Monday, December 26, 2022

Embrace of Shadows by Jes Drew


She’s a mortal with no memories.
As her fae liege, he knows only that he must protect her.
But is he her hero . . . or her captor?

Salma knows only her own name. She doesn’t even remember why she’s ill. Then a fae lord who claims he knows her snatches her back to his manor, and she learns that some things are more sinister than death. Like the Court of Dusk where everyone seems to know more about her than she does and nightfall is a deadly affair.

Adom’s book of truth tells him that the woman he doesn’t recognize is a vital member of his household. But the Manor keeps its secrets well, even from its own master. And even the Shadows seem to want the beautiful, mortal nuisance he has pledged to protect.

As the threat of an invasion from night itself continues to mount, Adom knows there will be consequences if he can’t protect her. And Salma wonders if she can trust him to protect her from himself. Because sometimes Adom isn't the begrudging, aloof fae he appears to be. Sometimes he's someone— or perhaps something— else.

The beginning of a haunting, slow-burn, closed-door fae romance with elements of Beauty & the Beast, Hades & Persephone, and Egyptian mythology. Perfect for fans of Sylvia Mercedes, Tara Grayce, and Emma Ham.


First of all, I inhaled this book in about 24 hours. It's a quick, light read that's a slow burn with no strong female character. She is constantly tripping, falling down, and needing her love interest to rescue her. I can't read books like this all the time, but from time to time it's genuinly a guilty pleasure.

You have the slowest of the slow burns.  Adom is a bit grouchy and stand-offish and Salma is sweet, innocent, and somewhat naive, specially since she has had her entire memory wiped. The world building was gradual, we learn what's happened as Salma does. There's a mention of Hades, but honestly this reminds me a bit more of Beauty and the Beast then Hades and Persephone type story.

If you're looking for a quick easy read, with lots of damsel in distress, be sure to add this one to your TBR. Fair warning...the ending is a bit unresolved, not quite a cliffhanger but definitely with questions unanswered.  Looking forward to book two!

Embrace of Shadows is available at Bookshop and Amazon.

Disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book free for review.  This however does not affect my opinions, as I do not leave a review for each book I receive. There are links to Amazon, clicking these links won't cost you anything but any purchase helps support this blog.  Thanks!

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