Published by Self Genres: Erotic, Paranormal
Trouble never felt so good…
For centuries, Razor and his brothers have ruled in peace over Shadow Realm. Their luck runs out when a string of dead bodies begin to pop up all over their land. Deemed “the Judge” by the streets he polices, Razor begins investigating the mysterious deaths. But when the leader of the Reapers brings them more bad news, Razor has no choice but to team up with the one person who knows the streets of Shadow Realm better than he does: Sasha, the feisty Reaper he’s wanted for years.
All Sasha wants to do is to find the bastard who is stealing souls from right under her boss’ nose. Being forced to work with Razor was not part of the plan. With her one goal so close, admitting her attraction to the cocky Hellhound is pointless. But the longer they work together, the harder it becomes to deny the sizzling chemistry between them.
With no leads in a case that’s getting more dangerous and heated, resisting each other may no longer be an option…
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Seducing Chaos is a Paranormal/Urban Fantasy romance written by a writing team going by the name of Luna Quinn. The story takes place in both a dystopian future and parallel universe. This is the first book intended in a full series, but this book can be read as a stand alone. The heroine, Sasha, is strong, independent, kick-ass and snarky. The hero, Razor, is strong, independent, kick-ass and snarky. Already you must know that I enjoyed this book…
I was really impressed by the amount of world building done in this book. It takes a lot of skill to describe a paranormal world. A writer needs to establish, setting, style of dress, climate (physical and political), characteristics of the world’s inhabitants, history, the list goes on. To achieve this without a massive amount of information dumping is a skill every author strives for. In this, I think Luna Quinn succeeded. The world they built, filled with Hellhounds, Soul Reapers, demons, vampires and all other sorts of paranormal awesomeness was well done and kept me wanting to know more.
In a nutshell, the ruler of the Hell, genetically engineered perfect sons in the form of Hellhounds. Razor is of course one of these hounds. These hounds have both animal and “human” forms, and because they are not evil incarnate like their father, eventually rebel, leave hell and settle in a new realm. This realm is controlled by a not-so-nice race, that the brothers overthrow in blood battle (emphasis on the bloody). They become the new rulers of this world and its peacekeepers.
In this realm, exists a group of Soul Reapers, whose sole job is to transfer souls from beings who have died to the proper “gates”. A balance and process of soul reaping must be maintained. Sasha is a hard-nosed Soul Reaper who is great at what she does. That is just the world backstory…see what I mean by world building?
The main plot outside of the romance, is that souls are beginning to go unaccounted for. A lot of them. Soul-less (and goopey) dead bodies are cropping up all over town and that is not good. This world and subplot kept me interested in the outcome throughout the book, but the real draw for me was the chemistry and dynamics between Sasha and Razor.
The romance and chemistry between Sasha and Razor was my favorite thing about this book. Both characters are extremely strong-willed with a lot of emotional baggage (A LOT). However, their relationship is built slow. There is obvious attraction from the beginning, but the writers do a great job of not shoving it in your face. This makes their ultimate melding very satisfying. What I loved about this couple was their banter and complete willingness to be mean to each other while wanting to peer into each other’s hearts and minds. Sasha and Razor are a great example of how to write angsty characters with actual grit and minimal whine. They were real in this very fantastical world.
The sex scenes are scorching and the authors were brilliant here in using these scenes as a way to show how Sasha and Razor’s relationship was evolving. There is a great mortor cycle sex scene that had me panting while at the same time smiling, because it revealed so much of how each character was evolving and resisting within the romance:
This was the part where she would run. And she should. She really should. This moment…it was everything. Sex was one thing, but letting him in to this part of her sexuality? She’d never planned for it to happen again.
But when was the last time anyone had awakened her desires so easily? So naturally? She also couldn’t recall the last time her arousal had drenched through her panties.
She’d never been this turned on before in her life. And the Hellhound alpha shit should have pissed her off. Whether he was marking her intentionally or not, she should have told him to fuck off and disappeared.
That wasn’t what she did, though. Instead of putting a stop to it, she very calmly lifted her hands and slowly placed them back on the seat of the bike. It was such a subtle show of submission, she wasn’t sure he would even understand it. The pleased rumble she heard from him confirmed that he had caught on. And liked it.
He leaned down, speaking near her ear. “Pull down your jeans.”
This is where the book loses a little bit of steam for me. There are several points of conflict in this book:
- Internal: Sasha needs to overcome several issues from her past and make the decision to want to stay in her current world
- Internal: Finding a mate is far from Razor’s radar, and he’s got daddy issues that keep him from wanting to commit
- External: Someone is taking souls and mucking up the order of things in this realm
- External: Someone is out to overthrow Razor and his brothers, maybe…
I expect a lot of action and additional subplots in urban fantasies. However, there were times when I got confused as to who or what was the villain in this book. In some instances there was a bit of info dumping to explain why something was happening on the evil/villain side of things. It wasn’t often, but I did notice.
The internal conflicts were well done. Particularly Sasha’s. Her reasons for being unsure of herself emotionally and wanting to leave this world are heartbreaking and provided in little clues throughout the book. However, it felt like the authors were attempting to cram too much intrigue in certain parts of this book. For the most part I enjoyed the mystery of whodunnit, but would have loved if some of the details were saved for a following book.
The conclusion of Sasha and Razor’s romance was satisfying. The internal conflicts for both characters are resolved while still leaving a some conflict open for the continuation of the series. The authors also drop hints throughout the book eluding to romances for the other brothers listed.
This story was a gritty Urban Fantasy romp that kept me engaged from beginning to end. Although I did have some minor moments of info dumping mentioned above, the full extent of the amazing world building and character engagement overshadowed that for me. However, what shifted this story from 3/3.5 territory to 4.5 stars, was the HEA.
The authors stayed true to the characters and relationship they created. Sasha and Razor have the HEA you would expect for two equally strong and controlling characters. Neither is a roses and chocolate type a person, so I really enjoyed how the authors went about giving these two characters their HEA.
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”