Author: Gwen Knight and Michelle Fox
Release Date: June 7th 2016
Publisher: Secret Quill Press
Genre: New Adult/Paranormal Romance
Rating: 5 stars
Welcome to the Shadow World…where vampires are real and blood is a financial asset. This is the world I live in.
Being the baby sister in a family chock-full of slayers isn’t easy. My entire life, I’ve watched my brothers venture out into the darkness to hunt the things that prey on the innocent. Vampires are evil, they tell me, but they refuse to let me fight.
Now, my best friend’s life is in danger. She’s racked up quite the debt, and the vampire she owes has come to collect. To save her, I need to go undercover as a blood courtesan and sell myself to the highest bidder.
Enter Ethen Rune, an uncompromising bastard with a penchant for, well…me. My family says I shouldn’t trust vampires, that they would drain me dry rather than look at me. But to save Tessa, I need his money. I never expected to fall in love with him…
…Or to become a monster myself.
It has been quite some time since my last vampire novel and I must say, MARKED is one of the best vampire, paranormal romance novel I have ever read!
It is not easy to stand out from such a variety of novels, especially for vampire novels in the romance genre, yet Gwen Knight and Michelle Fox have not only successfully done just that, they have also made MARKED one of the best novel in terms of their characters, their story, and most importantly, their ability to hook the reader (that’s me!) on!
Those who know me, would know how fast I read. Technically, the term I use is to ‘fly through the books’.
There are many reasons as to why I read really fast. A novel can be really boring to me, yet I am still able to finish them it because I want to get to the end to know the outcome of the story. Of course, there are novels that are really good, which is why I can read fast!
For MARKED, there is only one reason as to why I am able to finish the book in a day. MARKED does not start slow and build the story towards a climax. No, from the very beginning to the end, the entire story is amazing! An entire novel of climax, if I may say so.
Each page, each sentence, each word…it pulled me in and I find myself unable to stop reading!
Meet Amelia Winters, the girl who knows nothing about seduction yet she finds herself becoming a blood courtesan to save her friend from danger. Winters is determined when she puts her mind to it, hard, protective and someone who will not yield to anyone. Yet, she can also be soft and gentle.
This is what I love about her and because of this, I find myself hating on her friend, her supposedly best friend who was the one who put into the whole blood courtesan thing. Winters is someone who would never give up on the person she loves, and also one who would do anything to keep the people she loves safe.
Amelia Winters is a selfless and amazing person!
Now, let us delve into the vampire.
Ethen Rune is NOT your typical tall, dark and handsome vampire. Nope. He is tall, and dark but, he isn’t handsome. At least, not on the surface. What makes him different from the others, is his confidence and the way he carries himself. That is what make him lethal, different, sexy and hot as hell!
The story is not the only thing that attracted me to MARKED, but the steamy scenes is just…*fans self and inserts fire emojis*
The way the kiss scenes, the steamy scenes, any intimate scenes are written inside this novel, it is just too real and hot. The kiss between Amelia and Ethen, oh my god, it felt like I was drowning in it.
It was as if I can feel it, as if I was Amelia Winters!
MARKED is a novel that has successfully bring out the dark and mysterious world of the vampires, with a gothic feel and a beautiful love story between a hard and gentle woman with her equally difficult yet gentle vampire.
It is a novel highly recommended for all to read! (Above 18 of years, that is!)
*Thank you to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for a honest review.