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.
Ismini He wants to kill me . . . More than that, he wants to see me die. Dyletri Fourteen-thousand years ago, I locked away my powers. 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. This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.
Author(s): N. Isabelle Blanco
Series: Ryze #1
Also in this series: Silence
Published by Amazon Digital Services on September 28, 2022
Genre(s): Paranormal Romance
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.
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 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.
He wants to kill me . . . More than that, he wants to see me die.
Fourteen-thousand years ago, I locked away my powers.
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.
This post contains affiliate links you can use to purchase the book. If you buy the book using that link, I will receive a small commission from the sale.
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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