Book Review: Black Widow by Paula Altenberg


Passionate and headstrong, half-demon Raven is nearly executed on the orders of her fundamentalist stepfather. She escapes from the burning stake using the gifts of her otherworldly heritage and the help of a mortal stranger named Blade. Now she’s set on revenge, and only quiet, intense Blade stands in her way.

A retired assassin weary of the weight of his past, Blade has crossed the desert to seek out a new life. His journey is interrupted when his conscience demands he help Raven find an old friend who can help her. Saving her from her need for revenge and delivering her into the hands of loved ones means he’s one step closer to redemption.

But as Blade’s sense of duty becomes something more and threats, both mortal and immortal, stalk the woman he can’t abandon, he could very well fall back into the life he’s trying so hard to escape.
About the Author:p

Paula Altenburg lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys the freedom of working from home and writing fulltime. Paula currently writes paranormal romance and category romance for Entangled Publishing. Visit her at

Twitter: @PaulaAltenburg

My Review:

What a great concept! I truly believe that to have a wonderful book on your hands you need a great idea and solid writing style – this series has them both in spades.

I adored the idea of setting a paranormal romance in an alternative old west and to pit Goddesses against Demons was awesome.

This is book 2 in the series, and I must admit that I read both – just in case they followed on. They do, and they don’t. They have the same characters, just each book as an emphasis on a different pair. So you could read them out of order if you’d prefer – just do read them both!

From a writer’s perspective, the story lines are solid and the world built throughout both books is intriguing and feels real. The main aspect though, that really set the Demon Outlaw books apart for me, is that they are more than just the romance aspect. There really is a decent urban fantasy vibe going on. I’ve read a lot of books recently that are really just romances with a dash of paranormal, and although a decent read in their own right. I really appreciate the effort that went into both books to create a storyline. My only criticism is that I’d have liked to have seen the two original characters, Hunter and Airie have more of a role in the second book. They are referred to, but never appear, which is a shame as I liked both of them as protagonists.

The front cover is okay, a six pack never goes amiss – but I’d really have liked to have seen Raven on there too, as she’s just as much of a part of the book as Blade.

Overall I’d give both books in the series 5 out 5 stars – a great paranormal romance read that you won’t want to see heading into the sunset too soon.

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