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The Horse Mistress Book 1 by R.A. Steffan #Review

**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.)

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Dark Child of Forever by S.K. Ryder #Review

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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Wishing Well by Lily White #Review #romance #secondchances

The perfect timing of a fairy tale is tied to its tragedy…

Journalist, Meadow Graham, is invited to interview death row inmate, Vincent Mercier. Given three days to hear his sordid confession, Meadow seeks to learn why a wealthy hotel owner killed four people, including her twin sister.

Sensually exotic and enigmatic, Vincent details his deception while bragging about the amusement he took in manipulating Meadow’s sister.

Their interview is a battle of wills.
His story is a twisted web of coercion and lies.
And the tragedy is too perfect to be real.

Will Meadow discover all of Vincent’s secrets while she fights to protect her own?

I’ve never read anything from Lily White before when I saw this book come up and read the little description and I was intrigued. I never imagined falling so hard for a book that it kept me at night wondering what the heck did I get myself into and where can it go from there, all in a good way. It made my heart pound, my eyes water, and my brain go pow! 

This is a story of Meadow, needing answers from the only person that can answer them, Vincent. Vincent does have much time to tell his story, so hold on tight you’re in for a ride of your life. 

Amazing story, fantastic writing, incredible characters, definitely one of my favorites. Going on my top 10 shelf!

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Vanquishing the Viscounty by Elizabeth Keysian #review #historical #romance

Vanquishing the Viscount (Wayward in Wessex, #3)

Vanquishing the Viscount (Wayward in Wessex #3)

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Elizabeth Keysian (Goodreads Author)
Vanquishing the Viscount (Wayward in Wessex, #3) 4.08  ·  Rating details  ·  50 Ratings  ·  36 Reviews
Emma Hibbert will never again trust a good-looking man. They offer nothing but heartbreak and humiliation. But her conscience won’t let her abandon a sinfully handsome stranger needing help—even if he ignites an unwelcome passion in her. She soon realizes she should have left him in the mud where she found him, for he has the power to ruin everything…

Viscount Tidworth i Emma Hibbert will never again trust a good-looking man. They offer nothing but heartbreak and humiliation. But her conscience won’t let her abandon a sinfully handsome stranger needing help—even if he ignites an unwelcome passion in her. She soon realizes she should have left him in the mud where she found him, for he has the power to ruin everything…

Viscount Tidworth is anything but grateful for being rescued after a tumble from his horse. His pretty savior may be well-meaning, but forcing him to delay his journey completely wrecks his engagement plans. And Tidworth cannot let that stand. But when he discovers Emma’s true identity, he must choose between his desire for revenge…and his baffling attraction to her.

I like historical romances, they are fun and sweet and interesting at times. Most of all its normally a headstrong women fighting all the rules so that she can be heard or seen. This story is no different. you have a wonderful headstrong sassy main character, who whats to help her family. Im not a huge fan of the male lead, James. Over the book was well written and it was at times fun to read. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves a good old fashion love story, with he loves he loves me not! 

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book for Romance Authors that Rock. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Razor’s Edge #Review

Luce Potter lives by a code of honor. Push her and she shoves back, harder. There’s only one problem: Luce has just found out that revenge is a knife that cuts both ways. Now that her lover Brooke has survived the attack on her life, Luce has only one thing on her mind, and his name is Frank. Unfortunately, someone walks into her life that she didn’t see coming.

Brooke Erickson has survived an attack so brutal it’s left a permanent scar on her soul. All she wants to do now is go home and finish recuperating with her lover, Luce Potter, by her side. An unexpected event puts Brooke at the head of the Yakuza family. Can she command the respect necessary to lead it through the crisis?

Luce and Brooke’s worlds are upending. Can each do what’s necessary to survive and return to a new normal?

