REVIEW //\\ Primal Sin



They kissed in the rain on a London rooftop, and Severn knew this memory was one he’d never surrender.

Primal Sin







I’m not sure if I love Ariana Nash or hate her, not after what she did to me, Severn and Mikhail.


We start with lies and betrayal, manipulation and machinations before sliding into the most wondrous, astounding and breathtaking love story until we reach a finale that brings it crashing down around us in the most heartbreaking of ways.




The full force of Mikhail’s shove drove him back. He hit the wall, his breath puffed out of him, and Mihail caught his face, his mouth, his body beneath his. Just tasting the angel had all the frayed parts of Mikhail’s mind coming together again, proving more than ever that Severn was his.




Severn is a man of many secrets, damaged both by the loss of his wings and the hand life has dealt him. A dark soul, conflicted and full of hurt. I very quickly found myself falling for this dangerous saviour. At first it was harder to know and even like Mikhail, this angel had such rigid thinking, blinkered and unfeeling. However seeing the change Severn wrought in him soon had me as captivated by Mikhail as much as his lover was.




He was caught, inexplicably owned, and Mikhail struggled to level his breath and control his heart. Part of him fought to break free and push Severn back, but another part liked the sensation of being held down, being controlled. There was a freedom in it, a relief almost. He didn’t have to be strong now, he could let this happen.




Oh but there was never a truer saying than that of “the course of true love never did run smooth”. That was just so very true for Mikhail and Severn, two polar opposite and yet incredibly similar souls bound by a love to span the eons. Ariana Nash certainly likes to give to her readers with one hand, whilst quickly snatching all the joy back with the other. This book has left me reeling, my emotions torn asunder and my heart pummelled. I desperately need the next book, Eternal Sin , in order to soothe my tattered spirit.




He was lost, fallen for Mikhail in all ways, and he never wanted to be found.


















Fallen for love. Risen for revenge.

Severn knows love. He knows how it feels to fight for love, and have it torn from his reach. He knows that when the killing fields are strewn with the dead, and love is all gone, only one thing keeps his demon heart beating:

Vengeance.

His life is now a web of lies. His act, a perfect one. His enemy, the guardian angel Mikhail, sits beside him, turns to him for guidance, and even loves him.

The time has come to make all the angels fall, beginning with the most powerful of them all.

Severn thought he knew love. But he’s about to discover that love takes no prisoners, and as demons and angels clash over London’s battle-weary streets, love will claim the souls of two destined enemies.

Primal Sin is a dark gay fantasy with a strong love-story. The series is brimming with savage desires, relentless lies and the bite of vengeance and is not for anyone easily disturbed by graphic scenes. 










Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0857GYC5X

Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B0857GYC5X


Goodreads – https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50926046-primal-sin




Favourite Reads of 2019 – Part Two

So yesterday I revealed the more ‘real life’ favourite books of 2019, even if that real life was firmly fictional. Today I’m showcasing my favourite books from those worlds that definitely could only exist inside a writers ingenious mind. The sci-fi, fantasy, paranormal and omegaverse worlds where the ‘normal’ rules don’t apply and pretty much anything goes. They all still fall into the romance genre, because I love me some smut, but I still see them as different and distinct categories.

Sci-Fi Romance


1. Delirium by Myra Danvers.
Iris is hands down my favourite heroine of all times. I may want to marry her, I definitely want to have her children. Sadly Myra Danvers has also struggled with writing, and life, of late, so we are still awaiting the next book in the series. However I remember the days of only knowing my favourite author had released the next book in a series when I found it in the local book shop. I’m happy to wait, and should there never be any more Iris I would still recommend this book because it is simply that good.

Read my review.


2. Deliverance and Her Dark Legion by Pippa DaCosta.
OK, so I’m cheating a lot little here, but I love both of these books for hugely different reasons and can’t even fit a cigarette paper between to separate the pair of them. Deliverance is a much awaited instalment of the 1000 Revolutions series. I totally love Caleb and One and was sooooo happy to catch up with them a little more. I wouldn’t like to say if you could read this stand alone, since I have read the rest of the books, but it was a complete segment of a story, so it’s a possibility.
Her Dark Legion was the final book in the Messenger Chronicles and you definitely need to have read the previous 4 books. This is high on my list of All Time Favourite Series’ Ever, possibly only pipped by the series written under the authors other pen name, Ariana Nash.
Her writing is phenomenal and both books are brim full of feels, have amazing characters and outstanding world building.

