Odette Cosgrove’s father is Master Thomas Agardawes, head of the Alliance of Silver and Steam. She has grown up in the center of the Alliance of Silver and Steam; her childhood spent learning how to fight and take down the creatures. When her father asked her to head up a chapter of the Alliance in America she accepted. Love was waiting for her, but so were demons who knew she would be unready to handle them and they tore her new life apart sending her running back to London. Philippe Clemis is The Alliance of Silver and Steam’s best hunter. He’s killed hundreds of the vile demons and kills without remorse. When Odette shows up back in London after her family was slaughtered he’s assigned to get her reacquainted with guild ways - he’d rather be cleaning up the toilets. The obstinate female drives him crazy and makes him mad with desire because she challenges him in a way no one ever has. When a Kappa Demon attack on Philippe claims Odette instead the pair will have to work together to stop her transformation into the vampiric little demon. A journey across Europe and into hell itself to find a cure will force the pair to determine if what they feel is love or hate if they are going to make it back alive.
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Philippe?” her voice was strong, but he could hear the question in it.
“Yes?” He grabbed the chest off the floor.
“Put it down.” She sounded closer and as he set it down and turned she was mere millimeters from him.
The tears had stopped and her green eyes were on fire now, just as he liked them to be when she looked at him. She leaned up and pressed her mouth to his and he wasn’t sure which of them moaned in pleasure at the contact. But he was the one that wrapped his arms around her and pulled her close. For minutes they stood locked in an embrace, kissing slowly and then fast, learning one another and learning what thrilled the other.
When she pulled back her lips were swollen from his kiss and he felt his cock surging to life in his trousers. Theyd’ been here before and he was trying to not assume where it would lead. She was not a maiden; she’d been married with children. It was still not appropriate for him to take her in her father’s home.
Her lips formed a delicate “o” as she blew out a breath and he bit his cheek to not kiss her again. She was driving him mad and all she was doing was standing before him. Awkwardly her hand tucked a section of her dark hair behind her ears and suddenly he wanted to bury his hands in it. The current of emotions in the room was charged with lust and hesitation, from them both.
“Just this once. I need to remember what it feels like Philippe. I need to remember what’s out there to live for. It can’t mean anything, I’m not ready to move on from Shawn. But I need you to give me a reason to live past this.”
He growled deep and took her face in his hands and kissed her deeply. Their tongues swirled together for dominance and seduction. Their teeth hit together as their kiss became frantic, a need more than a desire. Something had happened and consumed them both. He moved them then, pushed forward until her shoulder blades hit the wall. Small pants of passion came from her and it drove him wild.
He pulled his mouth free from hers and kissed a trail down her neck, loving the corseted tops the hunters wore because it exposed her to him. He gently trailed his tongue in a circle over the healing mark from the bite. She groaned so passionately his eyes almost rolled back with desire. She would make those noises when he was deep within her, and he knew he would like it.
Bite of Silver by Lexi Ostrow, is an entertaining mix of action and adventure, demonology, and romance, set in late nineteenth century London. Oh, and then in Hell. The story follows the lives of hunters, working with the approval of the Royal family, to protect humanity from the demons of hell and keep them unaware of the horrors which truly exist outside of storybooks and nightmares. First is the allusive Philippe Clemis, a Frenchman who thinks he’s a successful hunter because he insists on hunting alone. His comrades include two demons, turned from darkness, Lucius and Greyston, who are mated to other members of the Alliance. You will also spend the book with Kellan, an Irishman, and Thomas, the leader.
The plot centers on Thomas’ daughter, Odette, a hunter herself, recently returned from the Americas after a tragic loss of her own. However, secrets surround her, ones that she isn’t even aware of and those secrets lead this team on a journey to Hell.
The plotline is intriguing and fast paced. The characters are full of depth and humor and humanity. They are characters you grow to care for and root for. Lexi has a knack for describing the scenery and characters so that they seem real.
The reason I didn’t give this five stars is that the battle scenes are a little muddled. Sometimes it’s hard to figure out what is happening to whom. The group dialogue can also be confusing at times and challenging to know who is talking when.
But even with all of that, I would still recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of the fantasy/paranormal genre.
About the Author: Lexi Ostrow has been in love with the written word since second grade when her librarian started a writing club. Born in sunny southern California she’s spent time in various places across the country and can’t wait to settle down somewhere in the French Quarter when she’s able too. Lexi has been a writer ever since the second grade in some form or another. Getting her degree in creative writing and her master’s in journalism she couldn’t wait to get a chance to put her fantasies down on paper. Her debut novel is something that was simmering in her mind since middle school and she’s so grateful to put it out into the literary world. From paranormal romance to thriller there isn’t a genre she doesn’t love to spend her time reading or writing. Reading and writing are her first loves but her passion for shopping, love for yummy food and her love for all her many pets. She hopes to one day help other readers fall in love with writing as she did.
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