Friday, May 24, 2019

Book Review: NoX by Adrienne Wilder

A nude man invades Luca Suarez's home and protects him from creatures who cannot exist.
Creatures hunting him.
The stranger can't tell Luca why. He can't even tell Luca his name.
He remembers nothing until the moment he sees Luca.
The only hint Luca has to the stranger's identity is a tattoo on his wrist: N o X

Nox doesn't know who he is, but he's sure of three things, his memory loss is temporary, the monsters chasing Luca are called Anubis, and his Alpha, Koda, sent Nox to protect him. There's just one problem… Koda is Luca's brother who was murdered five years ago.

With each passing hour, Nox fills in the pieces painting an impossible truth. And with each passing hour, both men find themselves unexplainably attracted to each other. Something Luca is willing to embrace because he has nothing left to lose. And one Nox can't let happen because it could get Luca killed.

Nox is a HEA/HFN m/m paranormal, science-fiction romance. But be warned, these are NOT the shifters you are used to reading about.

Jewel's rating:

​This book is exactly what I needed to end my book slump. Unique and engaging, I was kept in its thrall, from beginning to end.

Luca Suarez is a dying man. He's been fighting leukemia since childhood and he knows his days are numbered. In fact, he would welcome death at this point. His brother is dead, taken from him much too soon, and his parents died in an accident a year ago and with them went his will to fight. He's a dead man walking, and he's made his peace with that. At least as much as any 19 year old, who has barely lived, can.

Nox doesn't know who he is, only that he's a monster and has been charged - by Luca's brother, Koda - with protecting Luca at all costs. His memory comes back in bits and pieces, but often lacks context. With Nox's arrival comes a generous helping of danger, mystery, and sex appeal that Luca could not ignore even if he wanted to, and he really doesn't want to.

Seems the feeling is mutual.

There is a lot of focus on sex within the story. The author works sexual bonding into the story and the Anubis is a very primal creature who craves stimulation - the more the better. Hunting, fighting, and fucking are the things the Anubis craves over everything.

N​OX is ​two part​s​ sci-fi, one part thriller, three parts sex (very very hot sex), with a dash of mythology. Suffice it to say, this story felt almost tailor made to my tastes.

The story is told with three POV's to help build the world. Luca, Nox, and a secondary character named Dr Reese Dante. Dr Dante is the only one with any idea of what's going on and why, so we learn a lot from him, but there is still so much we don't know and the ending definitely makes that clear. As far as Nox and Luca's relationship, ​NOX ends on an HFN note, because, even though Luca and Nox want to try to settle down, they don't know, yet, if they will ever really be able to stop running. I dearly hope we find out.

Review copy of NOX was generously provided by the author, in exchange for an honest review.

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