Knight’s Nemesis by Misty Kayn

Title: Knight’s Nemesis
Author:
Misty Kayn
Series:
Clementine Arer – #1
Genre:
Fantasy Romance
Release date: February 1, 2016
Pages:
125
Synopsis:

28232635Famine threatens the Nightlands. Powerful magic wielder Clementine wants nothing more than to sell her magical lily lamps in the market and avoid trouble.

Until, she is confronted by a Wolf Clan’s Alpha and taken on a journey that will change her life.

Darling Clementine must act or Knight’s people will die.

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Reviewer: Veronica

Button - AmazonI’m not sure how I felt about this book. In the beginning, I was confused, so very confused. It’s one of the few times where I wished for an infodump just to fill me in. We have the Nightlands which is in perpetual darkness and Daylands which has perpetual day. Clementine is a flower girl, she sells flowers which glow and somehow she uses magic to enhance that glow. Oh and she is able to change into a dove. It took me over three chapters to figure this all out.

As the story continues, you find out about why there is a split between the two lands, except it wasn’t as clear as I would’ve liked. A lot of it was me threading pieces together, hoping I had the right answer. I’m still confused about the star in the sky and why it blinked for their meal breaks.

Knight is a wolf, kind of like a werewolf, kind of not. He could change into a wolf and was the alpha of the clan. Information about the clan trickled through and I got a slightly better understanding about them by the end of the book. I did enjoy the battle near the end, and one part had me holding my breath, waiting for the outcome.

Overall, I do want to read the next book. It didn’t end on a cliffhanger, although there was enough of a hook to entice me to continue. Perhaps next time I’ll be less confused! 😉

This ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About this author

Born and raised in a non-English speaking household, Misty fluently curses in all languages available to her and parties with the characters in her books after she’s picked up dolls, puzzles, and legos from the tiled floors of a home she shares with her Husband…and kids.

Shadowed under humor, Misty writes darker paranormal, fantasy, and science-fiction romance chased with sugarkink. After a series of dreadful events, the Happy Ending is guaranteed.

The Rose of Shanhasson by Joely Sue Burkhart

Title: The Rose of Shanhasson
Author: 
Joely Sue Burkhart
Series:
Blood and Shadows – #1
Genre:
Fantasy Romance, Erotic Romance
Release date: December 23, 2011
Pages:
258
Synopsis:

5552883As Our Blessed Lady’s last daughter, Shannari must rule as High Queen or the Green Lands will fall into eternal darkness. Her destiny is to shine against the Shadow, protect the land and people with her magic, and keep the Blackest Heart of Darkness imprisoned. Her blood is the key, powered by the love in her heart. However, Shannari’s heart is broken, her magic is crippled, and the nobles must have forgotten the dire prophesies, because everyone wants her dead.

Only love can restore her magic, but her scars testify how love can be corrupted. So when a barbarian warlord conquers her army and professes a love like no other, Shannari’s first instinct is to kill the mighty Khul. Even worse, one of the Khul’s guards used to be an assassin–a very skilled assassin, if the darkness in the Blood’s eyes is any indication. The same darkness festers deep in her heart and draws her to the wickedly dangerous man as inexorably as his Khul’s unshakable honor. Her weakening heart is not only torn between love and duty, but also between two magnificent warriors.

Yet neither warrior will be able to help her when Shadow calls her name.

Warnings: Explicit sex, BDSM, violence, a barbarian warlord, an assassin, and a woman who not only wields a sword but might also kill both warriors.

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Reviewer: Kat

This wasn’t my first Joely Sue Burkhart read so I’m familiar with her way of storytelling but I have to be honest, I was completely blown away by this book! I firstly The Horse Master of Shanhasson (Click here to read my pretty basic review), so I had some expectations.

The author did not merely meet them, but she had indeed exceeded them!

I’m usually a speed reader, but this book I knew I had to read slowly as to savor this reading experience. Literally at the first page, I was completely hooked. Also, I’m more than surprised that this book has not garnered the attention that it actually deserves!

