Review: Immortal Fire by Annette Marie

Reviewed by Ronelle

Once upon a time, Emi’s world was simple. Gods were righteous and wise, yokai were bloodthirsty and evil, and her duty as the kamigakari was straightforward. But when one of the kami sets out to destroy the mortal world as it’s known and the yokai are the only ones standing in her way, she’s faced with a far more terrifying reality.

Looming threat or no, Emi can’t escape her greatest distraction: Shiro, the fox yokai who has so deftly claimed her heart for his own. She’s promised to break the curse that binds his magic and memories, and once his true self awakens, she’s afraid she’ll lose him forever. But his power and knowledge are needed for the impending war, and so they’ll gamble everything to turn the tide against their immortal, all-powerful foes.

Together, they will find a way to save her world—but can they save each other? [Read more…]

DNF Review: Firestorm by Donna Grant

Reviewed by Ronelle

When Dr. Faith Reynold stumbles upon what appears to be an ancient dragon skeleton, she’s completely taken aback. Though she’s been raised on the mythology of the beasts, she’s a woman of science and there’s no way that such a creature can actually exist. And when the handsome and mysterious Dmitri enters her world, she ends up even further out of her comfort zone. Her curiosity soon turns into all-consuming passion; she’s never felt this way about any man before.

But Dimitri is keeping secrets and his biggest revelation will test her resolve. Can Faith learn to love the man—as well as the dragon within? [Read more…]

Review: Dark Tempest by Annette Marie

Reviewed by Ronelle

Emi has dedicated her life to becoming the perfect vessel for the goddess Amaterasu, but the betrayal of another deity has changed everything. Now Amaterasu has charged her with finding and freeing the earthly gods before mankind is brought to its knees beneath divine tyranny.

Shiro, mysterious as ever, is at her side and he is still lost, his power bound by a devastating curse and his memories obscured. His shadowed history is somehow tied to the missing gods, but he can’t remember how or why. But as their search leads them into the deepest reaches of the spirit realm, Shiro’s past begins to emerge and with each brief awakening of his true self, Emi loses a little more of him.

The fate of gods, humans, and even Shiro himself now rest in Emi’s hands. Does she have enough time to save them all? [Read more…]

DNF Review: Other Than by Mia Jo Celeste

Reviewed by Ronelle

It only takes one drink from the Water of Immortality to kill Evie Woods—halfway. Trapped in undead flesh, the world’s last skin-slider wakens on an island purgatory where a cursed spring bubbles with immortality, and zombie cannibals crave living flesh. Her only hope of escape rests in the hands of the one man who would see her fail. Lord Victor Lowell, the man of her dreams and darkest nightmares, preys on others to maintain his charisma and preternatural prowess.

Trapped in an ever-escalating war they can’t stop, Victor and Evie fight time for a cure, but as the long days pass, blackness tears at Evie, ripping her thoughts from her one memory at a time. Victor will do whatever it takes to prevent her from deteriorating into a rotting husk, even if it means dooming himself, but Evie won’t surrender his soul without a fight. [Read more…]

Ronelle’s Favorites of 2017

This list was a little hard to put together because, to be frank, I read a lot of not-so-red-hot books this year. BUT there were a few that stuck out and that I enjoyed enough to put on my 2017 list! Here they are, in no particular order:

Poison and Mercy by EC Elvedeane
Not, in fact, a safe read for “girls”, but a really good choice for adults of either gender who enjoy strong heroines, steampunk, and erotica.

Golden by RL Mosswood
I finally took the plunge into M/M romance this year and my first attempt was not a good one. I won’t name names, but let’s just say the constant use of adjectives making it sound like characters are being electrocuted is not sexy.

But I digress.

“Golden” was novella-length, yet it still managed to develop a compelling relationship and intriguing plot. The reverse-harem was surprising and The Dragon managed to be pretty intimidating even though she isn’t physically present for the vast majority of the story. [Read more…]

Review: Fire’s Kiss by Brittany Pate

Reviewed by Ronelle

Embyr has finally found a place where she can settle peacefully, and while the life of a tavern owner might not be the most thrilling, it allows her to keep her secrets. That is, until she’s attacked by a hellhound and saved by one of the most feared men in history.

Ryder McLennon, the infamous leader of Death’s Horsemen, has spent 800 years hunting the vampire who killed his wife. He’s earned a reputation as a murderous madman and he’s fine with that. But what begins as a bid to add a beautiful—but more importantly, powerful—half-demon to his army soon becomes a battle to keep his heart at bay. [Read more…]

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…]