Lust by N. Isabella Blanco


Posted on September 29, 2022 by Nadene @ Totally Addicted to Reading in Reviews / 8 Comments

Lust by N. Isabelle Blanco delivered a steamy and dark paranormal romance designed to titillate the senses. It had a mix of sci-fi, mythology, paranormal and featured a dark fated mate romance.


Lust by N. Isabella BlancoTitle: Lust
Author(s): N. Isabelle Blanco
Series: Ryze #1
Also in this series: Silence
Published by Amazon Digital Services on September 28, 2022
Pages: 312
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
Source: Author
Format: eBook
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
Series Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
Heat Level: One FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne FlameOne Flame


He wants to kill me . . . More than that, he wants to see me die.
I don't know him. I've only heard about him throughout my short life.
It is my destiny to die at his hand when he sacrifices me to the Fates . . .
All so that my death can bring back his obsession.
The woman he loves.
He's my death.
But he's more than that.
He's the air that destroys me with each breath. An addiction I never planned on having.
I've mated to my killer.
Either way, I'm going to die.
The question now is if I can survive long enough for him to complete his sacrifice and bring back the woman he truly adores.


Fourteen-thousand years ago, I locked away my powers.
The loss of one woman took everything from me. I made a deal to wait. To sacrifice an innocent that would be born in the far future to bring my beloved back.
Then I laid eyes on that girl . . . and everything I thought I knew got shredded to shit.
She's reawakened the monster in me.
The madness.
The hunger.
The creature that demands a taste of her flesh.
Even worse, for the first time in my long, brutal existence, the monster is demanding her blood.
I've mated to my victim.
I'll have no choice but to keep my promise. I have to sacrifice her. And the moment I do . . .
We're both going to die.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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Dyletri, the god of lust, lost the love of his life 14000 years ago. To bring her back to life, he entered a pact with the Fates, which involved sacrificing an innocent human female. The human female would be born 14000 years later. Her name is Ismini. Aware of her fate, she willingly embraced her fate. However, she never counted on falling in love with the person destined to take her life and whose heart belonged to someone else. 

To be honest, I picked up Lust by N. Isabelle Blanco for two reasons:
1. The Cover
2. The need to see how the author would handle the paranormal genre.

However, Lust was nothing like I expected.

I liked the premise and was curious to see how what outcome awaited Dyletri and Ismini. The story moved at a reasonable pace with well executed fight scenes. As this is the first book in the Ryze series, readers are introduced to an intriguing world.  The world the author created was unique and quite interesting.

I didn’t have strong feelings for Dyletri and Ismini. I actually preferred the secondary characters, some of whom had me laughing out loud a few times. Throughout the progression of the story, the reader learns that Dyletri and Ismini are fated mates who would fall in love with each other. However, I had a hard time accepting they were actually in love with each other. Lust formed the foundation of their relationship and continued to be the source, which fueled it. No true emotions existed between these two. Also, there were a lot of hot and cold moments on Dyletri’s part.

Another thing I had an issue with was the pronunciation of the names. I appreciate when authors use unique names in their stories, but I would love pronounce them. All the characters had unpronounceable names. If that wasn’t difficult enough, the gods each have two names. Dyletri was also called Salicyar.

The story surrounding Dyletri and Ismini tied up nicely, however, the main story arc remains incomplete, leaving readers with lots of questions.

Overall, Lust was an average read. It didn’t take me long to get through it, but it didn’t deliver as I hoped. Readers who enjoy this genre and don’t have issues with the cons mentioned then Lust will make a great addition to their reading list 


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About N. Isabelle Blanco

N. Isabelle Blanco is the Amazon Bestselling Author of the Allure Series, the Need Series with K.I.Lynn, and many others. At the age of three, due to an odd fascination with studying her mother’s handwriting, she began to read and write. By the time she’d reached kindergarten, she had an extensive vocabulary and her obsession with words began to bleed into every aspect of her life. That is, until coffee came a long and took over everything else. Nowadays, N. spends most of her days surviving the crazy New York rush and arguing with her characters every ten minutes or so, all in the hopes of one day getting them under control.

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8 responses to “Lust by N. Isabella Blanco

  1. I would be curious how a romance would work out when he is meant to sacrifice her and he did all this to have another gal. Fourteen thousand years though… a lot can change. I don’t think I’d be into it if the romance wasn’t one I bought into and a character was blowing hot and cold. I can see why you tried it, though. 🙂

  2. I was thinking the same thing about character names a few weeks ago while reading a book with names that were just ridiculous. it takes away from reading a story when you know you aren’t pronouncing the names right in your head.

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