Gypsy's Blood (All The Pretty Monsters, #1)
I'm not all that special, really. Or uncommon. I'm sure there are a lot of girls with old gypsy blood who see the dead, have killer cults hunting their family, and turn into something that gets scary when they panic. Yep. Completely unoriginal, if I do say so myself. Move along. Nothing to see here. Nope. I'm just an ordinary girl. I wish people would believe that. I've been labeled as one thing or another for most of my life: Death Girl. Crazy Gypsy Girl. Gothic Chick. Monster... It took my mother's death for me to finally start getting answers about what's really been going on. Unfortunately, most of the answers come from men...who aren't just men. Somehow, I've gone and landed myself in a world truly filled with monsters, and I'm starting to think this is where I should have been all along. Only...I don't understand what's going on. I'm walking into the middle of a story that's thousands of years old, and I'm the new girl on the block who doesn't have a clue how this world even works. My only guides happen to be the most lethal of the bunch. They decide who lives or dies. They decide who gets stabbed or tortured. Yeah... I've gone and drawn attention to myself, and the ones paying attention are the ones everyone else seems to fear. How do these things always happen to me? **Reverse Harem **Language warning **Sexual content **Dark Humor

Gypsy's Blood (All The Pretty Monsters, #1) Details

TitleGypsy's Blood (All The Pretty Monsters, #1)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseDec 14th, 2018
Rating
GenrePolyamorous, Reverse Harem, Fantasy, Paranormal, Vampires, Romance

Gypsy's Blood (All The Pretty Monsters, #1) Review

  • Stacey is Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    It wasn’t the title that pulled me in…There seem to be two things that make me look twice at a book cover, a striking (not necessarily handsome) bloke and a beautiful cape. I’m not sure what it is about them, but I would LOVE to have a hooded cape of my own. Maybe it's the historical romance reader in me because I'm still envious of the one Jane Bennet wore in Pride and Prejudice (BBC version). Now, the practicality of having a big sweeping hooded cape in Australia has held me back from ordering It wasn’t the title that pulled me in…There seem to be two things that make me look twice at a book cover, a striking (not necessarily handsome) bloke and a beautiful cape. I’m not sure what it is about them, but I would LOVE to have a hooded cape of my own. Maybe it's the historical romance reader in me because I'm still envious of the one Jane Bennet wore in Pride and Prejudice (BBC version). Now, the practicality of having a big sweeping hooded cape in Australia has held me back from ordering one. For starters, it would be too bloody hot. Secondly, where the heck am I going to wear it? So, I saw the cover of Gypsy’s Blood from a recommendation (thanks, Lily) on Goodreads and I was intrigued enough to look a bit closer.So, I’m reading the blurb and nodding my head thinking *Yes, this works for me…*THEN REVERSE HAREM?!?!?!?!?!?! Now, don’t mistake my explosive reaction as being fully in the negative. It just kind of shocked me for two seconds. It’s been a wee while since I’ve stumbled across any group “action” in my reads so I had to readjust my expectations. I’m feeling kind of risqué and up for taking a walk on the wild side…why the heck not???Ummm…excuse me, I think someone left out the harem action.Ok, what I was expecting and what I got was completely different, but, as you can see by the four stars, I still really enjoyed Gypsy Blood. In my dirty little mind, I was picturing Violet getting ravished by the monsters. What I got was a young woman moving to a town and finding out that all those scary stories she thought were unreal, were very, very real. Violet is surrounded by monsters and some of those monsters won’t leave her alone.Side note - these are my kind of monsters, there are no 3 headed, green-skinned or ugly monsters in sight. These monsters are the bossy, growly, sexy and magical kind that I love.At times while reading Gypsy Blood I was a little frustrated. Things seem to be moving along at a snail’s pace and I had so many questions that needed to be answered. And, of course, I was waiting the whole time for a little of this “harem action” to kick in. But, alas, we’re in the first book of the series, and I need to get to know the lay of the land before I get any action.Honestly, I chuckled when I read the author’s note…”Don’t kill me. Please.” I was lucky enough to have Gypsy’s Blood recommended to me at the same time the second book was released. I went in knowing it was going to have a cliffie ending, but with the second one waiting, it hardly fazed me.The characters were interesting, the storyline, while slow to begin with, definitely picked up speed. There is an underlying hum of sexual attraction between Violet and the monsters but at this stage, we’re still mostly in the dark as to where it will go. I’ve already bought Gypsy Freak and I can’t wait to see if All the Pretty Monsters come together for the reverse harem thingamajiggy.
