Tuesday, August 1, 2023

Crossed (Never After, #5) by Emily McIntire ~ Book Review

Crossed by Emily McIntire is now live!

From bestselling author Emily McIntire comes a dark and delicious fractured fairy tale reimagining of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

He is righteousness. She is sin.

Father Cade Frédéric is a holy man. Brought up in the streets of Paris, he has dedicated his life to the church. But there’s a monster that lingers just beneath the surface. A sickness. One that bleeds darkness and feeds on the damned. When he’s tasked to become the priest in Festivalé, Vermont, a town both beautiful in architecture and riddled with despair, his sickness sings, demanding he rid the place of evil.

Amaya Paquette is Festivalé’s beautiful mystery. She spends her days caring for her younger brother and her nights transforming into Esmeralda, dancing for greedy eyes and shameless lips. Although she longs for love, she shies away from companionship, afraid of being abandoned again.

When Father Cade lays eyes on Amaya, he finds himself ensnared, convinced she’s using witchcraft to lure him to her. He can’t eat. Can’t breathe. Can’t think unless it’s of her.

And temptation is a devastating mistress.

She’s his weakness, so he decides he’ll be her demise…even if it means killing the only woman he might ever love.


*CROSSED is a dark, contemporary romance (not fantasy or a literal retelling) and the fifth complete standalone in the Never After series: fractured fairy tales inspired by our favorite villains. It features mature themes and content that may not be suitable for all readers. READER DISCRETION IS ADVISED. Detailed TW can be found on the author's website. This series can be enjoyed in any order.*

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How in the holy book world have I not read any of this series before now??? This was Simply AMAZING!

Being new to the NEVER AFTER World, I wasn't sure what to expect going in, but after seeing and hearing so many rave reviews about the prior books in the series, I knew I had to see what it was all about, and I am glad I did because this blew my mind. Now I have to work the prior four books into my schedule because I need to read them all.

In CROSSED, we have Amaya, who will do anything for her brother, that is on the spectrum. After her mother left them, it was up to Amaya to raise him and do right by him, even if that meant turning herself into Esmeralda, an exotic dancer, at night to be able to support the two of them and pay off her mother's debts.

Father Cade is new to Festivalé, and so far he isn't happy with what he has seen. So he makes it his duty to clean the streets and bring righteousness back to the small town. But when he meets Amaya, things take an even darker turn than the one he was on.

The chemistry between Father Cade and Amaya, although Forbidden, was extremely HOT. Two people who should never be together, a Priest and what the townsfolk consider a sinner, couldn't be more perfect for one another. I absolutely loved this story; the way justice is meted out was spot on.

I highly recommend this book to readers that enjoy STEAM Dark Romances, Forbidden Romances, Stalker Romances, or Romances where the Villain gets his HEA.

Happy Reading!!!

**I have voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Readers Copy of this book for my Blog, Nadine's Obsessed with Books**

Meet Emily

 Emily McIntire is an Amazon top 15, USA Today, and Publisher's Weekly best-selling author known for her Never After Series, where she gives our favorite villains their happily ever afters. With books that range from small town to dark romance, she doesn't like to box herself into one type of story, but at the core of all her novels is soul deep love. When she's not writing you can find her enjoying her family or lost between the pages of a good book.

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  1. Fantastic review! xo
    I've really enjoyed this series so far and I'll be definitely checking this one out :)

    1. Thank you Natalie. I cannot believe I just started the series, you know I am going to have to read all the prior books now because this one was soooo good!