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Killer Heart

(Blade & Dust #1)

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3.86  ·  Rating details ·  222 ratings  ·  79 reviews
They’re sworn enemies.
Witches and witch hunters can never fall for each other...


Wade is a witch hunter with a cursed heart.
But everything he’s come to know about those evil creatures is about to be challenged by one man...

Caleb’s love life is a mess.
He’s given up on love, but as an empath, love never gives up on him.
When he meets a witch hunter with a cursed heart, he com
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Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published November 29th 2019
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Claudia
this was a good first book in this series and I really enjoyed it
Dawn Nicole Costiera
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Killer Heart by Rhys lawless is my fisrt Urban Fantasy read and guess what? Now I am hooked!
The witch hunter who can not love and the witch who loves too much. Both seemingly cursed!
This enemies to lovers turned out to be one incredible, multifaceted storyline, filled with fascinating characters. There is non stop heart thumping action that is surrounded by so many feels and a dash of kink. The beginning was a bit bumpy for me. While I was being introduced to this new world and its inhabitants,
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Kaila
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
good start to this new series.. good characters and world building. it was interesting and action packed.. fast paced with amazing writing. i enjoyed it a lot and cant wait to see what is next.
Viki Evans
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved it

Omg I loved this book with all it's twists and turns. I couldn't put it down. Ready for the next in the series xx
Micah
May 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
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Elaine White
Nov 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
** I WAS GIVEN THIS BOOK FOR MY READING PLEASURE **

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Killer Heart (Blade & Dust, 1) by Rhys Lawless
★★★★☆
POV: 1st person, dual POV
Content warning: deals with addiction, contains mild violence, and the MC has a struggle with their sexuality, enemies-to-lovers, curses and betrayal

Killer Heart is an interesting twist on the paranormal enemies-to-lovers trope. With a slow burn, questioning sexuality, and a good dose of action and magic, the story has a few pitfalls but is redeemed by the plot and char
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Anabela.M.
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is bada**. I was really intrigued by the blurb,because enemies to lovers is one of my favorite tropes,yet I was a bit cautious,not having read anything by this author before. Maybe that's  why I didn't expect to find the book as thrilling as I did.

So,maybe witches and witch hunters aren't anything new. But,Rhys Lawless turned an already familiar world into something exciting,changing a few things and adding some original features,all incorporated into a fast flowing and engaging plotl
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michaela ⚘
Dec 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2019, arc
It took me quite a bit to actual start getting into this but once the story started picking up more and I got comfortable with the author’s writing style — I was completely engrossed into this world and characters that Rhys Lawless has created.

The Witch Hunter. Wade was a weird character for me. The way he was introduced through me off a bit. His storyline, however, is very interesting and was a huge reason I stuck to the book.

The Witch. I really liked Caleb a lot. While Wade’s storyline was a
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Ivy
Killer Heart was my first book from Rhys Lawless and it was a perfect way to discover a new author.
I adored this book. It was funny, captivating, well written with a lot of emotion and some good action.
Caleb is a witch sent by his Covent to discover who's the mole who helps the witch hunters to kill them.
Wade is a witch hunter with a curse. He can't fall in love or he will kill his lover. He's one of the best witch hunters but when he meets Caleb, he realizes that maybe things aren't as simple a
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Erin
May 08, 2020 rated it did not like it
I actually stopped reading this before I got to the part where one of the main characters was snorting crushed magical rocks like cocaine. I think that says enough.
Torhild Borg
Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A witch hunter, an empathic witch and other characters are having it in this book. There are some fun moments that had me almost spill my tea because I started to laugh. I liked this story and the way the author wrote it. I even had it with the villains too.. yeah right.. Im not going to spill anything. You have to read it yourself to witness what I mean.
Dana
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: m-m, mystery, paranormal
Reviewed for Rainbow Gold Reviews. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

This is a first time author and narrator listen for me. I was drawn in by the blurb because I am a fan of paranormal romance, especially when witches are involved. The cursed heart part was intriguing but also confusing to me before starting the story, but I definitely wanted to give this one a chance. The story was so much more than I thought it would be.