My reviews are here and here.


3. Virgin Tribute by Delta James.

Set in a dystopian future this is a dark tale that contains dubious consent and non-consensual power exchanges. It left me speechless and hungering for more, much more, of this world. Especially since Drake had a barbed phallus…. oh the possibilities!
This is another book that could have easily fitted into the Dark catagory, but since I was already having trouble slimming that one down the decision to place it here was an easy one to make.

My review.



Paranormal Romance


1. Happily Ever Crowned by Lexi C Foss and Anna Edwards.

“Wow. Dark, powerful, gut-wrenching, twisted, steamy and amazing. “
Lexi C Foss has the golden touch as far as I am concerned. I can’t believe I only discovered her work this year but am massively grateful that I did. Her writing holds my attention from the first line to the last, and fills me so full of feels like you wouldn’t believe.
It is subtitled as book 1 of a series and I for one can’t wait to join in with more adventures.

Review.


2. Mesmer (and the Dark Hearts Series) by Cari Silverwood.

Whilst Mesmer is a stand alone read, to fully understand and appreciate the story I would recommend having read the super dark, super amazing Dark Hearts series first. It contains a lot of world building that enhances the story in this book.
Mesmers are a group of men who can mind control susceptible women, turning them into sex (or I guess any other kind of) slave. Sadly the mesmer gene, or the power it conveys, causes most of these men to travel down the wrong path. It’s a pretty dark read (co-written by Jennifer Bene what else can you expect?), with lots of boundary pushing kink to boot.
Cari has a unique writing voice, it actually takes on its own character, Greta, in this book and is what makes her my favourite current author.

Review of Mesmer.


3. Sin & Magic by KF Breene.

Actually I should be listing this under it’s series title of Demigod of San Francisco, since the books need to be read in chronological order. Written by the the amazingly talented KF Breene, this is only one of dozens of her must read books. The word awesome was invented to describe this lady and I recommend ALL her work to you.

My review for particular book is here.


Fantasy Romance


1. Silk & Steel Series by Ariana Nash.

Ariana Nash is the brand new MM, steamier version of the author Pippa DaCosta. In the Silk & Steel series she has created a world of dragon shifters, elves and humans. It’s a dark read, very dark and all trigger warnings should be seriously heeded. The romance between natural enemies Lysander (a dragon shifter prince) and Eroan (an elf charged with destroying dragons) develops slowly over the course of the trilogy. And with all great stories the course of true love never does run smooth.
Some reviews talk about plot holes and inconsistent details, however if those reviewers had read books 1-3, they would have found that those questions were answered at some point.

My reviews
Sealed with a Kiss (Book 0.5)
Silk & Steel (Book 1)
Iron & Fire (Book 2)
Blood & Ice (Book 3)
Lost & Found (Book 3.5)
The Black Prince (Book 4)


2. Last Titan Series by Myra Danvers.

An absolutely amazing new author sprang onto the scene this year, though she’s been on literotica for quite a while. I’ve already featured her sci-fi romance, Delirium, but such is my admiration for this author, and her work, that I’m also featuring her fantasy romance series.
Ravenous Innocence, Insatiable Corruption and Lavish Destruction are the first three books of the series. I’m still not Asher’s biggest fan, but I’m slowly being persuaded by Ms Danvers that he deserves his chance with Mila, even if he has taken her power and bound her to him. The balance of power however was slowly shifting to her direction and I am eagerly awaiting more books in the series. Particularly since the writing is so amazing.

Ravenous Innocence, Insatiable Corruption and Lavish Destruction.


3. Condemned by Cari Silverwood.

I do believe that I’ve already mentioned this author is my favourite. Her writing just speaks to me on a level that many others don’t. She’s like a super kinky version of Terry Pratchett, always pushing boundaries but usually making me giggle along the way.
Condemned was one of two books written she published via Stormy Nights, which meant a toning down of the darker elements she usually includes. It’s a RH kink-fest and one of the few stand alone books where the males have distinct characteristics and there is also a well developed plot. Not only did she includes the prerequisite cute and quirky bot in this story (a mouse), but her heroine is half Mauleon, a genetically-engineered leonine type species. And that right there is a huge pointer to Ms Silverwoods off-beat humour right there – the cat relying on and caring for the mouse. Oh and did I mention there are winged horses that “hop-fly”?