Yakazuta Luce has been kidnapped and is being held prisoner by the Russian mob. This, after they attempted to kill her girlfriend Brooke and Luce in turn, kidnapped the leader’s wife and they want her back. While Luce is missing Brooke must step up and make some difficult decisions to keep Luce’s organization in place. This is I believe the third book in this series and I’ve not really read a lot about Japanese organized crime, maybe if I had started from the beginning or knew more about Japanese culture I would have enjoyed it more, my biggest problem though was I felt that the two main characters Luce and Brooke were incongruent from scene to scene. I would imagine being a Yakazuta, you’d have to be somewhat of a bad ass, but I didn’t find Luce to be. On the flip side, Brooke was portrayed to be a good girl out of her element, and she had more bad ass moments. There were also some editing issues that detracted from the story. I rate this book 3.5 hearts. 

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Destiny of the Dragon Prince by Selina Coffey #Dragons #review #paranormal

Dragons aren’t real. That’s what the humans should believe, and the magical world wants to keep it that way.

As the Prince, it is Malcolm’s duty to make sure that the magical world he inhabits remains in order and stays hidden from mankind.

Dragon hunters are a thing of the past. Or so everyone thought.

When Malcolm’s father, the King, calls upon him to kill a dragon hunter, he is shocked to discover not only that the hunter is weak and deathly ill but his desire to protect her grows stronger and stronger…

Author’s Note: This book contains mature language and themes, intended for adults only. For a limited time, a small selection of bonus books are included in this edition.

This book is the 1st in the series and ends in an HEA. Arista has an unexplained illness. She visits her estranged mother and is informed she is a dragon hunter from long ago. Her powers are long gone, though. Malcolm is a dragon prince and is charged with killing all dragon hunters. When he finds Arista he realizes she is his mate and he is unable to kill her. Their mating does heal Arista’s illness.

>Malcolm’s father, the dragon king, tortures both Arista and Malcolm in order to break their bond. The book spends a lot of time with Malcolm and Arista running and hiding. When the king is not successful, he gives up. That plot point was just dropped. Another strange plot point is the explanation of Arista’s illness. Malcolm tells the reader that now that their bond is complete, they will both die if separated. He will last longer than Arista. She could only last a week. When they are actually separated, though, Arista lasts and endures much better than Malcolm, which makes no sense.
>I am a reviewer for Romance Author’s that Rock. This book is appropriate for an adult audience. I am giving the story 4 stars. The plot needs a bit of work. There is an issue with wolves that is just thrown in, but not addressed, as well as the issues addressed above.

Shades of Valhalla by Ellis Logan #fae #paranormal

Enter the hidden world of the fae, the most ancient race on the planet and uncover the inner origins of humanity.

There is an unseen war going on between the Light and the Dark, and seventeen year old Siri Alvarsson holds the fate of the world in her hands. Her whole life has been leading up to this moment — training in martial arts and parkour with her mom, learning the legends of old and traveling from town to town. Now, she’s in a new town, she’s met a gorgeous guy she’d like to trust, and she’s having strange visions.

The pressure is on to choose a side. Both sides need her if they want to win. The futures of humanity, the fae, and the entire planet all depend on Siri. Which side will she choose? Can one girl really save the world alone?

Ellis Logan’s new YA Fantasy series, Inner Origins, is action-packed with magic and romance. The books combine fairies, Celtic/Norse mythology, and hollow earth theory to create an adventure you’ll never forget.

After Suri moves to Vermont from Arizona, it’s not just the weather she will need to get used to. Just a typical high school with her everyday teen problems, Oh and let’s not forget about the visions she’s having. Dark, light, fae? And she thought dealing with two handsome boys were here biggest problems. Little does she know of the war and she must ultimately take.
I totally loved the old legends in this story. But not something too heavy, but a wonderful change from what I normally read. Yes, its a young adult book with teen drama, but enough that it’s a great read for any adult. I did like how the author wrote the book. She grabbed me enough to hold on and keep them pages turning. The book definitely intrigued me and I am looking forward to reading more. I gave this a four star read and looking up the next in the series.
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Raz by J.S. Striker #Review #vampire #paranormal

Ready for another great read from J. S. Striker?
Raz has no last name. Nor does he have a family or a life outside being the second-in-line to his vampire clan leader. It’s a life filled with power and politics, and it’s one that he rather enjoys.