There is definitely a gritty tone to the story. We ar
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Nikki
Dec 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars for a lackluster hero

I couldn't decide for a while what to rate this book since I couldn't decide how I felt about it.

There were parts that were great--I loved the author's unique take on the witch vs. witch hunter idea and the world-building was pretty good (though there were a few things that I was left a somewhat confused about, but maybe things will get cleared up in the next book).

But I found myself cringing at times at Wade's narration though. From the very first scene, the way h
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Maya
Dec 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: gaybook-reviews
This felt more like script or synopsis for paranormal TV show. It would have been great show, but as a book it needs something more. Writing is pretty sparse. The amount of action is overwhelming. It has all elements of great story: intriguing world building, heroes with dark and tortured past, plot filled with danger and betrayal, steadfast friends and surprisingly tender connection between two men. They are supposed to hate each other, so it’s enemies to lovers trope at its fullest: Wade is th ...more
Maggie
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Interesting premise, but a little more time could have been spent on world building at the beginning of the book because there were times when I kind of went hunh at a number of major plot points.

The first person dual pov was a bit jumpy but not horrible. The plot itself is interesting and there is definite potential in this series.

In a world where there are witches and witch hunters there is a war raging between the two groups. A war that has shifted somehow and now the witch hunters are killi
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❤Sharonica-Logic❤
Caleb & Wade

Soooo good! Definite sworn enemies, one with a curse on his heart that keeps him from love and the other an empath who is constantly falling for the wrong guy. After a near fatal attack by The witch hunter's BLADE brothers the two men set on a mission that will allow the two to exchange hearts.

Now as they are on the run to straighten out a mess neither created, and fix themselves before they are destroyed, they each begin to learn perhaps the enemy isn't the one standing beside them
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John-Torleif  Harris
Dec 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

I rounded this up because I liked the characters, and the prequel novella, but I do have some issues with this book.

The magic system is really inconsistent and seemingly cumbersome as its described in the book. It seems to be that each witch has an innate power, that's what makes them witches. In order to access this power, they have to be kindled by another witch. If they want to use magic outside of their innate ability, they need to have access to spells that are bundled inside small
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Angie
Jan 19, 2020 rated it liked it
MM Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

3 stars!

I decided to try this series after reading the free short story "Foxy Heart" that introduced me to this world. What disappointed me was how different each of the books were even when set in the same universe. I think this book needed an editor that would have cracked the whip on removing some of the ideas- we have every type of paranormal being-some I've never heard of, we have a whole "government" of the paranormal world- and sides that are dueling, we have a
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Chandra Vice
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmm

I honestly don't know about this one. It wasn't bad, exactly, it was more that one of the main characters is so hateful for the majority of the book that I just couldn't like him. And yes, I get that he was brainwashed and other stuff, but still. I think there's a point where you can make someone so hateful they become *really* hard to redeem and that's where I ended up with this book. Which is sad, because I liked the story and I honestly wanted to like the main characters/ couple.

Spoilers

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P Leslie
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
*I voluntarily read this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no else's*

Caleb’s a witch and Wade’s a witch hunter - they’re sworn enemies so why are they drawn to each other?

Initially, it took me a while to get into this book but as the story gained momentum, I was hooked until the end.

The world building was excellent. The magic and spells Caleb used was described vividly. I happily got lost in the world the author created.

