REVIEW – Dark Fantasy Horror // Flame To Frost by Myra Danvers

Flame to Frost
(The Last Triton, #1)
by Myra Danvers

So this is book #1 and the original version of The Last Triton albeit one that has been polished to a good shine. However just to really confuse you, the author rewrote the story and released it a few years ago, beginning with Ravenous Innocence. This version, which is hugely different, was released because fans of the Lit€rotica version refused to be silenced 😂.


I’m glad I read the rewritten version first because whilst this was a fast paced and entertaining read, it didn’t have the lushness, the incredible world building, the powerful emotions that I found in those books. It was still a gripping tale, more savage in feel with a plot that I would describe as dark romance with elements of fantasy. The pace is much faster, so is great for those who are impatient readers, and contained more erotic elements.


The great thing with this release is that you have a choice of this faster moving, darker, grittier story or the more complex and detailed fantasy based books of the Triton Evolution series.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Fantasy Romance

Goodreads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58267710-flame-to-frost

Synopsis

Sheltered in the lap of luxury, Mila is eighteen when her world dissolves in flames around her. War. A utopia swallowed in a single night.

Orphaned and alone, terrified of being captured, Mila flees the conquerors who have come to claim. To snatch up those gifted few called priestess―Tritan women born with magic in their blood. They are healers. Peacekeepers bound and chained, used as living batteries, they become the fuel that feeds the Caledonian army and creates unstoppable warriors.


The elite. Warmongers. Dogs of the state, they are the perfect soldiers―everything a Tritan priestess isn’t, wielding power that does not belong to them. But Mila is an enigma. A priestess hidden from her own people, hers is a secret her father died to keep. One Mila will use to fight from the shadows, striking against the empire in any way she can. An army of one, with the power of many…


Until she is betrayed. Captured. Sold. To Captain Asher Rawlings. Captor. Villain. Elite. Even without a priestess of his own, Asher’s power lashes at her senses. Dark flames lapping at her nape, whispering of untapped potential Mila didn’t think possible.

Helpless, subject to Asher’s every whim, Mila is made to obey his every sordid command. Left with nothing but her secret. That she is a Tritan priestess―the one thing he needs to seize a legendary power that could tip the scales of the war and ensure an everlasting Caledonian rule.


Now Mila must navigate a world of villains and political conspiracy, endure anything Asher throws her way, and above all else… never reveal what she is.


The Last Tritan is perfect for fans of the Grishaverse. Those who fell completely in love with the Darkling―a smoldering villain we wanted to see win…

REVIEW – Epic Fantasy // Shadow Lands by K.F. Breene

Shadow Lands
The Warrior Chronicles #3
by K.F. Breene

Back in the day, the men made the law for their family. Is it so wrong that women have a defense?”
Ruisa shifted, sticking out one hip and adopting an expression Marc had already come to realize was stubbornness.
“You can use swords and knives and muscles, and we’re supposed to… what, be totally fine in our vulnerability? We aren’t allowed to look after ourselves because we have vaginas, is that it?”

Marc winced at the word—female anatomy was still mostly foreign to him.
Even the words embarrassed him.

God I love this series. I really love Shanti, I totally love Cayan and I absolutely love Marc, Leilius and the rest of the Honor Guard. I massively have a soft spot for Marc. These characters have become real people to me, from the slightly mad Burson, to the soft-centred Rohnan and the take no $**! Sanders. Even some of the animals wove their way into my heart. This is one of those books that you want everyone you know to read, just so you can fan girl and sigh over it endlessly with someone who loved it just as much as you.



The whole story is rife with humour from the gentlest of touches to the most cutting sarcasm, yet at the same time it has a well paced plot, amazing world building, a cracking story and captivating writing. As soon as I finished this I wanted to immediately jump into book 4, even though I have a TBR of already owned books longer than my arm. Shanti and Cayan’s journey to the Shadow Lands gave me all the feels, it smashed my emotions and left me with a huge book hangover. This took me back to my days of reading David EddingsMercedes LackeyKatharine KerrAndre Norton and Melanie Rawn but with more sarcasm.



