Book InfoCircus Creeps by Aiden Pierce
Series: Sinner's Sideshow Duet #1
Rating: Book ratings explained
Genres: Dark Romance, Paranormal Romance
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Welcome to Sinner’s Sideshow, the most obscene, blood-pumping, skin-crawling creep show this side of Hell.
As a circus brat, show biz is in my blood. And as a half-succubus, I was made for Sinner’s Sideshow—the only circus made to entertain the most depraved of monsters.
When I’m plunged into a dark world of death, darkness, and corpse-ridden carnivals, I meet them…
The demonic ringmaster. A broody hellhound shifter. And the incubi clown twins.
Suddenly, I know why I’ve felt a strong pull to the demented circus for years. I wasn’t just made for Sinner’s Sideshow. I was made for Alistair, Daemon, Riff and Raff, too.
The problem? They don’t hire half-bloods. But I’ll do anything to secure a spot in the show.
Even if it means making deals with devils, adopting an entirely different kind of sword-swallowing act, and giving my heart, body and soul to the ringmaster and his twisted circus creeps.
Circus Creeps is an MMFMM why choose demon/monster romance featuring dark themes and many triggers, including gore, murder, and graphic sexual content. Please check the book’s front matter for the full CW/TW list. *This book does end on a small cliffhanger.
Circus Creeps - My Review
Never judge a book by its cover, they say. Except that’s exactly what I did. I saw the cover of Circus Creeps come up in a rec on a Facebook group and it drew me in. I didn’t even stop to see what the book was about, just headed straight on over to add it to my Kindle. Now I’m kicking myself for not paying attention because I can’t remember which group I saw it in so I can go back and ask that same person for more recs. So, if you’re reading this and loved the book as much as I did, tell me what I should read next.
Sinner’s Sideshow was the most depraved, filthy, obscene show to ever disgrace this Earth. That was the dark beauty of it. It embraced the taboo, the macabre, with zero shame or fucks given. It gave those who walked inside the big top space to let their darkest selves free – to breathe, to play, to simply be.
Sinner’s Sideshow is hell’s circus on Earth, a safe place for all the demons and monsters upside to be grossed out, to revel in the freaky and obscene, and delight in the sexual absurdity of the show. It’s safe to say that we read about Meg’s first impressions in very intricate detail; in fact, a quarter of the book is dedicated to her entrance into the tent and the first show she witnesses. Before the show even begins she’s making friends, killing creeps, and getting a very intimate introduction to the troupe’s incubi clown twins, Riff and Raff. Nothing is off-limits at the sideshow.
Well, nothing except Meg’s virginity. There’s a hellhound that wants it but won’t let himself, then the twins who are eyeing the prize, and what about the mysterious shade, ringmaster Alistair? It’s refreshing to read about a harem that is so discordant in its approach to the FMC. Everyone has an agenda and not all of it lines up with Meg’s own desires.
It wasn’t just the storyline and the smut that drew me in (although let’s not lie, the smut really did help). I loved Aiden Pierce‘s descriptive writing style that ventures towards the gothic. I felt as though I’d be transported into the macabre circus tent, and when Alistair began to play tricks on Meg’s mind, I travelled with her through the depictive imagery and emotive language.
Beneath the taboo and the obscene, you can find strong themes. Self-acceptance, when you’re not living the norms taught in your childhood, is an issue for Meg. As the story develops she comes to realise that now she’s found a place where she truly belongs, it’s far easier for her to accept her freaky nature. Love and care towards those who matter is another; this one is particularly displayed through both Daemon and Alistair in their interactions towards Meg and each other.
There was enough mystery in the storyline to keep me guessing about a few elements, although others were highly (and enjoyably) predictable. The book does end on a small cliffhanger but it’s crafted in the final few chapters so that it’s not a shock and is more a pause in the story while we wait for the next one to release. It can’t happen soon enough.