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ARC Review: Fear, and Other Love Languages by Aveda Vice

As I mentioned in my September wrap-up, I picked this up after seeing the author sending out e-copies on my twitter timeline. The premise immediately caught my attention, so I requested one, and I’m happy I did.

About the book

Thanks to the author for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Genre: Adult, horror, erotica

Representation: Non-binary main character

Content warning: Sexual harassment, body horror, threats, torture, mention of death

Release date: October 1st

Summary: But Elia’s too busy trying not to get fired to let recurring nightmares distract them. If they could only figure out what their creepy boss wants from them, they might actually get some sleep.

Because their dreams are just dreams…right?

But when Elia finally meets the nightmarish creatures who have been torturing them for years, they question the lines they thought existed between dreams and reality, fear and power, and love and torment.

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Review

Fear, and Other Love Languages was my first time dipping my toes in erotic horror, and let me tell you, it was a fantastic time that’s left me wanting more of this genre. This novella combined the horrifying nature of nightmares and night terrors with some frankly sexy scenes perfectly. Not only that but the representation was fantastic in more ways than one.

First of all, this was creepy. Don’t let the prospect of sexy times make you forget that this is a horror story. The feeling of alarm and fear was present throughout this, which made for a very distressing but fantastic read. If you’re anything like me and you enjoy being disturbed when reading you will like this. It has the perfect balance of horrifying moments, maintaining a certain amount of dread throughout that—despite being uncomfortable—at no point becomes too much to handle.

As for the erotic side of things, it was also beautifully crafted. Despite the fact that Mare and Terror are inhumane creatures—with inhumane body parts—the interactions with our protagonist, Elia, are extremely sexy and filled with lust. Elia describes some of these body parts and how they work, and although it constructs, once again, a slightly revolting image, the end result and the feelings we’re being transmitted are those of desire and craving. The incorporation of kink is also a great addition to the plot, as it makes a lot of sense because of the nature of the story.

Queerness is also at the forefront of this novella. As Bertie @ Luminosity Library pointed out in their post about horror and romance “monsters often have a sexuality that’s not easy to define, a gender that’s not easy to define”, which makes for a great opportunity to explore these topics.

All in all, Fear, and Other Love Languages was a highly entertaining novella. It struck a balance of horror and erotica that is not easy to accomplish while keeping themes of kink, sexuality, and gender in the limelight.

About the author

Aveda Vice (she/they) is a pansexual author of sinful stories and infernal paranormal romances. In her books, you’ll find a weakness for queer monsters and polyamorous pairings. She researches true crime, decorates every day like it’s Halloween, and is going to hell.

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Have you read anything in this genre? If you have, do leave me your recommendations in the comments!

3 thoughts on “ARC Review: Fear, and Other Love Languages by Aveda Vice

  1. Great review! I’ve never read horror/monster romance although I’ve seen an increasingly frequent number of mentions on Twitter over the last few months about some of the books 😂 I don’t know if it’ll be my jam (since I’m such a chicken as it is) but I’m defo curious!

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