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  • Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)
    January 1, 1970
    🔮 BR with my cake eating gurls at Reverse Harem Revolution #eatallthecake 🔮#2 Gypsy Freak ★★★★#3 Gypsy Origins ★★★#4 Gypsy Moon ★★★4.5 StarsAs you might be able to tell I thoroughly enjoyed this book I didn't even know existed three or four weeks ago. I mean, this books' name was thrown to me at random, as most thing are in the RHR lair. The place is wack. There are rooms within which are populated by LOTS of cake, swooning, books and the occasional random stranded male specimen, all randomly an 🔮 BR with my cake eating gurls at Reverse Harem Revolution #eatallthecake 🔮#2 Gypsy Freak ★★★★#3 Gypsy Origins ★★★#4 Gypsy Moon ★★★4.5 StarsAs you might be able to tell I thoroughly enjoyed this book I didn't even know existed three or four weeks ago. I mean, this books' name was thrown to me at random, as most thing are in the RHR lair. The place is wack. There are rooms within which are populated by LOTS of cake, swooning, books and the occasional random stranded male specimen, all randomly and suddenly airborne without notice, rhyme or reason. It is quiet and then *boom* suddenly out of nowhere everyone appears, chaos ensuing shortly thereafter. It was a fine day when I walked into a room and narrowly avoid a book about Archangels or something that was thrown at my beautiful face, along with a piece (or three) of cake. Suddenly out of the chaos a voice rose, saying GYPSY'S BLOOD . I had only a moment to think of it before Praying Kitten & Aqua Sparkle poofed on either side of me, chirping about it so loud you could hear them from space.Having read her very first book, Four Psychos, I didn't need much convincing to read this one. I read it. I loved it.Now, having not finished her other series and me in reality being three couch potatoes and a muffin in a fifties dress pretending to be human that knows how to people, I can't help but compare these two books in a fashion that greatly resembles nothing of a review.These two books are nothing alike yet they have two key ingredients that are the same in both: The Structure and the Pace.Beyond that everything and everyone else is different.The story is intriguing. I've never read anything revolving around Gypsy's and the paranormal elements blended well with it to create something new and exciting!The characters were great, and above all, distinct. Each one had its own clear voice. To reiterate this was the fact that we got POVs from most all main characters. My absolute favourite one was Anna, The Pet Ghost. Sidekick extraordinàre to our heroine. I can go as far as to say that I WANT AN "ANNA" FOR MESELF ASAP! The guys are my seconds. I mean is the sun blue? Yes, yes it is! I love their frienemy status! You can just taste the comfortable & second skin familiar hate that can only be brought forth from the strongest of Bromances.I think there was someone else I had to mention.. Hmm.. Oh yes, Violet or whatever her name is! Lol, don't let me fool you my peoples. She is a good character, she's just quiet. As death. That however, fits extremely well with the rest of the cast. If she was with other people instead of this set then you would have forgotten her before you started reading. I forgot her at times during, if I am to be honest. Overall I greatly enjoy French Fries and being as random and as creepy as fuck. You can now pretend you haven't already stopped reading and go away to read this book.
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  • Allons-y
    January 1, 1970
    The Dark Side is one of my favorite series.This one is already topping it though.The world building had me scrambling a tad in the beginning and I sort of had a hell of a time separating the new characters initially. It definitely got better at about 40%.Damian, Emit, Vance and Arion are all separate individuals. I enjoyed their personalities immensely. They are all cursed. They are also sort of bad dudes. I am fairly positive that everyone in this book is cursed a bit. They all apparently deser The Dark Side is one of my favorite series.This one is already topping it though.The world building had me scrambling a tad in the beginning and I sort of had a hell of a time separating the new characters initially. It definitely got better at about 40%.Damian, Emit, Vance and Arion are all separate individuals. I enjoyed their personalities immensely. They are all cursed. They are also sort of bad dudes. I am fairly positive that everyone in this book is cursed a bit. They all apparently deserve it too. Poor Damian has it the worst in my opinion.The curses are not that predictable either so that is fun.I am not sure is fun is the right word...Violet/January is great. I love her. She is in the dark about so much. She has her own secrets too though. Violet moved to town when her mother died because her mom left her the shop in the will, she assumed it would be safe there.The town ends up being full of monsters and monster hunters. There is no way for Violet to hide who she is even though she does try.I absolutely loved Anna. Her character had me laughing out loud so often my family thought I was losing my mind. Anna is so perfectly, insanely, inappropriate.
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  • Brittain *Needs a Nap and a Drink*
    January 1, 1970
    So I'm a bit of an idiot and I downloaded a bunch of books after taking some muscle relaxers for my back spasms and when I woke up, I found this book and many others on my kindle as a great little surprise for myself. I started reading this one and got about halfway through before I remembered "Oh! There was a reverse harem in there!" This is one of the few times where under the influence me and Amazon actually got along but I do not condone this method of shopping or you will end up with a 5 po So I'm a bit of an idiot and I downloaded a bunch of books after taking some muscle relaxers for my back spasms and when I woke up, I found this book and many others on my kindle as a great little surprise for myself. I started reading this one and got about halfway through before I remembered "Oh! There was a reverse harem in there!" This is one of the few times where under the influence me and Amazon actually got along but I do not condone this method of shopping or you will end up with a 5 pound bag of gummy bears delivered to your door and received by a slightly judgmental husband.Anyways, I went into this book thinking it was just a quirky paranormal romance and while it was that, the addition of the reverse harem was just icing on the cake.Violet has old gypsy blood which makes her able to see ghosts and interact with all the spooky spooks in the world, including but not limited to werewolves and vampires. Her crazy albeit charming sidekick, Anna, is the world thirstiest ghost who is about to jump on any warm male that she can find and give you a full narration in the process. Since she can't actually touch anybody (and nobody but Violet can see her) she is more than happy to live vicariously through her friend and encourage her most strongly to get on the pony.Violet is sort of the silent but deadly kind. She is powerful with the magic in her blood and she uses it in unconventional ways. I love that she able to take people by surprise in this book and actually fucking defend herself instead of relying on the menfolk to get her out of sticky situations.This is definitely a promising start to the series. I don't want to get too much into the plot because there is so much that could be spoiled, even by just describing what the hell is going on. There are twists and turns and manly men that like to walk around nekkid. Which Anna is completely okay with. As I would be too. Yow.
