Poison Tongue (Vallie’s Review)

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Title: Poison Tongue
Author: Nash Summers
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: August 10, 2016
Genre(s): Paranormal
Page Count: 200
Reviewed by: Vallie
Heat Level: 3 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 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.

As he began to slowly shove inside me, he said, “I’ll never let anyone hurt you, Levi.” “I know,” I replied breathlessly. He licked up the back of my neck, pressed his lips to my ear. “No one but me.”

Aaaaand Nash Summers has done it again. I have loved everything I’ve read by this author and even though evil spirits and ghosts are not my forte, the execution was excellent and totally won me over.

Levi and Monroe are amazing characters. They personify good and evil in so many ways which becomes even more explosive due to their intense attraction. Levi craves the darkness and he sees it immediately in Monroe. Monroe has a horrid childhood tragedy following him along with a curse making even people not aware of the otherworld physically recoil from him.

Horror is in integral part of the story and it is done exceptionally well. From the swamp and the snakes around Monroe’s neck and body that only Levi can see, to the evil spirit haunting Monroe’s house by the bayou, it’s all there to creep you the hell out and make you want to duck under your covers. The story gives out a very atmospheric, eerie vibe that does not wane until the end. Best of all, the sexual attraction between Levi and Monroe is super intense. Levi can see the evil in Monroe and it makes him physically sick. But for all the evil inside him, Monroe still gives off weak signs that his soul is good, simply overridden by the curse. The author managed to tag them with a “forbidden romance” vibe in a fantastic way and the element of horror follows even their sexual encounters, which we only see a couple of, but believe me, they are scorching hot and extremely sensual.

He touched his lips to the sensitive skin below my ear. “That’s not what you want to say to me, Levi,” he said in a low voice. “You want to beg me to fuck you. I can see it written all over that pretty face.” “You’re an animal.” I meant for it come off as an insult, but I sounded out of breath. “And you love it.”

The story is completely focused on the curse and the effects it has on Monroe and Levi. The side-characters play important roles and are all unique in their own ways. I wondered who Ward really was for the majority of the book and I was pretty satisfied that I wasn’t left hanging when it came to him. Silvi, the ghost girl, is an amazing little sister to Levi and a cute character as well.

Even if you’re not a big fan of paranormal stories with curses and chants and spells, this is a very well-written one that deserves the chance to recruit you to the sub-genre.


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Galley copy of Poison Tongue provided by Dreamspinner Press in exchange of an honest review.