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A Soul to Keep: Duskwalker Brides: Book One

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And if all of this wasn't enough red flags, I would like to quote her message regarding her second book. Why wouldn't a woman, after being taken from her home where he'd just slaughtered all of her neighbors, muster up the courage to say no? This is just a personal preference, but when I read fantasy, I cannot stand when there are modern words or phrases. But I am shameless enough to admit I read alllll the sex, which was interesting to say the least lol.

Opal is a fantastic storyteller with great ideas and a wonderful talent for capturing deep emotions. Reia seemed to care only for Orpheus after they had sex and Orpheus only seemed to care that she wanted him, not about Reia herself. Almost right away our MC Reia read very much like a mary-sue, sheltered but wise, weak but strong, doesn't like books but is knowledgeable about things like psychology and anatomy. He knew what he was and the dangers his nature as a Duskwalker presented to humans, he didn't try to hide it but also did what he could to warn Reia.Orpheus, a bloodthirsty duskwalker, demands a bride every ten years from a village in exchange for protection, and as the story begins, he is offered Reia: a headstrong social outcast who doesn’t have enough fear in her body to let him intimidate her. By slow, I mean there were a lot of scenes of Reia and Orpheus' day to day life and so much inner dialogue with Orpheus and Reia constantly questioning themselves and mentioning how much they like each other. She knew she hadn’t screamed, hadn’t tried to run, hadn’t done anything but wait as her family was eaten. But regardless of what I didn't like, I think you should read this if you’re interested in monster romance.

One moment she's waxing poetic about our other MC Orpheus and then the next she's denying any feelings for him. So for five years, in her mind, Katerina was a prisoner being raped, biding her time till she could escape. Look, Orpheus is so sweet, but I’m not down for an animal skull headed dude nor am I into a penis that has tentacles that can retract inside the body. While Reia was out here living her monster lover dreams, Katerina was surviving a supernatural true crime horror nightmare.Also, that was 200 years ago and over those centuries Orpheus has become more intelligent and understanding of humans, so yeah, he could have easily gotten angry and eaten her. I have missed many humans that have left, but I like you more than any of the others that have come here.

Reia and the Dustwalker named Orpheus are alone on page for most of the book - with the occasional appearance from demons trying to kill her, an ominous Owl Witch, and another Dustwalker who is not as smart as Orpheus. i also didn't like the confrontation between him and the ow at the end, he still seemed hung up on her and only chose the heroine because she wanted to be with him whereas the ow hadn't wanted that (that was her defining quality). Product arrived matching the specifications I requested but also matched the photographs and item description. I will add, and this could be a perk to some readers, I felt like the erotica near the end took over the story. Reia is such a strong FMC who, instead of being afraid in this situation, she makes the most of it and embraces the weird.Orpheus is the sweetest monster of all time who just wants to be good and do Reia right, but also is tempted to eat her. In one of the first physical scenes between Reia and Orpheus the author includes misinformation about what a hymen is, as well as the harmful purity stereotype that revolves around it. Duskwalker Brides a series that features a very real monster who never turns into a handsome prince. But instead of seeing this point of view, Reia legit blames her since Katerina "never voiced her wants, had never denied Orpheus, simply because she was too blind to see he would have stopped touching if she has just simply said no. There's also a few times where she has too much bravado and ends up doing something reckless and rash, when in reality, it's just plain stupid.

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