ARC Review: Vein of Love by R. Scarlett


Three centuries ago, Molly Darling’s ancestors signed a contract in blood—daemon blood—to protect themselves from harm. On the eve she turns nineteen, Molly leaves for her birthday party against her parent’s wishes, sick of their warnings about her “betrothal to a demon.”

Except that she’s very much betrothed, and he’s very much a demon—one who’s only agreed to the nuptials to steal Molly’s ancient daemon powers. Brash, arrogant, and built like a Greek god, Tensley Knight keeps showing up to save Molly from otherworldly attacks, only to insult her a moment later.

As Molly learns more about the demon world, she realizes two things: that her family’s safety depends on a successful marriage, while any chance of freedom she’ll ever have calls for Tensley’s demise.

Yet sometimes Molly spots a tortured soul beyond those liquid grey eyes, and there’s no denying the way her skin tingles when Tensley touches it. In Vein of Love, safety requires sacrifice, foe becomes lover, and one must decide whether to kiss…or to kill.


I received an e-ARC of this title from the author in exchange for an honest review.

After hearing about this book from an author friend, I checked it out on Goodreads and knew I needed to read it. Paranormal romance is my kryptonite.

Vein of Love was equal parts amazing and frustrating. Some of the time I was grinning like a crazy person at the cute scenes between Molly and Tensley, which were few and far between for the first half of the book, and the other times I had to hold back from groaning at the sudden mood swings both of the characters exhibited. Understandably so, but still; I wanted to stick them in a room together until they made nice.

The main characters were very back and forth, very hot and cold. Once I was halfway in, I couldn’t stop reading. I had to know what would come of these two characters who spent first half of the book trying to convince each other, and themselves, that they hated each other. There is a fine line between love and hate, and in this case the ‘line’ is the vein of love.

Also included was a cast of awesome secondary characters. September, Molly’s best friend was spunky and such a smartass—she was literally me. She refused to leave her best friend after Molly found out she was betrothed to a demon, even though it was dangerous to stick around. And Molly wasn’t the only one with a best friend. Illya, Tensley’s right hand, was charming, kind, and caring. Basically everything a demon shouldn’t be. I loved his character, and I’m rooting for him and September in the sequel.

A lot happened in the last chunk of the book that had my head spinning and my heart pounding. I could not put it down. I finally finished it at 2AM and was ready for the sequel immediately.

I would recommend this book to fans of a slow burning, paranormal romance with sassy and swoonworthy characters.

I gave Vein of Love 4/5 stars. You can add it on Goodreads here.

Stay tuned! August 23rd my interview with the author will be up as part of the Love Between the Sheets blog tour!




15254222R. Scarlett lives in a small quaint town in Southern Ontario, Canada and has an unhealthy obsession with mythology and romance.

From studying English literature and minoring in History, she loves losing herself in a good book and snuggling up to her Brittany Spaniel.

When she’s not writing or plotting a delicious novel, she can be found hanging out with friends and family, going on long car rides, exploring small towns, or watching reruns of Sex and the City.



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