Bump in the Night: Black Oasis 2 by Nikole Knight and Lily Mayne

Bump in the Night is the second book in the Black Oasis series and it has us back in the demon dimension with sweet Nor's from book one's, not so sweet bestie Lau! You're in for a slow burn with this one folks!

From the blurb:

You never know what’s hiding in your closet...

At twenty-six, Ivy has their life figured out. They have a decent paying job at the London office of Somnus Entertainment--the gaming company behind the wildly popular game Black Oasis--a draughty flat they inherited from their wild great aunt, and a few select friends to pass the time. They’re a responsible adult, thank you very much, and while they might get lonely at times, they know better than to put too much stock into that fanciful notion known as love.

But when a skeevy encounter during a fun night at the pub devolves into a violent hate crime, their life changes forever.

Waking up in a demon dimension, beaten within an inch of their life, is bad enough. But add a snarky, haughty healer with the universe's worst bedside manner, and Ivy knows they’re in for a long, excruciating recovery. Lau the Dreamwraith is prickly, arrogant, and entirely infuriating, but for some strange reason, he seems hellbent on nursing Ivy back to health. Despite Lau’s whinging over their “inferior human qualities,” there is a heat building between them that neither are able to fight. Like a match meeting kerosine, their chemistry ignites, but Ivy’s stay in the demon world is temporary and fire always burns out eventually.

Love is a dream, after all; it has no business in nightmares. Right?

Join Ivy and Lau as they nurture the sparks between them until they explode into an unexpected passion that crosses dimensions in Bump in the Night, the second book in Knight and Mayne’s co-authored queer, monster romance series, Black Oasis.

Bump in the Night is an M/X monster romance full of hurt/comfort, angst, humor, and a sweet, spicy love between a fiery Brit and their arrogant sleep demon. This love story contains explicit content and is not suitable for young readers. Be sure to check the Trigger Warnings at the beginning of the book for more details

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's review:

"𝙒𝙝𝙮 𝙙𝙞𝙙 𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙩𝙤 𝙗𝙚 𝙨𝙤...𝙪𝙣𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙮 𝙣𝙞𝙘𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙢𝙚𝙨? 𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣'𝙩 𝙝𝙚 𝙝𝙖𝙫𝙚 𝙟𝙪𝙨𝙩 𝙥𝙞𝙘𝙠𝙚𝙙 𝙤𝙣𝙚 𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙤𝙩𝙝𝙚𝙧? 𝘼𝙧𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙖𝙣𝙩 𝙗𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙙 𝙤𝙧 𝙩𝙝𝙤𝙪𝙜𝙝𝙩𝙛𝙪𝙡, 𝙘𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙣𝙪𝙧𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚𝙧? 𝙏𝙝𝙚𝙣 𝙢𝙖𝙮𝙗𝙚 𝙄 𝙬𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣'𝙩 𝙗𝙚 𝙨𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙣𝙛𝙪𝙨𝙚𝙙."

Oh precious Lau. I couldn't wait to get to know more about him since I finished the first book in the Black Oasis series. He was such a dick and I'm totally here to say that, well, not much has changed on that front. The best part about Lau is that although he is quite arrogant and rude, he's also so much more. The demon has a lot going on beneath his haughty exterior and I just loved getting to know him better in this book.

The entire book is told from human Ivy's POV and it was fun reading along while they tried to figure out their demon caretaker. Oh, and yes, you read that correctly. Lau almost gives nurse ratchet a run for her money when it comes to bedside manner, but truthfully, he's very good at what he does when it comes to healing. The real horrific part of it all is why Lau ended up having to take care of Ivy in the first place. That part did prove difficult to read so pay attention to the TWs for this one.

I loved how much Ivy could make Lau blush. It made me smile every time and it happened quite a bit. Their romance was a slow burn. It took a lot of time and patience for Lau to let down his mile high walls, but once he did it didn't take long for Ivy to fall for him. Unfortunately, Lau and Ivy are both stubborn AF so even though they did both have feelings for one another, it took a ridiculous, yet somehow loveable, himbo sibling doing some meddling for them to finally get their HEA in the end.

Bump in the Night is currently available as an e-book and paperback