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 andas 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!
Midnight Fae Academy: Book Three (Midnight Fae Academy #3) by Lexi C. Foss
5 stars. Amazing. What else is there to say?
Well I suppose I could start with how this was my favourite of the series so far (**notethese are NOT standalone stories). From the opening lines I was caught hook. line and sinker. This really is one of those books you will want to read in one sitting, so don’t start it if you have important plans that you can’t get out of. Definitely don’t start it late at night, not if you want to get any sleep.
Aflora may be a captive of Zakkai, but that won’t stop her from interacting with Kols, Zeph and Shade, well when she can track that slippery guy down. The steam level of this was possibly lower, though we do get a fantastic MM scene and a real treat towards the end. However I liked that the focus was on the characters and plot, rather than the pages being filled with unnecessary sex scenes. I felt the balance was perfect in this one.
Despite his actions at the end of the last book, I really felt for Shade in this book. His constant sacrifices are enough to break even the strongest of characters and the way he negotiates through the political equivalent of a minefield is breathtaking. The double, triple and quadruple crossing made my mind spin. I still can’t work out the allegiances of some characters, I’m sure there are still plenty of surprises left in store for us. Throughout all this, even when Shade seems to betray the others, no one feels the pain more than him. Everything is done for Aflora, so you can’t help but love the guy.
We eventually start to see the bigger picture, seemingly random events and comments start to tie together. Truths are revealed, as are lies, and Shade very much is at the heart of it all, whether he wants to be or not. Aflora is both a pawn and a catalyst, but whether she can truly tie her mates together remains to be seen. The plot rattles along at break neck speed, with surprises jumping out from some very unexpected quarters. I just can’t sing the praises of this ongoing story enough.
Retribution. Reformation. Two sides of a revolution, both vying for my allegiance. Well, I pick neither side. I’m an Earth Fae Royal bound to four Midnight Fae. My powers are growing stronger every day, and I’m tired of being a pawn in a war I don’t understand. Now that I know all the players involved and the risks at stake, I’m ready to ascend. No more tricks. No more lies. No more deadly secrets. My name is Aflora. Your future Queen of the Midnight Fae. And I’m done playing your games. Welcome to the new reign, boys. I make the rules here. And I will not bow.
So I have two picks for today – not only because they are at the extremes ends of the spectrum but also because they are pivotal scenes in their respective stories. One book features the wedding at the start, one towards the end.
The first book is Happily Ever Crowned, by Lexi C Foss and Anna Edwards. This is a dark PNR where the wedding is very much NOT a happy and joyous occasion, not for the heroine.
The second book is the final part of the Just An Illusion trilogy, Just An Illusion – EP, by D. Kelly. This is a very happy, though poignant wedding and the words “it’s in the bag” still send shivers down my spine. The book is very much a box of kleenex, bottle of wine and something to cuddle read. It is eviscerating, second only to The Girl and Her Ren in the Ugly Cry Stakes.
Happily Ever Bitten (Underworld Royals #2) by Lexi C. Foss and Anna Edwards
The first few chapters felt a little slow, but it soon picked up pace and then it felt like non-stop action until the very end. Zaya and Grigory had me utterly enamoured with them. Zaya with her strength edged with vulnerability and Grigory with his play-boy exterior that hid a man who not only took his responsibilities seriously, but who also cared deeply.
Whilst this can be read stand alone, I do think the enjoyment will be enhanced if you have read Happily Ever Crowned, the previous book in the series. Though I do need to warn that Crownedhas some very dark scenes in the beginning, including dubious and non-consent. Bittenis an exciting, twisty, scorching hot and totally unpredictable paranormal romance. There are lies, plots, secrets and the usual manipulation behind the scenes by Lucifer. I still want to poke his eyes out, but without his cruel plotting Zaya wouldn’t be the woman she is.
I felt this got the balance between plot and romance just right. The amazing story was enhanced by the scorching hot scenes between Zaya and Grigory, not to mention the tender moments that convinced me of the their feelings for one another. I want to say nothing felt unrealistic, which would be silly because this is a book about demons, magic and the underworld. However what I really mean is that the characters felt real, I was there with them, not just reading about them. Their battles became my battles and I became totally wrapped up in their tale.
This is a great book that I highly recommend to those who enjoy a well written paranormal/demons romance. I can’t wait for book 3!
