He shattered my defenses, and I was fragile to begin with…
The first time I saw Adam Black, I was between the arms of a criminal, a gun to my throat and even then, I knew I was staring at the most dangerous man in the room.
Maybe it was his confident, cerulean eyes, or the sex appeal radiating from his pores like heat waves on a scorching day, but by proximity alone he made my vision blur and my heart stammer.
The day I was nearly killed in a bank hold-up, I began to live—because of him.
Now, I’m praying for the first time in years, hoping the scars of my past, the secrets I keep, don’t interfere with my future…
A romance that is as erotic as it is emotional, Waking to Black is a power debut to a new series. Reminiscent of Megan Hart, it packs a punch with dynamic believable characters. Initially, the story may seem to be about a wealthy alpha male and the broken girl he takes an interest in. The story proves to be so much more than that.
The author is a talented writer, weaving a simple and yet intricate storyline around two equally as complex leads. Her descriptions are so well written the reader can feel their emotions as their own, whether it be frustration, anxiety, fear, of happiness. It is difficult not to be swept away by the beautiful chaos of it all.
Waking to Black is a phenomenal start from a fresh author. An emotional rollercoaster, it will rip at your heartstrings until you think you cannot take it anymore. Accompanied by a cast of secondary characters with issues of their own, this debut is the powerful new erotic novel you didn’t know you were looking for and is impossible to put down.
Be warned, however. The story ends in a cliffhanger to be continued in the next novel. If you have a hard time waiting, I recommend waiting til the second novel’s release.
Thief. Runaway. Assassin. What happens when your rumoured name destroys your life? When the very runes engraved on your skin since birth, are a death sentence?
Evie doesn’t remember a life before she was on the streets, a life before thieving to live and killing to stay alive.
When a royal family she didn’t know anything about go missing, Evie finds herself thrown into the royal court of the protectors, and they demand her help.
Help in exchange for a chance at freedom and the name that’s haunted her, forgotten. A name she can’t even read, a name she doesn’t understand.
But when three Royal protectors are tasked with helping her, her demon ex who is literally from hell, stalking her…will Evie ever be free?
I wanted to like this novel. It had potential. Unfortunately, there were certain things that annoyed me enough to ruin the novel overall.
Recently, I have been seriously into reverse harem romance. Good ones seem difficult to find, however. Runes of Truth seemed to have promise but was riddled with problems.
Evie is a strong female lead, though at times she acts immature for her age. The writing overall felt directed at a younger audience than it should. There was little if any world development, which is a shame considering the author could have done so much with it. The fantasy part was the best part of the novel, but, while the reader gets a glimpse of things here and there, there is little explanation about the magic and races. Maybe that is why the reader is so confused at the end when the author brings about a certain aspect, leaving the reader scratching their heads. It wasn’t skilled writing that keeps the twist from being revealed. Just the opposite in fact.
I was also put off by Evie’s bad blood against Azi. I am always floored when I read romance/erotica where the female falls in love with a demon and then becomes upset when said love interest acts like a demon. Evie thinks Azi betrayed her, but her reasoning is so ignorant and just bad that I laughed out loud at it. It’s like when someone falls for a grim reaper and then becomes upset and takes it out on said reaper when someone close to them dies. It’s so nonsensical that it infuriates me. What did you expect them to do? Change their entire way of life just because you’re in a sexual relationship?
I was pretty much done with the novel as a whole when Evie starts making out with one of her male escorts as soon as she gets him alone. Well, that’s all good and well, but they are literally in hell where everything is trying to kill them. I don’t know about you, but when I am actively being hunted, I don’t really care about getting my rocks off. And then here comes Azi acting all jealous and possessive. I could excuse that a bit since demons don’t typically like their stuff being touched. But he went all alpha male, yelling the typical “she is mine” bs when he hasn’t contacted her for half a year.
I feel like the review turned into one big rant, which wasn’t my intention at all. When I initially started the story, I was exciting, soaking up each and every word. But the writing, lack of explanation for anything, and scenarios listed above ruined the entire series for me.
