#ReleaseBlitz: Coma by Zak Hardacre @ZakHardacre #Excerpt #Trailer

Zak Hardacre is a new author to me and seriously, why did you people not tell me about him sooner?! I have added some back catalogue books to that toppling TBR of mine as well as this new release Coma…my fellow erotic romance fans you HAVE to check this out, the excerpts below are hotter than they have any right to be. This is a MMMF novel with some hardcore BDSM, and from the small amount I’ve read this man knows what he is talking about…I do hate it when authors make this shit up! OK….enjoy people!

Description

“The worst memory was when I was still in a coma and I could feel people hold my hand.  I could feel the nurses bathing me, but I couldn’t move or open my eyes.  I just couldn’t do anything and it was terrifying!”

Xavier Prince wakes in a hospital bed on a Caribbean island. He has no idea how he got there, or in fact who the hell he is. When his Doctor informs him that he is quite the celebrity, he is determined to uncover his past.

Having only brief recollections, his search is aided by the appearance of a Nordic beauty called Freya. Along with her brother, Lars, they ignite something in his subconscious and he begins his path of self-discovery.

A club, bizarre sexual activities and demonstrations. A world far removed from his rather quiet and sedentary childhood. The death of his father, and the benefit of a healthy inheritance, launch him into the world of business.

The alien world of BDSM was a business venture and was something he never saw coming. He takes the opportunity with both hands. With the guidance of his mentor, Anton, he quickly rises to become one of the most popular Doms on the UK scene.

Clearing his mind of all pre-conceptions, he embraces this new lifestyle. Yet love, jealousy and betrayal stalk his clouded past. Perhaps they are the reason for his current situation? Will peeling away the layers of time uncover who on earth is Xavier Prince?Coma - Blitz Banner

Excerpt

I approach her until the stiffness of my cock makes contact with her buttocks. I hold myself there a moment, delighting in the sensation that ripples through my groin. Freya forces herself back against me, eager to feel my swollen meat against her clit. I lean over her bent body and ensure the blindfold is still tight around her head. Her hands still take her weight against the wall. With her back horizontal and arse thrust out, she is in the perfect position for me to administer the flogging.

“Now precious…you need to stay real still. Did the leather not feel good on your body? Did you not feel the fire? You need this, my pet, the hot burning of the leather on your skin. I will teach you to love the taste of this fire.” I move my lips so that they are only inches away from her ear and whisper the words.

I begin to breathe deeply in anticipation for what is to come. I draw the handle against her clit and pull it back, so that it is coated with her juices. Then I step back and makes sure my grip is firm. I give her a playful tap against her right arse cheek. It causes her to jump as the leather tails are fanned across the roundness of her buttock, jarring her mind back slightly, she stills, listening. A soft whisper as I slap the flogger lightly across her arse again. Her arse quivers under its touch, and I feel myself stiffen at the sight.

I draw the flogger away and taking a half a step further away, measure the distance. The distance is good. It swishes through the air, splaying the leather strips across her ass slightly harder, causing her to gasp. I hear a sharp intake of breath from behind me, and turn to see Cindy licking her lips. Anton smiles and nods. It is the first time that I had been alerted to the fact that they were still standing there. I return my attention to Freya.

Her body has stiffened getting accustomed to the stinging needles of pain, as the heat mingles with her own rolling and viciously caged fire. I reach forward and rub her clit, then strike her once more with the flogger. The falls wrap around her hips and inner thighs. They produce fresh welts on her milky white skin.

“Trust me, precious, let go of your fear and just experience this.” As I speak, I move the handle slowly between her thighs and run it along her hot, wet lips, letting the rawhide rub across her clit.

“Yes, Sir.” Her response is immediate and wanton.

The falls strike her fully across both cheeks. She gasps again, calling out loudly. As the stripes begin to sting, she drops her head against the mirror. The pain rages a war with the pleasure and passion she must be feeling. I watch and sense her body react to each stroke now. Each one more forceful than the last. Her mind must be searching, needing to understand how she can feel such excitement as the pain increases.

“Are you ready to cum?” I cease the flogging and insert my hand over her mound, teasing her clit with my thumb.

