Review: Icarus and the Devil by Layla Reyne (Soul to Find #1)
Note: An advance reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author.
There's always this mix of excitement and trepidation when a favorite go-to author decides to dip their toes--or jump in head-first--in a new genre. One of my all-time favorite storytellers achieved awe-inspiring success when she released her first fantasy romance series starter earlier this year, and I sincerely hope the same happens with Layla Reyne because Icarus and the Devil is not only a fantastic beginning to her Soul to Find series, but she's also shown that she sure as heck can pen intoxicatingly fabulous M/M paranormal romance as well. There's still the romantic suspense she's known for, but this time around, there are paranormal elements in the mix, and if the rest of the series is, at the very least, as addictive as Reyne's opening salvo, then I'm already giddy with anticipation for what awaits us in the months to come.
Icarus and the Devil is a paranormal romantic suspense read with some heavy urban fantasy vibes to it. We meet Icarus, a courtesan who's embraced the digital age--i.e. he's, for lack of a better word, a cam boy. Oh, and he also happens to be a vampire, one who's currently being blackmailed by a mobster. Icarus has one job--seduce an ex-cop turned vigilante named Adam Devlin, aka The Devil. Sounds simple enough, especially considering how much of an expert Icarus is when it comes to the art of seduction. Things become complicated rather quickly. Seducing Adam is one thing; leading him to his demise? Well, easier said than done given these two are falling for each other. What's a vamp and his ex-cop left to do?
This book sucked (pun intended) me in from the get-go. There's something about Icarus that you simply can't turn away from, and then once Adam enters the picture, you're left with no other choice but to hold on and enjoy the ride. Layla Reyne delivers a story and created a world that invites you in and makes no promises of making it easy for you to leave behind. These main characters are intense, and there's so much more to them than meets the eye. This does end in a happily-ever-after, meaning the next book features a new couple who'll have to battle their way to their own HEA. Five stars for Icarus and the Devil.
Release Date: 03 October 2023
Date Read: 02 October 2023
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