I received this book via the author, Scarlett Dawn. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of this review.
Series: Blood Tree,
Published by Self Publish on 2015-09-15
Length: 80 pages
Reviewing eARC Rating:
Where there is light, there is dark.
The two halves make a whole…
Or do they constantly battle for dominance?
Juliet Julius has watched her daughter, Kenna, grow into a fierce young woman. She has protected her. She has guarded her. She has sacrificed all she had to give. And she tried her hardest to keep her from the Dark.
But now it's Juliet’s turn.
Her social life is no longer on hold.
Juliet can shimmy her hips whenever she wants.
But it’s too bad those hips attract so much attention. Juliet might just have a sinister problem of her own. In the form of one hell of an alpha male who wants nothing more than to destroy her…and to sensually devour her body.
*This is a 20,000 word novella*
I REALLY enjoyed this book! Blood Tree – Part Two by Scarlett Dawn tells Juliet’s story – why she’s an outsider, who Kenna’s father is, etc. And if I’m being perfectly honest I liked this one better than Kenna’s story.
Juliet is a strong character and easily likable. She was raised a Light Elf, followed all the rules, until the night of her Blood Tree. Celebrating she has a one night stand, unfortunately that one night stand happened to be a Dark Elf. So Juliet’s life is upturned. She is forced to leave the only life she’s known by her parents who she thought she could turn to. She is now going to live in the human realm as a single mother AND she has to keep the father a secret. Juliet is a devoted mother, whose sole focus is protecting her daughter and ensuring she is Light.
The plot centers around Juliet and Kenna’s father. It fills in gaps that are left in part one of this novella series but also humanizes her mother and father. It’s listed in the New Adult category for a reason, there is definitely steamy romance in this book! (So please 18+ only!) But the author goes further than just romance, in my opinion. She tackles the good vs evil dynamic and nature vs nurture which is done very well.
There isn’t as much world building in this book as I would have liked, but that is perhaps because it’s covered during part one. That being said, I still really enjoyed the book! I loved Juliet and could relate to her desire to protect her daughter at any cost. While this book can be read as a standalone, I feel that in order to fully appreciate the world and characters created by Dawn you should read part one first. If you enjoy paranormal romance, new adult or you’re just looking for a quick read (this book can be read in under 2 hours), this is the book for you.