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Declan Stilts is a 348 Year old Demon, among the human he is a millionaire playboy with anger issues. Amongst the paranormal world he is a psychopath with life threatening rages and an ability to such the essence out of his victims.
The book opens with a ghastly scene in a suite at the Bellagio hotel. Two dead and a third dying, Declan holds the women he loves in his arms, watching her die, her last whispered words see him stabbing her in the heart with an ancient knife. Laced with the Incubus Curse Declan rescues Piper from one dreadful life and plunges her into another.
Now an Immortal demon, Piper hungers for the essence created by envy from humans, she can literally suck the life from a victim, aging them beyond their years, if not killing them. She struggles between her delight at the chance to spend all eternity with Declan and her horror and guilt about what she can inflict on humans.
An old adversary of Declan's returns, a witch called Gepetta. Declan hides Piper amongst the lower Saxony coven of witches while he tries to cover-up recent events, but danger is close and he hasn't considered Piper's human feelings might hamper their future together.
Sarah Pepper writes dark, twisted paranormal romance with fairy tale elements meant to chill. This is a good start to a new series, and I expect several of the minor storylines will play out in the next books.
This review is based on a free copy of the book given to me by the author.
I loved that this was a continuation of the short she had in Fairytale Confessions. Mostly this was because I fell in love with our mains, during that short, and wanted to know what happened next. She carried on, right where we were left, giving us answers to the questions we were all left asking ourselves. However, we soon realised we had so many more to answer. That is what I love about her reads, and this on in particular. You are always guessing and wondering both what will happen next and just what everything you have already read means. I often am able to guess who a character is, how they affect the storyline and more, with other books, but Pepper's reads are never that case. Just when I think I know, BAM, she lets loose a cannon of surprise. I love that about her and this book specifically.
I really like the storyline. I felt that it was a great blend of the passion and romance between the main characters and the evil that our leading lady what having to battle within herself. There was turmoil and, of course, threatened safety. I felt that the story really flowed. It had lots of little details, to fill in between the major events, which really created a full story.
The pace was excellent. It went from a faster, threatening pace to the slow, but heated pace of the love between the characters. The added speed, in parts where our leading lady was trying to figure out just who she was and how she was going to deal with that, really gave us great undertones of haste.Read more ›
I'm giving it 4 stars because I absolutely loved it, but it had just a few issues. Sarah J. Pepper did it again with enticing me to read this book. I've read "Death of the Mad Hatter" and you can see her growth as a writer in this book.
I loved the switch of POV in the narrative. It really gives you an inside look into the character's heads and isn't just a one sided story. I don't normally like First Person Point of View because it's a very biased side. The character may not be a reliable source because of their opinions, but man did she do a good job giving both perspectives.
It was a wild, passionate, dark, and twisted tale and I don't want to give away too many spoilers. I loved the setup of the story. Right from the beginning I'm interested in this story. The tale of Rumplestiltskin as he falls in love. What fun!
I loved this book. However, there were a few times where I did have to push myself a little further to read because sentences could be a little redundant. I found myself saying, well that last sentence just said that. Maybe it's because I'm nit-picky and notice those little details, but it was distracting at times.
The minor errors did not take away from a fantastic book. The characters are there. The story is amazing, and I cannot wait for more from this author. She just keeps getting better!
Another thing that was really thrilling about this story was Pepper’s reimagining of other fairy tale characters, with the likes of Gepetta, Ula, and Hans and El – not to mention the creepy, Opie. I loved how they were all linked, with Pepper breathing new life into their stories, while still staying true to their origins.
Piper and Declan’s romance was filled with crater-sized chasms that often tried to derail them and force them apart. With some many people out to get Declan, wanting to use Piper to hurt him, and his need to shield her from the life he’d forced on her, things were not going to be easy for them.
When Gepetta’s plan to destroy Declan’s happiness came to fruition, I truly believed he’d lost Piper for good, and with the ending, I’m not sure if I’ll be proven wrong. I do hope so. I cannot wait to continue on this journey with the most likable pair of demons I’ve ever come to know.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was given an advanced reader copy in return for an honest review.
I think I would have benefited in reading the short prequel to this book as I struggled at first to... Read more
"I fell in love with a monster. In doing so, I became one myself."
Its been a while since I have read a paranormal romance , let alone one that is a dark twisted... Read more
Loved storyline,characters soulless is not my usual genre to read i loved it was gripped on edge my seat all way through can't wait for more. Read morePublished 16 months ago by dc
This is the first book I've read by Sarah J. Pepper, but it will not be the last. I loved her spin on Rumpelstiltskin. Declan Stilts is one sexy man. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Penny L
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