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Death Mask

(Black Harbinger MC #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  118 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Grim Misery, the President of the Black Harbinger Motorcycle Club, discovers a wounded warlock and four werepups aboard the club's LSD shipment. And the news kept getting better and better. Not only is the warlock sitting on the edge of death, he's illegally bonded to the werepups, which could trigger a war with the werewolves—and he turns out to be Misery's estranged husb ...more
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Published November 9th 2016 by Less Than Three Press
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I had put off reading this one because I'm not a huge fan of second chance romance but I'm glad I gave it a chance. Things aren't always what they seem and it pays to take a risk sometimes.

Griffin broke Grim's heart years ago when he pushed him away. Grim took off and has made a name for himself with his MC. They are a family of rejects and misplaced preternaturals. But what happens when Griffin shows up severely wounded with werewolf pups bonded to him?

I'm a huge fan of Lexi Ander. I usually lo
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love how the different threads are all woven together to create something new and different, great ideas, fast paced plot, just want more
Pépin Pomme
I didn’t manage to finish this book, and it was very sad, because the synopsis sounded so promising! The plot is great, or could be, but the writing is… no, the writing is not the problem, the problem is the narration.

Everything is over explained, or explained when it should be shown. I read half of the book, and they moved to another room once. That’s all. Griffin has a very tragic and agitated backstory. But he TELLS it, for half the part I read. Same for the hero. He just tells everything, bu
Eric Westfall
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I had to check my library spreadsheet to be sure, but yes, this is my first Lexi Ander book. It sure won't be the last.

The story sucked me right should pardon the expression (or not)...from the opening: a shipment of LSD to the motorcycle club (not a gang, thank you very much), plus a dying warlock who's the estranged lover of the MC's president, and four very, very young werewolf pups who have formed a blood bond with the warlock. And all the MC members are preternatural (a much bette
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-them
This was my first MM in paperback form, courtesy of Lexi. I’ve so missed paper books. I loved Grim and Griffin and I’d love to read more about their family.
Daniel Mitton
Nov 02, 2016 rated it liked it
(Originally reviewed for Love Bytes Reviews.)

I liked this book and the characters that the author created for the story. The main character, Grim Misery, is the President of a motorcycle club made up of different types of beings, ranging from a Hedge Witch to I believe an Elf. The motorcycle club is the go between on an LSD pipeline providing LSD to vampires. In this story older vamps need to drink LSD laced human blood for longevity. Interested concept, but kind of mentioned as an aside, and no
Elaine White
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Book – Death Mask
Author – Lexi Ander
Star rating - ★★☆☆☆

POV – 1st character, one character POV
Would I read it again – No.

Genre – LGBT, MC, Magick, Warlocks, Shifters, Were


This one didn't work for me. First off, it was a 1st person narrative told in 3rd person style, so everything was explained in a way that is only really suitable for a 3rd person POV. We found out more through a 1st person POV than should really be possible.

There was a whole lot of explanatio
Re-Read: April 2020

Rating: 4 stars
I really liked this book. I think my biggest problem with it was that we didn’t get to see things from Griffin’s perspective. Other than that it was thoroughly enjoyable.
Dec 09, 2016 rated it did not like it
The beginning of this story up until the MC knowing the real reason of his husband leaving him decades ago was interesting. After that, it went flat and so boring that I skimmed most of it.
T.K. Paige
Jan 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one. ...more
Dec 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
All telling and no showing makes Death Mask a very dull story. When the best feature of, and almost the sole redeeming factor in, a book is the artwork of its cover, something really got wrong in the literary work. Here nothing coheres and hardly anything gels, because of the utterly incompetent handling of the POV, very choppy storytelling, and sheer incapacity to follow for any length of time whatever train of thought Mrs Ander is putting in Grim's mouth. Indeed perhaps the worst defect in thi ...more
Feb 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: faye
Review can be read at It's About The Book

Grim Misery has spent a long time hurting and being angry at his husband for leaving him. When Griffin shows up unexpectedly with werewolf cubs during a moment of vampire problems it’s not good. Unfortunately for Grim and Griffin things are much worse than they first appear. First things first, Griffin receives medical attention and Grim finds out the truth about where he’s been all these years. Grim’s life suddenly gets exponentially more complicated
Jan 05, 2018 rated it liked it
An interesting cast of characters is introduced, particularly the main character, Grim. I think his husband, Griffin has the potential to be interesting too, although the other character that most caught my interest was the half-werewolf Lalios. The motorcycle club has a mix of non-humans from rough backgrounds who have come together to take care of their territory and each other, and have made themselves a new family. There's a lot of potential for future stories here.

The current story of Grim
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a short novel written in the first person POV and it can be enjoyed in a single sitting. I got a HFN feeling about the ending. There are just so many strings floating around that this can't possibly be the end. I have high hopes for subsequent installments of this series.