Eva Thomason just wants to bake and live a peaceful life. But fate has other plans when her estranged brother suddenly dies, leaving behind his two kids who make her hair stand on end and tug at her heartstrings at the same time.

Join Raz on his next mission as he untangles a deep secret that could threaten to destroy his kind. A secret he can’t ignore…

Raz is the 10th book released in the Clan Legacy Series. It is 30,000 words. A HEA guaranteed and can easily be read as a standalone. This new read will leave you feeling sexy and satisfied!

This read like a novice writer wrote it. The creativity and imagination was full force but the writing fell short. It didn’t really draw you in with the way it was written. The relationship between our two main characters could have used more passion or chemistry to really make you feel the burn for each other. The twist was really cool and made the story more emotional. This story had a depth that touched your heart. There were minor grammatical and spelling errors. Based on content this book is 3.5 Hearts and is for an mature audience. I’m an independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.

Endohuman: Love VS Duty by Nick Dream

A page-turning debut in the tradition of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight, amped up and on steroids with some X-Files mystery, some Hitchcock suspense and countless plot twists and cliffhangers that will keep you guessing. And you’ll still be wrong!

One of Wattpad’s top read books in 2016, making it to Top 10 Charts in “Paranormal” and “Romance” Categories with over 300k reads!

Endohumans are not destined for love. It is against the Ancient Rules. 18 year old Adam Vanolf is about to be one of the last known Endohumans left on Earth as his dying grandfather rushes to complete his training. These superhuman hybrids descended from the ancient Greeks and Romans centuries ago living concealed amongst us, sworn to protect mankind and keeping an almost forgotten secret. But their story go deeper and further than possibly imaginable. Gods? Vampires? Werewolfs? Angels? Or the creation of an unstable mind?. Nonethelss, the life and path an Endohuman must follow is lonely and dangerous, especially for a teenager. Now, an ancient evil is awakening and even though he doesn’t know it, the world now needs Adam more than ever. Yet Adam also needs love, so when he meets Evie, the girl of his dreams, a difficult choice must be made…

This book has supernatural beings, God’s, myths, young love, and teenage angst. 18 year old Adam is one of the last endohumans, a superhuman hybrid, a descendant of the ancient Romans and Greeks. He’s spent his life since he came into his powers when he was 10 being trained to protect mankind. There’s no room for love, it’s against the Ancient Rules. Adam falls for Evie but that’s a no no and when an ancient evil awakens Adam has to make a difficult choice.
Lots of twists and turns and a cliffhanger. I enjoyed this book and can’t wait for book 2.
Reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock. 4 hearts

Next Door Infatuation by M.K. Morgan

Robin is a reluctant sorority girl. She’s a multi-generational legacy and her mother just doesn’t understand that she doesn’t belong in a sorority. Robin feels totally isolated, except for the brief glimpses when she gets into the true nature of her ‘big sister’, Ashley.

Ashley is overly excited about everything, but seems to get what Robin is feeling and why she may be feeling that way. Despite growing closer, Robin doesn’t think she can trust Ashley. When asking questions about a boy who died while pledging a fraternity a couple years prior, it seemed to Robin like Ashley knew more than she was saying.

Despite being distracted by this mystery Robin starts to notice that someone has been stalking her, even being in her room and moving her things around.

She tries to get to the bottom of who it is and why, but then she meets Tyler. The next door neighbor who draws her in unexplainably.

She is warned to stay away but feels compelled by him in ways she doesn’t fully understand. As the two get to know each other in an electrifying romance, Robin begins to unravel the mysteries surrounding her.

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I’m an independent reviewer for Romance Authors That Rock.
Robin is pledging in hope to get in to the sorority that the woman of her family belongs to, if she doesn’t get in she will be the first woman not to get in since the school opened.
Tyler lives next door from the sorority that Robin is pledging. His history with the sorority has Robin guessing about her feelings for him. Is he as bad as her “sisters” say, are is there more to it? And will she find out before it’s too late?
I enjoyed this book. Even though it is a short read it pulled me in. It had mystery and action. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a short read for that boring lunch break. This is intended for readers 18 and over.
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