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Book 1 of the Devices of War Trilogy
In a world governed by the opposing forces of the mystical House of Tarot and the tribal Great Families, Synn is caught in the crossfire. He witnesses the slaughter of innocent people, and the devastating murder of his father. This act awakens his Mark of power, a Mark greater than any the world has seen in a very long time.
Queen Nix thought she won a great prize when she destroyed Synn’s father, the leader of the strongest Great Families. She had no idea she’d be doubly blessed by capturing his son. However, before Synn can become her treasured weapon, before she can use him to bring the rest of the world to its knees, she must break him and bind his soul to hers.
She does her job with brutal brilliance. Synn’s mind is broken and his soul is seared to hers in an unbreakable bond.
That doesn’t stop him from wanting to be free. She may have broken his mind and claimed his soul, but he will find a way to destroy her.
Experience a world of ships that sail the clouds and cites buried beneath the ocean, and survive the fiery battle brought forth by those who control the forces of nature!
This book is the 1st in the Devices of War trilogy and introduces the characters and the plot. This book has a lot of rich description. The different groups or families live in sync with animals and depend upon each other to survive. Some of the people are more comfortable in the air, some land and some water. The descriptions of the strange creatures are interesting, especially how they interact with each other.
Tamsyn’s attraction to Slade is deep, but is love worth the price of dreams?
A trailblazer, Tamsyn Bradford graduated as Royal Academy’s first female alumni, with the fighting skills and cunning fitting a member of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Selected to teach at an elite school for female spies, Tamsyn attends a friend’s class party only to fall into the lap of temptation that is Prince Slade Faust. Will a drunken night of passion ruin her career forever? Before we can find out, an evil scientist steps in and abducts Tamsyn, sending Slade and Tamsyn’s group of friends on a hunt to save her very life.
Following the short stories Unequited and Requited, Elle Clouse’s Besotted is a fun Steampunk action and romantic adventure novella.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Hearts
Review: The Steampunk genre is one that I have to be in the mood for, and bad steampunk can leave me not in the mood for it for an extremely long time. Thankfully, I was both in the mood to read a steampunk novel and this novel did not leave me with a bad taste in my mouth. For those who might be unaware, Steampunk refers to a genre wherein the story is typically set in 19th century England or in the American Wild West and uses the technology available to the people of that time, but that makes use of technological marvels that we might see today. In this particular novel, the setting is Lunden and the story centers at a reunion party for those who have graduated from the Academy, one of whom is Tamsyn Bradford, one of the few women who have graduated from the Academy and a woman who has become the hero to many other young women in the kingdom. The book was an extremely fast read; just about the time I really got into it, it was done, so I would more label this a novella or a long short story more than a novel. However, the author has done an admirable job of telling a tight story within the confines of the short work. What I did not enjoy was the fact that it definitely seems like this is a continuation of another story and I felt like I was missing some of the important details. Regardless, it pulled me in enough that I have already downloaded another of the short stories in the series and I am very interested to see what happens with these characters, particularly with Slade and Tamsyn. While sex and violence are alluded to, it all happens off-stage, so I would feel comfortable recommending the book to any fan of the steampunk genre who also likes elements of romance.
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Plagued by nightmares. Stalked by kidnappers. Tamra McMillan needs a safe haven. When tattooed bad-ass Kyle Rossini steps into her life, the last thing she expects to find is a sanctuary from her demons in his arms. In fact, everything about him screams danger. But appearances can be deceiving. The tender possessiveness of his touch, the hunger in his eyes, the scorching sensuality of his kiss… He wants to brand her as his for life.
Etruscan werewolf Kyle is a loner. The king’s assassin with a killer’s instincts. The last thing he needs is a mate who could be placed in danger because of him. Until he meets the one woman who needs him more than he needs his solitude. When Tamra, battered but not broken, stumbles into his world and tumbles into his bed, she captures his heart. And nothing—not kidnappers or visions of his possible death—will keep him from her.
Tamara is looking for somewhere secluded to hide away from the world after a vicious attack. She finds comfort in talking to a wolf pup and later adult make wolf, not realizing that there is more to these two then meets the eye. She’s horrified to learn that she has been sharing her darkest secrets with a teenage girl and her father, who live next door. Kyle has never been interested in anyone enough to give up his life as the Kings assassin and his bachelor ways, but he is instantly attracted to Tam. When he learns that someone is after Tam, he instantly wants to protect her, even if it goes against centuries of training and might expose all that he holds dear. This was a very interesting story, but there were several points that I felt that the sub-plots distracted from the core story. It definitely didn’t read as a Book 1 of a series as I felt that I was missing some backstory. I did find all characters to be interesting and it made me want to read further storylines. Two drawbacks: Tamara’s attack was discussed several times as it shaped her character, but no details were ever really given. There were some editing issues that were drawbacks from the story. I rate this book 4.5 Stars.
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and opinions are my own.******
Meet the new King of Zuha, Alex Darkon.
Alex only cares about his secret mission on Earth.
Not being the king!
And certainly not finding a mate…
Until his life was saved by Emily – a curvy, beautiful and sweet woman – during a mission!
