Review: Ghost’s Sight by Morwen Navarre

Reviewed by Ronelle

Following her visions, the Witch seeks out a child, one plagued by dreams and visions he cannot explain, and in time he becomes her new apprentice healer. ‘Ghost’ is an apt moniker, for the boy is pale as the Northers who live at the top of the world and as shy and quiet as the phantom for which he is named. For many years, it is just the two of them.

When Gerry, a rugged and headstrong hunter, is brought to the Witch for healing, something awakens in Ghost. Gerry does not reject Ghost as an outcast, as many others would, and he finds the strange young man beguiling and mysterious. He declares his intent to claim Ghost as his own and all should be happily ever after for them. [Read more…]

Review: Oath Forger (#2-#5) by Nia Mars

Reviewed by Ronelle

There’s a saying on Earth: “Fake it till you make it.” But Ava Smith isn’t on Earth anymore. In fact, she’s about as far from her old scavenger life in the Dallas Colony as she could possibly get. Still pretending to be the Oath Forger, her new motto is: “Fake it till you get caught.”

She’s doing the best she can, though. Honest.

And as if that wasn’t headache enough for one Earth-girl, she also finds herself falling hopelessly in love with the five hottest, most powerful rulers in the galaxy, all of whom want to be her first—and then some.

Who will she choose? Weeeell… [Read more…]

Review: An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors by Curtis Craddock

Reviewed by Ronelle

Being born with an obvious physical deformity and no magic in a world that fears the former and looks down upon the latter, Princess Isabelle des Zephyrs should have been given to the sky at birth. Instead, the quick-thinking and clever maneuvering of the musketeer Jean-Claude spared her life. Underestimated by her family and her kingdom, she is hidden away and nearly forgotten…

…until the day a marriage proposal to the second son of a dying king in an empire on the verge of civil war is laid at her feet.

Isabelle grabs onto the promise inherent in such an unexpected escape from her family, but she soon learns she is not the first. In fact, the last two women betrothed to this prince were murdered, and a sorcerer-assassin is bent on making Isabelle the third. Isabelle and Jean-Claude quickly find themselves ensnared in a web of prophecy, intrigue, betrayal, and madness where everyone wears masks of glamour and lies. It’s up to Isabelle to unravel the lies of her enemies and discovers a truth more perilous than any deception…and the clock is ticking. [Read more…]

Review: The Highlander’s Crusader Bride by Cathy & DD MacRae

Reviewed by Ronelle

Half-Armenian, half-Scot Arbela MacLean is a true daughter of the desert, a princess born in the Holy Land only a few years after the Third Crusade. Determined not to be as helpless as her mother was, she’s forsaken the gentler, feminine pursuits of women her age for Turkish bow and arrow, a sword, and throwing darts. She is a warrior who fears nothing—except perhaps the day a husband is chosen for her. That day becomes much too close for comfort when her father is recalled to Scotland to take up leadership of clan MacLean.

Caelen MacKern, known as the Bull of the Highlands, has no use for a wife. His first marriage formed an alliance, and he did not grieve when his spoiled, immature bride passed away not long after giving birth to their only son, Bram. But after a devastating pestilence nearly wiped them out, clan MacKern is in desperate need of help. Against his better judgement, Caelen agrees to an offer he can’t in good conscience refuse; convince Arbela to marry him and receive the men, means, and coin he needs to rebuild. Considering the tone of their initial encounter, it doesn’t entirely surprise him when the exotic, outspoken lass has some terms of her own. [Read more…]

Review: Warlord by Nia Mars

Reviewed by Ronelle

Lukar Xon is one of the Emperor’s most brilliant and feared warlords. He’s won battle after battle, war after war, and the conquering of Tembria is no different…until it is. Because instead of being sent off to the next war as expected, the Emperor gifts him with a governorship and a princess.

Meela is the heir to a fallen kingdom, and the conqueror’s prize. But she will bow to no one–certainly not to the barbarian who killed her father and captured her planet. She might have to surrender her body to the warlord, but she refuses to surrender her heart. [Read more…]

Review: To Discover a Divine by Tessa McFionn

Reviewed by Ronelle

Imagine stepping out of your front door and into an entirely alien world. Literally. That’s what happens to Evainne Wagner on what was otherwise set to be a perfectly normal day. All she planned to do was go for a run, but instead, she finds herself in the middle of a firefight in an intergalactic maximum-security prison. Salvation arrives in the nick of time in the form of a mysterious leather-clad warrior, skidding in and whisking her away. Trusting her heart, she follows, hoping to find answers as well as a way home.

When Kahlym cal Jhuen, youngest son of a ruling house and the leader of the Chandar Stria, breaks into a prison ship, his only intention is to rescue his crewmembers. But when he discovers a terrified female during their escape, he doesn’t think twice about taking the exotic beauty with him. His good deed backfires when he learns he has stolen the Thrall Emperor’s prize. [Read more…]

Review: Naughty Phantasia by various authors

Reviewed by Ronelle

I’ll start this review by stating that I did not finish all the stories, either because they didn’t interest me (“Valentine”, “How the Alien Stole Christmas”) or because I found the plot/characters unappealing (“Alien Rights”, “The Ghosts of Substation #69”). Overall, though, I enjoyed the collection and appreciated the variety. Some of the stories put more focus on external plot, while some focused almost exclusively on romance/sex.

Rather than go over each story individually, here are some of my favorites/notables from the Naughty Phantasia anthology:

WEAPON OF CHOICE by Katherine Kingston

Selvya’s gift for controlling fire made her a weapon in the hands of unscrupulous men. The king’s commander offers a chance for revenge and redemption, but it’s a risk she’s not sure she can take. [Read more…]

Review: Oath Forger Book 1 by Nia Mars

Reviewed by Ronelle

After the collapse of everything Earth once was, only a few are left. Ava and Lily Smith are two such survivors, and they make their living—if it can be called that—by scavenging the ravaged surface. As the eldest of the two, Ava does what she has to for survival.

Especially after she’s kidnapped by space pirates.

Her rescue by Federation agents only makes things weirder, because now she’s suddenly been named the Oath Forger and earned the seemingly instant devotion of the five most powerful rulers in the universe. [Read more…]

Review: A Crazy Little Spring Called Love by various authors

Reviewed by Ronelle

A collection of fantasy and paranormal romance shorts all revolving around the theme of spring. The heat level varies, as do the settings and time periods. Also, I’m presenting these in the order I read them, as my ARC didn’t actually auto-start at the first story for some reason. I’ll also stress that this was an advance copy, so hopefully some of my complaints will have been addressed in the final publication. [Read more…]

DNF Review: The Fuchsia Lakes by Michelle Dare

Reviewed by Ronelle

A powerful knight and a beleaguered queen join forces to save her people and kingdom. Balance must be restored and betrayal rooted out, but even amidst such chaos, fate and love will have their way.

Plagued by memories of their previous encounter, Elliott Azure was more than ready to be in the presence of the enrapturing queen again. At twenty-three, Karis Fuchsia became queen of a land she wasn’t ready to lead. But with Elliott by her side, she felt protected for the first time in years. [Read more…]