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(Coven of Desire #1)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  28 ratings  ·  26 reviews
He’s not your typical werewolf-next-door.

Layla didn’t count on a sex demon appearing in her living room. Nor did she expect to find she’s a witch, tasked with protecting the mortal realm. And now her friend, fellow nursing student and impossible crush could be a potential killer?

She’s silently lusted after Cal for a year, knowing a guy that hot, sweet, and kind wouldn’t l
Kindle Edition, 308 pages
Expected publication: March 16th 2021 by Totally Bound Publishing
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Deana The  Queen
I received an ARC of this book and am leaving a review voluntarily.

When a book opens with a fiery sex scene between the protagonist and a smoldering incubus, you know you’re on the right track.

Layla, dedicated nursing student and newbie witch, sees her life change when Ink - a smoking hot incubus - shows up on Halloween night ready not only to tutor her but also to satisfy every dark desire for which she yearns. And having a naked incubus ready to please her is shatteringly awesome, except now
Robert Baker
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Spectacular Ending

Ellen Mint’s paranormal, reverse-harem romance is difficult to get into but well worth the effort. Claw, Coven of Desire ticks all the boxes for all werewolf, witch, and demon lovers.

The Opening

For me, the opening chapter of this paranormal romance novel was a little too “in medias res“. Two characters I didn’t yet know jumped into an “action scene”. I suppose the actions introduced the characters, but the main plot and “love interest” of this novel were not introduced or even
Jan 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book, I mean who wouldn't want their own incubus? I can't wait for the next one. I received an ARC for my honest review. ...more
Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Overall 3.5 stars

Claw is the first book in the Coven of Desire series by Ellen Mint. This paranormal romance centers on new witch Layla, a sexy as sin demon, and Calvin who is a werewolf. The story was interesting, centering on a murder mystery, plenty of steam, and a lot of magic. The story does seem likes something I would love but for reasons I don't understand I couldn't fully lose myself in the story, this could have just been the mood I was in, but that is the only reason I didn't give Cla
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was ok
I have to say I lost interest in this story almost as soon as it began. I felt like I was trapped in a teenage sitcom, where everything is superficial and way to angsty for the actual situation. Layla and Ink were in the middle of coitus and she had to stop and run to a study session. I’m sorry but nothing in their encounter seemed to be erotic, it just felt very mechanical if she could just hop up and throw on some clothes and go.

Once she met up with the study group we get to meet Cal. For me C
Marissa Schmidt
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Claw immediately pulls you into Layla’s world and some sexy action with her incubus bond, Ink. No complaints! I am so glad I read the prequel, Ink (Some Like It Haunted), because I think it gives great background information and helps set the scene for this book nicely.

Layla is a new witch that is still learning and discovering so much, with the help of Ink. When bodies start appearing in town, Layla reluctantly starts investigating what is happening, with Ink’s encouragement. When it looks lik
Feb 09, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a fun read!

I sometimes struggle with first person POV especially when the character is bratty or immature. Thankfully this was not the case with our female lead, Layla. While there were some odd phrases that popped up occasionally, for the most part the writing flowed really easily and helped get me into the flow of the story.

The characterisation was really good. I loooved Ink and actually wish more time had been spent uncovering his background and story. The main plot revolves around
Fran B
Feb 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Witches, demons, werewolves and more oh my. This book has it all. The witch is our heroine Layla, a nursing student who has a Lust Demon named Ink bonded to her. Ink delivered to Layla in the previous book Some Like It Hot a book of spells that only Layla can see the writing in. Layla would be great at reading the spells if she was not dyslexic. What else is there; she is in love with Calvin who is in nursing class with her. Until murders start happening and she finds out Calvin is a werewolf an ...more
Jessica Mitchell
Jan 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It's a good book, but I think it could of been longer. Love the little love triangle angle instead of like four, five or six men in her bed. A werewolf and a incubus who doesn't want to drain you dry, what a lucky human witch indeed. The plot was good and didn't know it was going into a murder mystery too. Loved it.
Would love to know how did she get attached to a Incubus named Ink aka Lust? And sounds like there's a good back story to Ink's life before he was attached to his witch's side. Would
Laura Stevenson
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
I had some mixed feelings about Claw. The story was interesting and kept me coming back to find out what happened next. There wasn't a lot of character development but I feel like that could be explored more in-depth in sequels. There were a few scenes where I struggled to visualize what the author was attempting to describe but mostly the writing style was really well done. I had emotional responses to the female character and her frustrations and joys. My biggest challenge with this book was t ...more
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Layla, Dana, Fariah, and Cal are nursing students working towards an upcoming test. Layla has just found out that she is a witch and is bound to an incubus, called Ink. So she is studying nursing and witchcraft all while working fulltime. Little does she know she is not the only one with a secret.
This story has friendship, lust, love, hate, and loss.
This book has adult content.
While the story was well written, I didn’t realize there was back story I was not privy to which made it a little confus
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
So much more Ink..... This picks up just after Halloween with Layla still struggling to juggle being a new witch, nursing school, her crush on Cal, and Ink. Her friends finally meet Ink in all his naked glory and its not as shocking as expected. They just seem to accept him and his being around alot.

