ARC Review: Vein of Love by R. Scarlett

Series: Blackest Gold 1

Rating: 4.5 / 5

ARC provided for an honest review. 

*Warning: 18+, Cliffhanger*

“Darkness isn’t all one shade, sweetheart.”

Three centuries ago, Molly Darling’s ancestors signed a contract in blood—daemon blood—to protect themselves from harm. On the eve she turns nineteen, Molly leaves for her birthday party against her parent’s wishes, sick of their warnings about her “betrothal to a demon.”

Except that she’s very much betrothed, and he’s very much a demon—one who’s only agreed to the nuptials to steal Molly’s ancient daemon powers. Brash, arrogant, and built like a Greek god, Tensley Knight keeps showing up to save Molly from otherworldly attacks, only to insult her a moment later.

As Molly learns more about the demon world, she realizes two things: that her family’s safety depends on a successful marriage, while any chance of freedom she’ll ever have calls for Tensley’s demise.

Yet sometimes Molly spots a tortured soul beyond those liquid grey eyes, and there’s no denying the way her skin tingles when Tensley touches it. In Vein of Love, safety requires sacrifice, foe becomes lover, and one must decide whether to kiss…or to kill.

I want to be candid here. I held off reading this book for the reason that Paranormal Romance is not my go to genre. There’s that hesitation that maybe I couldn’t relate to the characters and the underworld feel of it all. It is indeed true that change is good because Vein of Love turned out to be one entertaining read for me.

Others might disagree, but I loved its unhurried pacing. I crave reading slow burning romances and this definitely falls along that line. My only concern was some parts were a little repetitive. But if you’re going to ask me if I was bored in between the crucial parts? No I was not. The chapters were short but established the important facets of the story. For an action-packed and thrilling story, R. Scarlett’s writing was understated and welcoming. I also found it noteworthy that she balanced the heavy elements with frisky banters and genuine inner monologues making the characters more relatable and earthly.

Molly Darling was tenacious as hell but to me that personality of hers heightened the tension conflict wise. Let’s face it multiple times she was thoughtless and naive. But past that she’s sensitive, sees what is good, and unyielding in her pursuit to protect the people she loves. One strong and authentic heroine with power so promising. Yes Ma’am!

Daddy I’ve fallen for a monster! Tensley Knight, even from the beginning, was enigmatic. I loved him cunning, his authoritativeness and his oozing sex appeal. Those moments when he’d heal Molly? Sweet and sexy! When he spoke Italian and displayed his strengths during the fight scenes? Swoon! I loved his relentless desire to keep Molly. Sometimes I wanted to shout at his gorgeous face – Just mark her already you wuss!!! But then really where’s the fun in that if they rush it?

While Molly was clouded by her fears, Tensley was cautious because of his deeper provocations and his family’s pasts. The animosity, volleying insults and the sexual tension that grew between Molly and Tensley were great foreplays making Vein of Love a certified romance in my books! I loved the anticipation and the drawn out parts where the MCs burning hostility slowly intertwined with their growing attraction for each other, then slowly to more.

Another element that balanced the tone of the story were the secondary characters specifically Illya and September who brought in the affection and the friendship. There was glitz, glamour and illicitness. There were gory parts but there were carefree moments too.

Vein of Love had a test the waters vibe at the beginning but gradually turned into this addictive prelude to an epic series. And to me the beauty of it all? There’s so much to look forward to from the characters and the plot. There’s so much more to obsess about. This is R. Scarlett’s debut novel, book one of the Blackest Gold series – who would have thought right?