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Blood & Honey by Shelby Mahurin (Serpent & Dove #2) – ARC Review


My Rating ~ Three and a half Stars

RELEASE DATE:  1 September 2020

Format: Paperback

Pages: 528

Publisher: Harper Collins




After narrowly escaping death at the hands of the Dames Blanches, Lou, Reid, Coco, and Ansel are on the run from coven, kingdom, and church—fugitives with nowhere to hide.

To elude the scores of witches and throngs of chasseurs at their heels, Lou and Reid need allies. Strong ones. But protection comes at a price, and the group is forced to embark on separate quests to build their forces. As Lou and Reid try to close the widening rift between them, the dastardly Morgane baits them in a lethal game of cat and mouse that threatens to destroy something worth more than any coven.




Thank you so much to Harper Collins for providing me with a copy of Blood & Honey, in exchange for an honest review!

Please note Blood & Honey is book 2 in the Serpent & Dove series, so there may be spoilers for book 1, Serpent & Dove in my review


Lou, Reid, Coco and Ansel are in hiding after the events at the end of Serpent and Dove, but they know they are going to need strong alliances if they are going to defeat Morgane, so they’re making their way to each clan as quickly as they dare to request their help.  But with witches and a Chasseur in their group, their help isn’t going to be all that easy to obtain, especially from clans like the Loup Garou.

Serpent & Dove was one of my favourite reads last year, and although I enjoyed Blood and Honey, it didn’t quite live up to its first book’s magic for me.  It might just be a case of it’s me, not you, because I never do all that well with angsty romance in books and this one just had….too much.  I loved Lou and Reid in Serpent & Dove but I was ready to move on from the constant uncertainty in their relationship. Instead Blood & Honey drew it out for the entire book.  I really enjoyed the focus on the other clans, especially the Loup Garou and the different types of witches.  There were some truly horrific moments, but the story just felt a little too jumbled.  I admit I struggled to keep up with who was who and everything going on.   To be honest, I’m even struggling to write a review because it became one of those books that started to fade from my mind immediately after I finished it.

Please don’t let me dissuade you from reading it though.  If you loved Serpent & Dove, and especially if you loved the type of relationship Lou and Reid had, there’s a good chance you’ll  love this one!  It was by no means a bad book, I just found it more forgettable than I wanted to.





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