Everyone knows that good missionary girls are plain and dull. And that’s just the way Blythe likes it! Lady Blythe Dennings has craved adventure her entire life, but due to her relation to the powerful Carrow family, there was no way she was going to get it.
So… she became a missionary.
Blythe’s prim missionary act gives her plenty of freedom to go to the cruelest parts of London to have her own adventure quests. But her plans are thrown into chaos when her uncle dies. This leaves her as one of the richest heiresses London has ever seen!
Suddenly, everyone’s looking at her. Including a dangerous enemy.
But … the person looking the hardest is Thomas “Demon Tom” Martin, Marquess of Amory, the eldest son of the Martin family–the Carrows’ sworn enemies.
Thomas loves gambling, he loves trouble, and maybe, he loves this supposedly prim little missionary as well!
Too bad Blythe belongs to the Carrows.
Can Blythe survive the darkness and danger around her?
And will their love be enough to quell an ancient feud between the two families?
An absolutely delightful debut to a new series, The Marquess’ Angel is a well-written novel filled with unique characters and action as well as romance.
The novel follows Blythe who is desperate for adventure, despite what her plain demure appearance would have you believe. Once night when helping a young woman escape her abusive protector, Blythe stumbles upon “Demon Tom”, otherwise known as Thomas Martin and enemy to Blythe family. From there, the author expertly weaves a tale of heroism and romance between two people who, by all rights, should hate each other.
Blythe and Tom are easily likable characters with believable motivations. Watching them grow both as people and a couple was as entertaining as it was endearing. The secondary characters are equally as fleshed out and engaging. Tom’s sister only adds to the story with hilarious takes-no-nonsense attitude while her cryptic knowledge fuels the reader’s interest in the mystery surrounding both families. Blythe’s cousin Tristan also furthers to deepen the story though his stubbornness can be infuriating.
Overall, The Marquess’ Angel is a wonderful read. Filled with action and romance. The story will captivate the reader until the very end.
Forced To Wed
The new Duke of Stratton is shocked to learn he has a fiancée he’s never met – the unlikely Miss Eva Winchcomb.
After his late father gambled his fortune away, all he had left to sell was his son. So to save his family’s honor Daniel agrees to the marriage.
But society’s favorite bachelor is no longer a charming easygoing man. His father’s betrayal has left him angry and with a thirst for revenge and the last thing he needs are his growing feelings for his shy new wife.
Eva learns she is to wed the Duke of Stratton on way to the church. Despite the shock, this is an unexpected opportunity to escape her horrid family – one she grasps at with both hands. However, her courage falters when she faces the devilishly handsome but unyielding Duke who is now her husband.
Can they make their marriage real despite coming from two completely different worlds?
Vella does her again. Initially, I didn’t think I was going to enjoy this novel. Historically, I have enjoyed everything I have read from Vella but the start of this novel felt stereotypical and cliche. It was a plot written hundreds of times before. Not to mention the leads felt shallow. The hero was anger personified and the heroine felt like a caricature of the timid female.
That changed. The leads quickly showed they were far more dynamic than simple caricatures of their initial emotions and their evolution as people and a couple was a delight to read. Supported by an equally diverse cast, Vella clearly knows how to write realistic and entertaining characters. Her dialogue is equally fantastic. The conversations flow as easily as her narrative even when the situations are less than comfortable.
Filled with enough action and drama to keep the story entertaining beyond the romance, Duchess by Chance is a novel about a couple forced together by their interfering fathers. Despite this, they find their own way in life and learn to love each other. Their chemistry bed reflects both their selflessness and love as they grow. While the reader can understand the heroine’s fears due to her history, her hesitations in trusting her husband can be both frustrating and tiring. Typically, historically romance writers included some drama to spice up the story but make the mistake of making unbelievably extreme. Vella knows when too much is too much.
The bottom line is that Duchess by Chance is a lovely debut to a historical romance series. Filled with action and romance, it’s story is driven by engaging characters with the HEA you crave.