And have I said yet just how much I loved this or how much you need to read? After you’ve read Books #1 and #2 of course.

Sanders glanced at Marc, red-faced and looking at the ground.
The youth said, “S’am always jumps out at us. If you don’t strike first, you get punched really hard.”
“And the running?” Sanders asked as he checked his weapons.
Marc shrugged. “I was always too slow to get her, so rather than getting thumped after I struck out, I ran.”
“Ruisa got the other one.” Tobias threw her a proud wink. “Who says girls are only for cooking?”
“Not me. She’s a terrible cook,” Marc mumbled. Ruisa shoved him.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fantasy Adventure

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25617383-shadow-lands

Synopsis
***Book three in the bestselling series.***

In order to finally claim her title of Chosen and lead the Shadow People out of the Land of Mist, Shanti must make it through a century’s old system to test her battle awareness, her fighting skill, and her ability to stay alive. She’s about to enter The Trials, and she must do it alone.

Separated from Shanti on a dangerous island, Cayan must learn to use his mental skill while keeping his men safe from the people set out to kill them. But as more Inkna and Graygual flood the island, Cayan hears of a sinister force deep in the woods, rigging The Trials and killing any who venture too close.

It is now a race against time. The battle to become the Chosen has begun, and the victor is anything but decided.



REVIEW – Epic Fantasy // Hunted by K.F. Breene

Hunted
The Warrior Chronicles #2
by K.F. Breene

I think this series is shaping up to be a top read of the year, if not my favourite fantasy series of all time. The book is just jam packed with plot AND great characters. Every single character is complex and layered, unique and wonderful. Shanti has been the hope of her nation almost since she was born and that pressure, alongside seeing so many of her people slaughtered so that she might live, has her riddled with self-doubt and insecurity. Not to mention a soul filled with pain, sorrow and suffering. Yet she still manages to strategize, plot, fight and kick ass brilliantly.


I enjoyed getting to know Cayan a little more in this book. He was still very much an enigma at the end of Chosen, and I suspect we will find out a lot more in Shadow Lands, book #3 of The Warrior Chronicles. I adored his quiet broodiness, his utter conviction of right and wrong and his sheer determination to support, defend and care for Shanti, even when she tries to stand in isolation.

You will not kill yourself if you get taken—you will wait for me to come and get you. In the meantime, you will need to be able to get yourself out from under someone bigger.”

“Is that right…?” Shanti said in a deathly quiet voice. “That’s mighty presumptuous.”

Cayan sat up. Blood dripped down his neck. “Yes. This is non-negotiable. I will protect you if the worst comes to pass, even from yourself, just as I have done since you were carried into my city. I will not lose you, Shanti—you should know that by now. Since they will not kill you, that allows me time. Xandre might be a battle lord, but he is only a man. If he harms you, he will be a dead man.”

“Poetic.” Shanti wiped her face from sweat and stood. “But you have no idea what you’re talking about. He’s not just a man, Cayan, he has elevated himself into a nightmare. One I can’t seem to wake up from. I will not let myself be raped and tortured so you can try to play the hero.”

“I will get my way,” Cayan said easily as he stood.

“In all things, I will get my way.”

Saunders, Rohnan and the Honor Guard boys all add facets to the story that I didn’t even know I needed. Their humour, their insight, their bravery in the face of terror and their love for Shanti made me laugh with joy, cry with sorrow and feel every just about every emotion between. I don’t know how she does it but K.F. Breene writes characters that feel so real you expect to find them standing next to you. It doesn’t harm that many of them have a wicked sense of humour, perfect for adding levity back to the story following some of the darker, more emotionally draining moments. And if all else failed then Shanti’s horse could be relied upon for a little comic relief!


“We can get through this place because we’re a team, Shoolan. And we have the Captain. These other people, they didn’t have the Captain.”

Leilius sounded so sure. The kid was the most trusting, positive person Shanti had ever known.

“Cadet, if you keep talking like that,” Sanders said in a voice that could cut through a monsoon and still reach the intended ear. “People are going to think God scooped out your brains and replaced them with rainbows and horse shit.”Since I know something of leadership,

Hunted is not a stand alone book and the series must be read in order for the story to be followed and understood. I’m totally kicking myself for not having read this series before because it absolutely kicks ass and is amazing. I can not recommend this series highly enough.

