Title: Poison Tongue (Afflicted Souls #1)
Author: Nash Summers
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: 10th August, 2016
Genre(s): Supernatural/Paranormal, Voodoo, Romance
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
Levi Bell can see a person’s soul just by looking into their eyes. In Monroe Poirier’s eyes, he sees the devil himself.
When Monroe moves back to the small Southern town of Malcome, Levi is repelled by the darkness of the stranger’s soul. But Levi is cursed to love things dark and wicked, and he’s seduced each time he looks into Monroe’s eyes—and drawn to the swamp behind the old Poirier house.
As strange occurrences begin to happen when shadows and visions visit him in the night, Levi sees a flicker of something good in Monroe’s soul. But the need to submerge himself in the swamp’s murky waters grows stronger as Levi’s desire for Monroe becomes unbearable.
In his struggles to help Monroe save his soul, Levi will have to decide if it’s worth losing his own.
Poison Tongue made my favorite list of supernatural reads. Boy!!! Was this book AMAZING! It hit the paranormal/supernatural theme spot on. The darkness was like a temptress seducing me till the end of the story. It was unexpectedly great. The mystery/supernatural part was not tacky and was used with the ultimate effect. And then there is the romance. Monroe Poirier was the DARKNESS and Levi Bell cannot resist him even if he ends up losing his soul. The romance was slow building but the anticipation kept me on my toes. I could not keep this book aside for a single minute. It was that AWESOME!!!
Levi Bell has an unusual gift. He can see people’s soul. The darkness beckons him like a temptress and wants to consume him in its dark depths but Levi has fought its temptation all his life. But when Monroe Poirier comes to town, Levi is drawn to his darkness like a moth to the flame. Monroe’s soul is the darkest and most dangerous soul Levi has ever come in contact with and he is warned by his family to stay away from the guy but that’s easier said than done. Levi cannot stop himself to be drawn to Monroe and Monroe’s feelings for Levi are no less strong. They both know that nothing good can happen if they come together but Levi can’t give Monroe up. Through the darkness of Monroe’s soul, Levi has seen glimpses of a soul more dazzling than the sun and now it is upto Levi to rescue the man he loves from the CURSE that is killing him slowly each day.
I loved the darkness painted by the author here. It was mysterious, seductive and addictive. Levi Bell is a magnet to all things dark whereas his soul is one of the purest. He is innocent and pure but he also yearns for the darkness to devour him. Levi is shown as battling his inner desires all the time. He knows he can’t stay away from it but he also knows that the price of surrendering to it is his soul. Darkness is like a siren’s song to him. His attraction to Monroe was instantaneous. Levi is drawn to his soul which is darker than the night. Levi goes against his instincts and all the warnings from his family to help Monroe. Levi’s unusual pull towards darkness brings him and Monroe together. It was as if Levi’s love for the evil was there just so he could meet his soulmate.
“Evil things love me. And it’s so damn tough trying not to love them back. ~ Levi”
Monroe Poirier is the bad boy of Malcome. No one wants him there. People even without supernatural abilities, detests him and could feel the dark aura surrounding him. Monroe is met with a lot of hostility when he shifts to his old family house. The Poirier house is the cesspool of EVIL. Evil lives and breathes there and Monroe is connected to it by a curse that will end with his life. The visualization of Monroe’s dark soul was brilliant. The manifestation of his curse is a black snake with yellow eyes slithering all over him and always wrapped around him in some way. The way the author describes the depth of his curse was brilliant. I just cannot get the imagery out of my head, even after a whole day of reading this book.
“I wondered if I was staring at a man or a monster. He slipped between the two, not allowing me to see his true self. Maybe he didn’t even know who he was. ~ Levi”
The entire setting of the read complimented the dark nature of the story completely. The Louisiana summer heat along with the dark, beckoning waters of the bayou gave me the creeps and was the perfect backdrop for this supernatural romance. This read reminded me of Anna Rice’s works and New Orleans. It was sultry and Evil but attractive nonetheless.
The heat factor of the read was sky high (literally!!!) Apart from the Louisiana heat, Monroe and Levi manage to create a pretty sizzling romance. Their romance was like a slow burn and the one time Levi do give in to the dark was HOT, HOT, HOT!!!!
The secondary characters in this book were amazingly done. Levi’s entire family is gifted and everyone has a connection to the other world. Sweet little Silvi, Levi’s sister can see ghosts and they are her constant companion. Silvi is not scared of ghosts, she is fond of them. Levi’s mother is a psychic and she warns Levi in the start to stay away from Monroe and the bayou but later she helps him in ridding Monroe of his curse. Then there is Levi’s best friend, Ward. He was a silent character who spoke very less and always protected Levi. The truth about him stunned me. I was completely shocked and I LOVED IT!!! And last but not the least there was Levi’s Gran. She is deceased but Levi reaches out to her spirit for advice. She is mentioned in flashbacks and had a profound effect on the entire story.
The ending was thrilling. Evil spirits and curses be damned, watch out for Levi coming to kick your asses to hell and beyond. I am a big fan of supernatural, the tv series and all the demonic curses, Voodoo, mojo bags, symbols written in blood and then destroying the spirit took me back to all the demon fighting, we see in each episode by the Winchester Brothers.
Bottom line, this is an amazing book. It has everything required to make for a gripping supernatural read. I really, really enjoyed it. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.