City of Thorns by C.N. Crawford

Book Synopsis

I never thought I’d be singing happy birthday to myself in a dungeon. And yet when a sinfully sexy demon crashes happy hour, that’s exactly what happens. He’s known as the Lord of Chaos, he’s mistaken me for my succubus doppelgänger.

Happy birthday to me.

When he tastes my blood, he finally understands I’m mortal. And I realize we have something in common: we both crave revenge. So we make a deal: I can stay in the forbidden city to hunt for my mom’s killer. In return, I’ll help him get the vengeance he craves. I just have to pose as a sexy succubus. One problem–he’s my number one suspect.

And that’s increasingly hard to remember as he teaches me my role: seduction. With each heated touch, I drift further into peril. And if I fall under his seductive spell, death awaits me.

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* Non-Spoiler Review*

Well, I am definitely out of my reading slump, all thanks to paranormal romance (it is classed as Fantasy, but I also think it has strong PNR vibes).

You are introduced to Rowan our main character to from the looks of it is just getting by in life. She is a psychology student with a crummy apart but with aspirations to find out who killed her mother. She was a witness to her mother’s death and is determined to find the fire demon that killed her. But her progress in discovering who the killer is is going slow as she does not have access to the City of Thorns where the demons live, nor does she have the funds to attend their university.

But as luck would have it the demon known as the Lord of Chaos mistaken her as the infamous succubus Mortana. Kidnapped and brought into the city, when the Lord of Chaos realises that Rowan is actually a human and not the Mortana he makes a deal with her to assist him in a revenge plan. Not realising that his plans also align with Rowan’s investigation.

I really enjoyed this storyline, which at the beginning I was seeing comparisons to Sarah J Maas and other Fantasy Romance authors. Crawford added interesting twists in their story, while the tension is obvious between Rowan and the Lord of Chaos, the story focuses heavily on their subterfuge. It had a good dash of spice and I enjoyed the supporting characters as well.

Overall, it was a refreshing read, I definitely got onboard with Rowan and the Lord of Chaos situation. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Spice Rating: 3/6 – See my rating system here

Book Rating: 4/5

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