"Darkness isn't 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 use 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.
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I have to admit that I wasn't really impressed by this book in the beginning. I found Molly to be one of the women that really are too stupid to survive and should be removed from the breeding pool. And Tensley... well he was an ass. I probably would have stopped reading at this point except I was supposed to do a review. So I kept going.
And what I found is that the characters grew on me. Molly wasn't really that stupid but she is rather naive. And Tensley was raised in a culture that demanded that he be that ass. The secondary characters really helped the story along. September is a great kick ass heroine who deserves her own book.
So while VEIN OF LOVE isn't one of the best paranormal romances I have read, it did end up being enjoyable and one that I can recommend to my readers. Just be prepared for the rather slow start.
*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions expressed within are my own.