that will entice readers to flip the page.
Lovers of southern gothic and paranormal romance will relish the many references to magic, ghosts, and mystical New Orleans landmarks woven into the mysterious plot; however, the cast of colorful characters and Larken’s resilience is the heart of the story. Salvador excels at creating perfectly interwoven storylines and subplots that remain consistent without leaving readers new to the series in the dark.
Takeaway: Rich with New Orleans history, this entry will delight fans of paranormal romance.
Great for fans of: Laura Spinella’s Ghost Gifts, Nora Roberts’s Midnight Bayou.
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