Malum Discordiae by Rayvn Salvador is now live!
When knowledge and temptation collide, the fall only needs a forbidden fruit.
Skilled forensics scientist Schuyler Liu never expected her job working for a ghost-hunting show to bring so much peace. Until a grand locale in the Garden District uncovers way more than just rattling pipes and drafty entryways, and she walks away with more than she ever imagined. When chaos morphs to terror, she turns to the one man she knows may be able to help her. They may not see eye-to-eye, given their vastly differing beliefs, but Pax is her touchstone in the maelstrom, and she plans to grab hold with both hands until they find the answers they seek.
Excommunicated priest Paxton “Padre” Chase has felt a pull to the beautiful skeptic since she joined the Haunted New Orleans team. When a sinister presence from a routine investigation follows her home, and the oppression becomes real, Pax vows that he will do everything in his power to help her. But while digging into the house’s history to unlock the mysteries of the spirits wreaking havoc, he uncovers more than he ever bargained for. He and Sky have more in common than they ever knew, and the dark forces want to sever those ties—permanently.
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My ARC Review:
This is a new author for me, I’ve not read the first book in this series so was hoping this didn’t stop me enjoying this second book, which it didn’t – there are references made to what happened in it, but this one is easy enough to read as a standalone – but after reading this one and thoroughly enjoying it I will definitely be going back and reading it.
I really enjoyed this one, it’s right up my street being a mixture of PNR / supernatural / hauntings / demons / possession – there’s a familiarity to it as you read, having watched many of the shows that feature this type of thing, but there was plenty going on that held my attention, had me on the edge of my seat and kept those pages turning!!
The Haunted New Orleans team are investigating a new house that construction crews have had some problems with – Lamour Mansion, which itself has a back history that the team uncover. It’s there job to find out if it is haunted or if there is a scientific explanation for what is going on there, it’s filmed and released for their tv show.
Pax is an older excommunicated priest. Sky is a non-believer and is there to disprove all the hauntings and put a scientific slant on things. This house though has always held an attraction for Sky, she is about to find out why!
Sky and Pax have worked together for a few years now, they are attracted to each other but have never taken it further than friends – an age-gap and opposites attract thing definitely going on here! Working together on this house draws them together as they uncover a connection with each other they never knew about.
I loved the storyline, how the team find out the history of the house and go about testing various rooms, how the dark presence manifests itself and how it works itself into the team. The relationship between Pax and Sky was great to watch, him wanting to protect her and keep her safe, while she being quite a bit younger teased him, it was witty and cute to watch! The story takes on a nasty and dark side as we find out that a cult, demon worship, black magic, human sacrifice and possession involved. A great read, it kept me entertained and intrigued, on the edge of my seat at times. I will definitely read more from this author.
Meet Rayvn Salvador:
Rayvn Salvador is a lifelong bibliophile who left her eighteen-year IT career in Software Quality Assurance to live her dream: getting paid to read as a full-time editor (done as her alter ego), and to write when the mood strikes. She lives in Florida with three crazy cats and her incredibly supportive beau, dreaming about the Midwest’s changing leaves as she perfects her yoga poses on the beach.
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