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  • Alaina
    January 1, 1970
    This was so good but I feel like I have so many freaking questions! Mostly because of that god damn ending!!!Gypsy's Blood will definitely make you swoon, laugh, and get mad occasionally? It will definitely depend on the reader. Now I loved Anna (the ghost) and Violet. Their friendship just gave me joy and I loved them so much. Anna was that one friend that just made everything funny. She was hilarious from start to finish and I can't wait to see what the hell I'm going to get in the next one. T This was so good but I feel like I have so many freaking questions! Mostly because of that god damn ending!!!Gypsy's Blood will definitely make you swoon, laugh, and get mad occasionally? It will definitely depend on the reader. Now I loved Anna (the ghost) and Violet. Their friendship just gave me joy and I loved them so much. Anna was that one friend that just made everything funny. She was hilarious from start to finish and I can't wait to see what the hell I'm going to get in the next one. Then there's Violet.. and I was a bit confused with the whole family tree. I have no idea who her actual mom is.. or where her deadbeat dad is.I have so many questions when it comes to her.Besides all of that, there's Damien, Emit, Vance, and Arion. I loved the first three because they seemed like such heart throbs. We don't really get to meet Arion until the end.. and if you want real information.. he's basically Ace. It was a little twist that blew my mind.Overall, I loved this book. The twists, turns, and sexual tension were everything. I want so much more in the next book and I can't wait till I jump into it.
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  • Jessica-❥Chatterbooks Book Blog❥
    January 1, 1970
    I was honestly going to give this a 4, but Anna deserves a 5. I could give her nothing less. 😂
  • Deborah
    January 1, 1970
    On the whole I really enjoyed this. There’s tons of reviews so I’ll keep mine short so I can move straight onto the next book.I liked the guys, their relationship and the way they interact. Anna was the star of the show, she stole the book and made me laugh. She’s the reason for the 4* not 3. Well her and the humour.Violet was naive, boarding on completely unbelievably clueless.Yes it felt overlong in places and I just wanted it to get moving and find out what was going on. It’s a first in serie On the whole I really enjoyed this. There’s tons of reviews so I’ll keep mine short so I can move straight onto the next book.I liked the guys, their relationship and the way they interact. Anna was the star of the show, she stole the book and made me laugh. She’s the reason for the 4* not 3. Well her and the humour.Violet was naive, boarding on completely unbelievably clueless.Yes it felt overlong in places and I just wanted it to get moving and find out what was going on. It’s a first in series but now the scene has been set so I’m hoping the next book won’t drag.“Just don’t run up the stairs!” Anna calls from behind me as I gamble and pick a direction. “The secondary characters always end up dead first when they go up the stairs, and you’re simply not interesting enough to be the lead character in this story,”
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  • Gaby★Me Myshelf and I★
    January 1, 1970
    I’m uncharacteristically late to this BR with the Reverse Harem Revolution but better late than never! First Cunning gives us Four Psychos, now she gives us four monstersand they are epic!This book has been all I've heard about since Dec. So I had some pretty big expectations, but I'm happy to say. Its worth all the hype. I wont even be able to review this fully because I am itching to start into the next. yes I am glad I waited so I don't have that awful wait for the next one! haha I can start I’m uncharacteristically late to this BR with the Reverse Harem Revolution but better late than never! First Cunning gives us Four Psychos, now she gives us four monstersand they are epic!This book has been all I've heard about since Dec. So I had some pretty big expectations, but I'm happy to say. Its worth all the hype. I wont even be able to review this fully because I am itching to start into the next. yes I am glad I waited so I don't have that awful wait for the next one! haha I can start right now So I'll be brief; Anna is the star of the show I love that crazy ghost! Violet really was the Robin to her Batman The lines she came out with were just, classic. Too many to highlight. Every time she appeared I wanted to highlight the whole thing. “I just gave him a phantom blowjob. If I lick it first, that makes it mine!” she shouts from somewhere behind us.“I’ll stop, Gov’nah!” Anna shouts with a faux Southern accent. “Please don’t throw salt in my vagina again!”I just want to be her when I become an invisible ghost some day. The monsters are just the icing on the cake. Such a great harem. I love it when its a mix of paranormals. So slow burn but it's going to be hella satisfying! The tension is building and I love it "I’m supposed to be the reckless one. Arion is the psychopath. Emit is the broken, savage beast. Vance is the one who has his knickers jammed up his asshole and is supposed to keep the rest of us in line."They haven't shown us too much of their monster side yet but I have high hopes! I live in Ireland right. So my view of gypsy's are not in line with the gypsy's we have here in this book.I need to re-align my mental picture from this to moreThey seem to be a race of supernaturals in their own right but with some of the foresight and potion making we might associate with a gypsy fortune teller. Violet is a powerful one and holds some secrets herself. I cant go on anymore, suffice to say this is making my top 10 RH. but then so did 4psychos by the end of book 1 so I still have my fingers crossed this doesn't head the same way. Maybe it took a nose dive because Kristy was working on this little gem instead
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  • Al *the semi serial series skipper*
    January 1, 1970
    I am surprised I enjoyed this book. I was introduced to the author with the Four Psychos series. I still haven't read the fourth book because Paca got too much for me to handle and I'm not in the mood for her chipper.This book had a character that was like Paca but it was easy enough to ignore her. Violet is a pretty nice heroine but I just don't like the way she's so trusting. I can understand why, since she had been left in the dark by her mother, still I wish she was a bit discerning.I really I am surprised I enjoyed this book. I was introduced to the author with the Four Psychos series. I still haven't read the fourth book because Paca got too much for me to handle and I'm not in the mood for her chipper.This book had a character that was like Paca but it was easy enough to ignore her. Violet is a pretty nice heroine but I just don't like the way she's so trusting. I can understand why, since she had been left in the dark by her mother, still I wish she was a bit discerning.I really love that we have the guys POV in this, finally a chance to read a RH that gives individual personalities to the guys. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.
