Friday, March 4, 2022

✱✱Book Review✱✱ Bride of Shadows (Cronus Society) by Rhea Watson


Cronus Society: a shadow organization operating in the grey between humanity and the secret supernatural world. To some, Cronus is a monster. To others, it’s the only defense against a paranormal apocalypse.

All my life, I just wanted to be normal.

Not sick. Not broken.


And I tried my best. No matter how crappy I feel, I’ve always been an expert at grin real wide and bear it. I landed my first job at Cronus thanks to a stellar GPA, not Dad’s rank within the organization. I did the grunt work, paid my dues, and never, ever complained.

Three years later, I earned my spot in the intake department, processing all things supernatural when they arrive at headquarters. These days, I love my job. I’m good. Respected. Unflappable, even.

Then three shades fall in my lap.

Arawn, Draco, and Balor…

They gleefully terrorize other intake officers from their containment cells, but when I go in alone, they purr like kittens. One word and these monsters become men so hauntingly beautiful, so dark and deadly, and so, so irresistible it hurts.

They claim to know me.

They claim to love me.

But demons lie. I don’t buy it for a second—

Until they kidnap me and drag me into the shadows, hellbent on proving that the worst lie of all… is the one I’ve been living.

Bride of Shadows is a standalone reverse harem romance set in the Cronus Society universe. It’s a low-anxiety, romantic, gothic romance told exclusively from the heroine’s POV. It features insta-love (from the harem) and no cliffhangers. Books in this series can be read in any order.

Momma Says: 5 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

A new, exciting world from Rhea Watson, and this may just be her best yet. Don't get me wrong, I've thoroughly enjoyed everything Rhea has done, so the bar was pretty darn high, to begin with. I love that no matter the species - vampires, demons, fae, wolves - they feel real. Not necessarily the supernatural part, but their feelings, their wants and needs, are relatable. In this case, we get shadow monsters straight out of mythology, and these guys are intense. The story is told from Selene's point of view, and her transformation was absolutely riveting. This is a gothic romance, and it certainly feels like one with its pacing and the darkness about it. At the same time, it's still a pretty low angst read, which always amazes me about this author. How she can go from dark and intense to witty snark and back again is one of the things I like most about her writing. I'm really liking what I see of the Cronus Society universe, and I can't wait for whatever comes next. 

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