Amber Lynn Natusch is an author I’ve just started to become familiar with. I read and loved the first two books in her Hometown Antihero series (Dare You to Lie & Don’t Say a Word). So I figured it was time to start more books by her. Amber’s newest release, A Curse of Nightshade, is now out in the world and today I want to tell you all about it!
A big thanks to the author for providing an e-arc for me to read and review!
I made a deal with a devil once, and it cost me all but a shred of my soul.
Now, cornered in an alley by a sexy, silver-tongued demon who wants something other than my final tie to existence, I’m faced with a choice.
Since escaping the demonic realm six months ago, I’ve honed my skills and my rage hunting the craven evils of New York City alongside the witches who saved me. Vigilantes, they call us. Cold-hearted killers. Monsters of the night. If only they knew how true that was—what our pasts have shaped us to be.
Mine forged me into the most powerful Daughter of Fire ever, which is exactly what this hell-spawned charmer claims he needs to kill the demon who stole my soul. Together, Zen insists, we can share in revenge–but on one condition. I must bind myself to him, an unthinkable deed with deadly ramifications at best. He’s playing every beguiling card in his deck to lure me in, but I’m no fool. He may be the enemy of my enemy, but he’s still a demon.
And I won’t make that mistake again.
A CURSE OF NIGHTSHADE, the first paranormal romance novel in the Witches of the Gilded Lilies series by USA Today bestselling author Amber Lynn Natusch.
A Curse of Nightshade is the first book in the Witches of the Gilded Lilies series and I have to say I’m hooked. I haven’t read a lot of paranormal romances yet, but after this I know I need more. Being a first book in a series we got the start of the world building needed to understand everything. It was just enough and I have to say I’m excited to learn more as this series continues.
Our main character Oleander is a feisty one. Things changed greatly when she was tortured by a demon and lost almost all of her soul. The Gilded Lilies find her and are there to help each other, but Oleander isn’t letting anything stand in the way of her finding the demon who did this to her. Oleander is strong, stubborn, acts before she thinks, and also vulnerable and she hates showing it.
The other character that plays a big part of this book is Zen. He’s definitely climbed my list of book boyfriends. He’s also feisty, sarcastic, charming, and also used to getting what he wants. In the end he is a demon though, so is he to trust? Out of everything I think my only remark about this book is I would’ve loved just a little more Zen. I guess I just couldn’t get enough.
There is definitely some action in this book and I honestly couldn’t put this book down. I needed to see how everything would turn out and if Oleander would succeed. Besides that action we got my favorite kind of romance. The romance was slow burn and done so well. I loved the tension, the banter, and basically just everything. Not all slow burn is done right, but this was amazing!
I also just need to say that the side characters in this book fit the story really well. I’m always a fan of side characters and I have to say that Mrs. Whittle is my favorite. She ended up being such a pleasant surprise. Like I said at the beginning this was an amazing start to a new series and I’m excited to read more about the other lilies.
All in all, a great start to a new series. The world created in this first book of the Witches of the Gilded Lilies has me anxiously awaiting the next book. Until then I’ll definitely be reading more of this author’s backlog.