Viscount Temptation By Olivia Helling Review!


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Viscount Temptation (2015) by Olivia Helling is the third book in the wonderful Damon Snow series.

Once again, the story is told from the POV of Damon and this book shows a more vulnerable side to Damon which is made even more emotional by the fact it is told from his point of view. Damon is in love with Byrne who is dying. They have a mentor/protégé relationship too. He wants to love, wants to be loved but he is in denial that it exists. Or more to the point, he doesn’t want to believe it does. He’s insecure but not letting that side out. As a reader, you find yourself frustrated because you care and in the best possible sense you’re hoping he gets it together soon. You also hope that when he does open up more about this aspect that he isn’t shot down and hurt. Obviously much of this denial comes from the fact that he is in love with Byrne and he would much rather believe love didn’t exist than to love Byrne and then lose him. Unfortunately for Damon’s heart, he can’t stop the involuntary feelings of love for Byrne despite all the walls he is putting up.

Damon’s birthday is coming up and he hopes to spend it with Byrne. But Byrne is pushing him away day by day. There seems for much of book to be things they should both be communicating to each other but their communications are guarded because they don’t want to hurt each other or bring up the deep feelings they both have for each other. It’s sad and heartfelt all at once. Very intense. Byrne sets Damon the challenge of coming onto and succeeding with Viscount Ashton. I think he is trying to get Damon to feel more open in his feelings and to distract him from feelings about him. It might not be the most conventional way to go about it but I think that’s what he was doing.

As Damon gets to know Ashton, there does seem to be a bit of a spark between them and there is some very sexy encounters. But ultimately his heart is with Byrne. However he is offered a job as valet and strongly considers it. Ashton says he can’t see Byrne again if he accepts the job and Damon is torn especially since Byrne is getting more and more cold to Damon’s affections every day.

Meanwhile Rogers is still in love with Damon but is still in the friend zone and that looks to be where he will remain. Unrequited love is hard but I found myself thinking that he needs to take a hint at some stage that the ship has sailed and realise that there is someone out there for him but he just isn’t Damon. I’m very fond of Rogers though. He makes me laugh with his wit.

Viscount Ashton is a dangerous sociopath. He is charming and ruthless and I wouldn’t like to meet him on a dark night. But he brings a lot to the plot and he is written so well that you could understand Damon being a bit took in by him and charmed by him. Helling has written here another excellent book in the series. It is a bit heavier than the previous two books in the series but really gives a great insight into the maturing relationship of Damon and Byrne at a crucial point in their romance.

This series is fantastic. And book 3 hasn’t let me down. I look forward to reading book 4!

The first book in the series is free on it’s own. My review of book one and details on where to get your free copy can be found here:

https://culturevultureexpress.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/nocturnal-lessons-by-olivia-helling-review/

While the first four books in the series together are 30% cheaper than the three other books on their own. To get the boxset go here:

And for more about Olivia Helling and her work go to:

http://oliviahelling.com/

Incubus Rake By Olivia Helling Review!

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Incubus Rake (2014) is the second book in the Damon Snow series of five books. I loved the first book and this second outing certainly didn’t disappoint.

In this book, we see a lot more of Damon’s vulnerability when the love of his life Byrne doesn’t want to see him when he visits and this does not suit Damon one bit. Though it’s hard for him to admit to himself, it hurts him and he misses spending time with Byrne because he’s head over heels in love with him. Something else the love cynic struggles to admit. My hope that Damon and Rogers might end together faded because the way Damon seems to feel about Byrne is so far removed from how he feels about Rogers. Gradually though, I quite got to like the partnership of Damon with Byrne. I loved the way Damon still loved him so much even when he didn’t want to see him. Even through the hurt he felt, his feelings for Byrne remained which was very romantic.

Now most good books need a bit of drama. So enter Frost who is an incubus like Damon who encourages Damon to use his incubus powers to seduce men. Damon begins a relationship with Frost and gradually we get to know Frost’s complete manner more and more. In short, not a very nice chap.

Meanwhile Rogers is trying to seduce Damon, although without the use of incubus powers he’s not having much luck. Does anything happen between them at all? Don’t want to give too much away. Possibly.

A huge theme in this story is who will be there for you when you need them most? It shows the wonderful relationships that Damon has in different ways with Byrne and Rogers. Like the first book, the characters in this book are so well-rounded and have distinct personalities that jump off the page. The reader will know who is talking before even reading who it is. The writing is also brilliant, very natural and to the point and I really like that style of writing.

This book, like the first, is hard to put down. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen next and that’s a very good sign. Really enjoyed it and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series!

The first book in the series is free on it’s own. My review of book one and details on where to get your free copy can be found here:

https://culturevultureexpress.wordpress.com/2017/12/03/nocturnal-lessons-by-olivia-helling-review/

While the first four books in the series together are 30% cheaper than the three other books on their own. To get the boxset go here:

Or to purchase Incubus Rake by Olivia Helling only go to:

And for more on Olivia Helling’s work go to:

http://oliviahelling.com/

Nocturnal Lessons By Olivia Helling Review!

 

Nocturnal Lessons (2014) by Olivia Helling is the first book in the Damon Snow series of books. It was a wonderful read from start to finish.

 

The story is set in Mother Dover’s brothel where protagonist Damon works. He is someone who acts very sure of himself, all macho doesn’t believe in love, doesn’t believe it exists and yet as the book progresses we see that his emotions about love begin to change slightly and he begins to be slightly more open to the prospect and shows that there is romance in his heart when he plays cupid for his friend who works as a prostitute alongside him Kendall and a client Price. He’s very interesting and there is a complexness there within him that is going to make for a very interesting series of books. And he seems to have a really good heart that he’s buried deep in order not to be hurt. Helling writes into her stories a variety of very rounded characters with their own individual personalities so while you’ll probably like all the main characters, you will probably take to one more so than the others. For me, I took very much to Kendall. I think he reminded me a lot of myself and I knew where he was coming from a lot. There’s a vulnerability to Kendall but there’s a lot of strength there too. He has come from a very difficult situation and he’s determined but also daunted by the prospect of happiness with Price. And he’s bit of an old romantic too. Price was a wonderful character too. He is a character that you get to know as each layer peels away of his story and his personality. And then there’s Byrne who is Damon’s mentor. He seems like quite a complex character. His intentions seem to make sense but his method is very complex and you aren’t always sure where he’s going with it. But hey, that’s probably a good thing as it’s a series. Rogers is also a great character. He’s sort of played a supporting role in this book but I kind of hope in books to come that he’s going to end up with Damon. There is a kind of a comfort and ease with the two of them when they are together which I think is great and I’d love to see them progressing to the next level. Be warned, I haven’t read the rest of the books yet so I’m probably barking up the wrong tree with that one! 🙂

Damon is an incubus and I’ll just touch on that fact briefly. I had to Google what it meant. I didn’t think it added much to the first book but as a series I think it will feature more most likely in future books and I think we were probably introduced to that fact for the sake of the plot of future books more than this one. I think it was interesting however though to make him an incubus and not make it a central theme because after all it’s only a part of him and there’s so much more to him than the fact he’s an incubus.

This book is an interesting story of love, learning about life and love, friendship and Damon’s search to find himself. It is interesting throughout and leaves you wanting to know what happens in the books that follow to Damon, Kendall and co. I intend to read the rest of the series in the future. This book is a must-read. Helling has a very natural writing style. Completely the kind of style I like in writing. The writer who came to mind who I would compare Helling’s writing to was Agatha Christie. Obviously the genres they write are very different but the way they put it down on paper is similar and I think that’s really cool.

 

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