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  • Talltree
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars!
  • ❤Rachel Anne's Romance Must Reads❤
    January 1, 1970
    Okay, I loved this so much. I don't typically like to wait on sexy times in my romance books and because this isn't YA, because our MC is 25, it had the same slow burn. But I loved her other series under this pen name, Four Psychos, and it pretty much did the same so I wasn't surprised. I'm REALLY hoping book 2 ramps it up. The guys aren't perfect and have some pretty annoying flaws, but that just makes me like them more. I love when an author takes a risk creating MCs who aren't...expected. Als Okay, I loved this so much. I don't typically like to wait on sexy times in my romance books and because this isn't YA, because our MC is 25, it had the same slow burn. But I loved her other series under this pen name, Four Psychos, and it pretty much did the same so I wasn't surprised. I'm REALLY hoping book 2 ramps it up. The guys aren't perfect and have some pretty annoying flaws, but that just makes me like them more. I love when an author takes a risk creating MCs who aren't...expected. Also I should note how funny this book is. Her female MCs lean toward this snarky, semi goofy personality and I have to admit it's my favorite. I started and finished book one yesterday and I plan on devouring book two today!*Edit: There were a few things that left me confused. Some were obviously purposeful and it sounded like an explanation might wait for book 2 or book 3. But others I was like...?? For instance one MC said he couldnt believe he'd told her what he "was". I STILL had no idea what he was, lol. The explanation was weird and made no sense. There are a few instances like this so my review remains until I see if I can find answers later on. =)
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  • Rhiannon Chillingworth
    January 1, 1970
    4.5. I really loved this!!!The author's Four Psychos series is one of my favourite RH series' and this is an absolutely brilliant start to something I think I might end up liking more!This has, for me, what Four Psychos didn't have, and that's interesting male characters. The Four Horseman became pretty interchangeable for me eventually, which is often a problem in RH, but certainly not here. Vance, Damian, Emmitt and Arion are all very separate and individual and they are, indeed, beautiful mon 4.5. I really loved this!!!The author's Four Psychos series is one of my favourite RH series' and this is an absolutely brilliant start to something I think I might end up liking more!This has, for me, what Four Psychos didn't have, and that's interesting male characters. The Four Horseman became pretty interchangeable for me eventually, which is often a problem in RH, but certainly not here. Vance, Damian, Emmitt and Arion are all very separate and individual and they are, indeed, beautiful monsters. They're all reasonably bad guys, and they have all obviously done something pretty awful in the past to be in their current predicament, but I love them all and couldn't tell.yiu which my favourite is at his point! There's also so much unexplored back story between the four men that I can't wait to find out!Violet is a great character who also has so much about her that we only just scratch the surface of here. She's a monster herself, but neither she nor the reader at this position not really know what that means. I loved her attitude and her reactions and actions towards what happen to her. She's very likeable and I rooted for her pretty much straight away.Her ghostly side kick, Anna was both absolutely helarious and at times a little annoying, but I thought she was a great addition, too. She reminds me a lot of Paca in her crazier moments.In summary, if you liked Four Psychos then I really think you'll love this. It's different, but has a lot of the same vibe and character dynamics, but improved in my opinion. Apparently the next one is out in 3 weeks and I cannot wait and while there is a cliffhanger, things get really interesting!
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  • Roxana
    January 1, 1970
    2.5
  • Somia
    January 1, 1970
    An enjoyable start to the series, just not one I felt immersed in, and the end of this book left A LOT of questions unanswered. For everything that is revealed more questions emerge.Violet is a Portocale gypsy, who has moved to live in the town where her mother was murdered, but with almost no knowledge of her heritage, and the curse suffered by the powerful monsters of the town, she's in for a bumpy and eye opening ride. A ride she shares somewhat with her companion a lying, sex hungery ghost . An enjoyable start to the series, just not one I felt immersed in, and the end of this book left A LOT of questions unanswered. For everything that is revealed more questions emerge.Violet is a Portocale gypsy, who has moved to live in the town where her mother was murdered, but with almost no knowledge of her heritage, and the curse suffered by the powerful monsters of the town, she's in for a bumpy and eye opening ride. A ride she shares somewhat with her companion a lying, sex hungery ghost .This is labelled as a reverse harem, but I wouldn't call this a reverse harem book, although there are small, fleeting hints of potential romance towards the end with 3 or 4 of the male leads. Maybe that will be a more potent and explicit component of the next book?Small moments of amusement, but I wanted more depth, heat and intensity.
