Becoming Red

Becoming Red
This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Becoming Red
by Jess Raven, Paula Black
Published by Raven and Black
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 362

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Goodreads
four-half-stars

Summary

‘You got me back. You always said you would.’
Ash DeMorgan, graduate, orphan, ice maiden, has long since consigned the fairytale nightmares of a troubled childhood to the realm of fantastical childish imagination.
Now, lured back to Dublin, the scene of her tragic past, Ash encounters a city pulsing under the dangerous sexual influence of a new street drug the locals call Rave. Nothing is as it seems. Ash is about to discover that her nightmares are real, ancient Irish myths are larger than life and roaming the streets of the medieval city, and she has become the prey in their erotic hunt. A step back into her past is about to become a high adrenaline race for survival.
Connal Savage, outcast, assassin, and living, breathing hunk of ancient mythology, has lived a thousand years servicing a debt of revenge. Dead inside. Until he encounters his boss’s granddaughter, an infuriating woman who threatens to lead him to hell with all his good intentions, who manages to chip away at the hard encrusted defences of a lifetime spent at war and burrow herself deep into a part of him that hasn’t breathed for centuries. He is about to discover that when it comes down to the wire, when you’re bargaining with the Grim Reaper for the life of the one you love, you will do anything...
Book one of The Becoming series. A new voice in paranormal fantasy and romance.

Review

I very much enjoyed this series. So much so that after I received the first one for free, I continued to purchase the other two. (The first one is free on Kindle, so you may want to check it out.)

Like many paranormal series, the first book unfolds a new world within a current society. I really liked the world that the author set up. It starts you off with a real time version of Little Red Riding Hood but then mixes up old Irish legend into it. It is so unique.

I like the romance that unfolds as well. It is steamy without slapping you in the face. I’m not going to lie, it is erotic, but, well done.

The Others in the Series

Becoming RedBecoming Bad (The Becoming, #2)
by Jess Raven
Published by Raven and Black
Pages: 358

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Goodreads
four-half-stars

Summary

How do you fight the monster when it is inside of you?
The black lake beneath Dublin’s medieval city holds a secret. Imprisoned there for millennia, an ancient race of demi-gods have found a way to the surface and are preying on humans to feed their sexual appetites. Hunted to near-extinction, these half-men, half-beasts have been without a single female to breed a new generation. Until now.
All her life, Ashling DeMorgan feared her dreams. She kept her head buried in ancient mythology, because the real world seemed so much scarier. On returning to Dublin to settle her invalid grandmother’s affairs, Ash discovered a city plagued by the same wolf-like creatures that killed her mother. Their bite is like sexual heroin and Ash has been bitten. Now she is trapped in a waking nightmare, with the monster who ordered the death of the only man she’s ever loved. Made to doubt if she ever really knew the assassin-turned-guardian who stole her heart and gave his life for hers, Ash finds herself betrayed by her own changing body.
In a dangerous world of suspicion and divided loyalties, Ash must come to terms with what she is becoming. Worse still, her infuriatingly arrogant captor may just prove to be her most unlikely ally in what will become a life and death race for survival.
MacTire, king of a once formidable race, has lived his life in the shadow of a half-brother who took everything from him. Connal Savage seduced his mate and engineered a genocide that all but exterminated their species. Finally, he has a chance at retribution. Connal’s woman is his for the taking. But are the bonds of brotherhood so easily severed and are the ghosts of the past ever truly dead and buried, or will they come back to haunt him?

Becoming RedBecoming Blood (The Becoming, #3)
by Jess Raven, Paula Black
Published by Raven and Black
Pages: 255
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Goodreads
four-half-stars

Summary

Becoming Blood: the electrifying Becoming trilogy concludes.
Ashling DeMorgan has survived becoming wolf, escaped the death-trap of Fomor and found the love she’d feared dead. But, when you’re a pawn in the Morrígan’s apocalyptic scheming, freedom, and survival, comes at a price. Is it one they are prepared to pay?
They've been to Hell and got the t-shirts. Now, Hell is coming for them.
As two ancient enemies prepare to converge on Dublin City, Ash and Connal find themselves drawn into a battle of mythological proportions. But will their secrets and divided loyalties put them on opposite sides of a war that neither wants?
In a dark and dangerous world where sex is an addiction, will Ash and Connal’s happy ever after end in Hell, or can the very thing that cursed them set them free?

 

 

four-half-stars

About Jess Raven

The writing duo of Jess and Paula met online through their mutual love of paranormal and urban fantasy romance. They sparked creatively and have been writing together for the past three years. Paula lives in Dublin, Ireland with her family. She set aside a career in medicine to raise her three children. Jess lives in Manchester, England with her mother and dog, Simi. When she isn’t writing up worlds with Paula, she’s a wedding planner for a large retail store.

About Paula Black

I am Paula Black, one half of the writing duo Jess Raven and Paula Black, authors of The Becoming Novels, a paranormal romance series set in Dublin Ireland.
Books one, Becoming Red, two, Becoming Bad, and three, Becoming Blood, are available now on Amazon in kindle and Paperback formats and on Smashwords is other ebook formats.

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