Author: Shelby Mahurin
Release date: September 3rd 2019
Series: Book 1 of 3 in Serpent & Dove
Rating: FIVE STARS
Bound as one to love, honor, or burn.
Two years ago, Louise le Blanc fled her coven and took shelter in the city of Cesarine, forsaking all magic and living off whatever she could steal. There, witches like Lou are hunted. They are feared. And they are burned.
Sworn to the Church as a Chasseur, Reid Diggory has lived his life by one principle: thou shalt not suffer a witch to live. His path was never meant to cross with Lou’s, but a wicked stunt forces them into an impossible union—holy matrimony.
The war between witches and Church is an ancient one, and Lou’s most dangerous enemies bring a fate worse than fire. Unable to ignore her growing feelings, yet powerless to change what she is, a choice must be made.
And love makes fools of us all.
Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin was amazing. Lou and Reis are my new favorite couple and I cannot wait to read more about this couple. Lou and Reid were enemies but despite of that they fall in love.
“I was no one’s sacrifice. Not then. Not now. Not ever.”
Lou is a witch, who left her coven and she had to fight and to survive alone in a world where the witches are haunted and killed. She lived for two years with the fear she will be caught by her coven or the Chasseurs.
“Every aspect of Reid was precise, certain, every color in its proper place. Undiluted by indecision, he saw the world in black and white, suffering none of the messy, charcoal colors in between. The colors of ash and smoke. Of fear and doubt.
Reid Diggory is the captain of Chasseurs and he believes that all the witches are evil and they deserve to die. He lives to haunt them and for him, that is an honor. I love him because he is honorable and loving and he respects a Lou.
“You’re to be my wife.” Catching up to her in two strides, I reached out to grab her arm, but stopped short of touching her. “That means you’ll obey me.”
“Does it?” She raised her brows, still grinning. ” I suppose that means you’ll honor and protect me, then? If we’re adhering to the dusty old roles of your patriarchy?”
I shortened my pace to match hers. “Yes.”
She clapped her hands together. “Excellent. At least this will be entertaining. I have many enemies.”
Lou and Reid are very different and believe in different things but somewhere they were caught in a compromising situation and the Archbishop decided that to save the honor of Chasseur, Reid had to marry Lou and they were married by him. Both of them accepted to be married for different reasons.
“Such a love was not something of just the heart and mind. It wasn’t something to be felt and eventually forgotten, to be touched without it in return touching you. No . . . this love was something else. Something irrevocable. It was something of the soul.”
After they were married, they lived together and they learned to share the same room. At first neither of them trusted each other but step by step they began to get to know each other and to fall in love and to have a real marriage.
“I loved her. Despite everything. Despite the lies, the betrayal, the hurt. Despite the Archbishop and Morgane le Blanc. Despite my own brothers. I don’t know if she returned that love, and I didn’t care. If she was destined to burn in Hell, I would burn with her.”
They fall in love despite their differences and despite their beliefs. Reid and Lou learned that not all Chasssurs are evil or all the witches are evil. They were caught in the war between witches and humans, between right and wrong and they had to decide if they are strong enough to fight for their love.
He was me. Our souls were bound. Even if he didn’t want me, even if I cursed his name, we were one.”
Serpent and Dove by Shelby Mahurin were wonderful and a perfect 5 star read for me. I recommend everyone who wants to read a fantasy romance to pick Serpent & Dove. I cannot wait to read the next book.
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About Shelby Mahurin
Shelby Mahurin grew up on a small farm in rural Indiana, where sticks became wands and cows became dragons. Her rampant imagination didn’t fade with age, so she continues to play make-believe every day–with words now instead of cows. When not writing, Shelby watches the Office and reads voraciously. She still lives near that childhood farm with her very tall husband and semi-feral children. Serpent & Dove is Shelby’s debut novel.
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