Book InfoHaunt by K. L. Taylor-Lane
Series: Raven Ridge Hallow #1
Rating: Book ratings explained
Genres: Dark Romance, Gothic Romance, Horror
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He is the second son of the first father of The Obsidian.
She is an orphan playing pretend inside an Italian convent.
Separated as children, he promised to go back for her, she promised she would wait. Twelve years have passed, and he is finally tasked with finding his pair.
But has she waited for him?
After all, Billy Blackwell and Penelope Hart are both such beautiful liars.
Haunt is a dark MF cult horror romance with extreme gore in its contents. If you have any sensitivities, this series is not for you. Please check out one of my other series if you enjoy dark romance without the extremities of graphic horror. Please read with caution. This can be read as a standalone, although, Billy and Penelope will feature in further books. There is a 'happy for now' ending and no cliffhanger in this novella. This is written in first person with multiple points of view.
Haunt - My Review
“Billy Blackwell is a beautiful liar.” That was all it took to draw me in because Blackwells don’t tell lies; if you’ve read any of The Blackwell Brothers series you’ll know this. But Billy is one of the other Blackwells and even after reading Haunt, I’m not entirely sure what to make of them.
Billy and Penelope met years ago as children in an orphanage. There’s no backstory explained for this but as this book is a novella and the pair still have a story to come, I’m going to assume that all will become clear in the next book, Lovesick. The machinations of Billy’s family tore them apart 12 years previously but now Billy has come back into Penelope’s life, set on claiming the other half of his pair.
It’s not a simple case of the two deciding they’re in love and giving it a go. Billy needs to initiate Penelope into the Blackwell family, the Obsidian, the mysterious cult he and his brothers are a part of. There is the suggestion that it may have already destroyed his older brother and Billy struggles with the idea of letting the others see Penelope’s devotion towards him because of this. He also realises that in giving her himself, he is taking the whole world away from her, and it makes you wonder just what Obsidian is and what it does.
As you read Haunt you realise that there are two inalienable truths in Billy and Penelope’s lives: firstly, they are lovesick for each other; secondly, they are both beautiful liars. It’s a conundrum that leaves the reader questioning every word, every action, and every motivation. I’m already desperate to read Lovesick so I can look back at this book to discover what was real or not.
If you’re here for all things gothic, you’re going to love Haunt. It has everything that’s made The Blackwell Brothers series great but also takes a darker twist, venturing into the realms of horror. It’s beautifully and violently descriptive and holds nothing back. My only complaint is that the book wasn’t enough. Like Torment Me before it, it pulled me in, captivated my mind, and then told me I need to wait months to find out what is actually happening. K. L. Taylor-Lane is a cruel mistress, but one that has my complete devotion.
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Last Updated on 12 October 2023 by Glowstars