A Halfling. My designation. A plague. An essential death sentence in the Underworld. Until I met him. A Noxia Prince. He’s arrogant, a playboy, and the male who saved my life. Except he never gave me a choice, his blood tying me to him for an eternity of servitude. And I’m not sure I want to pay that price. An unspeakable past. Monsters haunt my nightmares. Most of them dead. But a few are still alive, and so I’ll hunt them. Torture them. Slay them all. Even if it brings about an early demise. A courtship signed in blood. One bite sealed my fate. But someone is playing a dangerous game, and she’ll stop at nothing to see me destroyed. Life is a journey to death. Sometimes the only way to truly live is to die. But I’m not going down without a fight.
I’m joining in with That Artsy Reader Girl and her meme, Top Ten Tuesday. It’s a very Happy 10th Birthday to this meme, so the floor is open for the choice of topic.
I was considering using the very first prompt ever, but my childhood was a loooong time ago, and I’m not sure I could remember all of my favourite books, so have decided to pick my favourite 10 books of the year so far.
This is a reverse harem story, 1 female and several males. However 2 of the males are already in a sexual relationship prior to meeting the heroine. I love how in this world, sexuality is not an issue. Gender is, as it’s a patriarchal society (don’t worry there’s no spanking!) though I get the impression that Aflora plans to shake that up more than a little! My Review – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/02/23/book-review-midnight-fae-academy-1/
Welcome to Midnight Fae Academy. Home of the Dark Arts. Vampires. And cruelly handsome fae. A forbidden bite led to my capture and recruitment. There are no flowers here. No life. Only death. I’m an Earth Fae who doesn’t belong here. They can play their little mind games all they want, but I’m going to find a way back to my elemental world. Even if it kills me. Except Headmaster Zephyrus is one step ahead of my every move. Prince Kolstov won’t stop cornering me. And Shadow–the reason I’m in this damn mess to begin with–haunts my dreams. My affinity for the earth is dying and being replaced by something more sinister. Something powerful. Something deadly. The Midnight Fae believe this is my fate. They claim that I was “recruited” for a purpose. To battle a rising presence. Or to die trying. I don’t owe them a damn thing. But if I have to pass their trials to find my way home, then so be it. I survived a plague and far worse in the Elemental Fae realm. An ominous energy? Please. What a joke. Give it your best shot. I’m waiting. And don’t you dare bite me. Or I’ll make you regret it.
The perfect recipe for the ultimate MM romance.
Take one bruised, battered but not totally broken spy, Add in one sassy, snarky, organised to the nth degree man called Tom, Blend together with enough chemistry and heat to power a volcano, Throw in great writing, a sprinkle of Walsh goodness, some sunburn and a wedding. Shake, stir, shake some more and then sit back and enjoy this masterpiece of romance.
Wes is a Navy SEAL turned government agent. He grew up in a military household where his father had an ethos of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and is so far in the closet he might just find himself in Narnia. Tom has made huge sacrifices, including his family, to be true to himself. He isn’t prepared to go back to a life of hiding and pretending. Watching this couple fall in love will give you ALL the feels. My Review – https://louisesbookbuzz.home.blog/2020/03/30/review-missing-in-action/
Former Navy SEAL turned covert agent Wes Halsted spent his days —andweeks and months —being someone else. But with his cover blown and his injuries requiring months of recuperation, he must learn how to be himself again. Only …he’d rather save his issues for another day and get to know a stressed-out, suited-up businessman instead. Tom Esbeck has everything under control. Meal plans, workout plans, project plans, five-year plans. A plan for everything and everything according to plan. Except there’s no plan for a surprise—and shirtless—encounter with the built-for-sin spy he’d crushed on years ago. But crushes —and spies —burn out fast.
It was all fun and games until it wasn’t. Lies, deceit, and jealousy threaten to tear the three of us apart. We can have it all, but that’s not as easy as it sounds. Ben I never thought I’d show my best friend that side of me, but I had to take my one shot or regret it forever. Luc It was only supposed to be one night of something I didn’t understand and never wanted, but it became so much more. Georgie They want me to choose, but I want them both. They just have to admit they want it, too. The thing about us? We can make it work…even if we have to fight to keep it together.
I think this might have been my first ever MM read. Both guys are in an MC club, though it isn’t your usual guns and drugs one. These are all ex-military and now do security work, riding bikes is their passion. The only thing I didn’t love were the two heroes nicknames. If you think Snatch is bad, his lover is called Itchy, and the two words together fairly makes me cringe! My Review – https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2058556554?book_show_action=false&from_review_page=1
I’ve always been a connoisseur of the opposite sex. Tall, short, thin, thick and juicy, my tastes knew no limitations. That became abundantly clear the night my best friend took me in his mouth. Sure, there’d been close calls before, the slip of a hand or misplaced lips. With our propensity to share women, it was bound to happen. That fateful night, I was met with pure intention and an experience I never want to forget. Falling for a friend has never been so complicated.ething else? I’ll soon find out that what happens in the dark will always come to light.