We learn more about Cal and family, as someone is going around killing people and Layla ends up in the middle of it. She's slowly developing her spells which help and hinder her as we learn she has d
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Witches, Werewolves, and Demons, oh my! Layla has recently discovered she is a witch and currently has a succubus bonded to her. While studying for her nursing classes she goes outside to talk to Ink, the succubus, and discovers a murdered woman in a dumpster. This begins her search for the killer, especially when another woman is murdered at her work. On top of trying to solve the cases she is torn between Calvin, her friend, and Ink, the demon of lust. Hold tight for a wild ride. Thand you for ...more
Feb 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
If i'm being honest, it took me a few chapters to really enter the story, but after that, I was hooked! This book is full of action, murder mystery, steamy scenes and a very good storyline. After reading the prequel novella based on Ink, the incubus bonded to Layla, I was happy to see that things were finally getting somewhere with Cal :) Also, the character's personnalities and back stories are a lot more developed in Claw. So, if you like PNR stories with witches, werewolves, incubi and a side ...more
Esther Theodat
Mar 08, 2021 rated it liked it
Layla is a exhausted nursing student/witch in training that bonded to Ink an incubus, who also is crushing hard on fellow nursing student Cal.

Cal is a werewolf who happens to work with Layla and is part of her study group.

I couldn’t connect with any of the characters or get into the book. The book is well written, had a good amount of steam and had plenty of action but I felt like it was missing something. I also wanted to know how Ink and Layla’s became bonded and wanted Layla to grow as a witc
Sue Harbers
Feb 27, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a fun read! Layla is a nursing student just trying to get through her classes but she’s found that she’s a witch with a sexy succubus (Ink) bound to her. Ink is trying to teach her the witchy ways while she balances learning how to utilize her book of spells and take classes at college. Cal is Layla’s fellow student and a werewolf who is interested in Layla. Layla’s a spunky main character who is a lot of fun to read, Cal is mysterious and Ink is just fantastic. There’s a lot going on i ...more
Jan 27, 2021 rated it liked it
I enjoyed the book and the direction the series is going. It was an interesting read. Little things are happening but there needs to be more. Ink said he would help Layla learn how to be a witch but she is pretty much teaching herself. While I enjoy a good steamy romance, I feel like there's more sex than story.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily
Sandra Kelly
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Hot guys, suspense, mystery..what all can you ask for? This book has the makings of a paranormal romance and mystery. Loved the characters and the mystery. But will the nursing student who just recently found out what she is solve the mystery? Or will she need the help of her sex craved demon or the hot fellow nursing student werewolf? Events start to happen with these three being in the middle of it. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Feb 03, 2021 rated it liked it
Claw by Ellen Mint was a good book. I rated the book 3 out of 5 because the Main character for me was hard to root for. The pacing of the book was not bad, a bit of roller coaster, with a fast start. Towards the middle of the book it slowed down, but still managed to remain interesting, from there it was a fast ride to the end of the book. If you like magic, and mystery this is a good book to read.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The story flowed well, loved the characters, loved the storyline, different and thoroughly enjoyable. Hoping to see more in this series and to see these characters again. I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Pamela Woodson
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love reverse harem romances. The added excitement with all the paranormal hot steamy scenes to go along with it.

I received an advance review copy for free, and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Ann Brown
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A really enjoyable, fun story with plenty of magic, mystery and suspense. I loved the characters especially Ink. A great idea of a witch, incubus and werewolf. Very well written and with an interesting ending.

I received an advance review copy for free and I am leaving this review voluntarily.
Bianca Mittan
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book's FMC is named Layla and she's going through a bit of a growth spurt -magically that is. The men in her life don't make anything easy, besides sex. The ending gives an unknown curveball and I'm excited to see how the next book plays out. ...more
Carlas Santana
Feb 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I received an arc, wonderful book, hum, Ink and Cal, in Love with the story. I need more of them.
Lynda Robinson
Jan 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book I think there are a lot of women who would quite like an incubus .p
MN Book Girl
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
Paranormal meets the real world and things are just strange for Layla. On Halloween, she found out that she's a witch by having an incubus bond with her. This does mean fantastic sex, but also that she has a mentor to work through becoming a witch.

But Layla also has a bit of a crush on Calvin, or Cal, who is in her study group to become a nurse as well. But when bodies start to turn up, Ink the incubus tells Layla it's her job to protect the town. And it seems like Cal is the one doing it as he'
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Ellen Mint adores the adorkable heroes who charm with their shy smiles and heroines that pack a punch. She recently won the Top Ten Handmaid's Challenge on Wattpad where hers was chosen by Margaret Atwood. Her books, Undercover Siren and Fever are available at Amazon as well as a short story in the Lucky Between The Sheets anthology. Married, she lives in Nebraska with her dog named after Granny W ...more

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