“Yes, I’m ready, Sir”. Her reply is a panted whisper.

Pumping my fingers slowly, deep inside her pussy keeping her right on the edge, her moans are building softly and urgently. I strike her ass twice in quick succession and she convulses. Her whole body is shaking as I bring her over the edge. Arousal begins to form together, edging along with the pain.

“You need to cum right now. So cum for me!” Whimpering and sobbing she nods and moans. Begging for Him to let her cum, let the orgasm he has been holding on edge all night, break free.

“Yes, Sir! Make me cum!”

“Then cum for me, my pet.” I growl the words, while stroking her g-spot and clit together.

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TitleComa
Series: N/A
AuthorZak Hardacre
Genre: Erotic | Dark Romance | Menage | BDSM
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 12 May 2018
Review Format: eBook
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Pages: 260
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#Review: Reclaim by Marley Valentine @MValentine__

Description

Unlike most eighteen year olds, I had the weight of the world on my young shoulders. Desperate to do right by my family, my questionable choices led me to the pits of hell.

Steel bars, three meals a day and no contact with the outside world; regret consumed my every thought. Desperate to pay my penance, forgiveness and a happily ever after wasn’t the plan.

But there she was.

Warm, passionate and unexpected, Emerson Lane was the light at the end of the tunnel. She was all a man like me could want and everything I didn’t deserve.

Redemption wasn’t something I thought I would ever find. Until she found me.

Review

Jagger made a terrible mistake when he was 18, a mistake that saw him put behind bars for fifteen years. A sentence he believes he deserves more than anybody else. Certainly, nobody beats him up more than Jagger beats himself up. After twelve years in prison, he is granted parole and the solicitor who brings him the news is like a breath of fresh air for him. Emerson wakes something up in Jagger, he knows he doesn’t deserve a woman like her but for some reason she sees him. Not the prisoner, or the boy who made the terrible mistake, but the man he is, she sees right into his soul.

This is my first Marley Valentine book and I am so glad it was recommended to me by one of the beta readers. While there were moments where I would have liked to have seen more of their developing relationship this is a gripping story of two people from two different worlds who on paper should never have fit together yet the moment they meet the sparks are undeniable. In fact, their meeting was my favourite scene in the book and I highly recommend reading just for that scene alone.

I particularly love that it is set in Australia, it’s nice to get away from the books set in the US, and I could clearly hear their accents and see the locations. I thoroughly enjoyed this whole story. I was thrilled when I got to the end and found out another book is coming with Jagger’s twin brother Hendrix, who I was totally crushing on throughout the Reclaim. I can’t wait to get my teeth into that one.

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TitleReclaim
Series: A Redemption Novel #1
Author: Marley Valentine
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 29 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
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Pages: 212
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#BookBlitz: Father Figure by James J. Cudney @jamescudney4 @shanannigans81 #Excerpt #Giveaway

I’m super excited to share this post with you, I was a beta reader for Father Figure and the author James Cudney is a very good friend. I can tell you that this book is outstanding and from the outset weaves a web of mystery which is laced with romance, drama and suspense. My review is coming soon but in the mean time don’t miss out on this fantastic novel!

 

Description

Between the fast-paced New York City, a rural Mississippi town, and a charming Pennsylvania college campus filled with secrets, two young girls learn the consequences of growing up too quickly. Struggling to survive in a claustrophobic, unforgiving world, they embark on a journey to overcome all the pain, disappointment, and horror of their experiences.

Amalia Graeme, abused by her mother for most of her life, longs to escape her desolate hometown, connect with others, and fall in love. Contemplating an impending loss of innocence and conflicting feelings between her boyfriend and the dangerous attraction she’s developed for an older man, Amalia suffers devastating, life-altering tragedies. No matter where she turns, someone or something always steals her hope of finding happiness, protection, and love.

Brianna Porter, a sassy yet angst-ridden teenager raised in New York City, yearns to determine her life’s true purpose, conquer her fear of abandonment, and interpret an intimidating desire for her best friend, Shanelle. All the confusion stems from desperately needing to find the father whom her mother refuses to reveal, but an unexpected discovery of a journal leads Brianna to a shocking revelation about her missing parent. Unfortunately, by casting the net to find him, she’s unleashed a tragic history that was meant to stay buried and might now completely change everyone’s futures.

