JA Huss writing as KC Cross
Publication date: July 27th 2021
Genres: Paranormal/Monster Romance
When I answered an ad for a caretaker at Saint Mark’s Sanctuary I thought I’d be dusting chandeliers and polishing floors. I didn’t expect to be tricked into a curse, going in debt to a monster, and being forced to take a self-paced “Let’s Learn Magic” course so I can fix a two-thousand-year-old problem.
And that monster?
Not your ordinary, everyday beast.
He has hooves, and horns, and fur on his legs.
But ya know where he doesn’t have fur?
Which is fine.
Except he doesn’t wear pants.
Nothing at Saint Mark’s is exactly what it seems.
The entire inside is magic, the hallways upstairs are nothing but parties from the past, and the super-hot guy who lives in the dungeon?
My name is Pie and all I want is to be a normal girl with an average life.
I refuse to get stuck in this curse.
I refuse to learn magic to break it.
And there is no way in hell I will fall in love with a monster.
DAMAGED GODS is a fun paranormal monster romance about a girl named Pie who accidentally stumbles into a monster’s 2000-year-old curse only to find she’s exactly where she’s supposed to be.
“If this kills me—”
“If this kills you, you should thank me. Since you’re immortal. That means your curse would be broken.”
Well. She’s got a point there. I put the test tube up to my lips, almost pass out from the horrible smell, then down it in one gulp. It hits my stomach with a burn.
“The burn passes,” Pie says hurriedly. And she puts her hand on my arm, either faking compassion or really meaning it.
Her touch is warm too. And something about it does make me feel better. Soon, the burn is gone and in its place is a tingling feeling in my hands. Then a buzzing in my head.
“Did you get to the buzzing yet?” she asks. I nod. “Good. You’re almost there. Now, while we’re waiting for it to work, let’s talk about this job.”
“No.” I put up a hand. “Not now.”
“Yes. I need a job. Just a part-time one. The Honey Bean is looking for a waitress. I need that, Pell. And I will use all my money to buy what we need and then I won’t have to go into debt.”
“You don’t get it. That won’t work. The harder you fight the curse, the more it works against you. The less magic money you use, the more the curse will force you to use it. Bad things will happen. And that will force you to work harder to…” I pause, not really wanting to say the last bit.
“Harder to what?” she presses.
“Please me. The harder you’ll have to work to please me with the debt book stuff.”
She points a finger in my face. “I will not be blowing you. Just… FYI.”
I cannot hide my laugh. “Good to know. And for the record, Pie, you’re not my type.”
She lifts her chin up in indignation like I just insulted her. “I’m not your type?”
“What kind of type do you like? Bull girls?”
“I’m not a bull.”
“A satyr chimera girl?”
“There are no female satyr chimeras. We’re all men.”
“Then what is your type?” And now she’s annoyed.
I shrug. “I’ve always been partial to the nymphs.”
“Nymphs.” She crinkles her nose like the thought of nymphs is distasteful. “Water fairies?”
“Not fairies. Nymphs. You know. Willowy girls with evil intentions lurking in the forest.”
She laughs. A real laugh. “You like bad girls?”
“I’m not bad enough for you?”
“Not even close.”
My ARC Review:
Pie Vita has always been alone in her life, except for her ‘imaginary’ bird friend she keeps in her pocket and talks to all the time. She answers an ad in a local shop for a caretaker at St Mark’s Sanctuary, never in the world dreaming she would end up involved in a world of monsters, magic, Gods and curses!
This was a great read from Julie, a new PNR/Fantasy/Sci-Fi read set up in a brand new world centered on St Mark’s Sanctuary, a place with a 2000 yr old curse placed on it that Pie is tasked with breaking and setting free a monster, Pell, who is a Satyr Chimera (think fur clad legs with hooves, horns and a large human package!).
Pie doesn’t like what she has stumbled into and seems unable to leave, she believes she has no magic of her own in order to break the curse and cannot believe she is stuck here with a grumpy Pell who refuses to wear pants and cover said package! Pie has been called crazy all her life, but since stumbling into St Mark’s her bird friend has disappeared and Pell her new grumpy boss is making demands of her, but she’s having none of it!
Pell is convinced Pie is magical in some way genetically, as only people from a certain magical line could see the ad placed for a caretaker. But she is not what he expected, there’s never been a woman caretaker before and she doesn’t seem all that obedient?!
The setting of St Mark’s is wonderfully detailed and described and you can actually picture the ever changing rooms and settings within there. Both Pie and Pell are really interesting characters, she is feisty and sassy and there are some real laugh out loud moments with the banter between her and Pell.
There are a lot of secrets and mysteries to uncover here as the background to the curse with the Gods and how the monsters are cursed begins to be revealed. This was a great read, riveting with the great world building Julie has done with this, very entertaining with all the side characters as well, and I look forward to reading many more books from this new world. Highly recommended reading.
JA Huss is a New York Times Bestselling author and has been on the USA Today Bestseller’s list 21 times. She writes characters with heart, plots with twists, and perfect endings. Her books have sold millions of copies all over the world. Her book, Eighteen, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award and an Audie Award in 2016 and 2017 respectively. Her audiobook, Mr. Perfect, was nominated for a Voice Arts Award in 2017. Her audiobook, Taking Turns, was nominated for an Audie Award in 2018. Her book, Total Exposure, was nominated for a RITA Award in 2019.
DAMAGED GODS RELEASE DAY GIVEAWAY