There's a lot jam packed into this story. We have shifters, vampires and warlocks mixing with angels and motorcycle clubs. Werewolf pups and magic kinda pop up like whack-a-moles. It's like the universe is out of contro
Jan 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I entered an ARC lottery with the promise a writing an honest review, because I had missed this book by Ms. Ander. Lucky me, I won. This is a great first book in a series. It involves both a motorcycle gang [not my favorite thing, but it works in context], and paranormal characters hidden in plain sight. I found that since the action centered on the main characters Grim Misery [great name] and Griffin, and not on how a motorcycle gang operates, I really liked this story. Both of the main charact ...more
Erica Fisher
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lexi Ander’s Death Mask was the first book I have read from this Author. And I was very intrigued with the premise of this book. Grim is the president of an MC in which he is working and taking care of the preternaturals needs. When Grim’s estranged husband, Griffin, shows up at death's door and with illegal werepups it tests his resolve and his heart. Griffin has always loved Grim even sacrificed himself to save his husband from an evil warlock. Now all he he needed was to prove to Grim that he ...more
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-romance
unique look at the paranormal world with ours. It also reminds us what we see in are lives is skewed by our point of view and isn't always the truth.
what would you do if the man you loved turned you out for another and then shows up near death on your door decades later. If that ain't bad enough he brings more trouble then he's worth. Not to mention the family you also left behind. As the President of the biker club the Black Harbinger, Misery has to wade the all this emotional baggage to stop t
Nov 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
From Magnolia Reviews: Five Petals

I enjoyed reading this story so much I had trouble putting it down. The characterizations and the plot were perfect and the second I realized this was going to be part of a series the bits that felt a little abrupt at the end started to make sense. I definitely recommend this book.

Read the full review on Maggie's website:
Lisa ~ Books Are My Drugs ~
3.5 rounded to 4

I liked the story and was left wanting more. I wanted to know more about the secondary characters, where did they come from, what type of preternatural beings are they, how did they come to be in a MC club together? I wanted to know more about the MC club.

I'd enjoy reading more about these characters.
Jun 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this one a lot. It's an interesting world. But I do think it's too short for everything it tries to accomplish. Hopefully there will be more books to flesh out the . . . everything. ...more
Harriett Monk
Dec 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mf-paranorma
I enjoyed this book, though I found some of the plot lines hard to believe. The world building was interesting, but not as well developed as in the author's science fiction stories. ...more
Allen Ratings
May 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Great character development, action and suspense, what more could you ask for?
Jun 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I really did enjoy Death Mask . I found my favorite character to be an empowering heroine, despite her circumstances.
Jul 05, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book is a must read or listen.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-bought-books
I so hope the next book in this series comes soon. Loved it.
Oct 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Biker MC and Paranormal Romance... yep, I'm sold. Plus, I have enjoyed this author's sci-fi books and was oh so curious to see what she did with paranormal world building and plotting. I loved how this ended up meeting my expectations and also offered up what felt like a mystery along with the other elements.

Grim Misery is the president of the Black Harbingers MC. The man he loved turned him away for another and Grim left to get away from seeing Griffith with another man. For over a hundred year
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Death Mask by Lexi Ander is an Urban Fantasy story, and gives you a world of magic in a contemporary setting. Grim Misery is the President of an motorcycle club. When he is informed that the latest transport of LSD is not only containing LSD but more his gut is telling him his life is about to change. And if his gut wasn’t telling him, the noises and blood coming from inside the transport would have done the same. Inside he finds his estranged husband covered in blood and clinging on to life.
****Reviewed for Prism Book Alliance®****

4.5 Stars - Death Mask is a fantastic start to a new series by Lexi Ander. It mixes many different lore to give us a dynamic and interesting background for her characters; It was a fantastic mix of urban fantasy and mm romance. I loved the idea of the Red Hoods and the nod to Little Red Riding hood. That it is mixed with werewolves, elves, and angels make it that much more interesting.

I was sucked in to the story right away and couldn’t put it down – it’s
Alicia Nordwell
Nov 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Angels. Nephilim. Warlocks. Witches. Werewolves. Fay. Trolls. All those, and more, appear in this urban paranormal tale set in an alternate Earth I'd love to visit! I really enjoyed the fantastical world Lexi created in Death Mask. MC fiction is gaining in popularity, but I enjoyed the mix of otherworldly beings that fit in well with this gritty and dark tale. With just a few tidbits here and there of backstory to introduce the 'usual' types of creatures and how the misfits who make up Grim's cl ...more
Andrea Goodell
Oct 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So I have read everything this amazing author has put out and whether its a wolf shifter, space hero, or some other magical mystery they are always top notch amazing reads.
This time we are set in a modern day motor cycle club that is full of magical misfits. No one is really quite sure how any of them ended up where they are, no one really cares, they just know it works.
We've several players in this story, all centered around two MC's Misery, the leader of the club and his long sort of forgotte
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Lexi has always been an avid reader and at a young age started reading (secretly) her mother’s romances (the ones she was told not to touch). She was the only teenager she knew of who would be grounded from reading. Later, with a pencil and a note book, she wrote her own stories and shared them with friends because she loved to see their reactions. A Texas transplant, Lexi now kicks her boots up i ...more

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