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  • Christy Bailey
    January 1, 1970
    Can we say confused?So I've heard a lot about this series and thought i would give it a try. To say I'm confused would be an understatement. I'm also intrigued if that makes since. I am hoping the next book in this series can shed some light on what the heck is going on. Guess I'm about to find out!
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  • Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
    January 1, 1970
    While not badly written, and the worldbuilding is interesting enough, the entire book is basically talking. Not only does everyone sit around and talk the whole book, but it irritates me when the lead doesn't know what's going on, only has it told to her in bits, and doesn't believe the new information for extended periods of time. I got the men confused on who was who. The ghost was funny, but sometimes even I wanted to salt her when she got on my nerves. Again not horrible, but not much intere While not badly written, and the worldbuilding is interesting enough, the entire book is basically talking. Not only does everyone sit around and talk the whole book, but it irritates me when the lead doesn't know what's going on, only has it told to her in bits, and doesn't believe the new information for extended periods of time. I got the men confused on who was who. The ghost was funny, but sometimes even I wanted to salt her when she got on my nerves. Again not horrible, but not much interest for me long-term.
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  • TMI-Tammy Tammy Insoft
    January 1, 1970
    Loved this story. Anna the ghost was so funny. Lots of Beautiful monsters in this book. Favorite
  • Marguerite (Fluffzilla)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4 starsYes, it's awesome.For what Violet doesn't have, her obnoxious lying pet ghost makes up for. And it makes one hell of a weird, ridiculous and endearing team.For:+ Kinda everybodyYou should also like:+ Four Psychos+ A Life Of Shadows+ The Kiss of Death
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  • Carly
    January 1, 1970
    "Just don't run up the stairs!" Anna calls from behind me as I gamble and pick a direction. "The secondary characters always end up dead first when they go up the stairs and you're simply not interesting enough to be the lead character in this story," she adds.~I'm busy trying to roll back up to my knees, so all I do is glare at her as she darts back in, hissing out a breath as she dances from foot to snow-covered foot and pulls off the knit slippers."Forgot my shoes," she says before quickly ch "Just don't run up the stairs!" Anna calls from behind me as I gamble and pick a direction. "The secondary characters always end up dead first when they go up the stairs and you're simply not interesting enough to be the lead character in this story," she adds.~I'm busy trying to roll back up to my knees, so all I do is glare at her as she darts back in, hissing out a breath as she dances from foot to snow-covered foot and pulls off the knit slippers."Forgot my shoes," she says before quickly changing them out and darting away again.Downed by a gypsy too foolish to learn how to properly fear, and who can't even remember her bloody shoes. This is an all new low.Wow, I can't believe how much I enjoyed this. I haven't gotten a cup of coffee yet, so this might ramble a bit. I loved the Dark Side series, so when I saw this one I jumped on it. I'm glad I did. While Violet is clueless, she's not stupid and annoying. I laughed out loud when she has that potion go wrong and ends up outside in her underwear and again later when found that chest full of stakes. I really liked her and I loved Anna, she was absolutely hilarious. I really hope her fate isn't set in stone like Violet thinks. I like the guys, and I don't think I like one more than another, not yet at least, though this first book had zero action with any of them and Violet. I'm guessing that will change soon though. And Ace, well, I kinda sorta saw that coming and I very well think I could like him, it's hard to hate him at least. I'll definitely be moving on to the next one, and soon.I palm my face, groaning internally. "I did not start an orgy. I've never even been to a frat house. And you're getting more ridiculous by the second," I snap, before I turn away and blow out a long breath.I constantly remind myself to be patient with her, because she can't help the lies or the scattered way her brain works. But my patience is waning today."Have you ever started an orgy other than that one time?" she asks, clicking her tongue, completely infuriating me as she abruptly appears in front of me.I hate it when she does that.I level her with a cold look. "I've never and will never start an orgy!" I shout. A little too loudly.Especially since my eyes lock onto a man's mystic blue peepers, when my gaze darts over Anna's slightly shorter head.She whirls around, her eyes going round, as she moves closer. "Hubba, hubba," she stage whispers.I hate her so hard right now I'm tempted to salt her.The man with blondish hair and the beginnings of an intentional beard is grinning at me, as he arches an eyebrow with flawless condescension."Well, that's possibly the first time anyone has ever shouted that at me before we even made introductions," he drawls, letting his eyes rake over my before meeting mine again.His suit-and-tie look isn't usually my thing, but I don't think I've ever seen a man wear a suit the way he does. Anna starts fanning me, which fortunately debunks the electrical current in the air.~"I really do hate you, and your cobwebbed vagina," the pest says, reminding me there is a ghost stalking our every move.Moving quickly through the snow, I continue to ignore the damn pest, even as she drops to her knees right in front of my path."He's got another boner! I think it's bigger than last time. Ooo la la," she adds.Violet shakes her head against me as I pass through the ghost like I can't see her at all."I just gave him a phantom blowjob. If I lick it first, that makes it mine!" she shouts from somewhere behind us.~"Shh! She's coming!" Emit hisses, shoving at Damien as they both duck to be under the window, looking utterly ridiculous, since the wall across from them is mirrors.I still drop to the ground and try to hide when I hear her start knocking…as though I've been infected by their stupidity. Two monsters and one monster slayer hiding from a young gypsy.The indignity is unbearable."Ms. Woods?" I hear the little gypsy call out as she knocks again. "Vance?"Emit barely stretches up, peers one eye out the window, and ducks back down like his life depends on staying out of sight.Margie walks in, stumbles to a halt, and just gawks at the fact three men are on the ground, ignoring the girl who is knocking.She slowly backs away like she's reached her crazy quota for the day, and I huff as I stand and go to the door.