The author had weaved a unique vast dominion where the kingdoms are currently in chaos. Shannari, the last daughter of the Blessed Lady and is the rightful Queen of the Green Lands, but her magic is crippled and she finds herself helpless against the other scheming individuals vying for a place on the throne. She then feels that the Blessed Lady had forsaken her when Rhaekar, the Khul of the Sha’Kae al’Dan, and his Nine Blood steal her away back to their camp

Her writing style, completely poetic, left me mesmerized as the events unfolded. She created characters with depth, characters impeccably developed. The worldbuilding… just wow.

Shannari’s journey doesn’t end at the last page. I look forward to reading the rest of the series and anticipate what will happen on the journey back to Shanhasson.

A few days later, I’m still overwhelmed at what I had experienced this book. I highly recommend this to Epic/Dark Fantasy lovers and Romance lovers alike. This book is not for the squeamish, however. 🙂

This copy was kindly provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About this author

Joely Sue Burkhart has always loved heroes who hide behind a mask, the darker and more dangerous the better.  Whether cool, sophisticated billionaire, brutal bloodthirsty assassin, or simply a man tortured by his own needs, they all wear masks to protect themselves.  Once they finally give you a peek into the passionate, twisted secrets they’re hiding, they always fall hard and fast.  Dare to look beneath the mask with delicious BDSM in a wide variety of genres with Joely on her website, Twitter and Facebook. Be sure to check out her free reads!

The Horse Master of Shanhasson by Joely Sue Burkhart

Title: The Horse Master of Shanhasson
Author: 
Joely Sue Burkhart
Series: 
Blood & Shadows – #0.5
Genre: 
BDSM, Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance
Release date: December 21, 2011
Pages:
59 pages
Synopsis:

TheHorseMasterOfShanhasson_webA prequel to The Shanhasson Trilogy.

After working in Her Majesty’s stables for five years, Jake is called into the palace under a veil of secrecy.

The High Queen is ready to abdicate, and he’s her last hope of overcoming the Shadow that has haunted her.

Thankfully, the Horse Master is bringing his whip.

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Reviewer: 
Kat

I chanced upon this copy as a random grab at the freebie list on Amazon. I really enjoyed this novella, prequel to The Shanhasson Trilogy. It was very well written and had a lachrymose mood to it… and it also had some pretty hot BDSM scenes! Mmm! 😉 Yep, I’m convinced. I’m definitely going to read the rest of the trilogy in a not too distant future.

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About this author

Joely Sue Burkhart has always loved heroes who hide behind a mask, the darker and more dangerous the better.  Whether cool, sophisticated billionaire, brutal bloodthirsty assassin, or simply a man tortured by his own needs, they all wear masks to protect themselves.  Once they finally give you a peek into the passionate, twisted secrets
they’re hiding, they always fall hard and fast.  Dare to look beneath the mask with delicious BDSM in a wide variety of genres with Joely on her website, Twitter and Facebook.  Be sure to check out her free reads!

 

Assassinated Love by Veronica Del Rosa

Title: Assassinated Love 
Author: 
Veronica Del Rosa
Series:
Enforcers and Coterie – #3.5
Genre:
Fantasy Romance
Release date: August 25, 2015
Pages:
67
Synopsis:

25949722As Heiress Princess to the Two Lands, Isis was duty bound to wed the odious Prince Baufra. But defying her father never entered her mind until the day a handsome stranger with green skin and golden horns arrived.

He opened her eyes to wondrous possibilities… and sultry pleasures.

Abandoned to a plane of existence foreign to everything he’d ever known, Osiris had given up on happiness.

Then he met her, a princess betrothed to another. But what could a demon offer when his own people had exiled him for committing their most heinous crime?

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Reviewer: Kat

I guess you could say this is a companion piece to Dawn’s Keeper. This book tells the story of Isis and Osiris who were both referred/mentioned in Dawn’s Keeper… and it’s freaking brilliant!