She turned in her saddle so she could see Leilius.
He rode like a sack of potatoes not properly tied on.
She really hoped she didn’t look like that.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Fantasy Adventure

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/40874184-hunted

Synopsis
With a new Chosen coming forward, Shanti has lost sight of her duty. With her plans unraveling, she does the only thing she can think of– frees her brother and a mysterious stranger from a Graygual camp before heading back to beg for Cayan’s aid.

Unfortunately, that stranger was precious to the enemy, guarded by one of the elite. A Superior Officer known as the Hunter, this man always catches his prey, and his focus is now on the elusive, violet-eyed girl and the man she ripped from the his hands.

With danger mounting, and one of the best constantly on her heels, Shanti will learn that running will never be enough.

She will unite them with her suffering, and lead them with her love.



REVIEW – Epic Fantasy // Chosen by K.F. Breene

Chosen
The Warrior Chronicles #1
by K.F. Breene

Their small party rode ahead. Tobias, knowing nothing about Shanti,
couldn’t contain his displeasure at a woman tagging along.
He kept his distaste to huffs, however, being a well-versed fighter—he knew better than to piss off the Captain. Shanti, knowing better than to waste time, didn’t punch him in the throat.
All in all, they got along.

The only reason this wasn’t read within one or two days was that I had several arc reading commitments to complete at the same time. Quite simply this was a book I didn’t want to put down, one full of tension, angst and peril, with some truly wonderful world building to boot. I adored Shanti, loved her irreverent humour, her toughness, her determination and her willingness to cry. Whilst we get several other view points, she is the main character of this book, and one who easily carries the story on her slender but strong shoulders.


A powerful story with a well thought out and cohesive plot that hooked it’s claws into my soul and didn’t ever let go. It is imbued with so many wonderful moments, some replete with humour, others that are deep, filled with troubled self reflection and yet more where Shanti challenges the pompous males around her with her sharp wit and sparkling repartee. Those quieter moments provided a perfect foil to the more hectic, high velocity, action sequences and gave the story a feeling of balance.


My words simply can’t do justice to this absolutely amazing opening book of what looks set to be an awe inspiring series.


Since I know something of leadership,
I can say that the woman in front of me is not thinking with her experience,
but instead, with her fear.”
With that, Master All-Knowing got up and walked toward the center of the encampment,
leaving Shanti to feel hollow and alone.
Leaving her to think on her options.
To mull over what he had said.
It would be really irritating if he was right.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sword and Sorcery

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/22668541-chosen

Synopsis
It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom which has been stolen.


Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she’s been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn’t believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.


It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey. But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger.


If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.



REVIEW – Epic Fantasy Romance // From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout

From Blood and Ash
(Blood and Ash #1)
by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Always late to the party and wearing last year’s fashion, I feel as though I’ve missed the boat on this series. On reflection though, perhaps NOT being drawn into the hype and furore allowed me to enjoy this book in an honest and open minded way, free of unreasonable expectation.


Despite the first half of this being more like a 3.5 star read, because whilst it didn’t drag per se I was just wanting something a little more… exciting to happen, the last 40% was so out of this world brilliant that I’m rounding up my 4.5 rating to a 5. Because I can! And because although I was restless at times, I also appreciated how that time was spent introducing the main protagonists and building a picture of Poppy’s world and life. It’s maybe not the “cleverest” of plots, one not full of complicated and interwoven sub-plots, but the imagery of the prose, the well crafted protagonists and the depth of emotion that is conveyed all added up to make a truly thrilling and captivating opening installment.


Whilst it’s fairly easy to guess Hawke’s secret I’m going to take that as a deliberate move since the author all but has a flashing neon sign pointing the way. As a book friend pointed out only recently, sometimes the obvious plot twist was never really a twist because the author meant for you to guess, and I feel that may well be true for this book. The excitement was in wondering how the revelation would play out, the suspense of not knowing how Poppy would react, the mystery of what consequences follow the truth being revealed. Because the truth is that, like a pebble tossed into a pond, the after effects of the reveal touch all aspects of the story, just as the ripples spread across the surface of the water.


