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A Curse in Darkness (The Thornheart Trials #1) by Sherilee Gray


​I once faced evil…and lost.

With the fate of my family—and our magic—suddenly in my hands, I vow to protect them no matter what. But the coven trials have claimed many witches, and vanquishing malevolent spirits, while hunting a possessed hellhound on a killing spree, is far more than I bargained for.

Now the hellhound’s domineering alpha is shadowing me. More beast than man, Warrick both tempts and terrifies. Still, I can’t resist our overwhelming attraction and when a twisted enemy makes their move and I’m faced with an impossible choice, I need him more than ever.

But fortune is fickle, and in a world full of monsters, falling in love can be hazardous to your health—and your heart.


I’m glad I picked up this book because I am reading book 2 of this series this month and wanted some background. It’s an action-packed paranormal romance that I couldn’t put down.

Willow Thornheart is the Keeper chosen to fulfill the rite of Coven Thornheart. She is the eldest of her Thornheart sisters, a powerful family of witches. She bears the weight of being the protector of her family and completing the tasks mother earth has given her to gain all of her powers. If she fails, her family will lose all of their powers, and something evil is out there to make sure she does just that.

Warrick is alpha of the hellhounds. He doesn’t feel emotion or love, but he is drawn to Willow. She is his mate and they are destined to be together, but he has his work cut out for him. She doesn’t want to get involved with Warrick as a lover because she is afraid he would destroy her heart. So she keeps him at arm’s length until evil spirits go on a killing spree and start to threaten her family. Will he be able to protect her from powerful villainous forces or lose the one person who has claimed his soul?

The chemistry between Willow and Warrick is strong as they are forced together to solve the killings and find out who is after her family. Willow carries the weight of the world on her shoulders and Warrick is there to help her bear the weight. Warrick gradually wears Willow down with his growly, sexy maleness and his true devotion to keeping her safe. There is so much happening as they get closer to solving the mystery of who wants her family dead and the action is off the charts. 

Willow’s family is a great cast of supporting characters and I look forward to hearing their stories. Not to mention each of the witch’s familiars who are bound to them for life. Familiars are shifters or animals and my heart broke for Willow’s fox shifter familiar, Ren. The poor man was put through a horrific ordeal and I hope to read more about him in the series.

If you enjoy non-stop, action-packed suspense, magical characters, and a jealous, possessive, and protective romance, give this book a try. I can’t wait to read the rest of this series.

Thank you to Ms. Gray for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.


A Curse in Darkness

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Sherilee’s always had a big (some say warped) imagination, and as a kid scared herself conjuring up horror stories full of ghosts and other terrifying creatures. She never dreamed of actually writing down any of those wonderful imaginary people or places, not until many years later when her sister introduced her to the wondrous world of romance novels, and her very large book collection.

She’s pleased to say, she still has the big imagination… only now her characters are chasing their happily ever after.

Sherilee Gray is a kiwi girl and lives in beautiful New Zealand with her husband and their two children. When she isn’t writing sexy contemporary or paranormal romance, searching for her next alpha hero on Pinterest, or fueling her voracious book addiction, she can be found dreaming of far off places with a mug of tea in one hand and a bar of chocolate in the other.

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