Review: Silk over Razor Blades by Ileandra Young

Silk over razor bladesDescription: Lenina Miller, ditsy and pampered bride to be, wants nothing more than to walk down the aisle in her scandalous red dress to the gasps and awed stares of friends and family. Her plans are shattered when a late night mugging not only scars her face and neck, but drops her in the centre of a frenzied police investigation to apprehend the attacker before he strikes again.

On the field of battle in 30 BC, Saar, son of Yafeu, sacrifices his life for his sovereign, Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt. Betrayed by the man he loves, forced to watch his country burn under Octavian’s hostile takeover, Saar’s agonising death appears to Lenina with all the lucid force of a true memory.

Two lives, separated by thousands of years, brought together through one night of violence.

Haunted by the memories of a man long dead, Lenina finds her body transforming, her appetites for food and flesh magnified to terrifying proportions. As the attentions of the investigating detective force her to choose between lust and love, Lenina also finds herself a target. The vampire who attacked her knows she survived and will stop at nothing to finish the job he started.

Rating: 3/5 Stars

Cover: Not really nice to look at.

Review: This book has a slow beginning, even though or maybe because it takes place in two timelines. The often used short, abrupt sentences don’t help either. There were some mistakes as well, like no space between words.

The first main character is Lenina, who I couldn’t connect with at all. She rather irritated me, to be honest. She is sexually assaulted, sees her attacker on another day and still goes alone. Overall safety isn’t really on her mind. One of the cops who investigates her case on the other hand… That relationship didn’t sit well with me. And why is she so obsessed with his peppermint breath? I don’t know how often the reader reads about peppermint (a kindle search tells me 14 times).

The other main character’s timelines takes place in the past. And guess what? I didn’t like Saar as well. Mainly because I got the feeling like he didn’t treat his lovers well. Both are in love with him, but not with each other and still they have to deal with the fact that he is together with them both. That’s not really healthy. The way he handled being a vampire was the most interesting thing about this book, but not interesting enough to captivate me. I often found myself skipping lines.

The author provided me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.

If you are interested, you can buy and sample it here.

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