Overall Rating: 4 Stars
A Bargain in Silver (Solis Invicti: Book One)
[Paperback Received from Author]
If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life?
A Bargain in Silver is book one of Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance series, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London.
A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur.
After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom.
But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race.
As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?
This book was an absolute whirlwind of butterflies and emotion and confusion and disbelief for me.
To be honest, I was a little hesitant going into this book because I didn’t know if I was in the right mindset for a paranormal romance – particularly one that is this intricate in its world-building. I’m not sure if you experience this, but if I’ve been reading a lot of contemporary romance, it’s hard for me to get in the right headspace for paranormal or fantasy.
However, after I was about ¼ of the way in the book, it sucked me in. I was definitely skeptical about the instalove factor with Drew and Emmy, but I find that I’m a little more forgiving when that happens in a paranormal or fantasy romance because there are often supernatural factors involved.
This book was an absolute rollercoaster for me for more reasons than just the ride the story was taking me on. I found that I fluctuated significantly between being annoyed with how everyone seemed to be infatuated with Emmy (for no real reason that I understood), yet being so taken by the romance in it I ended up forgiving that pet peeve. There were also moments when the story felt disjointed, but it somehow didn’t deter me from reading the book every chance I got. Normally when those things happen in books, I tend to lose interest, but this book definitely kept my interest until the very end!
Side note: there is an epic love triangle in this book, which I freaking LOVE, but I know there are some readers who don’t like love triangles.
Anyway, this book is definitely worth a read and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next in the series!
Butterfly Rating: 4 Stars
Oh my goodness, this book gave me so freaking many butterflies, I could barely handle it. Honestly, it was the butterflies that I loved the most about this book.
Re-read Worthiness: Maybe
We’ll see how the rest of the series goes!
Bookshelf Placement: Yes
It will definitely be displayed on my shelf!
Book Boyfriend Rating: 5 stars
I mother-effing loved Sol and Drew so much for different reasons. Truly, if you made me choose, I would NOT be able to.
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