Through alternating chapters set two decades apart, each girl’s plight unfolds revealing the parallels between their lives and the subsequent collision that is bound to happen. In an emotional story filled with mystery, romance, and suspense, fate intervenes forcing someone to make a dreadful decision that will leave permanent scars.

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Excerpt

As Amalia leaned in toward Carter expecting him to reach for it with his hand, a devilish gleam in his eyes appeared. “You’re not gonna try to pull me in, are you?” She suppressed a wary giggle deep in her gut. Or maybe it was excitement. She wasn’t sure.

 

 

“Did you want to come in the water with me?”

 

 

Amalia pulled her bottom lip inside her mouth, running her top teeth over it, contemplating how to respond. “I don’t have a swimsuit.” She lifted her hand in his direction, her fingers still nimbly holding a small piece of the sandwich. “Here, take it.”

 

 

Carter raised himself a few inches higher and brought his mouth to her impatiently waiting fingers. His full lips gently sealed the temporarily open gap between them. Amalia’s hand, uncertain what he was doing, twitched. Carter reached up with his right arm while his other held his body against the dock. He enveloped her hand with his, steadying her fingers near his lips as he slipped the morsel in his mouth. Swallowing the length of her index finger and thumb, he pulled back with delicate ease. When he reached the tip of her fingers, he paused and immersed himself in her eyes. “You taste delicious.” Carter blinked in slow motion for what could have been thirty seconds but had barely been two or three.

 

 

“You mean the sandwich does.” Amalia traced her finger against the soft patch of skin above his chin. His face was as smooth as her own flesh. A shiver meandered the curves of her dampening back.

 

 

“If you say so.” Carter pulled himself fully out of the water landing near the other side of the dock. Barely two feet separated them, but he was careful not to drip any water on her a second time.

 

As he laid across the wooden planks dropping a handful of chips in his mouth, Amalia’s eyes lingered on his torso noticing not a single spot of hair on his chest or stomach. But Carter didn’t have a stomach. He had a set of eight curved ridges that spanned the distance from his sternum to the top of his black trunks, a solid washboard of muscle. His dark swimsuit highlighted a sharp contrast to his golden skin leaving her increasingly curious about what lurked beneath the trunks. She’d noticed other guys without their shirts, but none resembled Carter. Her hand quivered at the thought of his body nestled against hers. Amalia closed her eyes, then forced herself to look away, certain she shouldn’t extend the reach of her fingers to his flesh.

 

 

“How’s the water?” She stared in the opposite direction fumbling with the button on her blouse. The heat had begun to break down her barriers. Amalia considered taking off her shoes and dipping her feet into the lake. There wasn’t any danger in showing…

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About James J. Cudney

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James is my given name; most call me Jay. I grew up on Long Island and currently live in New York City, but I’ve traveled all across the US (and various parts of the world). After college, I spent 15 years working in technology and business operations in the sports, entertainment and media industries. Although I enjoyed my job, I left in 2016 to focus on my passion: telling stories and connecting people through words. My debut novel is ‘Watching Glass Shatter,’ a contemporary fiction family drama with elements of mystery, suspense, humor and romance. To see samples or receive news from my current and upcoming books, please subscribe with your email address at my website: https://jamesjcudney.com

What do I do outside of writing: I’m an avid genealogist (discovered 2K family members going back about 250 years) and cook (I find it so hard to follow a recipe). I love to read; between Goodreads and my blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, I have over 500 book reviews which will give you a full flavor for my voice and style. On my blog, I started the 365 Daily Challenge, where I post a word each day that has some meaning to me, then converse with everyone about life. There is humor, tears, love, friendship, advice and bloopers. Lots of bloopers where I poke fun at myself all the time. Even my dog has a weekly segment called “Ryder’s Rants” where he complains about me. All these things make up who I am; none of them are very fancy or magnanimous, but they are real and show how I live every day.

