Review: WarDance by Elizabeth Vaughan

Reviewed by Jen

It’s been a while since I read the original Warprize books, but I do remember that I enjoyed them very much. The first three centered on the Warlord Keir and his Warprize, Lara. A fourth book featured two side characters. This fifth one does as well. I remember that I always liked Simus. He was one of Keir’s Warriors; he was charming and larger than life. He is still a charmer here, but I feel like he has toned down a little as he takes the mantle as the hero of this story.

This book is a continuation of Warcry. Well, sort of. I’ve since learned that there was another Elizabeth Vaughan series woven into this world that plays in to the story as well. I didn’t read the Epic of Palin series, so there were a few holes in the story that I just had to gloss over and move past. [Read more…]

Review: Fantasy of Flight by Kelly St. Clare

Reviewed by Elle

Fantasy of Flight is the second book in the Tainted Accords series, that began with Fantasy of Frost.

We pick up the story, right as book 1 finishes – Olina has left the safety of the Kings guard, and with her blue eyes, is passing for a Bruma named ‘Frost’. In return for food and a roof over her head, she agrees to become a pit fighter, taking on some of the outer ring’s most brutal fighters. Her veil has been destroyed and the only way she can ever return to her position as Tatuma is to find the material to replace her veil. If she cannot do so, she’ll be stuck in the pits as her ‘Frost’ persona forever. But maybe that wouldn’t really be so bad? [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: 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: Tower of Thorns by Juliet Marillier

tower of thornsReviewed by Jen

I can sum up the best thing about this book in just one word: Grim. He is almost all of my favorite hero tropes, rolled into one man. Tortured. Gentle giant. Devoted to a heroine who he thinks he is not good enough for. Loyal. Steadfast. Good… except when it’s time to drop the smackdown. That’s not to say that I don’t like the heroine. I do. Blackthorn is incredibly empathetic in all of her anger, confusion and lack of social skills. For goodness sake, she has been through the worst kind of hell. But Grim is the soft gooey center of this book. [Read more…]

Review: Dreamer’s Pool by Juliet Marillier

dreamers poolReviewed by Jen

It seems I am a little late to the party on this introduction to the Blackthorn and Grim series… and I’m even further behind when you consider that this is my first book by Juliet Marillier. For the most part, I enjoyed it. I think that has a lot to do with the three empathetic characters who lead the story.

Let’s start with Blackthorn. As the book begins, she has been in prison for a year –and not just the kind of prison where you miss good food and freedom. This is a pit, where she is abused and broken in every way.  She lives only for the possibility of vengeance, but it looks like that, too, will be taken from her. Just before she is to be killed, a stranger –an elf– shows up and offers her a choice. He will get her out if she moves north, leaving her vengeance behind. For the next seven years she must return to her calling as a healer, turning down no one who needs help.  Begrudgingly, she accepts. [Read more…]