Review: Lord of the Fading Lands by CL Wilson

Reviewed by Ronelle

Grief and loss are powerful emotions and no one knows their impact better than the Fey King. After the murder of his beloved, Rain, Tairen Soul laid waste to the world… and then vanished into the Fading Lands. After a thousand years of grieving and trying to recover from madness, he is drawn back into the world. Love is the last thing he wants or expects to find.

Ellysetta is a humble woodcarver’s daughter and while she’s dreamed of the Fey for years, she never imagined she’d come to the attention of one… let alone the King himself. But her soul calls to Rain in a way no other ever had. When he claims her as his truemate, her life changes forever, because Rain won’t be deterred or denied. [Read more…]

Review: Thrones of Desire by Mitzi Szereto

Reviewed by Ronelle

Fire-breathing dragons, princesses, court drama, the fate of battles and kingdoms… everything that epitomizes fantasy is here. Paint those landscapes and scenarios with the best that erotica has to offer, and you get something both epic and blood-stirring. In these lush and timeless landscapes, the battle for flesh can be as important as the battle for power. Myth and legend reside here and good is not always the most attractive or captivating choice.

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Every now and again, I get a hankering for something short and naughty (read: requires little time commitment but is still engaging). This usually happens when I get bored or stressed or have had a string of dud books. I then find myself browsing Audible’s erotica category and lamenting the lack of fantasy stories. In my most recent foray, I discovered Thrones of Desire and It. Was. Perfect. In fact, if the rest of his work is as good as this, Mitzi Szereto may have just jumped to the top of my list of favorite romance authors. [Read more…]

Review: Napoleon’s Rosebud by Humphry Knipe

Reviewed by Ronelle

After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon Bonaparte and his entourage are exiled to the tiny island of Saint Helena in the South Atlantic. It is the last place on earth he wants to be, but he’s determined he won’t be there long. His mind is already working on ways to secure his freedom.

Nineteen-year-old Charlotte Knipe is dubbed Rosebud by Napoleon on the night of their meeting. He sees in her exactly what he’s looking for—a conduit to the civilized world and hopefully his freedom as well. It isn’t long before he’s recruited her and her fiancé in London to help him provide misinformation to the British government. [Read more…]

Review: Chest of Bone by Vicki Stiefel

Reviewed by Ronelle

While on leave from her position with the FBI, empath Clea Reese stumbles upon the scene of her mentor’s murder. Dave Cochran holds on just long enough to give Clea some final—and cryptic—instructions. Now, she must team up with the secretive James Larrimer to hunt her mentor’s killer and untangle Dave’s final words. What is the Chest of Bone and why did Dave want her to find it? [Read more…]

Review: Bluebeard’s Curse by Regine Abel

Reviewed by Ronelle

King Eric Thorsen of the Rathlin Islands, known as Bluebeard, has been widowed once more. Though his last wife resisted the lure of the curse for six months, she eventually succumbed and Eric must marry again. Will any woman survive to truly become his queen?

Astrid Halvar will not see her family become destitute, no matter the cost. In defiance of her father’s wishes, she attends the king’s ball with a number of other eligible maidens. She is the least among them in wealth and power, so it is an utter shock when the king chooses her. Will she be able to succeed where so many other women have failed? [Read more…]

Review: Rosinanti by Kevin Kessler

Reviewed by Ronelle

Aleksandra, Seraphina, Valantean, and Kayden live in a world where the Rosinanti Dragons are nothing but legend. Humans rule the world of Terra and have done so peacefully for at least a millennia. But ancient evil has begun to stir once more, and for Val and Kayden, those old legends may hold the key to their past. As the awful truth of the Rosinanti’s supposed extinction comes to light, the four must embark upon a mission to maintain order and light.

Lifelong friends will face down the resurgence of the Rosinanti legacy, combat the greatest threat their world has ever known, and choose more personal sides amongst themselves. [Read more…]

Review: Wild Wicked Scot by Julia London

Reviewed by Ronelle

Born into the lap of English luxury, Margot Armstrong was raised for balls, soirees, and sophisticated society. Her future would be one of wealth and privilege… or so she thinks, until her father forces her into marriage with Baron Arran McKenzie, who then carts her off to the Scottish Highlands. Unable to cope, she flees her husband and returns to her father’s estate in England. [Read more…]

Review: Dark Alley by D.S. Wrights

Reviewed by Ronelle

Alice is in her thirties, single, and determined to chase her own sexual pleasures. While out with friends one night, she’s given a card inviting her to the mysterious Dark Alley, and although she’s warned against going, she can’t resist. What follows are encounters that fulfill her wildest fantasies…and then some. [Read more…]

Review: No Shit, There I Was by lots of people

Reviewed by Ronelle

A fair number of crazy-but-usually-worth-hearing stories have started with “no shit, there I was…”. So someone got the bright idea to turn a group of speculative fiction authors loose on the phrase and this collection was the result. At first, I wasn’t sure how I felt about the whole ‘speculative fiction’ thing, but I decided to give it a try and added it to my review list.

*several months later*

So no shit, there I was, sitting in a coffee shop, laughing my ass off and garnering weird looks from the other patrons. I might have snorted coffee up my nose at one point and a couple older ladies even moved to a table further away from me. If anyone who was in the Four Winds Coffee Shop in early January 2017 is reading this, you have my apologies for disturbing your java time.
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Review: With the Dawn by Cassandra Sky West

Reviewed by Ronelle

A witch, a vampire, and a witch walk into a bar… except there’s no bar, just a trio of unlikely friends determined to stay alive.

Alexi Creed wakes up in a morgue drawer, with no knowledge of who she is, where she’s being held, or even why. Only quick thinking and newfound vampiric reflexes allow her to avoid an unpleasant death. But even as she flees the nightclub under which she’d been held, she’s jumping out of the frying pan and straight into a fire that could easily consume her.

Savanna Grace is on the run from another witch bent on her destruction. Worse yet, the other witch is her own mother and the woman is pulling out all the stops to have her revenge. Savanna has been running for far too long and her gift of precognition tells her that Alexi is her only hope of survival. She can’t run anymore. [Read more…]