Heartless (Immortal Enemies) – book review

Heartless
by Gena Showalter
Release Date: June 29, 2021
Publisher: HQN Books
Book #1 in the Immortal Enemies series
Number of Pages:  309
Kindle Edition
Source:  MCL
Paranormal Romance
Ages 17 and up
CW: murder, rape, torture, kidnapping, death of parents
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Vengeance is irresistible…

Kaysar the Unhinged One, fae King of Midnight, can drive anyone to madness with his song. A ruthless warrior forged in hate, he lives to force his enemies to their knees. He will stop at nothing to succeed—even abducting and seducing his foe’s beloved bride to ensure his own child one day sits on the male’s throne. Except, his prize escapes to the mortal realm before the first kiss, her heart transplanted into a human beauty with dangerous secrets…

Chantel “Cookie” Bardot is a professional gamer girl great at trash-talking, bad at peopling. After a long-awaited surgery, she begins to morph into a powerful fae princess. Catapulted into a strange land ruled by a cruel but seductive villain, she must battle flesh-and-blood monsters and navigate royal intrigues. But the true danger is Kaysar, whose every wicked touch tempts her beyond reason. Should she run…or descend into the darkness with him?


I’ve been wanting to read this story since it was published and finally remembered to request it from my library. Problem is, once I got the book I just wasn’t in the right mood to read this type of story. On top of that, the first couple chapters of this story are brutal. They hurt my heart. So, the beginning of this book was a struggle, but only because of my mood. It’s actually a wonderful story and the set-up is unique and kept me engaged even while I was not in the mood to be engaged. I know that may not make sense to some, but if you know what I mean you’ll totally get me.

Kaysar is such a jerk. Granted, he has good reason to be a jerk and for doing the things he does. It’s magnificent the way the author uses Chantel as both a conscience and a cheerleader for Kaysar. While Chantel (aka Cookie) doesn’t agree with everything Kaysar does, she fully backs some of his other deeds that are considered evil by others.

Chantel and Kaysar are really great together. They fill in the cracks where needed and give support without taking over. I didn’t know if that would happen in the beginning as Kaysar is quite the alpha male and his intentions weren’t great when they first met. But it turns out Chantel is just as much of an alpha as Kaysar and doesn’t back down…which is exactly what he needs in a partner. Unfortunately, it takes him a bit to learn how to be a true partner to Chantel. But he does learn and he’s willing to keep learning and he gives amazing grovel, all very important things.

I don’t want to spoil things, but as Chantel spends more time in Astaria it’s so much fun to discover her new abilities. She’s a gamer and her powers are perfectly suited to her personality.

There are crumbs that are scattered throughout this tale that had me really curious about other mortals from our world who may have crossed over to Kaysar’s world. The author did an excellent job of keeping that seed of curiosity alive without making it seem like the story was incomplete in any way. There is so much to explore in this world and I believe it’ll be a joy to do so.

4 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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