Genre: Fantasy, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Rating: 2.5/5 stars
Cover: I fell in love with it.
Trigger warnings: forced prostitution
Description: Condemned for witchcraft and about to swing for the abduction of half a dozen children, Irene is bewildered when her noose breaks. Her only hope lies in the forests that have protected the women of her family for generations. But when a young man fleeing abuse ventures into her safe haven, Irene’s plans are suddenly thrown into disarray.
Too pretty for his own good, Simon Bonnay has been on the receiving end of unwanted attention for years. And though she may be a witch, Simon would sooner earn his keep with Irene than any of the men in town.
As a night of passion gives way to brutal morning, leaving a man dead and a witch hunter wounded on their doorstep, Irene’s secluded home soon becomes a pressure cooker of volatile emotions and sweltering passion. Old enemies may have no choice but to work together to prevent a greater evil—or die trying.
Review: It was very hard for me to get into this novella, but when I finally did it, I was very interested in Simon’s story – rather his past. Sadly this wasn’t not a big part of this book, but the reader gets a little information at least. Just enough so the really, really fast developing relationship between him and Irene makes sense. And then suddenly there’s this big interest in Lucas and she sleeps with him. If you really want to read a LGBTQIA+ book this may not be the right one for you. There is so much heterosexual sex! One gay sex scene behind the scenes and one kiss between two males.
Now, I don’t need sex to accept someone as queer, don’t get me wrong, and there are a lot of bisexuals and pansexuals andandand out there but this whole book felt to me like a straight romance with a threesome which focusses on the woman. I was hugely disappointed, because I expected more. If this novella wouldn’t have been listed at Netgalley as LGBTQIA, I think I would have enjoyed it a little more.
The way Irene’s witchyness was shown, was very interesting. I would have like more of this, especially because she was a witch but provided the people with herbal medicine as well.
Overall this story might have worked better as a novel. While and after reading I had the feeling that something was missing. A lot of sex, but not enough story and the drama was more in the background than at the front.
Disclaimer: I was provided through NetGalley with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Thank you.