Potions and Punishments by May Dawson – A Book Review

Posted July 10, 2020 by Booksandblurbs in PNR, Reverse Harem, Reviews / 2 Comments

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Potions and Punishments

(Prisoners of Nightstone – Book 1)

by Helen Scott & May Dawson
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Fast Burn, PNR RH, ARC, Prison
Available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Down & Dirty

Humor, grit and steam get tossed together in the slammer in this delightful, and entertaining, new offering from a power house duo of PNR writers. Free on Kindle Unlimited.

What is it about?

(Blurb from Amazon)

Three strikes and you’re out? If only.
In my world, it’s more of a one and done situation, even if you get that one strike trying to do something good.

I’ve been on the run for years, never staying anywhere too long, never getting attached to anything or anyone because he will always find me.


He’s the best bounty hunter in existence, and I’m the one that got away, well, keeps getting away. If he wasn’t so sexy I would hate him for it.

When the cat and mouse game turns more serious, I’m the one that ends up screwed, and not in the fun way.

I won’t survive in prison-not because I’m too delicate-but because my magic has always been tightly under control. Prison, though? When I’m surrounded by sexy shifters and drool-worthy vampires? That’s where it will all get unleashed.

Thoughts on Potions and Punishments

Considering I love May Dawson’s writing so much that I ARC for her, and I have already devoured just about everything Helen Scott has put out…. I knew I would adore this gem. Three chapters in and I realized I was wrong, it goes a bit beyond that – I’m obsessed.

Nasima, Nas to her friends, is a unique character that is driven simply to survive in a world that curtails magic and elevates humans to the top of this tenuous society. While power plays, sheer numbers win, and that makes those who hold paranormal abilities targets – to laws, the lawless and a society that fears them. When the chips are down and the truth falls out, Nas is finally captured by the one person she hoped wouldn’t betray her like that, even though she knew his own sense of honor and personal duty would eventually force his hand.

Thrown into the maximum security section of the Paranormal Penitentiary, Nightstone Prison, Nas has to scramble to find allies, hide her abilities and just try to survive the night.

What could possibly go wrong?

Fast paced and heated, this book offers character dynamics that are as delicious as they are sometimes confusing. The plot is smooth and steady till it gets to the prison, then it jumps at times, pushing emotions that feel a touch misplaced, though wholly welcome. The introductions of Ambrose and Christian, and who they are behind those stone walls, adds layers to this narrative, though the relationships do happen quickly. One thing? The intimate scene towards the end is EVERYTHING!🔥

Overall, this was an enjoyable and captivating read, one I can’t wait to continue in book 2.

*I received an ARC of this book and am thrilled to share my honest opinion*


First Person, Multiple POV

Ending Type




Romantic Dynamic

MMMF (For now?)

Character Age Range


My Final Verdict on Potions and Punishments

Fast, hot and unique, this embodies the recent ‘Prison Trope’, but veers in a new direction, imbued with all the wit Scott is famous for and the heat Dawson has built a name on. Intriguing, captivating and thoroughly entertaining, this gem is free on Kindle Unlimited.

Potions and Punishments

Published July 10th, 2020
205 Pages

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