Review: The Sea King by CL Wilson

Reviewed by Jen

I wanted to like this book. I read and enjoyed CL Wilson’s Tairen Soul series and I liked The Winter King, the first installment of this series fairly well. However, one of the issues I had with that book felt even more pronounced in this one and it really hampered my enjoyment.

It was obvious. And by that I mean everything was obvious, from the villains, to the romance, to the “twist” in the (second) epilogue. You will see it all coming from a mile away. And maybe that wouldn’t be so bad if the names weren’t so cheezy and saccharine (and again… obvious) like Wynter, the Winter King who controls ice. Or the sisters named after the Seasons who hail from Summerlea. (*cringe*) [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: Breath: A Dark Fantasy MFM Menage Romance by Jean Lowe Carlson

Reviewed by Ronelle

Gryffine lives a solitary life, devoid of human touch, and all because of a curse. When the simple touch of your lips will kill someone, you tend to hold yourself apart…except for the one night a year it is nullified.

On one such night, Gryffine meets the dashing bartender Jessup, who steals her from her isolation and returns her pleasure. Yet when Gryffine’s soulmate arrives on her doorstep with her same curse, can she refuse the pull to be with this dark lover… and her own demise? [Read more…]

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: The Undying King by Grace Draven

Reviewed by Ronelle

Tineroth and her immortal king have long since passed into legends. Few now believe the tales, though they are still told in fearful whispers. But for Imogen, the Undying King is her only hope of breaking a curse that has isolated her from the world since birth. When her foster mother dies after leaving her the map and key to Tineroth, Imogen will seek out the unknown in hopes of having a normal life.

Trapped in time and between worlds, Cededa is languishing in his immortality. Haunted by the revenants of his past and damned to be the guardian-prisoner of Tineroth, he’s given up hope of ever being free or finding the sweet relief of death. He must live with the passing millennia—and their ever-present regrets. But when the daughter of a woman who once helped him comes striding across the bridge to his city, his existence will change forever. [Read more…]

Review: Fantasy of Freedom by Kelly St Clare

Reviewed by Elle

Why do all the good series have to end?! Really? Why?!?! *sigh*

This fourth book in The Tainted Accords series wraps up Olina’s journey, which spans three worlds, and has more ups and downs than a rollercoaster.

Olina and Jovan, with the backing of Jovan’s army, the barracks fighters and Olandon are set to wage war on Tatum Avanna- Olina’s psychotic mother. It’s now or never- the people of Osolis are being starved to death by their evil ruler and now that Olina knows, she can’t just sit by and let it happen. It’s time to go to war and take her spot as rightful ruler of Osolis. And in doing so, create peace among all three worlds and their people. No problem right? [Read more…]

Review: Fantasy of Fire by Kelly St Clare

Reviewed by Elle

Fantasy of Fire is the 3rd book in the Tainted Accords series, which started with Fantasy of Frost and Fantasy of Flight.

Gosh this series is good! This one was a little slower to begin with, but boy, did it pick up by the end!

In this book, we find Olina being pulled in two directions. She is the rightful leader of her home planet, Osolis. Her brothers are there, as well as the village people she cares so much about. But she’s been living on Glacium for so long now that the ice world and the people there that she’s come to love, also feel like home. Her evil mother’s army is halfway to Glacium, and if Olina can’t stop them, it will mean an all out war between the two planets and a no win situation for Olina. [Read more…]

Review: Fantasy of Frost by Kelly St. Clare

Reviewed by Elle

Before I say anything else about this book, I firstly need to have a fangirl moment – eeeeepppp!!! This book was sooooo good! So good, that when I finished it, I immediately got on every social media platform I have and raved about it!

But lets back track. Fantasy of Frost was the debut novel from self published author Kelly St Clare (She’s since published quite a few more!). As the eldest child, Olina is the princess of Osolis. She is destined to become the next Tatum, taking over from her mother. She should have led a charmed life – instead she’s lived a life worse than those in the poorest village of her world. Veiled from birth, no one, including Olina, has ever seen her face. She’s been locked away, tortured and beaten for reasons known only to her evil mother. But things are about to change. [Read more…]

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: How to Tame a Beast in Seven Days by Kerrelyn Sparks

Reviewed by Jen

I was really excited about the premise for this book. I am a sucker for a tortured hero and Leo is described as the Beast of Benwick. He carries the power of lightning, but that means he is a danger to anyone around him. He cannot touch anyone. And no one can touch him. Except maybe the heroine. How delicious does that sound?

The leading lady is Luciana. She is one of the Embraced, people born on a specific day when the moons are aligned and as a result have special powers. Hers is the ability to see ghosts. Anyway, she has been raised in a convent away from her family thinking she was an orphan her whole life. Until her father shows up to let her know her twin sister is dead and she must now impersonate her and marry the beast or else her father’s life is forfeit. [Read more…]