Blurb:We're often told tales of the underworlds to feed the darkest corners of our nightmares. We tuck them away with the sunlight and laugh away the fear our minds created. But the daylight offers no relief for Zari. She's hidden her waking nightmare as nothing more than a damaged past. The venom of her secrets consumes her, as well as those she cares for most. Emmett, the love of her life and the only one with a past dark enough to respect her space, becomes a pawn in the war against the demonic force which is her bloodright. Can Zari overpower those out to get her to feed on the innocent? Can she save Emmett from the evil of Slither?
They are thrown a few curve-balls that they handle greatly, but will Zari telling the truth about her past really make their world better, their relationship stronger? Does it hell!!
Zari, not your normal girl next door. Although she might look normal, it's what's inside her that truly separates her from the norm. And I don't mean the baby, although what will that look like when it’s born??
And poor Emmet, drop dead gorgeous Professor, adored silently by many, even Jessa, Zari's best mate. He holds his own dark past beneath and on the skin of his back, weighing him down and out for the count. After he faces what he's been through with his junkie mother and her abusive boyfriend, he's all too weak to deal with Zari and her past, let alone the future with them and their ever growing child.
I can categorically say that this book is a 5 star.
Valerie's style, scholarly, and story layouts flow and compliment the nature of the story being told; it makes it feel all the more real. You get involved, and she keeps you involved, holding you at every corner. There's no over abundance of love, danger and filler. It is healthy and I found I learned quite a bit from this story in a number of ways. I felt this books was a lovely add to my collection, one in which I'm excited to re-read or continue the story.
I would hope Zari and Emmet would have a lot more happier times in the next instalment, but something tells me this I was only the beginning for what's install for them two.