Title – The Black Prince Author – Ariana Nash Genre – MM Fantasy Romance Goodreads –
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 hedidn’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 the dragon 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.
Take a vacation, they said. Get away from Silicon Valley’s back-stabbing and power-grabbing. Recharge the innovative batteries. Unwind, then come back stronger than ever. Instead, I got lost at sea and fell in love with an anti-social lobsterman. There’s one small issue: Owen Bartlett doesn’t know who I am. Who I really am. ~~ I don’t like people. I avoid small talk and socializing, and I kick my companions out of bed before the sun rises. No strings, no promises, no problems. Until Cole McClish’s boat drifts into Talbott’s Cove, and I bend all my rules for the sexy sailor. I don’t know Cole’s story or what he’s running from, but one thing is certain: I’m not letting him run away from me.
If you thought book 1 ended on a sucker punch of a cliff-hanger then this ending will slay you!
The story picks straight up from where book #1 ended, with Aflora in a dungeon awaiting a possible death sentence. From that moment onwards this is non-stop action, holding my attention throughout and leaving me feeling as though I were in one of these carts …
There was a LOT of foreshadowing, but much of it in Shades very shade-y way, so you think you might know something, but do you really? There are hints, half truths, puzzles and lies, trust his hard to give when the rug keeps being pulled out from under your feet.
Book 1 introduced us to most of the main players in this story, this book builds on their relationship, whilst also slowly revealing untold secrets and sinister plans. The chemistry between Aflora, Zeph, Shade and Kols is off the charts, this had the perfect balance of enough sexy times to convince me of their feelings, but not too much to overpower the story. I also loved all the small gestures, the little opportunities, that firmly cemented the depth and strength of their feelings for one another. The more I get to know these guys the more I love them, and Aflora is just down right amazing.
I really, really loved this book, I’m hoping book 3 is just as good! My heart aches and breaks for Shadow/Shade and all the terrible things he has seen and torturous decisions he has had to make. There is so much more to this loveable bad boy, than you would ever expect. Oh, and that epilogue, well …
I’m in purgatory. Hell. A Midnight Fae dungeon. All because my mates betrayed me. Shade swears he’s innocent. Zeph promises that what he did was for my own best interest. Meanwhile, Kols isn’t apologetic in the slightest, his cocky arrogance claiming fate intervened at just the right moment. I hate them all. Crave them, too. And now I have to work with them to solve a millennia-old secret, one that involves my true heritage. Except our digging has awoken an ancient power and it’s threatening to destroy the Midnight Fae realm with its vengeance. If only the Academy offered courses in mediation. I could use one of those right about now. Because as it turns out, I’m the only one with the power to stop this thing from taking over. And I have to rely on my mates to help guide me. Welcome to Midnight Fae Academy, where the classes are useless and the male fae are all jackholes. Wish me luck.
For the first time in what feels a long time, mainly due to the uncertain times in which we presently live, I have read a book that I just didn’t want to put down. A book that drew me totally and profoundly into it’s world, had me utterly entranced with every word, had me battling between the need to read quickly and find out what would happen next with stretching out the experience and time with the characters for as long as possible.
From the blurb I was expecting a far less battle-ready Snow/Winter, I also thought it suggested a timeline of months or years, rather than a week or so. And that is the ONLY fault I really found with the story. Also, if I’m being totally honest, I wasn’t sure how a more fantasy style story, suggested by the blurb, would have fitted into the x-clan series. It wouldn’t, so the fact that this was very muchin line with the rest of the series was actually a relief. In this book, and the series as a whole, the author has created a world that I never want to leave.
Winter and Kazak get off to quite an explosive start, albeit a shaky one too. They have barely exchanged more than a few words when circumstances force their hands into embarking on a very unexpected and very complicated journey. Twists, turns, harsh lessons, shocking discoveries all play out into a layered story that enables (forces?) both Winter and Kazak to undergo personal growth in a way that felt utterly believable – even if this is a paranormal/dystopian/omegaverse story!
