Death Mask by Lexi Ander #AfternoonDelight

Death Mask by Lexi Ander #AfternoonDelightDeath Mask by Lexi Ander

Series: #1 Black Harbinger MC
Genres: M/M Romance, Paranormal Romance
Published by Less Than Three Press on November 9, 2016
Format: eARC
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Biker MC and Paranormal Romance… yep, I’m sold.  Plus, I have enjoyed this author’s sci-fi books and was oh so curious to see what she did with paranormal world building and plotting.  I loved how this ended up meeting my expectations and also offered up what felt like a mystery along with the other elements.

Grim Misery is the president of the Black Harbingers MC.  The man he loved turned him away for another and Grim left to get away from seeing Griffith with another man.  For over a hundred years, Grim has wandered and finally found a home with the other paranormal misfits he calls brothers.

But his contentment is shattered when a drug shipment comes in and hidden amongst the crates is a passel of werewolf cubs all bonded with the nearly dead and bleeding warlock.  The bonding is illegal and will bring werewolf wrath down on them, but the sorcerer is a whole new level of trouble because he’s Grim’s estranged husband, Griffith.  But wait, it gets worse.  Grim must unleash his long-hidden otherness against a powerful dark sorcerer and he might not be enough to protect all that he holds dear.

I find that this author has a gift for weaving creative new worlds and elements and this story was no exception.  Her take on vampires, werewolves and more was not the usual thing.  I loved especially what she did with Grim’s backstory and race.

It was also interesting that Grim and Griffin were married and bonded in a time when it was dangerous to do so.  I include their races since Griffin is a man of color, but also their supernatural races since Griffin is a warlock and most of those are at best gray magic, but usually dark magic users.   The author didn’t give them an instant return to love and trust, but both had to work through guilt, anger, and trust and also get to know and accept who they are now.

I also loved the camaraderie of MC brotherhood and the brotherhood of Grim’s birth family.  The MC characters are a motley crew of misfits who work together and have each other’s backs.  I can’t wait to encounter more from the others in the books to follow.

It’s a shorter piece presents the reader with quite a bit in this opening story of the series, but it’s not lacking, either.  Fun blend of biker culture and paranormal with m/m romance.

I received this book from Less Than Three Press on Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • This sounds good. I wasn’t immediately grabbed by the cover but after reading your review I would give it a try. I like that this author’s take on the paranormal elements were a little different than usual.

    • I’ve seen the basic cover used for a few covers. I wasn’t drawn to the cover either, but fortunately I’ve read the author’s work so the name caught my eye. Yeah, it was some thing different like her sci-fi. I’ve gotten to where new takes on the genre really grab me.

  • That is an AWESOME cover and I LOVE the jacket! Grim and Griffin sound like they are an intense relationship, so I’m glad for the author taking the time to work through their issues. Quite a good start to the series!

    • Haha, yes, that color motif and the look at Grim’s back is eyecatching. I laugh b/c I barely noticed it when I was picking the book for review (I got excited that the author was writing PNR after I loved her sci-fi so didn’t notice much else). Yes, it was an interesting romance situation and was at the heart of the paranormal suspense part of the plot. I’m looking forward to getting the rest of the club’s stories after meeting them.

  • The worldbuiding and new spin on supernatural creatures has me very curious. Wonderful review Sophia!

    • Oh yes, it was a unique world. I wanted to wax eloquent and share about how fantastic it was, but it would spoil other things so I had to tone down my excitement. 🙂

  • Sounds like a fun blend of genres! And it seems the world building is done really well and original too! That’s good to hear they had to work through some things and didn’t go right back to how things where between them. Great review!

    • Yes, it was neat to see her apply her gifts of world building in the sci-fi genre to the paranormal genre. Grim’s race is fascinating and part of the mystery plus she wrote each race just a bit different from the usual. Oh yes, her second chance romance was not instant and I preferred that.

      Thanks, Lola!