A bit of humor: Everything doubles as something else when you live in NYC. For me, it’s the dining room, my favorite space in the apartment, where more than just my cooking is on display! As I look out the windows onto a 12th floor terrace, various parts of nature (trees, bushes, flowers, bugs & animals) inspire me to write. Ryder, my 10-year old shiba inu, usually lays on my feet, growling when I shift positions too many times or when I forget to share my food! Although he’s only 20 pounds, he’s quite strong and pushy. But how else can you pen the best story possible without these things by your side?

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TitleFather Figure
Series: N/A
Author: James J. Cudney
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Mystery | Suspense | Romance
Publisher: Creativia
Publication Date: 2 April 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook | Paperback
Pages: 415
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#BlogTour: Tempting the Rancher by Leslie North @leslienorthbook @XpressoTours #Review #Giveaway

Welcome to day one of the blog tour for Tempting the Rancher by Leslie North. If you want to follow the tour you can do so over at Xpresso Book Tours.

Description

Texas rancher Nathaniel Meier always puts his responsibilities first. With his father dead, his brothers away, and his mother off “finding herself,” it’s Nat who runs their sprawling ranch. But with cattle to sell and the bank breathing down his neck, he needs all the help he can get, even when that help comes from the last person he ever expected to see again—his childhood sweetheart January Rose.

Free-spirited January always dreamed of traveling the world. The moment she turned eighteen, she left Close Call, Texas behind and barely looked back. So now that she’s home, she intends to stay only long enough to earn some cash and get back on the road. But when she comes face to face with Nat Meier, she quickly realizes the boy she left behind is now all man.

Even for a nomad like January, wanderlust sometimes gets lonely, and Nat is the one person who’s called to her, even after a decade apart. But for a man ruled by responsibility and a woman whose suitcase is her home, the future is uncertain. And the closer they get, the more Nat worries he’s going to get burned…again.Tempting the Rancher - Tour Banner

Review

Nat has taken responsibility for the family ranch after his father’s death and while his Brother’s are off pursuing other life path’s. His one regret in life is January, the girl who left town with his heart ten years ago. And then she returns a whirlwind of freshness and colour, turning his world upside down.

Tempting the Rancher is a novella, and as such fits into a weekend nice and comfortably. I found some of this book a bit slow going, some of it a little over-described which in a novella is a shame as they are normally very quick moving. I would have liked to have felt more deeply embedded into the characters lives, instead, I felt a little detached from them until near the very end.

Nat and January are not happy people, they both come across as such sad characters the misery just clings to you through their dialogue. They feel sad about their life choices, themselves, even the things they are passionate about. It’s a smorgasbord of sad.

This is a good story, with some really likeable characters there were just a few flaws which slowed down my pace a little.

I’m very grateful to Leslie North and Xpresso Book Tours for the eARC so that I could read and review this book honestly.

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About Leslie North

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Leslie North is the pen name for a critically-acclaimed author of women’s contemporary romance and fiction. The anonymity gives her the perfect opportunity to paint with her full artistic palette, especially in the romance and erotic fantasy genres.

The truth of the matter is she loves her fictional persona, Leslie North, more than her normal, day-to-day persona! Her bestselling books focus on strong characters and particularly women who aren’t afraid to challenge an alpha male. Inspired after years of travel, her stories are set all over the world, from the tough streets of Russia to the beautiful beaches of the middle east.

Leslie fell in love with romance when she first picked up a scrappy, dog-eared romance book from her local library. She began writing soon after and the rest, as they say, was history. She now lives in a cozy cottage on the British coast and enjoys taking long walks with her two Dalmatians, George and Fergie.

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http://leslienorthbooks.com/

https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/1899287.Leslie_North

https://www.facebook.com/leslienorthbooks/

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TitleTempting the Rancher
Series: Meier Ranch Brothers #1
AuthorLeslie North
Genre: Romance | Contemporary Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 23 April 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Pages: TBA
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#Review: Cursed by Mila Young @MilaYoungAuthor

If you would like to catch up on my reviews of the earlier books in this series catch them at the links below:

Description

Beauty and the Four Beasts. A Deadly Curse. A Fallen Kingdom.

With magic banned in the human realm, Bee, a powerful witch, has had to offer her services in secret. When a request to break a curse comes from the dangerous mountains and royal bear shifters, Bee is hesitant, but winter is coming and funds are tight.

