5 stars for Midnight Craving (Raven’s Hollow Coven Book 3) by @Shari_Nich #uf #pnr #bookreview
Title: Midnight Craving (Raven’s Hollow Coven Book 3)
Author: Shari B. Nichols
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy Romance
Natalya Dubrosky left the cold, privileged world of the Upper East Side’s vampire elite for the Raven’s Hollow police force and has never looked back. Now for the first time in her immortal life, she’s doing things on her own terms, living in a coven full of witches, and developing her gift as a clairvoyant. When she’s assigned to a murder case, she’s forced to work alongside her nemesis, special agent Cayden Teague of the MBI, (Magickal Bureau of Investigations). All the evidence points to someone the victim met online. In order to lure out the killer, Natalya must become the bait. But how can she do the one thing she dreads the most without revealing her deepest, blood-drenched secret?
Once a victim, she’s become a survivor. The more time she spends with Cayden, the more she realizes they’re cut from the same cloth. The icy-blue eyed opens her up to a world of sensuality and tempts her with the promise of a future she thought she could never have.
Through the course of many lifetimes, Cayden has never gotten over the brutal murder of his family and his first love by a thug group of vampires. Guilt and torment have become his constant companions and keep him on a razors edge. Booze is the only thing that numbs the pain from loss. After a night of hard drinking, he wakes up disoriented and finds the woman he went home with covered in a pool of blood. The past is repeating itself in the most twisted away. He won’t rest until he finds the one responsible, forcing him to put Natalya in harm’s way. How could he live with himself if something happened to her? Ever since she came into his solitary world and turned it upside down, everything he thought he knew is unraveling. A sworn enemy from this past shows up and threatens the life he’s come to value.
How far are they willing to go to get to the truth and protect each other?
She’ll go undercover to catch a serial rapist, not realizing she’ll lose her heart instead.
I can say with 100% certainty that I have never read anything like this before. The world-building is original and takes everything you may believe about vampires and throws it out the window. Sure, there is still vampire mythology that is present in this story but for the most part, it is brand new.
The characters in this book are vibrant, realistic, and oh-so-appealing. Even the bad guys captivate with their mystery and evil ways. I appreciate the author providing enough backstory so that I wasn’t at a loss. The hero/heroine’s constant sparring added to their attraction which in turn increased my enjoyment.
The plot moves at a quick pace with a lot going on. The action scenes are well-detailed. There are modern societal topics such as dating apps, hooking up, and going undercover which I liked. When the plot takes a dark turn, then it becomes much more interesting. It turns into a gripping race against time to find the serial murderer/rapist.
The romance is surprisingly slow burn. Every time I thought they might kiss, they got interrupted. While this amped up the romantic tension, I focused on other storylines. Once things heated up, it was very romantic.
A dark paranormal romance with depth, this book is unlike any other. A true original.
My Rating: 5 stars
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Shari grew up in a small town in Connecticut where haunted houses, ghosts and Ouija boards were common place, spurring her fascination with all things paranormal. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, going to the gym, or sharing a meal, and a glass of wine, with her family and friends.
Shari Nichols shakes up the ultimate supernatural cocktail, combining witchcraft, vampires, suspense, and spice into an irresistible paranormal potion." (InD'Tale Magazine) "Amazing characters, romance, and suspense what more can a lover of paranormal romance hope for?" (Linda Tonis-Paranormal Romance Guild.)
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Her newest book, MIDNIGHT CRAVING, book three in the Raven's Hollow Coven series is available for preorder. Her novels have won the following awards: The Beverley Award, New York Book Festival Honorable Mention, Reviewers Choice Best Book, Reviewers Choice Best Series, Golden Leaf Finalist Best Book, Golden Leaf Finalist by a New Jersey Author, HOLT Medallion Finalist. Literary Titan Silver Medal Winner.
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Reviewed by: Kris