Book Review: Vengeance Becomes Her

Vengeance Becomes Her
By: Alexis C. Maness
Genres: Dark Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: July 7, 2022
Format: E-ARC via Alexis

Synopsis from GoodReads:

He will regret awakening the monster within me.

Cast against a shadowed low fantasy world, this tale of feminine rage, dark magic, and desire follows Rhiannon in her bloody pursuit of vengeance.

Death came for Rhiannon disguised as love. She survived, barely. Now, she will do anything to get her revenge and finally claw her way back to herself. But the forces against her are greater and more sinister than one man, and she’s not the only one in danger.

Fear for the women of Larindia and beyond propels Rhiannon down an increasingly dangerous path that illuminates an insidious evil that has lurked in the shadows of her world as she seeks to stop the man who took everything from her. She will get her retribution, but will her thirst for blood destroy her in the process?

Please read full list of Content Warnings here.


Review

Vengeance Becomes Her is a dark fantasy romance that takes the “fuck the patriarchy” and revenge trope to a brilliantly done extreme. Alexis C. Maness writes incredible Big Babes & Badassery, aka, gorgeously fat, morally grey characters.

Part of me still doesn’t actually know what to write for a review. I am just still in awe and processing this world, these characters, these relationships, THE ENDING! I will warn the most WHAAA of cliffhangers. So so worth it though.

Rhiannon and Tristian both are swoon worthy and I have a crush on both of them. So much so, that I want to shake them when they are being ridiculous, Rhiannon more so (FOR VALID REASONS). I adore every scene they are together, every intimate scene, every fight scene, every spicy scene. These two know how to bring the heat. Maness is exceptional at writing shifting power dynamics in sex scenes. I love love love watching them both be the dominant one and then in the next breath decide when they want or need to submit.

And Silas. I don’t know what to say about Silas. He’s not a redeemable villain by any means, and I appreciate that being done! I love me a redeemable villain, but sometimes villains are just the worst. And that’s okay!

The revenge journey is so well done, so hard to read at times because I just want to hug Rhiannon and wish hugs were enough. But that is the beauty of this book. People heal and grieve differently. I cannot wait to see where Maness takes this in the sequel. I honestly don’t even know what I am expecting or what I want to happen. I’m just ready for it.

If you like gorgeous, swoony worthy stabby babes, angsty romance, hot as fuck sex scenes, and revenge stories, Vengeance Becomes Her should be on your list immediately.

Book Review: Dark Night Golden Dawn

Dark Night Golden Dawn
Series: The Immortal Order #1
By: Allison Carr Waechter
Genres: Adult Fantasy Romance
Publication Date: April 12, 2022
Format: E-ARC via author

Synopsis from GoodReads:

In a city where the elite are powerful as gods, the season is about to begin. The Immortal Orders will gather, pair and create a spectacle for all of Nuva Troi to witness.

Harlow Krane is a sorcière who wants nothing more than to recover from her most recent breakup in peace. When the season begins, her Order needs her help to save their ancestral occult district from being taken over by the Illuminated, the most powerful immortals in Nuva Troi. They offer to back off—if Harlow agrees to pair with their most eligible bachelor, Finn McKay. But Harlow has been burned by Finn before.

Finn McKay is one of the Illuminated. Rich, powerful, and he isn’t afraid of anyone—except for his parents. When they push him towards Harlow Krane, he knows their purposes are sinister at best. For the past seven years, Finn has done everything in his power to stay away from Harlow and he won’t break his resolve now, even if it means defying his parents. As the season begins, it’s clear something is dangerously wrong but besides Finn, only Harlow seems to notice.

With magic behaving strangely, the balance of power between the Immortal Orders and humans grows deadlier by the day. Harlow and Finn must work together to keep ancient grudges from resurfacing and take back their lives in the process. If they can get over their past, the whole world may have a brighter future.


Review

Once again, I am in awe of Allison Carr Waechter’s ability to create such gorgeous worlds and realistic characters. Dark Night Golden Dawn is one of those books that just has you wanting to fall into pages and never come back out.

Harlow is one of my top ten fantasy romance characters that I would smooch/be best friends with. I love the complexity, the insecurity, the personal growth, the magical growth, the healing. All of it. Harlow is a character that just feels so real and I adored reading her journey. And cannot wait to read more.

Finn. Oh my Finn. How, what, where do I start? I KNEW well in advance before reading this book that Finn would be very My Type and give me Gender Feels and I wasn’t wrong. I want to shake him, smooch him, snuggle him. In that order. His loyalty and dedication are by far my favorite things about him. And also the things that drive me bonkers for Reasons.

Watching the pair of them in this somewhat one sided Enemies to Lovers, Second Chance Romance, Bridgerton vibe Season romancing was a fucking joy. Feeling the depth of so many emotions as Harlow navigates her world post an abusive relationship was heartbreaking and hopeful all at once. The absolute range of emotions I went through reading this was intense.

And just real quick, can we talk about all the other fleshed out complex beautiful characters?! The Maters (Auriela and Selene are the older lesbian couple I want to adopt me), the sisters (Thea, Meline, Indigo, and Larkin all make my heart happy), Enzo (another Gender Feels/Envy), Riley Quinn (Please marry me!), and so so many more. I’m just so thankful that these characters exist with their own stories, their own desires, their own goals, their own flaws, and do not exist just to be decor. They are ALL in it. IN IT!

I cannot wait to read the rest of this series. If you enjoy the high stakes of Bridgerton courtship, the wide spectrum of family dynamics, the steam from sexual tension that you know will burn you, and the lushness of fantasy worlds, please read this book.

Thank you to my dear friend, Allison, for giving me this eARC in exchange for an honest review.