At the castle, Bee finds things are not quite what she was led to believe. The curse Bee is meant to break has reached its zenith, siphoning off the Prince’s life while preventing him from controlling his shifting abilities. He is volatile, angry, and far stronger than she had imagined. His brothers, who commissioned her, present her with a challenge – fix it, or lose everything.

Soon the curse is spreading throughout the castle, taking brother alike. It’s a race against the clock, buffeted by dark magic, intrigue, and a strange attraction that has her looking at the four brothers in a new light.

Note: Each book in the Haven Realm series is a standalone book.

Review

Bee is a magic caster (also known as a witch but she doesn’t like that term) who has a job in the mountains working for some bear shifters. Bee is best friends with Scarlet who we meet in the first book in this series so if you’ve read in order then you will have briefly met her already. If you haven’t read in order there are no issues these books have very little overlap and the stories are steadfastly standalone so you can pick them up in whatever order you like.

When Bee arrives at the home of the shifters she is surprised to find it is a castle and they are Princes. She is also surprised to find the curse she has been hired to cure is much more dangerous than she could have anticipated. As she digs her heels in time running out and her heart becoming more attached to these four men the adrenaline really pumps through this story.

This is a retelling of beauty and the beast, which ironically is my least favourite fairy tale, I absolutely hate it. But I loved this retelling so much. I was on the edge of my seat willing Bee to find the answers and some happiness as well. This book has some much drama and intensity in it that it just feels non-stop. I had no idea how things were going to resolve or even if they would.

The character development and world building in this book is solid with Bee and all four of the men; Leven, Talin, Ash and Raze each having unique personalities which made them stand apart on the page.

There was another angle where Bee is a writer in her world and Mila Young put a few little twists in around Bee’s writing which I absolutely loved. I’m not going to give away what Mila did but they were perfect little twists and so well done.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this series to date but Cursed was absolutely outstanding, beyond all of my expectations and will take some beating. A standing ovation for Mila Young for this one, her writing is on fire from the first word to the last, I can’t praise this book highly enough.

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TitleCursed
Series: Haven Realm #3
Author: Mila Young
Genre: Romance | Reverse Harem | Adult | Fairy Tale | Retelling | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 20 February 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsN/A
Pages: 293
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#ReleaseBlitz: Devros by Echo Hart @EchoHartAuthor

I am so excited to be a part of this release blitz for Devros by Echo Hart I will be reviewing this book very soon, I’m a bit backlogged at the moment but I promise to get it to you soon, in the meantime check it out and pick yourself a copy up!

 

 

Description

Life…
We are born and raised with values to the best of our parents’ abilities, so that one day we can be set free in the world as respectable and contributing members of society.
If we are lucky, we flourish and find our happily ever after; The one person who tilts our world on its axis. The person we hope to spend our life with, to start a family with, and pass on to them what our parents instilled in us.
Ten years ago, I fell madly in love.
It was toxic.
It was forbidden.
It was wrong.
I did the right thing; I walked away.
Because I, Laney O’Neil, am a good person…
Then why have I spent the last nine years wishing I didn’t do the right thing? Why do I still crave his touch and dream of the way he set me on fire?
Simple, because the power he had over my body was like nothing I’ve ever had again since him.
I want his brand of toxic.
I want forbidden.
I want wrong.
I want him.
So much for being a good person, huh?

 

 

 

 

About Echo Hart

Echo Hart lived most of her life in NJ, but now resides in MI with her husband of 20 years and two beautiful daughters ages 19 and 11.
She is a stay-at-home mom who enjoys camping, outings to the beach, anything chocolate and is a huge coffee addict; however, her true passion lies within the pages of a romance novel.

Echo Hart has always dreamed of one day writing her own book, and after going from an avid reader, to starting her own book blog. She is now making her dream a reality with the release of her third romance novel, Devros.

Here are all the places you can follow Echo…..

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TitleDevros
Series: Embedded Duet #1
Author: Echo Hart
Genre: Adult | Contemporary | Romance
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 20 April 2018
Review Format: N/A
Other Formats: eBook
Pages: 149
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#Review: The Castle of Earth and Embers by Steffanie Holmes @steffmetal

Description

BRAND NEW reverse harem series laced with Celtic mythology, gothic mystery, and four gorgeous guys, all served up with lashings of British wit.

