Vein of Love (Blackest Gold #1) by R. Scarlett | Review

Vein of Love (Blackest Gold #1) by R. Scarlett | ReviewVein of Love by R. Scarlett
Series: Blackest Gold #1
on August 16th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Paranormal Romance
Pages: 392
Format: Kindle
Source: Purchased
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four-stars

*Warning: 18+, Cliffhanger*
"Darkness isn't all one shade, sweetheart."

Three centuries ago, Molly Darling’s ancestors signed a contract in blood—daemon blood—to protect themselves from harm. On the eve she turns nineteen, Molly leaves for her birthday party against her parent’s wishes, sick of their warnings about her “betrothal to a demon.”

Except that she’s very much betrothed, and he’s very much a demon—one who’s only agreed to the nuptials to steal Molly’s ancient daemon powers. Brash, arrogant, and built like a Greek god, Tensley Knight keeps showing up to save Molly from otherworldly attacks, only to insult her a moment later.

As Molly learns more about the demon world, she realizes two things: that her family’s safety depends on a successful marriage, while any chance of freedom she’ll ever have calls for Tensley’s demise.

Yet sometimes Molly spots a tortured soul beyond those liquid grey eyes, and there’s no denying the way her skin tingles when Tensley touches it. In Vein of Love, safety requires sacrifice, foe becomes lover, and one must decide whether to kiss...or to kill.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 18 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.

KU Eligible Mature Content

It’s been so long since I last read PNR that I was pleasantly surprised to see I enjoyed this series so much! Vein of Love was a promising start to a four-book series, a story you’ll be addicted to, with an intriguing world built by the author, characters you love to hate and hate to love, twists and turns that could make your heart stop, and sexual tension given in waves.

A binding contract signed three centuries ago comes back to haunt the Darling family when the demons who promised to protect them is ready to claim their end of the deal in the form of their only daughter, Molly Darling. Her daemon powers—a very rare ability/race that people believe is close to extinct—make her a valuable asset to the demons, and the Knights will take full advantage of that by having her marry the family’s heir, Tensley Knight.  

It’s Tensley’s duty to marry the human/daemon, and he’ll do it even if he hates it. He’ll just have to be careful and not fall in love with her and grow a full heart. He knows what happens when a demon falls in love, and he has no plans of having some sick, sadistic ruler rip out what little of a heart he has and become a colder and even more bloodthirsty demon like his fallen brother, Beau.

First of all, I would like to commend the author for her great world-building and for making it so gripping and intriguing. I loved that there are different kinds of demons, and there are laws that govern them, rule over them, and the social classes. It’s all very interesting. It’s one of my favorite things about this series.

I love the whole betrothed thing and the history of why the engagement came to be. I’m a sucker for that. Which is a little sad if you think about it because they’re forced to marry without their consent. But since it’s fiction, yeeeeees.

We have a literally heartless (or half-heartless?) demon and his bride who wants nothing to do with him. Not a good start to a relationship, huh? And let me tell you, it’s a long ride for Tensley and Molly. There are betrayals, fights, seduction, abductions, and too many to mention. So, if you’re looking for a quick road to happily ever after, this isn’t it. We spend most of the time in Vein of Love seeing Tensley and Molly battling their lust for each other with their hatred. When I say this is a hate to love book, I mean it literally. 

I’m not usually a fan of the a-hole hero, but there’s just something about Tensley Knight that gets me hot! Is it the demon powers, the hot as sin looks, the hot and cold personality? He’s cocky, arrogant, ruthless, and he can kill without flinching. I usually steer clear of that kind of hero, but my lord am I putty in this man’s hands. I don’t even know. All I know is he’s my man and I will offer him whatever he needs to keep his strength. Heh.

While I loved Tensley, I have a bit of love-hate relationship with Molly. I loved her passion for history and her career, but when she’s not distracted with work and focused on getting away from the arrangement with Tensley, I wanted to smack her a lot of times in this book. She made a lot of choices that made me want to bang my head on a table, and homegirl trusted people so easily. I want to have a word with her parents on the importance of teaching children the meaning of ‘stranger danger’.

There are also characters who will make you question who you should trust. I swear I was on my guard every time a new character comes out. Should I love them? Hate them? Fight them? It’s all a mystery until later.

Overall, I enjoyed this and the rest of the books very much. Expect a rollercoaster ride filled with demons, sexual tension, and intense characters who are either irresistible or borderline infuriating.

And OMG, Beau. I want a book about Beau. (And we’re going to have it soooooooon!)

Tropes: Arranged Marriage, Hate to Love, Demons
POV: Third Person, Dual POV
Standalone: No; Reading Order—Vein of Love, Body of the Crime, A Vow of Thorns, To Crown a Beast

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