House of Bane and Blood

Alexis L.

Camilla (Milla) Marchese is the heiress to a rich and powerful family in Lynchaven. Her family’s business is going bankrupt, and the only way out of this predicament is to marry her rival, Nicolai (Nico) Attano. The union is supposed to bring peace between the families, but instead, it only stirs up more drama. Nico is on the hunt for a serial killer known as The Collector. Milla’s connections are a key part of his plan. If they can establish long lasting peace, find the killer, and pay off her family debt before she turns twenty-one, then Milla will gain all the freedom a woman hardly ever has. The only problem is that she’s bitten off more than she can chew in terms of both family drama, and her new spouse.

A twisting and turning literary ride that will leave readers guessing! Just when they think they’ve got it figured out, they’ll be in for a big surprise! Ms. Menard does not hold back in this magically infused mafia-esque novel! Milla and Nico are a fun couple to watch as they shift from convenience to true lovers. The romance is a slow burn with a satisfying pay off! The side characters are delightful and strengthen the world they all live in. There are a few slower points in the book, but for the most part, the action is driving everyone forward. Well developed and well thought out, the setting for this book is incredibly vivid. Readers will be leaving with a book hangover and craving the sequel ASAP! This is a great read for lovers of spicy paranormal romances in historical settings!

Chelsea Andersen