Author: Adrienne Blake
Publisher: City Owl Press
Publication Date: 7 September 2021
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: ARC via NetGalley
"The more I know of the world, the more I am convinced that I shall never see a goblin I can really love." Jane Austen. A bit.
Everything Elinor Dashwood held dear is lost when her father blows his fortune at the casino tables then dies from the shame of it. Her half-brother and his grasping goblin wife have always despised their dryad half-sisters. They lose no time at all in kicking them out of their house.
Before they leave, Elinor meets Edward, a half-goblin who shares none of his sister's wickedness. His compassion wins Elinor over, and she soon falls in love. But her heart is broken when she learns Edward is secretly bonded to a sexy succubus and though her soul tells her he loves her, she knows he can never be hers.
Their fortune seems to change when the family's invited to live in a small cottage in Maine. Elinor's heartbreak lingers but her younger sister Marianne has more luck and is wooed by a handsome incubus. Driven by her desires, Marianne quickly falls for his quick wit and charm, ignoring all of Elinor's misgivings about the suspicious young man.
Despite all obstacles, the two sisters strive to find happiness — unaware there is a demon in the shadows, ready to make good on a bet to steal their hearts and make their suffering last forever.
I had previously read this author's Pride and Paranormal, which I mostly enjoyed, so I was interested to see how she would approach a Sense and Sensibility retelling. Overall, I think it came together nicely, perhaps even more so than Pride and Paranormal did, since this second story avoided some of the additional 'magical plot point' dumping that had irked me a little in book one. Marianne was perhaps even more annoying in this version than in Austen's original, but Elinor came across well, and it was nice to see her feelings for Edward developing in her internal dialogue, even though she didn't express them to anyone. The story moved at a good pace, hitting all the key points of the original while allowing a little diversity for the paranormal and modern-day setting. I understand Northanger Abbey is next, and I am keen to see how Blake will tackle that one. Sense and Succubus gets four stars from me.
I received this book as a free eBook ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.