Author: Isabella Rose
Author Site: Here
Buy Link: Here
Publisher: Cacoethes Publishing House, LLC.
Genre: horror erotica/supernatural/lesbian
Length – 268
Other: M/F * F/F * Multiple Partners
Pagan & Pagan Elements: no/no
Card Rating: – 3 Tarots
Reviewed by: Jes L’Heureux
About The Book: Sociopath, serial killer, and charmer, David McAllister won’t reveal where the bodies of several young women are located, and Morgan is determined to get answers from him. She gets much more from him when during an interrogation he sinks his teeth into her hand, causing her to bleed profusely. The bite leaves Morgan with flawless skin as her wound heals quickly and perfectly, and it leaves her with severe bloodlust as she has now turned into a werewolf, like her serial-killing nemesis. This drastic change in her life casts Morgan into an action-packed, dramatic journey as she is pressured (a deadly chip in the brain can do that) by a man named Mario to go across the country to kill a vampire that has supposedly killed his sister. Mario preps Morgan for her mission by regaling her in stories and information about Elizabeth Bathory, a Countess and vampiress of the 16th century who has killed hundreds of young girls and women during her centuries upon the earth. Morgan can barely listen or retain the information because she’s so fascinated by the resemblance between Elizabeth and Sophia, her old lover who broke her heart years ago. Morgan must decide if she will fulfill her goal for him or let her heart fall for the deadly vampiress, who eerily reminds her of her first and only true love – a woman who got away.
The Review: The story starts off with Morgan Carbone a hard-boiled detective who has the unfortunate circumstance of being bitten by a man who claims to be a werewolf. As her wound heals she starts to notice changes from dreams of blood to finding a piece of a thumb in between her teeth. Rather quickly she becomes accustom to her new change and casts away her old life to exact revenge on the man who made her into a werewolf. Within a short span of time she is captured by Mario, and his pack, who want Morgan to assist them with killing a 16th century vampire, the Countess Elizabeth Bathory.
While I found the story to be intriguing and captivating on the whole, I found there were many false starts and jerky transitions that made it difficult to read through. In further reading of interviews with the author I can see that the once short story turned into a full novel explains much of the way the story was written. I really enjoyed the sensual way that Ms. Rose treated the relationship between Elizabeth and Morgan; the sex scenes were beautifully written but like a few other spots in the novel, seemed rushed. I would have liked a bit more in certain aspects of the writing when it came to the relationships and more of an explanation, rather then irrational reaction that felt often not even animal. This is one of those stories that would have benefited from a few more pages of writing since it was intriguing, and at times, inviting.
One piece that did distract me in the story was that Morgan was able to defeat older, and what I would assume, stronger werewolves with little to no resistance from the moment she was changed through the end of the novel. Often in novels and lore pertaining to the supernatural such as vampires and lycanthropy, the newly born, or acolytes, are weaker then the experienced and hardened elders. Either way Ms. Rose did not fail to present a novel that was full of gore and the paranormal. I enjoyed the glimpse she provided into the life of the Countess who has always been a personal favorite of mine.
I do look forward to all that Isabella Rose has to offer in her writings and expect that it will prove better and better with each piece. I also recommend this to anyone who enjoys the vampire and werewolf lore and want a bit of sex alongside.
Pagan Elements: There were no specific pagan elements, only minor worship to the moon and the natural surroundings that sang to me, but then again it is a book about vampires and werewolves.
Cover (Rated 1-10): 7
I thought the cover was interesting and when I opened the file to the cover I was certainly intrigued to see what laid before me. I think if I were to see this on the shelf I would pick it up to peruse.
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