It would be totally remiss of me to complete the review but not mention the chemistry between Hawke and Poppy. Intense doesn’t even begin to describe it. Hot enough to melt diamonds, I felt as though I could reach out and touch the sexual tension it was so potent. Given how the book ended, I’m fairly certain we will see lots of sparks and fireworks between these two. If it wasn’t for the fact that this is part of a buddy read, and I have other commitments, I would be jumping straight into book #2. Irritatingly I have to wait until next month for that one – I’m not sure if my resolve will hold out that long!

And if anyone is interested here were my thoughts at 56%

Almost since we first met him I’ve had my suspicions about Hawke and have just given in to the temptation to check out spoilers and yep he is who I thought.
The only reason I gave into that impulse is that this book is like wading though treacle (something similar to molasses). It’s not that the writing is bad, just that the author seems to believe in the tenet of “why use one word when a dozen will do?”
I will persevere though as an obvious theme from reviews seems to be that the last 30 – 40% actually has more pace and excitement to it. I’m also enjoying this, I just want something, ANYTHING to happen.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Paranormal Vampire Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/52831200-from-blood-and-ash

Synopsis
A Maiden…
Chosen from birth to usher in a new era, Poppy’s life has never been her own. The life of the Maiden is solitary. Never to be touched. Never to be looked upon. Never to be spoken to. Never to experience pleasure. Waiting for the day of her Ascension, she would rather be with the guards, fighting back the evil that took her family, than preparing to be found worthy by the gods. But the choice has never been hers.

A Duty…
The entire kingdom’s future rests on Poppy’s shoulders, something she’s not even quite sure she wants for herself. Because a Maiden has a heart. And a soul. And longing. And when Hawke, a golden-eyed guard honor bound to ensure her Ascension, enters her life, destiny and duty become tangled with desire and need. He incites her anger, makes her question everything she believes in, and tempts her with the forbidden.

A Kingdom…
Forsaken by the gods and feared by mortals, a fallen kingdom is rising once more, determined to take back what they believe is theirs through violence and vengeance. And as the shadow of those cursed draws closer, the line between what is forbidden and what is right becomes blurred. Poppy is not only on the verge of losing her heart and being found unworthy by the gods, but also her life when every blood-soaked thread that holds her world together begins to unravel.

REVIEW – Fantasy Romance // Infernal Sin by Ariana Nash

Infernal Sin
(Primal Sin #3)
by Ariana Nash

“See that star there? The brightest one? Brighter than all the rest?”
He saw a whole lot of stars, but there was one to the north that shone steady and true.
“I see it.”
“Seraphim told me if yah fly hard enough an’ high enough, you can reach that twinkly spec.”
Severn was fairly certain that was impossible.
A few miles up and the air became too thin to breathe.
But who was he to argue with Seraphim?
“Yeah?” He side eyed Aerius.
The Rayvern King smirked, and there was a whole lot of feeling in that one smile.
“You got this, Severn, High Lord of Red Manor. No longer lost.”
An unexpected lump of emotion lodged in his throat. He tried to swallow it,
but the damn thing didn’t budge.

Deceit, betrayal, lies, and the pursuit of truth and justice, Infernal Sin by Ariana Nash has it all. It also has some magnificently swoon worthy moments that would melt even the most hardest of hearts, along with passionate scenes so scorching hot I’m surprised my kindle survived the experience.


Severn hands down will always be my favourite character from the series. Who can resist a demon with enough love to bring an angel to his knees? Supremely confident in his demoness (demonity?) but with a vulnerability that made me weak at the knees. I just want to wrap my Severn up in cotton wool and protect him from the big, bad, nasty world. Mikhail I really liked, all that firm angel butt and black feathers to boot, but I would happily get on my knees and worship Severn in any way he saw fit, for the rest of my life.


There was a point, fairly early on, where I thought the two main protagonists would spend a chunk of this book apart. And that was a most unwelcome prospect. Thankfully I was quickly proved wrong and instead got to spend time wallowing in the smexiness that is Mikahil and Severn. Please don’t think that the book just consisted of angel-demon hotness. It’s just a wonderful side dish to a spellbinding, twisty and thoroughly captivating story that had me on the edge of my seat.


