October 17, 2022

REVIEW The Death God's Sacrifice (Peculiar Tastes #1) by Jenny Nordbak

The Death God's Sacrifice (Peculiar Tastes #1) 
by Jenny Nordbak
Rating: 4 Stars
Release Date: October 4, 2022
Format: eBook (Kickstarter)
Publisher: Bonkers Romance 

Stheno is one of the feared Gorgons straight out of Greek myth. She has spent years working as a slayer, selling her services to the highest bidder and protecting her sister Euryale. When her sister is captured, she is forced to kill the druidic god who drops the veil between worlds every year for the Shadow Market, but it turns out to be much more complicated than she would have ever expected…

This is a great start to the Peculiar Tastes series and all of the books concerning the Shadow Market. I did read Katee Robert’s The Demon’s Bargain first, and they didn’t really connect all that much so I’m not sure if they have to be read in order. Stheno and Gregor are very likable characters (you can’t help but get attached to them), and I think this is one of the best Gorgon books I’ve ever read. They had an exciting dynamic, with Stheno being sent to kill him but instead falling for him and Gregor essentially falling in love with her at first sight. I was impressed with the worldbuilding Ms. Nordbak brought into the book (with the blending of different world mythologies), and I loved the pieces of the Shadow Market that readers got to see. I’m curious how the other four authors will build on the Shadow Market. 

Overall, The Death God’s Sacrifice was a great (if a bit short) paranormal/fantasy romance tale. There were some juicy plot twists thrown in that I was definitely not expecting - I’m now following the author in the hopes that she releases another book following some specific side characters (I can’t actually say their names without risking some major spoilers). If you’re a fan of monster romances complete with insta-love, kick-ass female heroines with ‘consent king’ love interests, and a mix of sweet and spicy moments, you’ve come to the right place!

CW (Courtesy of the Author): Some Incidental Injuries during Sex, Violence, Murder (Of Baddies), Blood, Explicit Sex

About the Author

Jenny Nordbak earned a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Archaeology from the University of Southern California. After graduating, she spent two years leading a double life, working in healthcare construction by day, while secretly working as a dominatrix at a dungeon in LA by night. Her memoir, The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an LA Dungeon (St. Martin’s Press, 2017) is a candid look at that time in her life. 

Jenny is an advocate for sex positivity and intersectional feminism. She writes the Stocks and Bondage column for Penthouse magazine, cohosts the Bonkers Romance podcast, and delights in narrating the steamiest of audiobooks.

She lives in Southern California with her handsome Viking husband and two adorably feral children.

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