Publication date: 08/09/2021
Kindle Unlimited: Yes
This book is pure, sexy, dirty joy. Here's the scoop:
Plot Overview: Cin gets drunk and happens upon a demon, and accidently saves him from the witch who is enslaving him and his people. He then forces her to go on a quest with him to save all the other demons from said witch. Hilarity, sexy times, and romance ensue.
Trope bingo: fantasy romance, human/demon romance, black woman/white man (er, demon) romance, opposites attract, enemies to lovers, forced proximity
I struggle with fantasy romance. The world building can get complicated (as we've discussed, my attention span is super short) and it can be VERY dark and angsty. But THIS romance had just the right balance of interesting world building, intriguing characters, and laugh-out-loud hilarity to keep my attention from page one. I read the whole book in one sitting, which I almost never do. I just couldn't put it down, though! I just HAD to know what was going to happen with Cin and Fallon and their wacky band of new friends.
The first thing you have to know is that this book is irreverent and light-hearted and hilariously snarky. If you're looking for Game of Thrones levels of angst and complex plotting and Lord of the Rings levels of setting descriptions/world building, this one probably isn't for you. But if you're a fan of Isabel Jordan, MaryJanice Davidson, and Robyn Peterman (which I AM), then Kimberly Lemming is definitely an author you should watch. Lord knows I'LL be watching.
The book is told exclusively from Cin's perspective, which I'm not usually a fan of, but in this instance, it worked beautifully. Cin is smart, braver than she realizes--and for all her snarkiness, she's a tenderhearted person who isn't afraid to stand up for human (er, demon) rights and equality. Fallon is appropriately dark, scary, and smitten, but his character takes a back seat to Cin, and that's A-OK with me.
The secondary characters are absolutely delightful, and I fervently hope that every last human and demon in the book gets their own story. (Please and thank you to the author)
Long-story-short, my only complaint about this book is that it's a debut effort and I now have to wait for this delightfully talented author to finish and publish more books. If there were 10 books in this series, I would've done a happy dance around my house and probably startled my poor dogs, so...maybe it's best that this IS a debut effort. Hmmm...something to ponder...
Anyhoo, this book is highly worth a read if you like fantasy romance with a heaping helping of hilariously snarky banter and smoking-hot sexy times.
Does this book contribute to or help crush the romance stigma?
This one is stigma free. No rehab needed.