A dark contemporary fractured fairy tale reimagining of The Hunchback of Notre Dame from BookTok sensation Emily McIntire.
He is righteousness. She is sin.
Father Cade Frederic is a holy man. Brought up in the streets of Paris, he has dedicated his life to the church. But there's a monster that lingers just beneath the surface. A sickness. One that bleeds darkness and feeds on the damned. When he's tasked to become the priest in Festivale, Vermont-a town both beautiful in architecture and riddled with despair-his sickness sings, demanding he rid the place of evil.
Amaya Paquette is Festivale's beautiful mystery. She spends her days caring for her younger brother and her nights transforming into Esmeralda, dancing for greedy eyes and shameless lips. Although she longs for love, she shies away from companionship, afraid of being abandoned again.
When Father Cade lays eyes on Amaya, he finds himself ensnared, convinced she's using witchcraft to lure him to her. He can't eat. Can't breathe. Can't think unless it's of her.
And temptation is a devastating mistress.
She's his weakness, so he decides he'll be her demise...even if it means killing the only woman he might ever love.