Review: Poison and Mercy by EC Elvedeane

Reviewed by Ronelle

It’s 1885 and NOT the London we’d expect to find. Clouds of acidic fog fill the air and body-melting rain could fall at any time, while the Thames is perpetually aflame. Anyone who sets foot outdoors without the proper protective gear is either mad or suicidal. To make matters worse, the world at large is restless: nothing has been seen or heard from within the borders of Germany for several years, the Mediterranean is plagued by the pirate airships of the Corsair Queens, and foreign plots to take control of the British Empire abound.

It will take a particular type of woman to save the day. Or rather, pair of women.

Enter Poison and Mercy d’Avalon, orphans raised by a man with a bent for poisons and a hand in entirely too many pies. These adventuresses dabble in extortion, assassination, and every other vice imaginable (some more steamy and illicit than others). Hired to eliminate a blackmail threat to a Very Important Person, they think it will be a simple—and profitable—task…but it isn’t long before simple becomes complicated. [Read more…]

DNF Review: S.A.R.A.H. by PC Ryan

Reviewed by Ronelle

Robert Vincent is 38 and awkward, a loner who’s never been laid. But the year is 2040 and automaton technology is reaching a new height, so in desperation, Robert orders the latest model, a companion named S.A.R.A.H.. He expects at least an exciting substitute, an escape from the endless chain of disappointments in his real life.

What he gets is a wet dream; a gorgeous woman who literally can’t say no and who is programmed to fulfill every need and desire a guy could have. [Read more…]

Review: Mage Slave by RK Thorne

Reviewed by Ronelle

Crown Prince Aven Lanuken has grown tired of the various potential brides paraded before him. So far, none has truly called to his heart and he begins to wonder if his desire for a woman who will be more friend than follower will ever be realized. He wants a partner he can trust with a dangerous secret that’s kept him trapped in a dark mountain fortress his entire life.

Miara has been a mage slave for most of her life and she, too, wants more… more than being helpless against the orders of her Masters, more than spending her days trapped within the confines of her prison. When she is dispatched to kidnap the prince of the neighboring realm, she obliges—though it’s not like she has a choice. The brand that holds her, and every other mage in the Masters’ clutches, drives her to go in, get the man, and bring him back. Liking him, much less falling in love, is not part of the plan. But the Balance has a way of… well… balancing things. [Read more…]

Review: The Princess and the Swineherd by Michael Bracken

Reviewed by Ronelle

Princess Maegth is the most beautiful woman in the kingdom and Hunig has had a crush on her since the first time she laid eyes upon her. When the evil wizard Vilemort and his dozen dirty dwarves abduct Maegth, Hunig joins the search. In the company of a broken-down knight named Fearn-leah of Heathfield, Hunig trails the wizard and his minions.

After successfully rescuing the princess, she reveals her feelings and discovers the feelings are reciprocated. But they aren’t out of danger yet… [Read more…]

Review: Golden by RL Mosswood

Reviewed by Ronelle

Elin is golden in a land of tan skin and brown eyes and hair. As such, his life as a harem boy in service to The Dragon was set from a very early age and he’s never known anything else. The only problem is, he’s never seen any appeal to intimacy or sexual acts. Nevertheless, he’s content enough with his life of uncomplicated, if restrictive, luxury… until an unremarkable chore becomes a case of love at first sight.

Mysterious newcomer Hathar, a roguish “merchant adventurer” from far-off lands, ignites an exploration of Elin’s first taste of physical desire, as well as a desire to experience life beyond the palace. Now, they must find a way to escape before Hathar’s ship departs, stranding them forever in The Dragon’s harem. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Constantine by Heather Grothaus

Reviewed by Ronelle

General Constantine Gerard has more proof than most men that evil is everywhere. After years in the Holy Land, he returns to find that the rumors of the destruction at Chastellet were true. Blaming himself for the loss of his wife and child, he has nothing left to lose—and nothing to live for save the vengeance he vows to unleash on Glayer Felsteppe, the man who destroyed his family.

Theodora Rosemont, too, has suffered at Glayer’s hands. Poisoned, forced into delivering her child in a bloody labor that nearly cost her life, and forcibly separated from her child, she is believed by all to be dead when Constantine finds her hiding in the ruins of his once-home. Bonded by their common enemy and a mutual desire for revenge, Constantine and Dori embark on a treacherous journey, determined to rescue her child and destroyer the man who took everything from them.
Revenge may not be the only desire they come to share, however. [Read more…]

DNF Review: Summoner by S.D. Grimm

Reviewed by Ronelle

When Allie’s best friend dares their group to play a game in a cemetery—something she calls “witching”—Allie expects it to be just another one of Nell’s crazy ideas.

Turns out it’s not… at least not for Allie. While her friends are understandably freaked out, when Allie takes her turn, she doesn’t just find bodies, she summons their souls. But one soul wants more than Allie is willing to give.

And the boy next door could be the key to saving her. [Read more…]

Review: Blind Fate by Regine Abel

Reviewed by Ronelle

Valena has never known a day of freedom in her entire life. Born and raised in a Guldan breeding compound, she’s been a slave for nearly twenty-two years. Worse, her master burned her retinas as a child to prevent her from using her mind-control ability on those who meet her gaze. But her second psi ability, that of controlling people’s thoughts with a touch, is still very useful to the male who owns her. As a slave in the Xelix Prime Blood Houses, she is forced to use her ‘skill’ to keep the other slaves compliant. It’s an existence she is praying will end soon; there are, after all, only two Blood Houses left and General Khel Praghan is hell-bent on eradicating them.

But when Fate places Zhul Dervhen—an alluring, gorgeous, and powerful Xelixian Councilor—in her path, she decides not to wait for the General’s rescue. [Read more…]

Review: Sparrow by LJ Shen

Reviewed by Joanna

You may have noticed my fangirling over this author, and when I heard she had an arranged marriage tale, I leapt on it. I love her Sinners of Saint series, and she has a talent for writing guys who are so bad, so awful to their heroines, that you want to beat them with their own shoes for being so despicable.

Well, this guy takes the biscuit. Troy Brennan is a mobster. Mr Fixer, as he’s known, and where his father was a Boston big shot, after his death his son is a feared and respected replacement. Troy doesn’t run gangs or drugs, instead he works for other mobsters and cleans up problems they have.

Sparrow Reynes is problem for him. For spoilerish reasons he has to marry her, and the book kicks off at the preparations for their wedding. Sparrow has no idea what’s going on. All she knows is Troy has picked her as his bride, despite them having zero conversation or knowledge of each other, and she had to go through with it because her father is under his control. Truth is, their lives are more intertwined than she knows, and that all comes out in the wash. [Read more…]

Review: Sinful Scottish Laird by Julia London

Reviewed by Ronelle

On his deathbed, Daisy Bristol’s husband imparts his final edict; after his death, she must remarry within three years or forfeit their son’s inheritance. News of Lord Chatwick’s command sweeps through London like wildfire, leaving the newly widowed Lady Chatwick with more suitors than she can shake a stick at. It might not be so bad if any of them were truly courting her, rather than the purse they would gain by marriage.

She has all but given up hope when she receives a letter from her long-lost love, now a captain in the British Royal Navy. Hoping to give him time to reach her and pledge his suit, Daisy takes her cousin and young son to her Scottish Highland estate. She doesn’t expect said estate to come with a powerful, breath-taking laird as a neighbor. [Read more…]