Berkley. Feb. 2024. 416p. ISBN 9780593550403. pap. $19. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Misery Lark is a vampire hiding among humans. Filing her fangs down, wearing brown contacts to cover her violet irises, and working night shifts haven’t been fun, but her privacy and independence are worth it. As it turns out, she wasn’t hiding very well. Escorted home—by force—to a meeting with her father, Misery learns that she’s the pawn in a vampire/werewolf alliance and will be married off to alpha werewolf Lowe Moreland. Marrying Lowe, moving to werewolf territory, and being surrounded by werewolves who immediately mistrust and dislike her; none of that matters to Misery. She has been looking for her missing best friend, who she believes is somewhere in werewolf territory. If getting married is what it takes to find her, Misery is all in. This paranormal romance, Hazelwood’s (Love Theoretically) first foray into the subgenre, introduces modernized vampires and shifters. The worldbuilding is excellent and intricate, and the characters are well-drawn, with emotional depth and backstories that pull on readers’ heartstrings.
VERDICT Witty dialogue, plots within plots, and a surprising twist round out this excellent novel. Highly recommended.
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