Reverse Harem/Dark Romance/Fantasy
Book #1 Noc City Series
Published March 2021
My rating: ⭐ ⭐ ⭐
Serenity is known as the Angel of Noc City. Her father uses his seat of power and his daughter to push his heinous agenda – Darklings are monsters, and they deserve death, not equality. So what happens when the Angel of Noc City finds out that she’s not entirely human? Chaos, death and destruction. Thinking that her only way out of her trapped existence was death, Serenity learns that maybe, the way out is through. Pushing through years of learned lies to accept herself for who she truly is, and it might just be the most dangerous beings in Noc City that help her do this.
I saw this book recommended in a book group on facebook, so I picked it up to give it a go. I love reverse harem stories, and a darker one that was going to give me a bit more grit, I’m here for it.
Serenity is a character that is so lost within her own desolation that I couldn’t help but feel for her. She is so beaten down and trapped in a living hell with a father who despises what she is and calls for all those like her to die brutal and bloody, as they deserve no less. The things that happen to her in such a short space of time in this book really made me angry, which I feel attests to Cassidy’s ability to write a character that draws empathy from the reader. I feel like I should have been annoyed at Serenity’s character because she had this power at her fingertips yet refused to sit up and actually use it, but I could somehow empathise with her plight and what she was going through. I enjoyed the brief introduction to the love interests, though I was wishing for a little more depth to their characters, hence me using the word ‘introduction’. They are there throughout the whole book, but I feel like we didn’t really get to know them yet. Serenity’s father is one of those characters who is pure villain, Cassidy wrote him so well that I constantly found myself picturing the different ways I wanted to see him die. So I feel like Cassidy has the ability to write strong characters that evoke strong feelings from the reader, I just wish there was a little more depth to them is all.
The story itself doesn’t have a WHOLE lot happening. I was thinking that we would be with Serenity when she first discovered that she was Darkling, however, we meet her after she already knows and is trying to ignore her true nature. This was a tiny bit polarising in the beginning, but it isn’t a deal breaker. I guess we skipped all the denial and such which isn’t exactly a bad thing. I did find myself a little annoyed at the way the love interests treat her as they do know some of what she has gone through previously, so I felt like a little bit more protectiveness would have been nice.
The plot isn’t huge, but it is solid and has a good driving force behind it to keep the story moving. I found that I flew through this story, though I had already guess at two of the twists before they were revealed. Again, not a deal breaker, but easy to spot as you’re moving through the story.
There are some tough subjects touched on in this story such as sexual abuse, attempted rape and suicide, so if these are something that you struggle to read, maybe give this one a miss. This is advertised as a dark reverse harem, which it is, though not the darkest that I’ve read. There are sexy times included, and some male on male action, though I’m wondering if this will have more of a point to it rather than just being an added extra saucy detail. I love my smut, but I also like it to have substance and there to be a reason behind the inclusion of it. This one did border on the precipice of “is this really needed?” at times, but it was still an enjoyable read.
I will be continuing with this series and have already recommended it to someone who picked it up straight away and read through the whole series.