Finally I have to mention Solo, who definitely requires his own book of angel delightfulness. It will also give Luxen, and maybe even Samiel, a shot at redemption. Because the only thing better than an MM Angel-Demon fest is an MMM one! I also need to know what happens to One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

LGBTQ Fantasy Romance

Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56921315-infernal-sin

Synopsis
An angel and a demon fell in love, and the world went to war…

Branded a traitor by his own kind, Severn knows winning demons back will not be easy, but when High Lord Luxen steals Mikhail from his grasp, he has no choice. He’s going to need all the help he can get to find Mikhail, unseat Luxen as High Lord, and build a force to rival the vicious Guardian Angel Remiel’s. Or every last demon will die when the guardian descends on London.

Weakened by his treatment in Haven, Mikhail finds himself at the mercy of the demon High Lord. A sly, powerful concubi demon, Luxen is able to manipulate the minds and hearts of those around him. Including Mikhail’s. Is Mikhail’s love for Severn strong enough to withstand Luxen’s charm? Or will he break, unleashing an ancient god’s terrible vengeance upon them all?

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REVIEW – Fantasy Romance // Midnight Fae Academy #4 by Lexi C. Foss

Midnight Fae Academy
Book Four
by Lexi C. Foss

This was a very enjoyable and satisfying conclusion to Aflora’s story, one that held my attention and had me wondering what would happen next. There are several shocking events in this book with Constantine showing just how ruthless he is, how willing he is to go to ANY lengths necessary, in order to gain more power and control.



I’m not going to talk much about the five main characters, since this is book #4 of a series that must read in order, but I do need to mention that I loved how we saw them growing both individually and as a mating circle. Shade in particular comes into his own in this book, whilst the alpha power battles between Zakkai and Zeph proved to be both amusing and hot!



I did find myself skimming several (ok most) of the sex scenes. My focus was on the ascension trials and whilst some of the sex allowed bonds to develop between the men, for me they detracted from the plot. At times it also felt as though those trials were resolved a little too easily, I like my battles to be epic, fantasy is the driving element for me, romance less so. However other readers will be more into the sex and love part and this definitely fulfils those needs extremely well.



At first there appear to be a few lose ends, but a rather intriguing epilogue promises a whole new “hell-fire” series to enjoy!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Reverse Harem Fantasy Romance

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56358285-midnight-fae-academy

Synopsis
Welcome to the Midnight Fae world.
It’s bloody.
Dark.
And led by an ancient vampire who needs to die.


My days as a pawn in this war are over. I’m taking over as queen on this board, and in my version of the game, everyone bows to the queen. Even Constantine Nacht.

He thinks he’s clever by roping me into these ascension trials, all meant to kill me and my mates. But I’m going to prove him wrong.
We’re stronger than he thinks. And we’re going to make him bleed.

Earth Fae are all about life. Midnight Fae prefer death.
I’m a mixture of both. So let’s see what happens when life marries death, shall we?

Hand over my crown, Constantine. It’s time for you to kneel for your queen.


Author’s Note: This is the conclusion to the dark paranormal “why choose” Midnight Fae Academy series. It’s strongly recommended that these books be read in order.

Acknowledgements –
Photo #1 by Fae Photography on DeviantArt
Photo #2 by Sakimichan on DeviantArt

REVIEW – Fantasy/ Alternate Reality \\ These Violent Nights

These Violent Nights
by Rebecca Crunden

Photo by Jovana Nesic on Pexels.com

This is a substantial book, with quite a number of characters and a pretty convoluted plot. The blurb on covers the tip of the iceberg referring to the first few chapters of part 1, with the book being divided into three distinct parts.

The classic tale of good v evil is totally spun on its head, with two parallel worlds that have very different power structures. Thorn and her best friend Thistle live on the Earth, where humans are being hunted to extinction by the magic wielding Suriia. Lucien and his pack live on an Earth where the Suriia, and their magic, are supressed, where they are second class citizens with few rights and fewer luxuries. The fact that one Earth wasn’t an exact inverse of the other really made the set up more interesting and the morality more complex.