Caleb was always looking for love whereas, Wade couldn’t l
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Katherine
Mar 20, 2020 rated it liked it
Difficult start, great end

This was not initially an easy book to get into. It had an odd mix of launching right into the action but at the same time feeling very slow. Though there was immediately plans and plots that lead tonight's and action and brought the release together, there also wasn't much connection. Things between the two leads didn't really seem to e a good connection and there was some odd almost Insta-love stuff that made it even harder to get into it. But behind it all it felt li
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Eathlinn
Jun 09, 2020 rated it it was ok
A book I wanted to like, but in the end the writing style got to me and I was not able enjoy even the good parts.
We get lots of internal monologues, they even disrupt something that could be an interesting conversation or even enjoyable banter. That kept throwing the flow off for me. Also those monologues are often circular and repetitive. And instead of repeating major plot points, it’s usually something not that important. Some world building and back ground info is left practically hidden in
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Devoted❤️Reader
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Killer magic

Wade sure knows how to enjoy his work, which is great but he’s hiding some major secrets, and Caleb is very powerful but I imagine he finds it difficult to get close to people. Also, I think I need to find what Caleb watches, for educational purposes of course. Lots of conflict and tension between Caleb and Wade and as enemies to lovers is my favorite, I really enjoyed their verbal sparring. Both have had to deal with some major tragedies in their pasts and I think it helps them bond
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Catherine
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s
First time author for me, but I definitely enjoyed this book. It is a paranormal MM with witches, witch hunters and a twist no one saw coming. There are other paranormal beings introduced as well, but I don’t want to spoil any surprises. Caleb and Wade are perfect foils for the other, although at times things seem to be a bit more familiar than normal, although neither man can figure out why. When they are thrown together as partners to find out who is supplying names of witches to be killed all ...more
Mari  Cardenas
3.5 Stars

I didn't like Wade, from the start his actions rubbed me the wrong way and even after learning more about him, I found it difficult to warm up to him. That's not to say that he didn't have chemistry with Caleb or that they didn't work well together, because they did. And I did like Caleb a whole lot better so there's that, too.

While the premise was interesting and original, the world-building and the execution of the story were a bit, I don't know, lacking, maybe? It was just missing so
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Amanda
I had read the prequel novella and fell in love with the world so was super excited to read this one and it did not disappoint. I’m a huge fan of magical stories, and the world Lawless built here was beautiful and intriguing. I thought I was going to hate Wade in the beginning but honestly, I loved him and all his brokenness. I also usually hate enemies to lovers, because it seems to be hate sex then straight to love, but here you got to actually see them fall in love and the progression made se ...more
Coline Peterson
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Rhys Lawless is off to a wonderful start, I read the novella and enjoyed a glimps into the world these books are written around witches, witch hunters, familiars, and nightcrawlers (which are an array of all different kinds of paranormal characters) but this book offers so much more. When Caleb meets Wade they are enemies but with a similar mission to find the mole who has infiltrated their councils causing deaths of prominate witches and giving the BLADE hunters a unfair advantage in their batt ...more
Shannon
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm, arc, para
This novel by Lawless was a twist on the usual human witch rivalry. We are shown a world that is like ours but the witches and witch hunters are ruthless and trained is awful ways.

Wade and Caleb are two men who are forced by circumstance to work together to solve the mystery. There are many twists in this book as we try to figure out what is going on.
Lawless takes us on a trip and it’s very interesting.

For all the interesting things, I think there was a lot of information dumping which sort o
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Yunga2013
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A great m/m urban fantasy. I loved the story, it was so intricately designed, with amazing twists and turns. The world building was great too, the story takes place in beautiful and ancient London, and what is a better place for various night creatures, than this magnificent city. There will be witches, trolls, vampires, Phoenix, and so many others...just love it...and in the middle of this is a love story of a witch and a witch hunter. Enemies to lovers for you). Don't want to be a spoiler, wil ...more
PortlandAvidReader
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Series starter that got me hooked immediately

Rhys is not following the clichéd urban fantasy/paranormal plotlines in this first Blade & Dust novel. He drops you immediately into a conflict between two forces fighting to the death. Both sides consider themselves to be on the side of righteousness. The story details the unraveling of lies and deceptions to reveal the truth.

Wade works for BLADE force, witch hunters dedicated to exterminating all witches as the source of all evil. Caleb works for t
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Rhys writes gay romance. He has been writing since the tender age of 11 and hasn't really stopped since.

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