Cheating Death (The House of Marchese Saga, Book 1) by Sarah Reynolds

Emoji Review by Rebecca Dixon

I JUST finished this INCREDIBLE ๐Ÿคฉ FIRST book by a NEW author & I was BLOWN AWAY ๐Ÿคฏ!! (FYI, Iโ€™m not affiliated with the author and there are NO spoilers! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป)

OK โœ…! So let me FIRST ๐Ÿ‘†๐Ÿปtell you how this all went down! Itโ€™s NOT often anymore I post on FB looking for recs these days ๐Ÿ˜ฎ! I just see sooooo many GREAT recs in different FB groups & I also have a FUN ๐Ÿค— time perusing ๐ŸŒ Amazon (Iโ€™m like a kid in a candy ๐Ÿญ store ๐Ÿ˜†!) And well, so I did this post looking for a Why Choose ๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ that I would love as much as Psycho Shifters, Broken Bonds, Demons In My Bed, Forbidden Honorโ€ฆ and I got tons of comments of recs ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! But ONE stood out in particular because it was from Merri Bright, author of Lost Feather (The Forgotten Angel series)โ€ฆ which I remember seeing as a bestseller on Amazon! And then, she said THREE magic ๐Ÿช„ things to me: Cheating Death by Sarah Reynolds is 1) AMAZEBALLS, 2) like Sookie Stackhouse, and 3) a RH!!! I was like um, yeah Iโ€™ll try that!! ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

AND I AM SO GLAD I DID! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป

Alright FIRSTโ€ฆ this is a WHY CHOOSE that represents a poly lifestyle with LGBTQ characters & MFMM scenes. We alllll know thatโ€™s not everyoneโ€™s cup of tea โ˜•๏ธ, so just want to make sure you know that going into it because it is totally NOT cool ๐Ÿ˜  to give an author a bad review for what a book is supposed to be (ok getting off my soapbox ๐Ÿ“ฆ now ๐Ÿ˜†!)

So what if Sookie didnโ€™t HAVE to choose?! ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿฅต๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

THAT definitely should be the tagline to represent this book ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป! That being said, it is DIFFERENT from Sookieโ€ฆ it is itโ€™s OWN story in itโ€™s OWN right and honestly โœŒ๐Ÿป, when I was reading itโ€ฆ I would have had NO idea it was a first book from a newbie author if I hadnโ€™t looked her up on Amazon ๐Ÿ˜ฒ! (Intended as a compliment, not a slight to newbie authors!)

OK!! โœ…โœ… So what is this book about and why the heck do I LOVE โค๏ธ it SO MUCH ?!!

The story kicks ๐Ÿฆตoff in Las Vegas ๐ŸŒ†, in a world where sups are still in the closet โ€ฆ but territories are divided for Vamp Kings ๐Ÿคด, Queens ๐Ÿ‘ธ, Empresses.. you get the drift! Our main FMC, Sunday โ˜€๏ธ (like seriously love that name!,) works at an Auction house and has an eye ๐Ÿ‘๏ธ for antiquities. Sheโ€™s also in her twenties, HILARIOUS ๐Ÿ˜‚, and is s@xually confident ๐Ÿ’‹ (no blushing VCard here!) Her brother ๐Ÿ‘จ, who sounds like a bit of a Jason Stackhouseโ€ฆ loveable ๐Ÿ˜ playboyโ€ฆ has gone MISSING ๐Ÿ˜ฑ! Both Sunday and her brother have โ€œgiftsโ€ and Sunday decides to use them to get her brother back! But as soon as she walks into a Casino ๐ŸŽฐ, owned by the STUNNING & HOT ๐Ÿฅต VAMP ๐Ÿง›โ€โ™‚๏ธ Grayson Alexander Marchese (not gonna lie, with the number of funny lines in this book, I thought for sure we would hear it was pronounced โ€œMor-Cheeseโ€ ๐Ÿง€ hahahaha, but alas it is not!)โ€ฆ she soon gets sucked ๐Ÿฉธ into a supernatural world with all kinds of COOL ๐Ÿ˜Ž supernatural creatures ๐Ÿง› ๐Ÿ† ๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‘น๐Ÿบ!

There are soooooo many GREAT ๐Ÿคฉ things about this book! First off! I LOVED ๐Ÿ’œ all the funny ๐Ÿ˜„ linesโ€ฆ I kid you not, I kept posting them on FB as I was reading themโ€ฆ not sure what I loved bestโ€ฆ.

โ€œPlease let him have found a woman with a skirt higher than her morals.โ€

โ€œSheโ€™s fascinating to watch – tiny and cute like a pixie but swinging big d!ck energy like a mofo.โ€

โ€œIโ€™ve been swiping through public appearance pictures much longer than necessary, and Iโ€™ve yet to see him smile. He also seems to either be very tall or only pictured with short people.โ€


And the lines just keep on coming yโ€™all ๐Ÿ˜…! So FREAKING FUNNY ๐Ÿ˜‚! Not only that, but the book is LOADED with likeable characters and multiple POVs โ€ฆ and a GREAT ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป plotline. And the STEAM ๐Ÿฅต! Pretty SPICY ๐ŸŒถ๏ธ! Our girl is the GLITTERLY โœจglue of the group, BUT thereโ€™s DEFINITELY relationships forming among the others โ€ฆ and readers who are FANS of sword-crossing โš”๏ธ in booksโ€ฆ are gonna LOVE this ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป!

So if you LOVED โค๏ธ Sookie and wished she ended up with ALLLLLL the guys ๐Ÿ‘ง๐Ÿง›๐Ÿ†๐Ÿบ, you are a WHY CHOOSE fan that likes a little MFMM ๐Ÿ†, you love a bit of a Urban Fantasy ๐Ÿคบ/ PNR โค๏ธโ€๐Ÿ”ฅ feel with GOOD ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป plotline movement & pace, a STREAMLINED page-turning ๐Ÿ“– read, AND you want to be part of helping a NEWBIE author making it to the Amazon Bestsellers ๐Ÿ† List (which I have NO DOUBT this book surely will!)โ€ฆ. give this a shot! Itโ€™s FREE on KU and you never know, it may be the House of SUPS (or as I like to call itโ€ฆ House of “Mor-Cheese” ๐Ÿง€) for you!