Review for Condemned




The final category is Omegaverse, which as been hugely popular within the MM realm, but has seen a huge growth in both the MF and dark romance tropes.

Omegaverse Romance


1. Broken by Eva Dresden.

I think this is one of the best debut novels I have ever read. It’s very dark and is part of the as yet unfinished Omega’s Destruction series. Ms Dresden really does put her heroine, Quinn, through the wringer. I’m surprised she can still function after all that she has endured!
Eva’s writing has a somewhat poetic feel to it, things are often suggested or implied rather than always being blatantly and very obviously told/shown. It provides a breath of fresh air and makes this very much a must-read series. The book does end on a cliff-hanger and whilst book 2 is available (and a highly recommended read too), the final book of the series is currently still in production.

Review.


2. December (Sacred Omegas #1) by Merel Pierce.

Blending Omegaverse with a slightly dystopian feeling organised crime/mafia romance gave this book a VERY unique feel. It took me by surprise with how dark it got, things were trotting along quite nicely and then BAM! it veered straight into darksville. This book is certainly not all sweetness and light, although the acts are not perpetrated by the hero. He is a more than a bit of an alpha-hole at first, but he does treat her with respect and I found myself caring deeply for both December and Nikolai.

Review.


3. Primal Possession by Tabitha Black.

This is the very last book I’m highlighting from 2019 but it is by no means in last place in any other respect. I started of hating the hero of this book, but by the end was totally besotted by him. The author wrote a very convincing story that definitely had it’s own feel and carved it’s own spot within the omegaverse world.
It’s the first book in an interconnected series of stand alones and I’m looking forward to Ms Black releasing more of them.

Review.

A Tale Of Dragons and Elves

THE BLACK PRINCE
by Ariana Nash

Even now, his dragon prince didn’t realise how special he was.

Zane, The Black Prince

GHARRRR!

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Ariana Nash stomped me into the ground with the story of Akiem “You think you’re not worth loving” and Zane “The bright star in Akiem’s darkness”. She tore into me, giving me false hope before cruelly snatching it all away again.

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This tale of of love against the odds, of lies, betrayal and secrecy, of two broken souls finding light in the darkness and of a dragon and an elf is, quite simply, one of my favourite reads of the year. Maybe of forever.

In many ways, it had been easier when he had cared about nothing, but he wouldn’t change it. Caring made him feel alive and true and strong.

Akiem, The Black Prince

Every line dripped with feeling, emotion flowed throughout the narrative, yet it never distracted nor detracted from the amazing, layered plot. Ariana Nash’s writing is simply awe inspiring, the story gripping from the first lines to the last. The plot throwing you around like a fairground ride, first leading you in one direction before thrusting you rapidly into a different one.

Not only has this story left me with a huge book hangover, I don’t even want to pick up another book. I don’t want to sully the memory of an elf and his black dragon, don’t want to let go of the emotions running through me, don’t want to admit that they are just characters in a book.

I think I’m just going to rock quietly in a darkened corner, hugging my comfort blanket and dreaming of a bronze eyed dragon and his red haired elf.

It made his body ache when they were apart, as though Zane were the missing piece he’d been searching for his whole life.

How could Zane make him see that he didn’t need to die to prove he had earned the right to live?

In the war-torn rubble of the human world, can a rebel elf and a lost dragon prince find love, or will a dark threat tear them and their world apart forever?

A new land, a new court, a new king, but some things never change.

Broken in all ways, Akiem fled his life as the amethyst prince only to land at the mercy of the beautiful but deadly diamond king, Luceran.

Akiem knows dragons. He knows he’ll die today, tomorrow, whenever Luceran’s executioner brings down his axe, and maybe it’s all he deserves. He’s ready for death, craves it even, like he craves the elf with flame-red hair and a sly smile, the damn elf whose stolen kiss lit Akiem up in ways he didn’t know were possible.

Akiem doesn’t do males and he definitely doesn’t do elves. But some things do change.

Drifter, mercenary, lover — Zane is all those things. He’ll do almost anything for coin. But he doesn’t do dragons and he definitely doesn’t do love.

