Welcome to the blog tour of Monster Inside, a paranormal romance by River Starr. Below you can find my review and a giveaway to win 10x ebook copies of Monster Inside.
Title: Monster Inside
Author: River Starr
Series: Shadow Pact #1
Publication: April 21, 2022
Genre: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
Sometimes the most enchanting monsters are the ones you can’t see, only feel…I am a survivor. For the past ten years, I’ve been forced to give every part of me to sinister vampires in a feeding community. But when I touched an ancient book and recited a spell out of sheer desperation and zero arcane knowledge, a dark entity came to me. Rescued me. Mrak helped me escape. I have no idea what I’ve gotten myself into. But Mrak has been at my side for the last three months—well, inside me, anchored to my existence and lovingly tender with his ethereal touches. It’s not quite possession, not quite a haunting. But it’s real, it’s sexy as hell, and he’s mine. Or I’m his. Either way, we’re now in this life together. Mrak is distracting, seductive, and powerful, but he’s also keeping a secret. One that’s now put me in immense danger despite his claims he’ll do anything to protect me. Because the cops have come calling. Bodies have turned up. And despite his reassurances, I’m starting to wonder if Mrak has a hidden agenda that he’s somehow kept secret from the inside. My life might be in my monster’s debt. My body might be his for pleasure. But my future is mine no matter how much he wants and uses my body. I’m no longer the weak woman he saved from a vampire lord, and it’s time to take my body—and my life—back. MONSTER INSIDE is the first of a M/F paranormal monster romance duology.
I really enjoyed reading this first book of a dark fantasy duology. When I signed up for this blog tour I was thinking it sounded like just my kinda read and I’m sooooo happy that I was right about that. It wasn’t a very long book and I only needed to pick up my e-reader twice before finishing it (maybe because it was so uputdownable!) but it packed quite the punch with its darkness, action and sensuality.
For the past ten years Aisling has unwillingly been part of a feeder community after being sold to vampires. When she recites a magical spell out of an ancient book as a last resort to save her life she unleashes a shadowy entity named Mrak and makes a pact with him. He rescues her but now he’s embedded within her and she’s his anchor. He can’t take on a tangible form just yet but that doesn’t mean she can’t feel his ethereal, exquisite touches. She knows he’s keeping things from her, about who he is and what he wants but that doesn’t mean she can or wants to resist his seduction.
I really like the kind of paranormal romance, like this one, where there are a lot of different kind of supernatural creatures. There are vampires, werewolves, witches, demons, you name it. It was the kind of story that you jump into when you want to completely escape the world and dive into another. And that was so nice to do. The chemistry between Aisling and her shadowy entity was, even though Mrak couldn’t take on a corporeal body, scorching hot. He may have been a monster, but he’s her monster and I loved that so much.
Monster Inside by River Starr was deliciously dark, enticing and impossible to put down. I already can’t wait to get my hands on the next book. I can’t wait to see where the story is going to go next!
About the author:
River Starr writes books that help you escape, especially fantasy romance full of magic and supernaturals. Favorite things: coffee, wine, chocolate, and a heavy dose of books to chase away the dark… or invite delicious darkness in.
Great review! This sounds like such a wonderful/fun/exciting book~ Plus, I love the cover!
I love the cover too!
This seems like an unusual situation to find yourself in, being seduced by a creature without a real body! Wow, I’m so curious now😁
Without a body, but not for long 😏
Ooh, now this sounds fun and quite different!
It was a blast to read!
That is one creepy cover! Sounds like a fun, and fascinating book.
Thanks for stopping by, Wendy!
I love these kinds of dark, twisty reads! Great review, Stephanie! Glad you liked it! 🙂
I love those kinda reads too. Obviously 😀
I want to know how authors think of these really striking names — “Mrak” sounds just right for the MC. And can’t say I’ve read of vampire “feeder communities” before!
I love it when a book can be read so quickly! It sounds like it might be a bit too dark for me. I am glad that you loved it so much! 🙂
Oh this sounds so good, I DEFINITELY want to read this too! And a duology, so hopefully the sequel releases soon because I have a feeling I will need it badly after finishing this one 🙂