Maeve Crawford has her life mathematically calculated down to the last detail; Leave her podunk Arizona town, graduate MIT, get into the space program, be the first woman on Mars, read lots of books, get a cat (not necessarily in this order).

All Maeve’s careful plans come crashing down when her parents are killed in a freak accident, and she discovers she’s inherited a real, honest-to-goodness English castle – complete with turrets, ramparts, and four gorgeous male tenants.

Corbin – the protector wallowing in guilt
Arthur – the warrior tired of fighting
Flynn – the trickster with an artist’s soul
Rowan – the enigma whose scars run deep

As soon as Maeve enters Briarwood, she’s drawn to Corbin, Arthur, Flynn and Rowan – four beautiful boys drenched in grief, hope, and ancient magic. Maeve needs them all to heal her broken heart, and they need her to help them protect the world from the fae host baying at the castle gates.

Dark forces converge on Briarwood castle, and Maeve Crawford – science geek, scarred soul, lover of four remarkable men – must draw from herself a power she never imagined in order to protect the shattered remains of her life.

The Castle of Earth and Embers is the first in a brand new steamy reverse harem romance by USA Today bestselling author, Steffanie Holmes. This full-length book glitters with love, heartache, hope, grief, dark magic, fairy trickery, steamy scenes, British slang, meat pies, second chances, and the healing powers of a good cup of tea. Read on only if you believe one just isn’t enough.

Review

Steffanie Holmes has been on my radar for ages, not least because we have a mutual friend who has been telling me to pick up her books for years now…this is where I bow my head in shame that I haven’t got further than adding books to my wishlist because having now read one of her books I have some serious backpedalling to do!

The Castle of Earth and Ember is Holmes’ first reverse harem and by gum can this woman write? (That’s a ‘yes’ by the way…) Maeve is 21, newly orphaned for the second time having just lost her adoptive parents, and about to walk into an English Castle which she has discovered she inherited from her birth mother. So things aren’t too weird for her. To top it off she’s about to discover the fae, that magic is real and she’s part of a coven of witches, the rest of the coven being four rather delicious looking guys.

Maeve is one of my favourite reverse harem heroines. She’s a physicist who sees everything in a very scientific, black and white way. She wants to be able to back up the unexplainable with justifiable proof and that sends the dialogue for the novel in different directions than you would normally expect. I like how she starts to see links between magical elements and physics and where she also sees that sometimes it may not work at all. She is also very down to earth, friendly and open to the guys so the romance aspects of the story still flow in a very natural manner.

The guys are great and bring a real sense of personality and purpose to the story. Corbin is their leader and certain he will be the one Maeve will choose to lead them, Arthur is the one who fights with swords and gives Maeve that sense of safety, Flynn is the joker and life and soul of the group, and Rowan suffers from anxiety, he struggles to be around people but Maeve knows there is more to him. Each one of them is there for a good reason, and they each bring something to the table which is unique and valuable to the coven. Probably one of the things I loved most about this book was how we have a coven with male witches. This is so rarely done it makes it such a unique proposition and really interested to see men taking on that role.

There were some outstanding evil characters King of the Unseelie just about taking the prize for evil wrongdoing and his sons Blake and Kalen full of dastardly wrongdoing.

I loved the way the fae lore was used here, there was some interesting use of lore around changelings and how they are used, how the fae get their strength, and how the fae can cross over into the humans land. It’s clear a lot of research has gone into this as so much of it links back to existing lore.

I loved this book, I loved the writing, I loved the characters (even the bad ones…especially the bad ones)

Thanks to Steffanie Holmes for the eARC of this book so that I could read and honestly review the book. I cannot wait to read the next book and I’ve bought some of the back catalogue at last.

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TitleThe Castle of Earth and Embers
Series: Briarwood Reverse Harem #1
Author: Steffanie Holmes
Genre: Reverse Harem | Romance | Paranormal Romance | Magic
Publisher: N/A
Publication Date: 13 March 2018
Review Format: eBook
Other FormatsPaperback
Pages: 328
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