It’s not such a bad life for an elf. Better than the rest of his kin, living under the rule and whims of King Luceran.

Working as a bodyguard in Bayston should have been quick coin in his pocket before moving on. But King Luceran has a new toy he parades at court. A dragon with eyes of gold and scales as black as night.

He probably shouldn’t have kissed him. Definitely should have killed him.

And now, moving on is the farthest thought from Zane’s mind. Because Luceran’s new toy is not like the other dragonkin. And maybe, just maybe, the terrible, beautiful beast has the key to freeing all the persecuted elves and unlocking Zane’s restless heart.

Zane doesn’t do love and he doesn’t do dragons.

But with the arrival of the Black Prince, everything is about to change.

***

The Black Prince is part of the Silk & Steel world. It can be read as a standalone.

The publication date is temporary and likely to be brought forward to December 2019. The Black Prince will be in Kindle Unlimited on its release.

Please note: This novel contains an m/m love story and adult content. The Black Prince is intended for mature readers.

Ratings
5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.
4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.
3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.
2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.
1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.

Silk and Steel #3: Blood & Ice

Blood & Ice (Silk and Steel #3)
by Ariana Nash

Five star rating – shiny golden stars

“From the greatest of fires, the greatest of weapons is forged.”

Just – wow, this book is everything! Epic fantasy adventure with a sexy a.f. elf and a devastatingly gorgeous dragon, some amazing supporting characters and some despicable bad guys.

The tension, emotion and lust that was poured into every interaction between Lysander and Eroan, that filled every paragraph, shaped every line and breathed life into every word between them was unparalleled. This pair of star-crossed lovers gave so much of themselves for others, again and again and again. They bled metaphorically and physically for those who didn’t understand nor always accepted them. And they never gave up. Not on their hopes and not on each other. I tell you this pair made Romeo and Juliet look like amateurs.

It felt like something strummed between them, an understanding, or maybe something more, something deeper than that, something soulbound.

I loved this book so much. Every. Single. Amazing.

Word. There are so many great characters, some you like and others you loathe. Two in particular needed to earn redemption for past actions. The dramatic difference between how each one of this pair accepted their lot, coped with their pain and chose which path to tread was so amazingly portrayed. One earned himself a second chance, he sacrificed himself for the good of others, he learnt new things about both himself and those around him. The other would never take any responsibility for his actions, instead seeking to place the blame elsewhere and wasting his what should have been on what might have been. That was some deep message there about owning your actions and righting your wrongs.

“What by Alumn are you all gawking at?” Seraph’s sharp bark delivered a startling amount of authority. “There are bodies to burn, you know.”

Eroan and Lysander are equally powerful characters, finally finding their own place in the world and the strength to be who their heart wants them to be. It is a journey fraught with pain, regret, betrayal, pride, hurt, hope, love and friendship. It’s a journey that will see your heart break and remake, probably more than once! Never have two men fought so hard for their HEA, and my word they deserve every single second of it.

“Is that really appropriate. You being undeniably dragon,” he gestured at Lysander and then made a show of sweeping at himself, “and me being exquisitely elf?”

Though I’m not sure how long their peace will last based on that final conversation, you wicked tease Ms Nash!

to hear that laugh a hundred times over. A thousand times, if he could. They had the whole day, the night too. Maybe this time, they had forever?

Blurb –
An elven assassin. A dragon prince.
Three days they had together.
Three days was not enough.


There’s a traitor among the elves. A traitor who will stop at nothing to see Eroan pay for the crime of loving a dragon, and Eroan Ilanea will pay with blood.

Lysander has never been free to choose his fate. That is about to change. Finally, he learns what it means to be emerald, but knowledge is power, and power whispers its seductive curse into the ear of a broken prince.

Elf and dragon.
Leaders, lovers, fighters.
Fates entwined.

But as the dragonkin rise under a new king, will Eroan’s and Lysander’s boundless love save the world or destroy it forever?

***

The devastating and emotional bestselling Silk & Steel series concludes in Blood & Ice.

Silk & Steel is a m/m dark fantasy. The series has triggering content.


AMAZON US / AMAZON UK / BOOKBUB / GOODREADS

Iron & Fire – Ariana Nash

Who needs Game of Thrones when you have this dark fantasy epic to enjoy?

⭐⭐⭐⭐ 1/2

“Afraid to get up close and personal with a dragon without sticking your sword in it?”

