Review of Hellfire and Honey by A.N. Payton

Doom your entire kingdom? Or surrender to the vampire king?

I love reading enemies to lovers books, and this story is one of my top favorites I have read in a while. I really enjoyed the vivid descriptions the author painted throughout the book. The romance developed incredibly well, especially considering the complicated, tangled past the hero and heroine had with one another. And the stakes kept piling up more and more, pulling me into the story with each page.

Kadence’s push and pull within the budding romance really made sense for the story. I know others might not agree with it, but in my opinion, it was well done. His was a fragile heart surrounded by bars of steel, and I really liked watching how Sal dislodged one bar at a time.

This book had great romance scenes, incredible action, amazing characters, and vivid details. Definitely worth the read!

New Release! A Glimpse of Music

If you’ve been following the Sunlight and Shadows series, the third installment, A Glimpse of Music, releases today! This book can also be read as a standalone.

Here’s a little of what you will find in the pages:

  • Hidden feelings
  • Plenty of longing
  • One blanket
  • Best friend’s ex!

Blurb

If fate gives you a third chance, would you take it?

Joel Harrington has been in love with the same woman for as long as he could remember. But he had to watch her court his best friend, and then marry his king. Now that she’s once more unattached, he refuses to let her slip through his fingers for a third time.

Darkness torments Nyana’s memories, and even after her cruel husband is killed, he still haunts her from the grave. When her past refuses to leave her alone, it puts not only her, but her daughters in danger. She has no choice but to lean on the man she has called a friend for the past eight years, a friend whose charms she tries hard to resist.

But along with the growing threat to her family, she keeps an even more dangerous secret—a secret that could change her life forever.

Excerpt

Something tickled his foot, and as an involuntary reaction, he kicked before resuming perusing the book. Did Forest Fae have flies in the winter? Or were some other bugs flying around in here?

A chuckle escaped him as the bug tickled his foot again. He kicked. But when he spotted the end of a feather reaching through the slats on the sofa’s end to tickle the bottom of his feet once more, he laughed. He swore he heard a snicker in response.

“There must be a fly loose in this house,” he said loudly for Maisy’s benefit, only to hear the faintest muffled snicker again. “They won’t leave my poor toes alone.”

When the feather reached through the bars for the third time, he jumped up and growled playfully with the intent of scaring Maisy. But too late, he realized the girls were still upstairs, and he found himself gazing back at a pair of mischievous blue eyes.

“Nyana!” he gasped, and his hand slipped in surprise. He couldn’t catch himself as he flipped over the side of the sofa and landed directly on top of her.

Before he managed to recover from his shock, she tickled his sides, and laughter erupted from his mouth as he writhed against her fingers. “Stop!” he begged, trying to push her away as he guffawed. He retaliated by tickling her between the shoulder blades, and she quickly joined in with her own laughter.

At least until she flipped him over and straddled his waist, pinning him down by the arms. All coherent thought fled his mind as his gaze traveled from her hair that tumbled over her shoulders like a golden waterfall to the delicate smile on her pink lips to the vibrancy in her blue eyes. Her skin contained a healthy glow, the dark circles no longer prominent beneath her eyes. She radiated beauty. Inside and out.

And he couldn’t stop himself from caressing the golden waves inches from his face.

Release Date for Yours, Sterling!

Blurb

If the enemy finds her, they will kill her.

An arranged marriage to a younger man wasn’t what Kathleen de Clare had in mind for her future, but after an assassination attempt on their wedding day, a war tears them apart. Sequestered in the safety of the mountains stitching up injured soldiers and mending broken bones, she must wait out the war.

But what if it doesn’t end?

For all his life, Sterling Winfield has only known loss. His parents were assassinated, forcing him to take the throne at a young age. When his new wife’s very life is threatened, he does the only thing he thinks he can do. He hides her. But are letters enough to build a friendship with a stranger and keep their relationship alive? Will he lose her to war? Will the distance destroy what happiness they could have had together? Or will their reunion be as sweet as her letters?

New Release: A Waltz with Lord Death

Blurb

Lord Death kills everything he touches, and worse, each day, he loses more control of his power. He has to find a replacement for Life before it’s too late, but in order to transfer Life’s power to another host, he must first kiss them to exchange a breath. No one has survived his deadly kiss.

Meira Abrams is determined to rise above her humble beginnings and doesn’t have time for relationships, especially with a mysterious man who refuses to tell her his name. Nevertheless, she is drawn to him and his incredulous offer…but can she really trust him?

When he meets Meira, he is not only in danger of losing control of his power, but his heart as well. But is a smooth, shifty fortune teller really the best option for the job? And is she strong enough to accept his kiss of Life without losing her soul?

A Taste of Shadows Is Out Today!

She has lived her entire life in silence. One mistake could mean someone’s life. Only one man can help her, but getting close to him could kill him.

