McBride's follow-up to the popular Hold Me Closer Necromancer series maintains her trademark dark humor and engaging characters like Ava, who can set fires with her mind. Her firebug mother fled from the supernatural mob, the Coterie, and raised Ava in hiding. But nobody escapes the Coterie alive, and Ava's mom was no exception. Orphaned, she is forced to pledge her loyalty to Venus, the Coterie's bloodthirsty vampire leader. Reluctantly, Ava becomes their resident assassin. As long as she does their bloody work, she is left alone—but what happens when Venus demands something Ava simply won't do?