~"Meanwhile, I have a fucking beating heart, and that takes precedence over your dick complex.""I do not have a dick complex," he growls as he points a finger in my face."I have a dick complex," the sudden confession comes from Anna The Overly Friendly Ghost as she pops up right beside me.Emit curses when he startles just a little, almost giving us away. It'd be really stupid to let the ghost know that we know she exists when she's so close to slipping into that delusional phase and consequently becoming a nonissue."The complex is not having one. Inside me. Ever," she continues. "So are these creepy tour thingies that supposedly do a show-and-tell on all the creepy things rumored to be around town real?" she asks. "I mean, do they come by here and show tourists where the werewolves live and stuff? Or is it the pretend nonsense that people walk away from feeling silly and bored?"Emit and I just stare at each other."I bought the patio set I wanted," I tell him, letting him know we're done talking for now."As if I fucking care. We're talking about the fact I don't have a dick complex," he growls, apparently not finished talking."Sure. If you really want to talk about your tiny sports car that you have to fold yourself inside of-""How does a car that's too small have anything to do with my dick?" he gripes."Dick complex," I remind him. "All men with tiny dicks get themselves a flashy red sports car.""You're just making that up," he argues very defensively."Am not," I say with a cheeky grin."I hate it when your heart is beating," he says before he turns and stalks away from me, slamming the door on his way out."I thought this was his house. Not yours," Anna says, confused as she simply lingers. "For the record, I've seen his dick. It's huge."I count to five before he's stalking back in."This is my house. You get out!" he shouts.Doing all I can to maintain a serious face, I move to my feet as he narrows his eyes.
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  • Jane Cousins
    January 1, 1970
    To say the pnr market is saturated with RH novels is an undeniable fact. But authors who can actually deliver a story line, a layered world and multiple 3 dimensional characters who can maintain a sizzle factor...? Those authors are few and far between. Certainly making the grade is Kristy Cunning. Her worlds are a little on the dark side, but they are intriguing and like real life have funny, tender, scary and sad moments. I may not stick with the series long term, I will see where this journey To say the pnr market is saturated with RH novels is an undeniable fact. But authors who can actually deliver a story line, a layered world and multiple 3 dimensional characters who can maintain a sizzle factor...? Those authors are few and far between. Certainly making the grade is Kristy Cunning. Her worlds are a little on the dark side, but they are intriguing and like real life have funny, tender, scary and sad moments. I may not stick with the series long term, I will see where this journey leads, but certainly book one captured my attention, and will be diving into book 2 immediately
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  • Megan
    January 1, 1970
    I struggled a lot with this book. I was so confused for about 90% of it. And Violet was kind of an idiot. She trusted too easily. If it weren't for Anna, I probably would have put this book down. Anna was hilarious and I love her. But I kind of hated everything else about this book.Okay but here's the thing, I HATED the first book of Kristy's other series Four Psychos. Like I hated it. But I kept reading because the MC was funny and I ended up absolutely loving the rest of that series. SO I am g I struggled a lot with this book. I was so confused for about 90% of it. And Violet was kind of an idiot. She trusted too easily. If it weren't for Anna, I probably would have put this book down. Anna was hilarious and I love her. But I kind of hated everything else about this book.Okay but here's the thing, I HATED the first book of Kristy's other series Four Psychos. Like I hated it. But I kept reading because the MC was funny and I ended up absolutely loving the rest of that series. SO I am going to read the next book and hope that this series is like that one and gets better the more I read.I gave this book 2 stars for Anna alone.
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  • Tink Magoo is bad at reviews
    January 1, 1970
    Yawn. DNF at 20%
  • MrsJoseph
    January 1, 1970
    Ok. This was weird and strange and there is a TOTAL LACK OF SEX. I'm talking about not even heavy petting here. There's some kissing...and some tension.......thats totally not my thing, btw. I love tension but if a book is gonna have sexy times, I expect the sexy times......But I really dug this weird ass book. The heroine MC is...super clueless (this appears to be a trend for the author, as I'm reading another series by her right now)...and being lead around the nose. By some dangerous ass peop Ok. This was weird and strange and there is a TOTAL LACK OF SEX. I'm talking about not even heavy petting here. There's some kissing...and some tension.......thats totally not my thing, btw. I love tension but if a book is gonna have sexy times, I expect the sexy times......But I really dug this weird ass book. The heroine MC is...super clueless (this appears to be a trend for the author, as I'm reading another series by her right now)...and being lead around the nose. By some dangerous ass people. The shitty part is that this author totally ends her books in cliffhangers. 100%. I mean the old-school, soap opera style cliff hanger where there is action taking place and then BOOM! Last page. This is also a trend for the author.I iz not amuzed. Regardless of said shitty cliffhanger (heroine just collapsed in a dangerous place after dangerous stuff happening), I was super surprised about how much I liked this story. I liked it enough to read a different series (a COMPLETED series) by her. Note to Author if you're reading this: STOP with the cliffhangers!! That shit is not cute. It totally puts YOU (as an author) in a place where I (as a reader) will not pick up one of your series books until you're 100% done. Cause I have picked up book 2 of this series... but I have not started reading because I know you're doing the cliffhanger thing. That's money not going into your pocket... (KU, you know?)
