Review: Hollow by Karina Halle

September 29, 2023

From the New York Times bestselling author of River of Shadows and A Ship of Bones and Teeth comes a smutty spooky dark academia gothic romance retelling of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, where Kat Van Tassel doesn't have to choose between Brom Bones and Ichabod Crane, and there are worse things haunting them than the Headless Horseman.

Ever since she was a child, Kat Van Tassel knew that her parents had arranged for her to marry her best friend, Brom Bones, when she became of age. That was until Brom mysteriously vanished from the secretive village of Sleepy Hollow when he was just a teenager.

Now, at nineteen, Kat is fulfilling the tradition of attending Sleepy Hollow Institute, a shadowy and prestigious school that is run by her powerful family. There she starts to fall for her new teacher, the enigmatic, smart, and much older Ichabod Crane, whose fascination with dark magic and the occult brings out a new side of Kat—in more ways than one.

Until Brom Bones suddenly appears in her class. Her childhood friend doesn’t remember what happened to him in the four years that he’s been gone, all he knows is that he’s back in Sleepy Hollow for good. The only problem is, he’s not the same man that Kat knew. Cocky and brash as a youth, this Brom is violent and prone to bouts of madness. It doesn’t help that his reappearance coincides with gruesome decapitations that are plaguing the town, with rumors swirling about a vengeful ghost called The Headless Horseman.

Determined to get to the bottom of the murders and Brom’s volatility, Crane takes Brom under his wing to study him, and they begin to grow close, just as they do with Kat. But the more that the threesome submits to their sexual desires on the path to the truth, the more dangerous Sleepy Hollow becomes.  The Headless Horseman might claim them as his next victims…if something even more terrifying doesn’t get to them first.

Hollow is a standalone book of aprox 90K words and may contain some triggering situations, even though this is NOT considered a dark romance. You can view the content warning when the book is live by using the "Look Inside" feature on Amazon. Hollow has foul language, graphic sexual situations including mmf, and is not suitable for those under 18.

**ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

Karina Halle's Hollow is like stepping into a world where desire and mystery dance hand in hand, drawing from the eerie legend of Sleepy Hollow. The trio of characters—Kat, Brom, and Crane—each have their own magnetic pull, creating a web of intriguing secrets and relationships.

“You may be getting under my skin, sweet witch. I won’t hide that from you. You’re unraveling all the threads that have been holding me together.”

While Kat and Crane's connection takes center stage, Brom's enigmatic presence hints at even more depth, leaving us hungry for what comes next. Hollow strikes a perfect balance between romance, otherworldly intrigue, and spine-tingling suspense. The atmosphere envelops you in a chilling embrace, firmly rooting you in the heart of Sleepy Hollow.

“He might be the devil, and so this might be Hell. But why does Hell feel so good?”

The intimate moments are passionate and unforgettable. Halle ignites the pages with desire and connection, adding an extra layer of heat to the tale. In Hollow, Karina Halle crafts a world where passion and fear intertwine, making hearts race from both fiery encounters and the lurking shadows. I'm dying to dive into the sequel, Legend.

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Meet Karina:

Karina Halle is a former travel writer and music journalist and The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and USA Today Bestselling author of The Pact, Love, in English, The Artists Trilogy, Dirty Angels and over 20 other wild and romantic reads. She lives on an island off the coast of British Columbia with her husband and her rescue pup, where she drinks a lot of wine, hikes a lot of trails and devours a lot of books.

Halle is represented by the Root Literary and is both self-published and published by Simon & Schuster and Hachette in North America and in the UK.

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