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: 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: Anton’s Grace by Regine Abel

Reviewed by Ronelle

Grace Hopper is in the deepest trouble of her life. Stranded on Venus Hive and hounded by her manager/ex-boyfriend’s creditors, she sees Anton Myers as her only way out. She’s knocked on a lot of doors already and his is the last one left.

The wealthy and ruthless owner of the Hive Network agrees to bail her out…for a price. In exchange for paying Marcus’ debts, Grace must sign a contract agreeing to do and give Anton anything he wants for the next six months, no questions asked. [Read more…]

Review: Escaping Fate by Regine Abel

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Amalia is a survivor, not just of a dying race, but of slavery. Since her unique abilities manifested, she’s been the prized pet of Gruuk, a notorious slaver. But she’s determined that won’t be all that life has to offer. When her master informs her that she’s next in line for his psi talent breeding program, escaping and attending the Fastening Ceremony on Xelix Prime to find a mate and protector is her only hope.

Like the majority of Xelixian males, Khel and Lhor are Tainted and the only hope a Tainted male has for survival is to find a Pearl—a female who can produce life-saving hormones. But Xelixian females are rare and females willing to mate with the Tainted are even rarer. No amount of wealth or status changes that…until Amalia walks right up to them at the Fastening. [Read more…]

Review: Bluebeard’s Curse by Regine Abel

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King Eric Thorsen of the Rathlin Islands, known as Bluebeard, has been widowed once more. Though his last wife resisted the lure of the curse for six months, she eventually succumbed and Eric must marry again. Will any woman survive to truly become his queen?

Astrid Halvar will not see her family become destitute, no matter the cost. In defiance of her father’s wishes, she attends the king’s ball with a number of other eligible maidens. She is the least among them in wealth and power, so it is an utter shock when the king chooses her. Will she be able to succeed where so many other women have failed? [Read more…]