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  • Brandy
    January 1, 1970
    Laughed out loud a few times. Anna is hilarious.
  • Sakina Carter
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this!!I really enjoyed four Psychos by Kristy Cunning so I was looking forward to reading another RH series by her and she did not disappoint.With Four Psychos I was more into the story but with this I was more into the characters (if I am being honest the storyline was bit confusing). I adore all the characters in this book, especially Anna, OMG she is freaking hilarious, I really hope that Violet figures out a way to save her because she is adorable.This was another great RH read, I wo I loved this!!I really enjoyed four Psychos by Kristy Cunning so I was looking forward to reading another RH series by her and she did not disappoint.With Four Psychos I was more into the story but with this I was more into the characters (if I am being honest the storyline was bit confusing). I adore all the characters in this book, especially Anna, OMG she is freaking hilarious, I really hope that Violet figures out a way to save her because she is adorable.This was another great RH read, I would highly recommend it to all RH fans.
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  • Arushi
    January 1, 1970
    Gypsy's Blood is the first book in a new series by Kristy Cunning (a reverse-harem pseudonym for C.M. Owens). It definitely makes for a great and extremely intriguing start. You go through the book (thankfully not as lost as the main female lead) wondering just what is happening, but in a really good way. Each revelation leaves you wanting more. The men share a 1000-year history with each other. Violet is 25. She and us have a learning curve. Since this book is told from multiple POV's - we get Gypsy's Blood is the first book in a new series by Kristy Cunning (a reverse-harem pseudonym for C.M. Owens). It definitely makes for a great and extremely intriguing start. You go through the book (thankfully not as lost as the main female lead) wondering just what is happening, but in a really good way. Each revelation leaves you wanting more. The men share a 1000-year history with each other. Violet is 25. She and us have a learning curve. Since this book is told from multiple POV's - we get more info then she does. But still, she is one really smart girl and I really like it. And I truly love her 'soldier on' attitude. Come what may, she does not let it 'panic' or phase her. I genuinely enjoyed reading this book and I laughed a lot in places. Definitely looking forward to the next one.
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  • Chrissy
    January 1, 1970
    I tried really hard to like this book, stopped reading twice and then tried again..but it just doesnt get any better so quit at about 78%. I was sick to death of how many times the words "portocale gypsy" appeared throughout the book. Every page it said and sometimes a handful..just so overused. The premise sounded good but for me it didnt deliver, i kept waiting for things to pick up and get better but it didnt. The main character isnt 3d, has nothing appealing about her, no personality whatsoe I tried really hard to like this book, stopped reading twice and then tried again..but it just doesnt get any better so quit at about 78%. I was sick to death of how many times the words "portocale gypsy" appeared throughout the book. Every page it said and sometimes a handful..just so overused. The premise sounded good but for me it didnt deliver, i kept waiting for things to pick up and get better but it didnt. The main character isnt 3d, has nothing appealing about her, no personality whatsoever. Too much information is missing to put things in context, and the little that comes too late isnt good enough, i just couldnt enjoy it and annoyed i wasted so much time on it.
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  • Ashley Barry
    January 1, 1970
    Kristy Cunning writes a fantastic reverse harem. I recently finished her Dark Side series, and when I found out she had another reverse harem coming out I was over the moon. While this book ends on a cliff hanger, which I’m not normally very fond of, the next book in the series comes out early January so there’s not too long to wait.The world-building in this book was fascinating, and there were a lot of interesting twists. While the general idea of a parent passing and leaving behind a child Kristy Cunning writes a fantastic reverse harem. I recently finished her Dark Side series, and when I found out she had another reverse harem coming out I was over the moon. While this book ends on a cliff hanger, which I’m not normally very fond of, the next book in the series comes out early January so there’s not too long to wait.The world-building in this book was fascinating, and there were a lot of interesting twists. While the general idea of a parent passing and leaving behind a child who doesn’t know much about what they are or what they can do isn’t unprecedented, the spin that Kristy Cunning takes is unique and intriguing. As always with her books, I often found myself unable to predict the future plot points. There were a few that were easy to see coming, but they were done in a way that built anticipation and made me want to get the reveal faster.It’s so hard to talk about the male leads without spoiling anything, but I want to so badly! Reverse harems often have almost interchangeable male leads, but the ones in All the Pretty Monsters were distinct, and I loved each of them for a different reason. The heroine for the novel, Violet, was also awesome. She was a really strong female character, and while it’s easy to write an innocent, naïve heroine in this type of novel I love that Kristy Cunning made her humorous and wily instead. Despite her lack of experience and knowledge for the situation she finds herself in, Violet manages to gain the upper hand in many of her exploits with the male leads. And of course there’s Anna, who kept me laughing throughout the whole novel. I’m excited to hear what she has to say in the next few novels where the relationships will really kick off. This novel is a slow burn in terms of romance, so no sex in the first book of the series.The only con was the occasionally repetitive descriptions or sentence structure. I think this novel was pushed out very quickly, so there was probably only basic editing done. It didn’t occur often, and I’m sure it’s something that will be fixed after a more thorough editing. To be honest, I don’t care much, especially because I only noticed it once or twice and I think it’s a small price to pay to be able to have the books published faster. I need to know what happens next! Even with this, Kristy Cunning’s reverse harem novels are superior to so many of the others out there, particularly in terms of original and interesting plot and characters.I strongly recommend this novel to anyone wanting to read a reverse harem. It’s a great mixture of world-building, romance, and humor, and I couldn’t put the book down.
