Today, I’m reviewing Claw, book one in the Coven of Desire series, a paranormal romance by Ellen Mint.
Series: Coven of Desire, #1
Author: Ellen Mint
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing
Publication Date: March 16, 2021
Word Count: 308 Pages
He’s not your typical werewolf-next-door.
Blurb: Layla didn’t count on a sex demon appearing in her living room. Nor did she expect to find she’s a witch, tasked with protecting the mortal realm. And now her friend, fellow nursing student and impossible crush could be a potential killer?
She’s silently lusted after Cal for a year, knowing a guy that hot, sweet, and kind wouldn’t look twice at her. All their flirting was innocent and went nowhere, until Ink—the incubus bound to her—ran into her life and bed. Next thing she knows, Cal’s growling at her while Ink flirts, and women are being ripped apart by wild animals. Couldn’t the murder monster mystery wait until after finals?
She wanted to be a nurse, not a paranormal investigator, but Layla has no choice. Apparently only witches can stop these creatures that she didn’t even know existed a month ago. But the deeper she digs, the more it looks like Cal’s deep in the middle of it all. How can she save her friend from the claws of a cult, keep her sex-craved demon happy and find a way to let both into her heart or bed?
Note: Everyone who buys a copy of Claw will receive the short story Retail Hell free. Set between the events of Ink and Claw in the Coven of Desire series, Layla’s workday from hell is interrupted by her personal sex demon.
I don’t delve that much into the paranormal (hey, I scare easily), but I must say the blurb and the cover compelled me to ask the author if I could read and review her book. So yes, great blurbs and just as great covers can sell a book.
Anyhoo, you read the blurb so I’ll get straight to the review. First off, the opening chapter is a great introduction. It set the stage for the story and introduces Layla and Ink, the demon who is tied to her. I really enjoyed Layla as a heroine. She’s your twenty-something university student trying to juggle life’s obligations while hoping to pass her exams so she can become a nurse. But Ink has other ideas because she’s a witch, and lessons are crucial if she is to tap the full extent of her powers.
Then there is Ink. I must say I loved how the author used the seven deadly sins to create this demon, and the other we are introduced to: Greed. Very clever. Ink is all about self-preservation, so if he is to remain on earth instead of having to be tossed back into the fires of hell, he has to make sure Layla stays alive. I didn’t expect much less from a demon. After all, he’s a demon for a good reason. Nice guys don’t become demons. Very well done, author
Next, there is the mysterious Cal. He’s hiding some big secrets, besides being everything a girl could want in a romance hero: kind, studious, and a true gentleman.
I must say I loved the world the author created. She excels at world-building, balancing a great line between the paranormal and the everyday life of college students. It put me into the reality of the “now” but also took me behind a hidden curtain into the shadows of what most people don’t see. It made the story quite realistic.
The plot is big. Besides witches and demons, there’s also a serial killer and werewolves. But I never got lost in all that was going on. It was quite clear and filled with a great mystery that compelled me to keep reading. The cast of characters was also interesting. Each stood out without overshadowing the main three. When the secondary characters were introduced, you knew they were being introduced for future novels, but they played their part in moving along the plot, which I was grateful for because I’ve read my share of novels where characters are introduced for upcoming novels that have no business being in the current novel. It makes me wonder what Gluttony is going to be about!
The dialogue is true to each character and very realistic. The plot doesn’t lag. There is wonderful chemistry between Layla, Ink, and Cal.
The book does end on a cliff-hanger. Not all is as wrapped up as the main characters think. So be aware of this, because this is the first book in the series. I recommend you give Claw a read. It’s an ambitious novel with great characters.
Have you read Claw? If so, do you agree with my review? If you haven’t read the book, would you be willing to now?