Lysanda, Iron & Fire

Oh Lydander and Eroan, you can stick your swords in me any day! I don’t think I’ve read such an incredibly sexy yet tortured pair. This is a classic tale of love against the divide, set against a background of war and survival. You don’t just read this book, you step into it’s pages, touch the soil of the forest, soar the air on leathery wings, hide in the ramshackle shelters, feel the heat of the fire and smell the scent of hope, despair and love.

Pippa Dacosta (Ariana Nash) is the most evil of authors, delighting in the pain and suffering of her characters. The pain, hurt and trials she put Eroan through were bad enough, but I might never forgive her for how she tortured Lysander. I’m just hoping, to quote Yoda,
“Only through fire is a strong sword forged.”
‘Cos, boy, did Lysander get thrown into the fires of hell, again and again and again.

Save him. Like he saved us. 
The seconds raced along with him and he feared, with every beat of his heart, that he was already too late.

Eroan, Fire & Iron


We get some wonderful moments between Eroan and Lysander, though boy do they fight tooth and claw to either avoid them or to get to them. Eroan in particular struggles with his feelings for and attraction to Lysander, after all his whole life has been dedicated to the destruction of dragons, not loving them.


“What is this thing between us?”

“You come alive in my hands…” Lysander breathed, setting free the words he’d so long wanted to speak.

This is a story of epic proportions, the plot unfolding, twisting and morphing so that just as one obstacle is overcome another 5 arise in its place. The lies, the deceit, the pigheaded ignorance and jealousy – and that was just amongst the elves! If it hadn’t been for Seraph and Trey I’d have encouraged Eroan to find a warm cave, on a nice secluded mountainside, that he and Lysander could live out their days in. Nye needs stabbing in the eye with a sharp stick! So jealous that he refused to see the truth that was in front of his eyes. So stuck in his ways that he could never see another path. Despite Lysander showing his heart again and again.

He was fairly certain this decision would get him killed but there was nothing and no one else he’d gladly die for.

Lysander, Iron & Fire

It was much more subtle but we also started to learn more about the dragons. There were definitely breadcrumbs there, that will no doubt become glaringly obvious beacons on a second read through after the series is complete! I always suspected there was more to Carline than we had been told, but I was at least a galaxy away from guessing the actual truth. Hmm, perhaps I need to read Silk & Steel for clues I’m sure will be there. Just what are those secrets you hold so close to your chest, Akiem? What does it mean to be Emerald?

I loved every moment spent in this book, even though I had my heart and soul wrenched out and smashed to smithereens repeatedly. The next book can’t come soon enough!


He was afraid, he realized. Not of them,..not anymore. Nothing back there could hurt him. He was afraid of himself and what he was becoming – what he needed to become to survive the war to come.

Lysander, Iron & Steel


Blurb

Alliances are forged and broken, friendships shattered, and despite the odds stacked against them, two hearts collide in this explosive sequel to Silk & Steel.

From his mother’s cage to a human one, but Lysander’s captors are the least of his concerns. Rumors of a monstrous bronze dragon ripple through human camps, a dragon tearing great holes in the world as though searching for something… or someone. 

It’s just a matter of time before the bronze chief, Dokul, finds Lysander and makes good on his promises. And should he find him, Lysander knows Dokul will not be merciful.

Amidst the greatest of elven victories, Eroan failed. Failed his people, failed himself, and failed the dragon who saved him. But he will not falter. The dragonkin are in disarray, there will never be a greater opportunity to strike. Eroan Ilanea will not fail his people again. 

But when rumors of the dragon prince’s survival reach him, he must choose: Fight for his people or fight for the prince who nobody thought to save? 

***

Contains adult themes, triggering content, a bisexual elf, and a gay dragon shifter.


Purchase Links –

Amazon US – https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07N8KD5NL/
Amazon UK – https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B07N8KD5NL/


Ratings

5 stars – This is a book I will not forget and would definitely read again.

4 stars – I really enjoyed this book, I might not read it again but I would definitely recommend it to others.

3 stars – This story was good but either forgettable or just very typical of its genre.

2 stars – Whilst the book was readable I either didn’t enjoy parts of the plot or just could not connect to the main characters.

1 star – This is a book I simply could not finish for reasons listed in the review.