Thursday, September 27, 2018

Release Blitz Review: Thrall by Avon Gale and Roan Parrish

Thrall
by Avon Gale,  Roan Parrish
Release Date: September 27, 2018
Genre: M/M Romance
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Dating Sucks & Love Bites 

Happy couple Mina Murray and Lucy Westenra have begun to garner national attention for their quirky New Orleans true-crime podcast, Shadowcast. When Lucy's brother Harker disappears while researching the popular new dating app Thrall, they're thrown into a real-life mystery. Aided by their social media expert, Arthur, and Harker's professor, Van Helsing, they follow the trail, hoping to find Harker before it's too late.

When their investigation crosses the path of a possible serial killer, the line between fantasy and reality begins to blur. And as they race against the app's countdown clock, so does the line between friendship and love. What starts as a flirtatious rivalry between computer-savvy Arthur and techno-averse Van Helsing becomes much more, and Mina and Lucy's relationship is tested in the fires of social media.

As they get down to the wire, the group discovers that nothing on their screens is as it seems—including their enemy.

A modern retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula.



It was stated that the book is 529 pages long, but don't worry it doesn't feel that long during my read because the entire book is actually make up of email, text messages, journals and tweets. Bonus points for creativity in presentation, is definitely an out of the box and quirky read. We have two couples in this book, an established f/f couple and a m/m couple. I guess due to the way the story was presented, is hard for me to feel emotionally connected to the character. Most of the romancing took place off page and was mentioned in passing during these cyber exchange. From a romance reader POV, it doesn't work that well. Maybe it will work better for someone who enjoy the mystery aspect of it.




A. Van Helsing
I…no. You know you’re young enough to be one of my graduate students? Though much better dressed. But if your flirting is sincere, then I welcome it. I can't deny that I felt something between us this morning.

Arthur Quincey
I, uh, definitely felt something
Ugh, sorry, that was a terrible joke—you should be impressed, I never get this nervous. but seriously, so did I. It's definitely sincere.

A. Van Helsing
I am also nervous. I…I suppose I don't quite know what to say next. I've never attempted to flirt on a—what is this, chat?

Arthur Quincey
OMG, Gus. (I'm…look, that name reminds me of the musical Cats, which I loathe so can I call you Van?)
It's kind of hot you just said you were nervous btw (and yeah, it's chat)

A. Van Helsing
I got the feeling you were calling me Professor on purpose, no? Yes, I suppose I can suffer through Van, if you must.
Ah, well, I'm very gratified you think so.

Arthur Quincey
Yeah, because I like it. The professor thing is totally a turn-on. And I like the idea of making you like that name, Van. Just because no one else has.


Avon Gale
Avon Gale was once the mayor on Foursquare of Jazzercise and Lollicup, which should tell you all you need to know about her as a person. She likes road trips, rock concerts, drinking Kentucky bourbon, JRPGs and yelling at hockey. She's a displaced southerner living in a liberal midwestern college town, and she never gets tired of people and their stories -- either real or the ones she makes up in her head.

Avon is represented by Courtney Miller-Callihan at Handspun Literary Agency.

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Roan Parrish
Roan Parrish lives in Philadelphia, where she is gradually attempting to write love stories in every genre.

When not writing, she can usually be found cutting her friends’ hair, meandering through whatever city she’s in while listening to torch songs and melodic death metal, or cooking overly elaborate meals. She loves bonfires, winter beaches, minor chord harmonies, and self-tattooing. One time she may or may not have baked a six-layer chocolate cake and then thrown it out the window in a fit of pique.


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