Review // A Soul to Heal by Opal Reyne

July 31, 2023

A Soul to Heal by Opal Reyne

Everything she'd ever wanted from her husband was being given to her by a creature that shouldn't even exist. Loyalty, affection, pleasure, protection... and warmth. To be treated both delicately because she was a woman who deserved to be treasured like valuable crystal, and to be rutted passionately, hard and rough, because she ignited such uncontrollable yearning.

A Soul to Heal by Opal Reyne

A Soul to Heal by Opal Reyne

My Rating - ★★★½

Standalone - Duskwalker Brides #2
Genre/Trope - Paranormal Romance / forced proximity
POV - Dual 3rd person
Heat - absurd and filthy
Source - Kindle Unlimited
Length - 556 pages

All Delora ever wanted was to disappear.

Thrown into the Veil for a crime she committed, Delora was discarded by the world. Although afraid of her oncoming demise, she accepts it as it would be a worldly escape from her problems. She didn’t expect that she would wake up from her deadly fall, nor that the person who saved her would be a Duskwalker.

She’s wary about him at first, but Delora begins to realise there’s more to him than just a faceless monster.

All he ever wanted was a name.

After discovering that humans can be kept as companions, he begins planning for the day he finds his own bride. He still lacks humanity and there is much to learn first. One morning when leaving his cave, a human suddenly crashes into him from the sky. Broken and sleeping, he gets to work on healing the woman.

It doesn’t take him long to understand she’s wounded in a way his magic can’t heal.

But will he be able to gain her affections, or will she come to hate him as he stumbles his way through learning about her – and more importantly, himself?

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My Two Cents

The monster romances this author creates are absolute must-reads!

In A Soul to Heal, it was Magnar who stole the show. He was such a sweet, kind, naive, and completely clueless male throughout most of this story and it was so endearing. I loved him so much!

Delora... not so much.

However, there was one scene, where she defended everything that she and Magnar had built together, the family they had become, that made me stop hating her. Yeah, I straight up hated her. But in the end, she and I are cool.

I enjoyed the action scenes, the emotional bonding with Fyodor (iykyk), and pretty much most of this book. The heaviness of Delora's attitude did wear on me a lot. While I had sympathy for her mental exhaustion, I didn't have patience for most of what she did, how she acted, or her thoughts.

However, Magnar made it all worth it. I loved how he found more humanity, his bond with Fyodor, the growing understanding of his mother, and the future of maybe a connection between all of the Duskwalkers.

Meeting Kitty was both exciting and scary. I'm looking forward to reading his book, which is next.

The Author

Opal Reyne is an Australian Author who has been a fan of the Adult Paranormal Romance genre from the moment she picked up a book of it - and has never looked back.

She loves everything spicy, smutty,and everything boarder-line monster loving. She started writing because of her love of the written word, and because she wanted to build a diverse world of mythological creatures, while also showing the beauty of all ethnicities of humanity. She thrives to produce a plot driven, character developing book while sprinkling in enchanting imagery.

-Duskwalker Brides a series that features a very real monster who never turns into a handsome prince.

-Witch Bound is a series of Dragon-shifter males falling for their species enemies, Witches!

-She currently has a completed series called 'A Pirate Romance duology'.

Find her on Instagram: @opalreyne


  1. I guess at least Delora won you over by the end?
    And why does that cover look both cute and cuddly and disturbing all at once? Haha

  2. Glad this one was such a big hit for you. I read the first book and enjoyed it. It felt more supernatural though than a monster romance. But some parts of the community are labeling anything pnr or fantasy monster romance these days haha but this author surprises me in how she wrote certain elements. Loved your review, encouraged me to get back to the series.

    1. Well, book two delivered just as well as the first one. I've heard the third book is the best of the series, so I'm really looking forward to it. We'll see if I agree :)

  3. Does the monster look like that at all times? I have to know. 😂 Fantastic review, babe! ❤️

    1. He does look like that throughout the book. He does inherit more human features, such as feet and intelligence and actual humanity, but he's got a skull for a head, speaks from his mind (not his mouth), and is basically more creature than man. His background is explored in the book.


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