Hollen the Soulless (Dokiri Brides #1)

Author: Hollen the Soulless

Publisher: Independently Published

Pages: 500 pages

Source: Received E-Book from the author in exchange for an honest review!

Released: June 10th, 2020

Buy: Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Rating: 4/5

Rating: 4 out of 5.

He’ll mark her flesh. She’ll claim his heart.

Always the dutiful daughter, Lady Joselyn is weeks away from marrying a rival lord in order to secure the future of her father’s house. However, she suddenly finds herself in the clutches of an ancient beast she’s only ever heard of in legends. More terrifying than that is the beast’s master, a wild man who insists Joselyn is his bride by right, and plans to seal his claim in blood.

Wyvern-rider, Hollen, has finally captured the woman of his dreams, though he quickly learns waiting for her was less than half the battle. His new bride wants nothing to do with him and Hollen knows he only has one chance to change her mind. To win her over, he’ll do whatever he must, even if it means keeping secrets.

Their wills pitted against each other, Joselyn will go to any lengths to free herself from this savage and fulfill her marital contract. Her father’s life depends upon it. But even as she plots her escape, Joselyn begins to wonder if one can also be bound by a duty to their own heart.

Author’s Note: This is not a shifter romance. The Dokiri men are savage enough in their manly forms. That being said, this book features subdued sexual content. Enjoy the heat but don’t expect to get singed.

Trigger warning: This novel plays on the trope of abduction. While Dokiri men won’t let anything keep them from the woman they love, even that woman herself, all sexual acts between the hero and heroine are consensual. –Goodreads

Thank you so much, Denali Day, for providing me with an e-book copy of Hollen the Soulless. I received this e-book in exchange for an honest review.

Where do I begin?

I was hooked to Hollen the Soulless from the very first chapter. This story kept me hooked from start to finish. Day does an amazing job at bringing her story’s world and Dokiri’s culture to life. Both the main and side characters were well fleshed out. I loved learning about the Dokiri clan and their way of life. My favourite character in this book turned out to be Sigvard.

I loved the romance in this novel. I felt the romance developed at a reasonable pace. The romance did not progress too slowly or too fast. Both Joselyn’s and Hollen’s personalities stood their ground (they were well fleshed out as MCs). I enjoyed that this story was told in dual point of views.

The events of this book and how this story ended make me excited to continue the Dokiri Bride series. The covers for this series are total cover buys! I’m planning when I have time to buy the physical copy for book two. I’m excited to eventually read Erik the Tempered!

Overall, I enjoyed reading Hollen the Soulless! Day’s fictional world and characters were fleshed out beautifully in Hollen the Soulless. The story had me hooked from page one. I think the romance was wonderfully done. I also appreciated the dual point of view. Furthermore, I’m excited to read book two in the Dokiri Brides Series!

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