The myriad of characters we meet and get to know was amazing, though my preference would have been to have had some of the “bad” guys as more prominent characters too. The main protagonists felt fleshed out, engaging my interest and readily drawing me into the story. The world building was good, with subtle exposition rather than obvious information dumps. It did mean that occasionally I was left a little perplexed, mainly around the different races of Suriians. I did read an arc copy of the book, so it could be that the published version includes a glossary of the Suriian terms used.

We experience Thorn’s Earth in part one, followed by Lucien’s in part two. The rather abrupt transition between the two proved to be quite jarring considering how emotionally invested I was in Thorn’s story. It did feel as though I was starting again from scratch, as part 2 introduced a new cast of characters. I can fully understand why the author chose to present things the way she did, though my preference would have been to have learnt of the two concurrently, so that my investment in the story held steady throughout.

The final third of the book was chock-a-block full of unexpected twists, turns and surprises. It ticked all my boxes and drew the story together into a very satisfying ending. The time spent on Salfar did feel somewhat very rushed though. Throughout the book there were periods of time that were skipped but the author always made clear that some time had passed. Something I would like to have seen was an examination of how time spent by Thorn in the Suriia section of Earth changed/affected her or how time in the castle on Salfar affected Lucian and his pack.

Overall I found this to be a well written, detailed and entertaining story with a good cast of characters.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Low Fantasy
Goodeads
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/57590856-these-violent-nights

Synopsis
Once upon a time, inhabitants of another world tore a hole through the universe and came to Earth. They called themselves Suryas, and rivalled humans in knowledge and skill with one great exception: they had magic.

War followed. Humanity lost. And three hundred years later, humans are on the brink of extinction.

Orphans Thorn and Thistle live in hiding. They are the last of their families, the last of their friends. They scrape by, stealing to survive and living on the streets or hiding in sheds. But even under the brutal regime of the Suryas, there are places where humans can mingle in secret with magical sympathisers, and one night Thistle gets an unexpected offer of marriage from a Surya with high standing and friends in all the right places. For Thistle, it’s a chance at safety and comfort; for Thorn, it’s a chance to find the ones who killed her parents.

And so the pair move into the capital city of Courtenz. An urban monstrosity of magic and might, false friends and flying cars, drones and death tolls, the new city promises a fresh start – and new love – for both.

But if there’s one thing Thorn knows for certain, it’s that dreams can swiftly turn into nightmares. 

REVIEW – MM Fantasy Romance \\ Curse of the Dark Prince by Ariana Nash

Curse of the Dark Prince
(The Prince’s Assassin #3)
by Ariana Nash

He was heat and fire, rock and iron, and after everything they’d survived, after every hurt and obstacle, impossibly, Nikolas Yazdan was Vasili’s.

Niko and Vasili’s story has reached it’s epic conclusion and boy do you need to gird your loins to read this one. It puts you through the emotional wringer, stands you up, dusts you down and then shoves you back through it again. Repeatedly.

Nikolas kissed him then – so softly, so simply. It was nothing, really. A brush of the lips, but if it were the last thing Vasili felt, he’d gladly take its touch with him to meet the gods.

I may have cried at this book. More than once. It didn’t quite slay me in the same way that the Silk & Steel series did, but this author continually sets the bar so very high that this is still an amazing read.

Niko blinked at the man beside him. Because there he was. His hidden Vasili.
The man he loved.

Old friends become enemies, new alliances are formed and help comes from the most surprising of places. The story rattles along at a fair pace, twisting and turning and knocking you sideways at the most unexpected of times. The story had everything I wanted, adventure, emotion, desperation, hope, despair and glimpsed moments of what could have been…

He wanted to build a new life somewhere far away from it all, where the prince didn’t have the weight of a crown on his head or a curse in his veins. Just a cabin in the woods, an open fire, and a burbling brook.
But those dreams were a fool’s fantasy.
He’d seen this done. He’d keep his word because it was all he had left to give the man he loved.
Vasili’s last order would also be his own.