He wants her, she is the only one who is fit to be his queen.
But now she is in danger, because of him…
Meet Emily Dyson, a veterinarian and animal lover.
Emily’s life had been somewhat uninteresting, until she found an injured stranger shifting back and forth from man to lion.
She should have run for her life.
If only she could have let the lion die.
If only she could have let that sexy and gorgeous man die right in front of her.
Now, she has aided an alien and there are bound to be consequences…
Story contains mature language and themes, intended for adults only!
Bonus stories included in this copy!
Emily has always been a bit of a homebody. She never really cared about dating or socializing excepting for occasionally meeting up with her girlfriends. Her love has always been animals and her veterinary hospital. She never would have thought that helping someone would change her entire life.
Alex is on a mission that must be completed when his shot and runs into someone he never thought he would, his mate and she would save his life. In turn, he has now put his mission in jeopardy but also her life.
King From The Sky was a good story. I liked the creativity of the story, a twist on a paranormal romance. Ant beat a heroine who is not only brave, but has the courage to stand by what she wants. The writing was way too descriptive. I could glance at paragraphs and be able to skip over them without missing anything. It made it hard to read at times, but all in all I liked the read. I gave the one three stars.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from
Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
**Book One of the 2016 Rainbow Award winning poly romance series**
Carivel has a secret. It could save her village, but it will also destroy her life.
She was born female, but she has been secretly living as a boy for years in her adoptive village of Draebard, doing a job the elders insist can only be done by a male. The last thing she needs is to fall for not one, but two unattainable men—a fierce warrior and a reluctant wolf-shifter with a horrific past. Now, the Alyrion Empire is poised to invade, and Carivel must choose whether to keep her secret or reveal it—not only to the men she loves, but also to the powerful female ruler whose army could help protect Draebard during the coming war.
Perfect for open-minded fans of ménage and reverse harem romance, The Horse Mistress: Book 1 by USA Today bestselling author R. A. Steffan combines detailed world-building, and a heartfelt romance between three noble, damaged people who have no one to turn to but each other.
Author’s note: This book contains sex. The sex is not vanilla. Some of it is between two men who love each other. If any of those three facts made you go “Eww,” please do the author a solid and don’t download this book.
Carivel is a young man who works as one of the assistants to the Horse Master of the village of Draebard…or so it would seem. The village is attacked in the night by the forces of the Alyrion Empire, and the young animal handler is soon placed in charge and sent on a mission. Accompanied by Andoc, the First Warrior and Senovo, a young priest…he is to go to the nearby village of the Mereni to seek an alliance. The trio soon find themselves in a growing relationship as secrets are revealed and their resolve tested on this journey, but even as they find strength in each other they must also find a way to be themselves on the island, and prepare for the threat from the mainland.
R.A Steffan creates an interesting and entertaining tale of fantasy and unconventional romance in this short work. The type of romance and sexual interactions make this work likely to appeal to a limited audience as it includes issues of sexuality, a strong same-sex relationship and themes of BDSM as well. That said, the world the author creates is one that has fantasy elements but isn’t so far removed that readers will feel lost. Dialogue between the main characters shines, and characters are distinct. The story moves at a reasonable rate, taking some time to set the story up but moving well past that necessity. In short, the writing is skilled and the story caught my attention.
I don’t really have many complaints or criticisms at all, which for me is unusual but welcome. Personally, I didn’t have any problems accepting the scenario, but others might not find the setup to their liking ore find it plausible. Ultimately my main “complaint” is that it ended too soon…not that it ended at a bad spot, or with a cliffhanger but I simply wanted more. That’s the highest praise I can give, and I say it gladly.
(I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from Romance Authors That Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)
A reluctant new Lord of Night. His vulnerable human queen. If they can’t change five thousand years of history now, it will change them. Forever.
Fate has cast vampire Dominic Marchant and the human love of his life, Cassidy Chandler, into roles they never imagined. Thanks to his mad sire, he is now the Lord of Night, and Cassidy, with her unique ability to merge her mind with his, has become the incongruous mortal queen of his immortal kingdom. Even as he dreams of seeing the sun again and she can’t imagine becoming a vampire, they vow to reshape their domain into a world where vampires feed on love rather than fear and leave their prey swooning instead of dead.
But not all their subjects are pleased with the change in leadership. A powerful ancient vampire and his cadre of followers serve Dominic his greatest challenge yet just when reclaiming the day looks like a real possibility. Soon friends turn up in ashes, and Cassidy and his human family become targets in a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse that leads them and their unlikely, vampire-hunting allies deep into the wilds of the Canadian Rockies—and straight into their worst nightmares.
With their lives and the very existence of the world of night hanging in the balance, Dominic and Cassidy must decide whether to chase an impossible dream or finally embrace their dark destiny.
The perfect finale. The characters I fell in love with from the first book are still growing and adapting to their new destinies together. The new characters are interesting and well-developed additions to the complicated weave of the storyline. I have thoroughly enjoyed this series and will eagerly await any other books by this author!
As an independent reviewer for Romance Authors that Rock, I gave this one the full five hearts beating frantically. Even though there was no ugly crying involved, there are definitely tear-filled moments. An awesome series!
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