Whilst the basic rule of law is that Alphas lead and Omegas submit, Winter never once came across as weak or powerless. In a very short period of time her entire world was tipped upside down and she had to learn new rules and adapt VERY quickly. Yes some of her decisions were reckless, yes she made some errors, but more as a consequence of the situation forced on her rather than a weak or irritating personality. I loved her.
I also loved Kazak, mainly because he respected her capabilities and needed her strength, though pack law meant that in public Winter needed to mind her step. He was occasionally an alpha-hole, but his willingness to listen, to explain, also made him very redeemable. His very imperfections were what made him perfect, particularly the fact that he was, sort of, willing to admit to his mistakes.
This pair, their journey (both physical and emotional), their passion, their learning, their story was just perfect. So as I said at the beginning – I want, no I NEED, more!
True love is a myth. A trick. A way to subdue the heroine and take everything from her.
Winter Snow My “true love” conspired with my stepmother to have me killed and stole my throne. But they failed. I’ve been in hiding and refining my vengeance. I’m no longer the damsel they mistook me for once upon a time. I’m coming for them. And my kingdom, too. Who needs dwarves when you have wolves? Who needs blades when you have arrows? My name used to be Snow. Now they call me the Winter’s Arrow. Because I’m here to destroy them all.
Kazek Flor I’m not a prince but an Alpha. And I take what I want, when I want it. So when I found an Omega princess dying in the woods, I took her and made her mine. I’ll train her. Embolden her. Help her seek the vengeance she is owed. Then, together, we’ll take down Winter Sector and the wicked Queen of Mirrors. Run fast, little wolves. Your former princess is about to rise with me by her side. And we’re thirsting for your blood.
Excerpt: “Help,” I begged. “Need… help.” Kazek frowned at me. “You’re going into estrus, Snow. I’m planning to help you.” I shook my head, a whine catching in my throat. He didn’t understand. “No knot.” I couldn’t accept it. This had to be part of Vanessa’s plan, to make an Alpha think he could fuck me fully. She’d planned to entice Enrique with this spell, to force him to knot me. That was what she’d meant by having methods to induce the sensations. She’d cast some wicked enchantment that convinced Alphas I could handle them in a rut. Tears collected in my eyes. I’d escaped her clutches, only to fall into the hands of someone so much worse—an Alpha driven by need. She’d won. After all that… she’d still won. I crumpled against him, sobbing beneath the crushing emotions of betrayal and defeat. And worse, arousal. Because I wanted him.
Lexi C. Foss Author Bio: USA Today Bestselling Author Lexi C. Foss loves to play in dark worlds, especially the ones that bite. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and their furry children. When not writing, she’s busy crossing items off her travel bucket list, or chasing eclipses around the globe. She’s quirky, consumes way too much coffee, and loves to swim.
This is a meme hosted by Devouring Books, I’ve made my own topic up this week as time zone differences mean that I’m having to write and schedule the post before May’s topics have been posted.
Since it’s the start of a new month the obvious choice is to highlight 5 books that I will be reading this month, most of which will be new releases!
1. Clockwork Stalker by Cari Silverwood
What if the storybook hero becomes the villain? She is my arch enemy’s niece. I am an arrogant, controlling bastard, an excellent detective, and women are turning up dead and bound, with strange marks on their bodies. This is the least appropriate time for me to fall in lust with the enemy. Obsession is the sign of a man who is losing control. Be punctual for this appointment, Miss Moriarty. I have things I need to do. Filthy, perverted things. Note: This is a standalone Dark Romance.
2. Treachery by Lily White
Ninth Circle. Treachery. Also known as Tanner Caine. He is a temptation with cold, dark eyes. A man with a seductive smirk and a body built for pure sin. The linchpin of a group of wealthy bad boys known as the Inferno. A dark presence that repels as much as he attracts, Tanner is the poisoned apple I want to bite even when I know it will destroy me. Our story started in college, but I ran from him so far I believed I was safe. I should have known he’d find me eventually. I should have known that nobody escapes. He has me in his sights again with an offer I can’t pass up. I know better than to make a deal with the Devil. Not unless I’m willing to pay his sensual price…
3. Winter’s Arrow by Lexi C Foss
True love is a myth. A trick. A way to subdue the heroine and take everything from her. I should know. My “true love” conspired with my stepmother to have me killed and stole my throne. But they failed. I’ve been in hiding and refining my vengeance. I’m no longer the damsel they mistook me for once upon a time. I’m coming for them. And my kingdom, too. Who needs dwarves when you have wolves? Who needs blades when you have arrows? My name used to be Snow. Now they call me Winter. And I will destroy them all. A Dark Snow White Retelling.
