Taste of Fear (The Unwilling Adventures of Harlow & Foxx Book 2) by Shelby Rhodes

Shelby shows us her more serious side in TASTE OF FEAR and, wow, is it something special. Harlow and Foxx are back at it, trying to figure out the dynamics of their relationship while being badasses at the same time. 

From the blurb:

Foxx Honeywell here. You know those fun stories where nothing goes wrong and everything is happy and joyful…yeah, that is not this book. This book is where everything goes wrong—multiple times. Horribly wrong. Because sadly, there are people out there who hate others simply for existing. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

Our story picks up a few months after the whole crazy cult thing, right before the horrible, terrifyingly awful holiday called…Christmas. Because, of course, why wouldn’t we end up back on the job right when not only is it bloody cold outside, but when the ho-ho-hoing menace is plaguing poor innocent vampires everywhere?

Anyway, we go on one hunt, and things are relatively normal-ish. It's not until the next one where…well, I maybe almost die. What follows is some resurfacing trauma…and a fair few meltdowns. No doubt terrifying my psycho of a partner, Harlow. Who, by the way, through all this seems okay…maybe. A big maybe. So, yeah, that happens. And you know, if that was all that happened, it would have been fine. Really, it would—mostly. It’s just that what followed…really drove home all those years of no therapy. Like a blast in the face from my past nightmare-inducing trauma. I’m sure it will be fine?

CONTENT WARNING: This is a slow burn M/M paranormal romance series with heat. This book ends on a soft cliffhanger. There will be blood, violence, death, trauma induced panic attacks, and mentions of SA (no on page details). PLEASE SEE INSIDE OR CHECK OUT MY WEBSITE FOR THE FULL CONTENT WARNING!

Molly Otto's Review:

Taste of Fear is Shelbys best work to date! You see, Harlow & Foxx moving past what happened in the previous book, and chaos ensues. You have Shelbys comedic style in the beginning, and then things go wrong fast, making Harlow realize Foxx is something to him and not just the annoying brat he thought. 

So many emotions will come to light in this second installment, making you feel everything, and wow, is it done masterfully! Such a great blend of humor, bloodshed and hearts showing more sides to these characters than we were expecting, showing how deep of characters they truly are.

Seriously, I cannot wait to see what Shelby comes up next for Foxx and Harlow, cause you know it's gonna be a wild ride!

Rating: 5 Stars

Angel's Review:

I have been eagerly waiting for this book to come out ever since I read the first one. I am enamored by Foxx's character and I'm so glad that he's back in action! 

This book was packed full of more despicable people committing heinous crimes, snarky banter, shenanigans, and our two MCs getting hurt. I honestly don't know how to write this review without giving anything away, so I'm going to try to stick to the basics. 

I really enjoy how Shelby writes this series. It brings me so much joy to read this series. And even though there was a bit of a gap between the first book and this one, you couldn't tell! Still as fabulous as the first book was. I will say, this one is much more full of those action scene moments. And in this book, we really got to see Harlow's 'psycho' tendencies come out to play... Along with him discovering that he actually cares for his brat, (Foxx.) 

Foxx's character is so adorable! He's sassy, snarky, outgoing, and cares about making a change for other paranormal beings. Even though he has murderous tendencies, he still cares deeply about people that become important to him, as well as caring about the matters that are special to him. I really enjoyed all of the detailed descriptions of Foxx's sun suits, they are described so adorably!! I was quite surprised by the fact that Foxx is a Christmas Grinch! I expected it from Harlow but not from Foxx, although his MC did explain why he disliked the holiday, which did make sense... 

Overall, a really enjoyable story to read! It's full of humor, sass, Foxx acting like a cat, handmade sweaters, along with homemade bread, and plenty of ideas on how to destroy Christmas decorations. 

Rating: 4.5 Stars

Taste of Fear is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, hardback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.