Title: Poison Tongue
Series: Afflicted Souls 01
Author: Nash Summers
Genre: Gay Erotic Romance, Fantasy, Paranormal, Mystery
Length: Novel (200 Pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (August 10, 2016)
Heat Level: Low
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: Levi Bell can see a person’s soul just by looking into their eyes. In Monroe Poirier’s eyes, he sees the devil himself.
When Monroe moves back to the small Southern town of Malcome, Levi is repelled by the darkness of the stranger’s soul. But Levi is cursed to love things dark and wicked, and he’s seduced each time he looks into Monroe’s eyes—and drawn to the swamp behind the old Poirier house.
As strange occurrences begin to happen when shadows and visions visit him in the night, Levi sees a flicker of something good in Monroe’s soul. But the need to submerge himself in the swamp’s murky waters grows stronger as Levi’s desire for Monroe becomes unbearable.
In his struggles to help Monroe save his soul, Levi will have to decide if it’s worth losing his own.
Review: Nash Summers is a new author for me so I wasn’t too sure what to expect. In a way I was pleasantly surprised and in another I was totally creeped out. I can’t say that I am or will ever be a fan of this story though. To me the tone was just too dark and just too intense for me to really get into. As for the story itself it was well written, with a lot of depth that will drag you in from the moment one starts reading it.
I have always felt that Louisiana was a place that was deep, dark and mysterious. You hear many things about it and it was never a place I wanted to visit, although there were some interesting areas that did sound intriguing. Nash has given us a story that makes you feel like you are right there with them, freaking out the whole way.
Levi can take one look at a person’s eyes to know what they are like. His family, as well as himself, are connected deeply to the sides of good and evil. Levi can see the soul; another can see ghosts and so forth. His soul is actually in my mind a ghost I would guess, and very few can see it. His own grandmother had told him that he would fall in love with the devil. He is aligned with the darkness and has found the one man that was his. His grandmother was right.
Monroe is full of darkness and evil, but in truth it is all a curse. His darkness is what calls to Levi. When Monroe came home, the town was not welcoming at all. He feels like he deserves everything they throw at him and sees himself as the monster they call him. It will be up to Levi to save his soul and to show him that he is more than what others see.
It has a very creepy mysterious look about it, but the characters are a different type that I haven’t really come across in all of my reading. You can tell how Monroe really is with his reaction to Levi and how he doesn’t want to hurt him at all. If he was so evil, he would not care. I definitely would not read this at night and alone.
Overall the story is very well told and flows just perfect. The pace was a bit slow for me and I can’t say that this will ever be a story that I will ever like. I can honestly say after reading this that I will probably stay away from the state as well. I am afraid that this story was just not for me and I will probably avoid the next book.
However, if you like paranormals with dark tones, a mystery to solve and evil, then this will be a hit for you. I would recommend it.