Full disclosure: I waivered between 3.5 and 4 stars on this one. Ultimately, I gave it four stars because the story is quite good and because the writing is phenomenal and the book left me wanting more of the story. The reason for the potential 1/2 star drop? The author noted (on GR) that she considers this a reverse harem book. I’m just not down with the whole reverse harem fad that seems to have cropped up and the blurb said nothing about it being a reverse harem, so I kind of felt a bit mislead; although, again, the story itself was really good.
The blurb does a good job of teasing the story and there a so many things to discover as you read Ruby’s story. You will meet Ruby, a half-demon, living in Portland. She co-owns a tattoo parlor with her Banshee bestie, Moira. Ruby is sassy, sarcastic and tough. I loved her and you will, too. Moira is the best friend and she is perfectly written into the story — not too present, but present when it counts. Then, there are the Horseman – Famine, Pestilence, Death and War or in their human forms Julian, Rysten, Allastair and Laran. In my head, they all had British accents with the exception of Rysten, who I pictured more as the all-american good looks kind of guy. Anyway, their characters play to their Horsemen names, but they all have a bit of humanity to them that makes them relatable. The story moves along quickly with a mix of sarcasm, humor, danger and sexual tension.
The book is 1st person POV and the majority is told from Ruby’s perspective; however, you do get a few pages here and there from one of the Horsemen.
Another full disclosure moment: the book does contain some trigger topics.
This is a quick read and part of a series. It ends on something of a cliff-hanger, but no one is in mortal or immortal danger at the moment. But, it leaves you wanting more and I really do want more, even if there is that pesky reverse harem label hanging over it. (I know. I know. I can’t let it go, but it’s my hang up, so don’t let that sway you away.)