When an odd-looking but handsome stranger stumbles into her abode, Isis was intrigued and demanded him to her bed but Osiris… never mind, I don’t think I should say anything else about it or else I might spoil it for you. 😉 Isis was quite an interesting heroine, one I really liked, as was Osiris. This novella takes not even two hours to read (if you are a speed reader like me). Fans of the series, like me, would surely enjoy this little piece especially if you enjoyed Dawn’s Keeper (which is my favorite book in the series… so far!) 😉

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An ARC was provided by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.

About this author

A self-professed computer geek, Veronica loves fixing computers, watching sci-fi and comedy shows and occasionally gaming.  Writing has always been a constant in her life, whether in a journal or stories to amuse. Keeping the imagination alive, she tells bedtime stories to her young son. Reading is more than a passion, it’s almost an obsession. PNR, UF and fantasy are the mainstay with occasional forays into horror and mystery.

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Fireheart by Natalia Marx

Title: Fireheart 
Author: 
Natalia Marx
Series:
Fire Maiden – #1
Genre: 
Fantasy Romance
Release date: July 9, 2015
Pages:
154
Synopsis:

25882020In a land of dying magic and vanished elves, two warriors are brought together by fate and discover a passion that may just unleash a magic long buried.

Lelia​na is the famed commander of Syldor’s army. The Fire Maidens, her elite guard, are feared across the Realm. But power and leadership are lonely. Leliana has given up on love and embraced a life of war and pleasure.

Daryn Raine needs an army. A Dark Dragon, believed extinct, has destroyed his city and forced his people to flee. When the Jutland general seeks refuge in Syldor, he doesn’t expect to be so attracted to their commander. And he never expects to fall in love.

Leliana and Daryn set off on a quest to slay the Dark Dragon, but along the way they forge a bond that defies logic. When the boundaries of these passionate warriors are tested, can Leliana give their relationship a chance? And can Daryn accept the woman for who she is?

In the first book of the Fire Maiden duology, Leliana and Daryn prepare for war against the Dark Dragon, face unseen foes, and wage internal battles as their relationship turns from passion to something deeper—something magical.

An action-packed fantasy adventure novel filled with warriors, sword fights, heat, and a cliff hanger — but don’t worry, the sequel is immediately available!

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Reviewer: Veronica

This book isn’t quite what I expected and that’s not a bad thing at all. I read a lot of PNR and UF, but I used to read mainly fantasy – D&D fantasy to be precise. And that’s what this reminded me of, only with a lot more romance. 😉

Leliana commands her own army, having earned the position through sweat and skill. No one could claim her as a weak woman and therein laid a problem. Men were intimidated by her and some felt emasculated.

Daryn, however, enjoys that side of Leliana, in fact he adores it. As a commander himself in another army, he appreciates the strength of mind and body that her position requires.

I loved the look into this world, and a few times I found myself giggling, such as when a ban was placed on trading with the elves because they had the nerve to disappear from their world. The absurdity of it tickled me. I enjoyed the complex characters with believable flaws, and one of them I just wanted to hug. I won’t say why since it’s a spoiler, but it made me appreciate the precarious position Zephra found herself in.

Overall this was a fun read and I’ll soon be diving into the next one to find out what happens with the Dark Dragon.

About this author

I am a multicultural author currently living in Los Angeles with my loving husband and pride of cats. I was raised to appreciate the arts and politics from a young age and was often sent abroad to live with family in different countries. My experiences led me to pursue a career in the arts that includes drama, writing, and painting.

I believe that art is an elevation of the human spirit, rather than a reflection of it. While exploring the deepest caverns of humanity from power to morality to sexuality, I create works that aim to draw you in and then take you to a higher place. Otherwise, if art is just a faithful recreation of the world around us, we can just read the newspaper instead, right?

Of course, I try to do it with a wink and a smile–and sometimes a deep blush.