ARC Review: Nightshade by Keri Lake

November 09, 2021

My father called them messengers.
He once told me they walked among us, and that somewhere in this dark and godless city, there shined a faint sliver of hope. I had only to look for the signs.

Well, I’ve spent my whole life investigating the inexplicable, and all I've found are the unsettling vestiges of iniquity - the evidence of another world shrouded by the obscure. Purgatory to some, where depravity hides in shadows, and girls like me are little more than delicious bites of temptation.

Others call it Nightshade.

This peculiar place is where I first met the cold and callous recluse living in a decaying cliffside cathedral. Jericho Van Croix is the epitome of everything I’ve been told to fear. A raven-winged harbinger who wears intrigue like a warm black cloak. An enigma that I’m determined to unravel – even if it means getting closer than I should.

One touch is forbidden. Even so much as a kiss would be my demise. But the sin on his lips burns me up like a wild flame, and his growing infatuation weakens my resolve.

Giving him what he wants, though, will mean no chance for redemption, or escape. What's worse is, the signs I’ve followed yet failed to see all these years begin to unmask a terrifying reality:

That falling may be my only saving grace.

US / UK / CA / AU

**ARC provided by author**

Nightshade is a big book and I loved every page. This is my first paranormal/gothic novel by Keri Lake. I have read and LOVED her Dystopian/Post-Apocalyptic Juniper Unraveling series, so I was definitely intrigued when I read the blurb of Nightshade. I love the gothic setting a lot however, unfortunately I haven't read many books in this subgenre. But after finishing Nightshade, I can't wait to find more books and read them. I fell completely in love with the characters in Nightshade. There are two storylines and normally it just wouldn't fully work in a normal sized novel, so I was happy that this book was very long (600+ pages). Everything was connected which I loved, and putting things together while I was reading the book was fun and exciting. I really love that Keri Lake really took the time to create a new dark and mysterious world. I was intrigued by everything and couldn't wait to see how everything would unfold.

The main characters Jericho and Farryn were both great characters. Jericho was just this dark and broody type that just made me swoon. Farryn is a strong woman who didn't let anything stop her from pursuing her goals. Everything just came together perfectly and I loved seeing the main characters grow closer together. Nightshade was a dark and dangerous world and I would love more books to set in this world. I really hope Keri will continue to write books in this world, because I absolutely loved it and hated when this book ended. I also definitely want another book about Jericho and Farryn becaus I don't think there story is completely done. I am so happy I gave this dark, mysterious and steamy gothic paranormal romance novel a chance because otherwise I would've been missing out on an amazing story.

About the Author

Keri Lake is a dark romance writer who specializes in demon wrangling, vengeance dealing and wicked twists. Her stories are gritty, with antiheroes that walk the line of good and bad, and feisty heroines who bring them to their knees.  When not penning books, she enjoys spending time with her husband, daughters, and their rebellious Labrador (who doesn’t retrieve a damn thing).  She runs on strong coffee and alternative music, loves a good red wine, and has a slight addiction to dark chocolate.

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