Review: Dust to Dust by Karina Halle

Posted August 16, 2014 by Lorna in Lorna, Paranormal Romance, Reviews / 14 Comments

Review: Dust to Dust by Karina Halle
Dust to Dust by Karina Halle
Series: Experiment in Terror #9
Published by Indie
Published on: August 10 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 241
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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(New to this angsty, sexy, scary romance series? Start with book #1, Darkhouse, FREE on Amazon and other retailers. Warning: this series contains harsh language, violence, gore and sexual scenes of a graphic nature - reader discretion is advised)

**The dramatic conclusion to the Experiment in Terror Series.**

Perry Palomino and Dex Foray.

On their own, they’re uniquely brilliant. Together, they’re an unstoppable team.

Until now.

Because after everything the duo has encountered, they haven’t come across an evil quite like this. An evil that has been years in the making, an evil that will stop at nothing until they, and everyone they care for, are destroyed.

Dex and Perry’s love has survived a multitude of sins.

But can it survive the end?

I need to start this by saying that this has been one of my favorite paranormal series-ever. This is the last installment of the Experiment in Terror series, and I went into reading this really wondering if I was going to like the way the author ended it. Why? Because of how much I have loved all of the other books, I just couldn’t conceive of a proper ending. I also wanted to read it slowly but that didn’t happen, no more then I could read any of Ms. Halle’s books slowly, they are just too good!

For a small part of the book, I honestly wasn’t sure if I was going to love this book. It has to be said. It shouldn’t have even been an issue, because the author was able to interweave previous incidents and characters from other books, throughout the story and really pay homage to Perry and Dex’s journey. And what a journey it has been.

Let’s talk about the characters of Perry and Dex. I think you’d be hard pressed to find a female character similar to Perry, in any other series. She’s literally been through hell, been haunted by ghosts, been possessed by demons, has walked into the grey veil with all sorts of hideous creatures, and she came out even stronger every time. She is possibly one of the most resilient of all the characters I have read. Not only that, but she has such a down deep, good spirit, and is filled with so much love-most of it directed at Dex. Dex is the epitome of the bad boy boyfriend. He’s handsome, irreverent, pretty foul mouthed and has an innate sexuality that just oozes from the pages of these books. When you first meet Dex, you wonder how he and Perry will ever work as a couple. But work they did, and quickly became one of my favorite book couples ever. And I guess I should mention, they both can see ghosts and demons.

So back to this particular book. At the end of the previous book, Ashes to Ashes, Dex had been kidnapped by his estranged brother, Michael, from Perry’s parents home in Oregon, and taken to New York City. Armed with hints from Michael, Perry, her fifteen year old sister Ada, and Dex’s friend, Maximus, all converge on NYC to try and find Dex. Michael,has been possessed by a demon. When Perry’s parents rush to NYC to bring back their daughters, all the players the demon is counting on killing or taking to hell, are now on the scene. Without telling spoilers, that is all that I want to say about the actual book. Suffice it to say, this book has demons of all sorts, sacrifices, demonic possessions, injuries, and grief. But it also has extreme love, both between Perry and Dex, and between their family members and friends. The sexual scenes are extremely hot as usual with this series, and in the end the reader is witness to the culmination of Dex and Perry’s love story.

I found this book to be a very worthy final installment and will really miss these characters. Next up, the author is going to write a book featuring Perry’s sister, Ada. Since she can see ghosts and demons like Perry and Dex do, it promises to be an exciting read as well. You can bet it will be an auto buy for me.


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I’m Lorna and I live in Maryland. Since retiring, I spend my time mostly reading and reviewing books. My favorite reads are Paranormal Romance, Urban Fantasy, and Young Adult. I read a lot of indie books in addition to traditionally published books. Favorite paranormal creature? Vampires, but I am really liking werewolves more everyday.



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