My poor fragile heart is battered and yet I am completely satisfied and replete with how this adventure ended. I hugely recommend this series.

He was wildness, like the sea, and Vasili would willingly drown in him.

Of course, Nikolas wasn’t a threat – well, not like this. He was a threat at other times. But in these quiet moments, he was everything Vasili needed him to be and so much more.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

Goodreadshttps://www.goodreads.com/book/show/55940345-curse-of-the-dark-prince


Synopsis
With the powerful cities of Seran and Loreen having fallen to elves, and the dark flame escaping its bonds, Prince Vasili Caville’s plight has never been more desperate. But for the first time in his lifetime, he’s not alone. With the formidable Nikolas Yazdan at his side, not all is lost.

But Nikolas has changed. The Yazdan legacy has caught up with him, and as strong and stubborn as he is, nobody can resist the flame’s call for long. For all his words of honor and sacrifice, Vasili fears he’s losing Nikolas, and with him any chance of defeating the elves for good.

Love, power, control. To save both himself and Nikolas, Vasili must surrender it all and embrace everything a Caville is destined to be. For beneath the broken palace, hidden inside its heart, lies the answer to everything. And all it will cost, is love.

Photo by Maycon Marmo

// REVIEW \\ Finding Her Luck

Finding Her Luck:
An Orki War Bride Tale
by Isoellen

This doesn’t truly fit into one genre or category, instead it’s a delightful blend of so many things, the best I can do is describe it as speculative fiction. Written very much with a fairy tale feel, it also paralleled fantasy/historical romance, along with elements taken from both SFR and omegaverse.


There is a lot of humour in the story, Corrin had a very droll inner monologue and it lent a delightfully warm air to the tale. I could hear her Nanny uttering those pearls of wisdom, whilst nodding sagely and clucking like a mother hen. These were by parts both incredibly heartwarming and yet also poignant, touching and yet funny. Though the constant reminding that the only luck Corrin had was bad luck did, at times, make it hard to like her relatives. It was definitely a self-fulfilling prophecy!


Descriptions of the main characters are developed gradually over the course of the story and it is apparent, from a sentence quite late in the book, that it was a deliberate ploy. One designed to slowly open our eyes to Urku-ri, his brethren and their world, just as Corrin’s eyes were opened to the possibilities his “ownership” offered. In fact she underwent significant character growth, though I loved that she never lost her spark, the fire in her belly nor her stubborn streak.


Having spent all her life in a backwater village, something akin to an Amish village, and despite supposed education about the wider world, Corrin was very sheltered and naive. She had never experienced what the cities offered, only understanding technology as vague theoretical concepts. The world building was both fleshed out and bare bones, however this is entirely because we view everything through Corrin’s eyes, and she doesn’t HAVE the answers, doesn’t know the information to share with us. The author knew well when to paint in that detail and when to hold back, reflecting Corrin’s ignorance of the wider world.


Finally, hats off to the author for how she took a potentially ugly beast of a male and, through the eyes of Corrin, made him attractive. Even as I read her description and built a mental picture that should have repelled I instead found that the emotions and thoughts of Corrin gave me a massively positive impression of Urku-ri. And my word does she treat us to some scorching hot and erotic consensual sex scenes.


Finding Her Luck is a wonderful and unusual story, well written and entertaining. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Goodreads ~~ https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/56495246-finding-her-luck

Genre ~~ Fantasy / Science Fiction / Omegaverse

When raiders steal Corrin and the other village women away from their homes, the future looks grim. None of them expect an ancient race of warriors called the Orki to murder the raiders and take the women for their own. Only Corrin would have the poor fortune to be kidnapped twice in one day.
Now, the leader of the brutish aliens has chosen her to be his ‘redress’, whatever that means. With Corrin’s cursed luck, it can’t be anything good.
She should be angry. She should be scared. Instead, what Corrin starts to feel for the Orki is something else entirely. Something dangerous and forbidden. Could this infuriating male be the thing that finally changes Corrin’s luck for the better?

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This is an Omegaverse fantasy story featuring scenes with intimate interactions and power exchange, with orc-like aliens set in a world ruled by violence. If you like tame romances, this story is not for you.