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"Darling, There are Wolves in the Woods" by L. V. Russell (Book Review)

Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance

Book Description:

The woods are dark and wicked,

and perhaps some things would be better off staying lost…

Teya Jenkins is ten years old when her sister is taken.

Niven is never found, because no one knows where to look.

No one but Teya that is, who heard the whispers of the trees

and saw the beautiful creatures that dwelled in the shadows.

It is only after another tragedy, years later, that Teya finally dares

to enter the forest that haunts her dreams, determined to bring home

her sister and mend the fractured remains of her family.

Beneath the whispering oaks, she meets Laphaniel, an outcast

from the Seelie Court, who tempts her away with veiled promises

of the thing she’s always longed for…to belong somewhere.

But Laphaniel has secrets of his own,

and Teya soon finds herself fighting not only for her life,

and for her sister, but also for her heart.

A sensual, dark faerie tale, full of delicious romance and delightful gothic imagery.


Beautiful prose and morally flawed characters set in a dark and wicked wood. I found this novel to be reminiscent of Jim Henson’s film, “Labyrinth”… a story in which our protagonist can only find herself in the twists and turns of the deep and hungry woods. A novel that explores the intricacies of guilt and what it means to forgive. A lovely read that has me excited to read the sequel!

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