Excerpt From A Taste of Shadows

The swish of skirts drew his attention to the young lady who stood to Lord Auer’s right. His gaze traveled up a full skirt made of slim feathers in a variety of different shades, a bodice of intricate beadwork, and sheer sleeves at the shoulders. Long hair cascaded over one shoulder, leading up to a slender neck, and her face was covered by a harp-shaped mask that reminded him of a cage. The moment their eyes met, it was as if he tumbled over the edge of a cliff, but instead of crashing, he kept falling and falling and falling.

A thousand butterflies crawled through his stomach. His heart squeezed inside his chest. The young woman was beautiful. And as he approached, she never took her eyes off him. 

Book Cover Reveal for A Taste of Shadows!

Blurb

The faintest sound of her voice can kill.

Lyyli Ives has lived her entire life in silence. Those who have heard her voice never live to tell the tale. When she accidentally nearly kills her sister, she is sent away to the only person who can help her—the Archmage at Darkest Star Arcane.

Lord Killian Graves’ life is falling apart. His mother is cursed into a deadly enchantment. His title and school are threatened to be stripped from him. But when a mysterious woman who doesn’t speak pleads for his help, he finds he cannot resist the allure of her beauty nor the mystery of her predicament.

However, a great evil is after the power she wields, threatening not only her life but the lives of everyone they love. Killian must save her from her fate. Or die trying.

Book Review of Stolen Thorn Bride by Kenley Davidson

My Review

Stolen Thorn Bride was absolute perfection!

Ah! I just want to read it again and again until the amazingness finally sinks in. The characters were perfection. The setting was perfection. The romance…perfection. I absolutely loved Kasia and Dechlan. I enjoyed her fierceness and stubbornness. She never backed down, especially when it came to those she cared about. And Dechlan! I loved watching a wounded character heal and learn to love again.

Once again, Kenley Davidson blew me away with her world building and the characters she created. The book was a great mix of action, humor, and romance. I can tell right now that it’s going to be one of those books I think about for a long time after I’m done reading it. I definitely recommend this book!

My rating: 5+ stars

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New Fantasy Romance Series and Cover Reveal!

I’m excited to reveal the cover for my new fantasy romance series. A Breath of Sunlight is now available for pre-order at your favorite retailer!

Blurb

Don’t show compassion for men. Never save a man’s life. And no matter what, never fall in love with someone you must ultimately kill. But some rules are meant to be broken, even if it means risking your life by betraying your valkyrie sisters.

The plan was simple—attack the Pits, kill the male slaves, save the women. But when Skaja runs into a fae man she can’t kill, she instead breaks all the rules to save him.

Prince Calle was sold into slavery by his jealous brother, and he would do anything to taste freedom again, even put his trust in a dangerous valkyrie. To protect his people and gain the throne, he and Skaja must trust each other. But neither of them expected trust to turn into something more, and the cost of love has a much steeper price than either of them anticipated.

Excerpt

“This is beautiful,” she murmured. “What does it mean?”

He watched, transfixed as she touched him. It had been so long since he’d touched another, other than embracing Cian a couple of months ago, however fleeting. He craved the contact that made him feel alive again.

“It’s tradition for Sun Fae to cover their scars with tattoos,” he explained. “Only, we do not get to choose the tattoo, nor the accompanying color. Gold is the highest honor. Next is silver. Then bronze. All the way to black, which is disgraceful. This…” He traced a part of the star but made sure not to brush against her as he did it. “…is a word repeated over and over to form the star. It says ‘sacrifice’ in our tongue.” 

Book Review of Darling, There Are Wolves in the Woods

My Review

The fae stole her sister away ten years ago and it tore her family apart. The only hope she has to save what’s left of her family is to find the sister she isn’t sure deserves saving.

If Holly Black is the Faerie Queen, then L.V. Russell is the Faerie Princess. The author blew my mind with vivid descriptions, pulling me into the dark and ominous world of Faerie. With danger lurking at every turn in the book, I was sucked into the story, wondering how the characters were going to get out of the next impossible scrape.

I adored the unique world building and incredible details that sucked me into the story, shook me up, maybe even drowned me a little bit, and then spit me back out only to endure it again. Darling, There Are Wolves in the Woods is an incredible story of love, heartache, family, and loss, and fans of dark fantasy romance will enjoy reading it!

My rating: 5 stars

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Book Review of Bjerner and the Beast by Miranda Grant

My Review

Wow! I really enjoyed this book.

What better match could you have for a woman who can turn people to stone with a single look than someone who is blind? Greek mythology mixed with Beauty and the Beast made for an interesting tale of love and heartbreak. Not only did this story contain some really funny dialogue, but I found myself near to tears on multiple occasions when the story took a sad turn.

Miranda Grant has a talent for weaving an incredible story and hitting the reader right in the feels. Bjerner and the Beast is the perfect mixture to make a heartbreakingly amazing love story.

My rating 5 stars

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