Author: Nash Summers
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Rating: 4.5 stars
Received from Publisher
Blurb: Levi Bell can see a person’s soul just by looking into their eyes. In Monroe Poirier’s eyes, he sees the devil himself.
When Monroe moves back to the small Southern town of Malcome, Levi is repelled by the darkness of the stranger’s soul. But Levi is cursed to love things dark and wicked, and he’s seduced each time he looks into Monroe’s eyes—and drawn to the swamp behind the old Poirier house.
As strange occurrences begin to happen when shadows and visions visit him in the night, Levi sees a flicker of something good in Monroe’s soul. But the need to submerge himself in the swamp’s murky waters grows stronger as Levi’s desire for Monroe becomes unbearable.
In his struggles to help Monroe save his soul, Levi will have to decide if it’s worth losing his own.
Review: Poison Tongue is a deliciously creepy story. The setting is a small Louisiana town next to swampland that’s known to be a dark evil place the locals avoid. Many stories of people disappearing into it’s depths float around the town. One of the MCs Levi is a local with a special gift. He sees into people’s souls. He senses things. Evil things. They call to him. Levi’s entire family has special gifts. They see and know about curses and paranormal things. Things most people don’t really want to know about. Levi’s nightmares kick up a notch when Malcome comes back to town. Malcome is a stranger to most but his past follows him everywhere. Gossip in a small town reminds them all of the bloody tragedy that surrounded his parents years ago. Levi senses right away the evil slithering in Malcome. Even people with no gift seem to sense that he’s off and wrong. Thing is Levi is drawn to him against his will. Soon enough he senses a sadness in Malcome. Malcome is obviously cursed with something so vile it’s consuming him. Levi knows it would probably consume him too if he doesn’t stay away but he sees a glimmer of the man Malcome really is at times and can’t seem to walk away.
I loved the MCs in this book. Levi is a bit odd but in a totally charming way. I really enjoyed how blunt he was at times. Everything in him screamed to stay away from Malcome. You can’t help but feel bad for Malcome. His entire life has been a tragedy. Nobody has ever loved him. Bad luck and trouble follow him everywhere. Malcome would have never gone back to his home town if that hadn’t been his last resort. His life has been touched by the tragedy that happened there. The family home and land was all he had. He’d spent his entire life avoiding that place. It’s obviously haunted with something ugly and dangerous Malcome knows he shouldn’t taint with his life Levi but he wants him. Basically they go back and forth between flirting and resisting the attraction. The push and pull really pumped up the sexual tension. They have a forbidden kind of love that can’t be denied no matter how hard they try. There’s more at play then they have control over. Something sinister is pushing them together.
I loved all the other worldly elements of this book. It was all very unique and kept me turning pages. Voodoo curses, ghosts and hauntings from beyond the grave. There was a very creepy authentic tone to this book. The prejudice of the small town really seemed to push the MCs together which just endeared me to them more. I highly recommend this book if you like sexy spooky stories. This author has been an auto buy for me since I read her book Vices. One of my favorites. I’m hooked!