4. The Break-Up Artist by Lila Monroe
I’m an expert in break-ups. From the slow fade, to extreme ghosting, to, ‘but you never said I couldn’t send pics of my junk to your step-sister on Instagram’ – I’ve seen it all… and built a mini-empire along the way. My blog, the Break-Up Artist, uses my past heartache to help people move on – and avoid weeping on the floor at 3am consuming their body weight in spray cheese and Oreos. Ahem. Now, I have a new job that could mean the big-time: helping a famous Hollywood it-couple navigate their tricky break-up. Except not everyone wants them Splitsville. The movie studio needs to keep them together to promote their big movie, and they’ve sent someone to make sure I fail in my first VIP gig. Wes Baxter. Also known as my ex. Also ALSO known as, the guy who broke my heart so thoroughly, I had to turn myself into a self-help guru just to get over him. I’m determined to follow my own advice (no drooling over Wes’s perfect abs, or remembering how he rocked my world) but being trapped together at a luxe country retreat isn’t helping things… And neither is Wes’s early-morning naked swim habit. Soon, love is in the air, the sparks between us are hotter than ever, and I’m seriously questioning my ‘no backsies’ policy. Wes swears he’s changed. He wants to try again, and he’s got an annoyingly sexy way of convincing me. But can second chances really work? Or has the Break-Up Artist finally met her match?
5. Ballistic by Aria Michaels
It’s been three days since Solar Storm Icarus silenced the world…three days since the GRS virus wiped out most of humanity and started changing the few who remained. Liv and the others made it through the initial wave, but they’ve lost a lot along the way and the journey to Salvation is far from over. A rogue military organization has taken hold of the area and they possess a weapon that could change everything. When Liv finds out her brother and the other refugees are being held captive at Camp Seco, she will risk everything to get him back. As the group embarks upon a dangerous rescue mission, a rival band of survivors threatens their safety and a new storm gathers overhead. The virus has spread and the infected are being drawn together. What’s worse, the beast that lurks inside of Liv is growing stronger and more difficult to control. But Liv has a promise to keep–and her little brother is running out of time. Will Liv be able to harness her strength to save her brother and the hundreds of other innocents beyond the walls of Camp Seco, or will she let the monster out and put them all at risk?
I’m not usually the biggest fan of novellas. but this is an amazing story and I only wish it was longer!
We saw glimpses of Daciana and Elias in the first X-Clan book, here we get to see how they came to be a couple. Whilst you can read this as a stand alone, with it being a novella, I would recommend reading Andorra Sector first so that you fully understand the world and it’s inhabitants. It’s also a really fantastic omegaverse/shifter tale, just like this one.
Somebody really needed their behind kicking for not having explained to Daciana just how valued she was by both the Ash Wolves as well as those of the X-Clan. An omega deeply traumatised by the situation she had been ‘rescued’ from, it was no wonder her expectations were so low and she was prepared for the worst. Thankfully she got the best, in the alpha that is Elias. He is just so protective, so caring, so totally and utterly swoon-worthy that you can’t help but fall in love with him.
The Experiment totally drew me in and I couldn’t turn the pages quickly enough. It’s hot, sexy, full of feels and a sheer joy to read. I guarantee that once you pick it up you won’t want to put it down until you have finished the book. You will be captivated by Elias and his ability to heal the mental and emotional scars that Daciana carries. I’m also certain you will be cheering this pair on from the sidelines, desperate for them to get their HEA.
Daciana I’m an offering. A test. A pawn in an agreement I know little about.
Fly to Andorra Sector. Allow them to experiment. Mate an X-Clan Wolf Alpha. Hope for the best.
Those are my orders. My fate. My current existence. There’s nowhere to run, and the moon is a clock I can’t ignore. One of these Alphas will claim me, assuming our genetics are a match. And if not, well, that’s a fate worse than death.
Tick tock. Make a choice. Your future depends on it.
Elias The pretty little blonde wolf has seen too much pain for her young years.
It makes me want to fix her. To adore her. To show her there can be good in this world. But our future is wrapped up in an experiment.
Either she’s compatible or she’s not. The moon will determine our fate, or perhaps my inner wolf will decide it for us. Because with each passing moment, it becomes harder not to claim the female who I know in my heart is very much mine.
Run, run, little one. And don’t look back. For if I catch you, I just may bite.
Note: This is a standalone novella featuring characters from Andorra Sector, Book One of the X-Clan Series. It has Omegaverse elements and features a happily-ever-after ending.