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  • Irestia
    January 1, 1970
    UPDATEI cannot overstate how much this book made me laugh. Seriously, almost all of my notes are just parts that made me laugh. This book isn’t perfect—some characters were a bit lacking and some plot elements came out of nowhere—but I was too entertained to care.The MC, Violet, is definitely overshadowed by her best friend, the stalker ghost Anna. I thought it was an odd move because the author repeatedly mentions via Anna that Anna is much more interesting than Violet, and I can’t really argue UPDATEI cannot overstate how much this book made me laugh. Seriously, almost all of my notes are just parts that made me laugh. This book isn’t perfect—some characters were a bit lacking and some plot elements came out of nowhere—but I was too entertained to care.The MC, Violet, is definitely overshadowed by her best friend, the stalker ghost Anna. I thought it was an odd move because the author repeatedly mentions via Anna that Anna is much more interesting than Violet, and I can’t really argue with that. Violet apparently has cool powers and funny reactions to Anna, but that’s about it.Anna, though—omfg, Anna. Pretty much everything that comes out of her mouth is pure gold. She is a compulsive liar who can no longer determine fantasy from reality, so there is no way to predict what she will say next except to assume that it will be highly inappropriate and sexual.One of the funniest things about the guys is how they must pretend that they can’t see Anna, no matter how bad her sexual harassment gets. Yes, I apparently have a double standard there. Anyway, my second favorite thing about the guys is their overall dynamic. Vance is the stiff tough guy, Emit is the pretty-boy dumb-dumb, Damien is the . . . invisible one (?), and Ace is their stalker. I fully accepted Vance into the harem as soon as he started badly painting Violet’s toenails to try to calm her down. I’m going to be honest, I really want to see a hate bang (which I’m usually very much not into) between him and Emit because of how often Emit’s nudity is a topic of conversation between them. I guess I’d say Damien is the weak link here because I’m not sure what really differentiates him from the other guys other than his species. They’re all horny infants, so that doesn’t help in telling them apart. I guess he’s more overtly sexual than the others, though. And then. There’s. Ace. I’m going to be honest, I have some unresolved feelings here. I kind of saw his twist coming but not the full extent of it. He’s the main reason I’m so desperate for book 2 because he was my favorite and now I have no idea where things really stand. Also, I have no idea why he kept telling Violet that Vance is gay . . . unless that was the author laying the groundwork and showing us that he lies 😱! I just figured that out. Ok, moving on.Gah, that ending tho. It wasn’t even really a cliffhanger, tbh. The scene was over; I just wasn’t ready for the book to be over 😂.As much as I was loving this book, I had a few problems with the writing—particularly some plot points that seemed to come out of nowhere: 50% into the book, we suddenly learn about several magic powers that the MC has apparently had all along. I don’t think there was any good reason to withhold that information for that long. And it was just casually dropped into conversation! It really bugged me. The writing mechanics had some issues as well: for example, problems with the inclusion of too many words (e.g., “nothing covering him but an open robe on” and “the overall order of the worldly pecking order”), word choice (e.g., “crucial tone,” “wail” instead of “whale,” “two men strangle against either wall,” “I haven’t been abridged on the pecking order or politics,” “serious” instead of “seriously,” “rooting” instead of “rutting,” and the repeated use of “oblivion” instead of “obliviousness”), periods after questions and question marks after statements, and problems with subject–verb agreement (e.g., “men who can turn themselves invisible has made me paranoid”).I think I only have about a week left to wait based on the afterword, but that still feels too long. I seriously loved this. PROGRESS UPDATES 15% I love these guys SO. MUCH.: "'Unwind your coattails from your asshole,' I say dismissively to Vance’s rigid back, as he shoves his hands into the pockets of his slacks. 'What the hell does that even mean?' Emit asks me, looking at me like I’m an idiot. 'I don’t think that’s the right saying,' he adds. 'That’s because you don’t know what coattails are, you nude barbarian,' Vance says."75% I just laughed SO. HARD.: "I curse when something wet touches my cheek before I even get a whiff of anything. All I smell is wolf, wolf, and more wolf. 'Why is it wet?' I snap. 'Because I licked it for like a fucking hour,' he says like he’s really pissed off. 'Are you fucking kidding me?' I bark as I toss the bowl at the wanker’s head."Here are my reviews and ratings of the other books in the series:(2) Gypsy Freak ★★★★(3) Gypsy Origins ★★★(4) Gypsy Moon ★★★ORIGINAL POSTI need the next book NOW. Full review to come.
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  • deyanira costilla
    January 1, 1970
    Afreakingmazing Love love love...I don’t like cliffhangers but I love this one! Can’t wait for the next one...I feel a book hangover coming soon.
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