New Release ~ 4 Stars for Lucifer’s Daughter by Kel Carpenter!

Title: Lucifer’s Daughter
Series: Queen of the Damned #1
Author: Kel Carpenter
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Release Date: February 20, 2018 
We’ve all heard the story of the four horsemen. Harbingers of the apocalypse. Destruction given form. Four of the sexiest—wait no—forget that. You get my point.
So imagine my surprise when I find out everything I’ve ever been told, is a lie.
But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Let’s start from the beginning.
My name is Ruby Morningstar. I run a tattoo parlor in Portland with my best-friend, have a pet raccoon, a crazy ex that stalks me, not to mention this one little thing… I’m a demon. Half-succubus to be exact. For the last twenty-three years of my life, that’s the story I believed, but on the day a handsome stranger bails me out of jail, my world is turned upside down, and suddenly I don’t know who I am anymore.
Because the four horsemen aren’t the bringers of the apocalypse.
I am.
Talk about never catching a break.
Warning: Mature content not intended for anyone under the age of eighteen. This book is unsuitable for a younger audience due to language, sexual content, and violence. If the reader is comfortable with a multitude of F-bombs, dark and gritty violence, as well as explicit sexual situations, then by all means one-click this, and enjoy the ride!

My Review

4 Stars!

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.)

Born in Olympia, WA, Kel Carpenter has lived in over twenty-five houses and four different states, all inside the US. Kel started writing in high school where the origins for her original series, Heir of Shadows, began. It was then that writing changed her life. Fast forward, and Kel is now twenty-two and finishing up college in Atlanta GA. She has many wonderful friends and her 3-year-old German Shepard, Harley (the self-professed love of her life). They spend their afternoons hunting unknown coffee shops along the streets of Atlanta—when she’s not writing or in class that is. If you want to learn more about Kel or her books, visit her on Twitter or Facebook.
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