Title: Vein Of Love
Series: Blackest Gold, #1
Author: R. Scarlett
Publication Date: August 16, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Fantasy
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"Darkness isn't all one shade, sweetheart."
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.
Vein of Love is a dark fantasy that revolves around Molly finding out who she is, facing the situation she's currently in and how she'd protect her family while being engaged to Tensley who is like a Math problem she's trying to figure out.
This reminds me of The Sweet Trilogy by Wendy Higgins although it doesn't share the same story path as Vein of Love but it has the same concept about demons mingling in with humans in the face of the earth doing mundane things. Some anyway. The writing was good and the point of view changes weren't confusing for me despite being reading it as a third person narrator. The story is still very engaging to read and I love Molly's fierceness. Girl won't let anyone harm her family and friends and I had to give it to her for being brave in a world where she could be harmed at any given time. Also, I'm liking September, Illya and Lex. These characters had piqued my interest.
Like any other stories, there will always be things that I had to shake my head to. What put me off here were these: Tensley and Evelyn's relationship. I am bothered. Obviously, Tensley was unable to make up his mind about her even when he finds himself getting pulled by his feelings for Molly no matter how he denies it. While I get his situations and his nature, it was complicated and I don't think I could label this as a love triangle but low-key, it is. And I don't do love triangles. Another is his relationship with Molly. I feel giddy every "friendly" interaction they have that sometimes lead to something more. However, it's like one step forward and two steps backward. Last one that made me down was Molly trusting perfect strangers easily just because they were friendly. I'll stop there to avoid spoilers.
Overall, it's a promising start to a series and a refreshing read for me because it's fantasy and it's New Adult. The characters are close to my age and I've been looking for some good NA fantasy to read. This one did it but as much as I had fun reading, like I said, the whole "relationship" thing plus the "trust" situation were hindering me from fully enjoying this one. I'm indifferent when it comes to Tensley too but I hope that will change. Looking forward to the next book!