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Review of Taming Shadows (Revelations Trilogy Book 1) by Fiona Skye

Taming Shadows

 

Genre: Urban fantasy

 

The world once lived in ignorance of preternatural creatures, until the day Riley O’Rourke and her vampire friend and mentor, Onyx, changed the world. Now that everyone knows of the existence of preternatural creatures, these creatures live fully integrated into society. Some of the preternaturals, however, are not happy about humans knowing they exist. The Queen of the Winter Fae is irate about her world being exposed and is sending nightmare creatures after Riley. Seeing no other option, Riley must rely on the help of the Summer Fae Queen, but her help comes with a price. Now Riley must steal a valuable mirror from Winter as her payment to Summer, but the act might just endanger the whole world.

 

My Review:

Taming Shadows by Fiona Skye is an exciting urban fantasy full of some of my favorite creatures and is served with a side of sizzling romance. Riley is a strong female character, but I love that she still has personal demons to slay to make her even stronger. David is a fantastic character with just the right mix of sweet and strong. All of the characters are well written, and the minor characters, such as Aine and Orla, are every bit as enjoyable as the main characters. Some of the fantasy creatures were not what I was expecting, while others were exactly what I expected, and that made the story even more enjoyable to me because of the mix of new elements with the familiar. As a cool bonus, Skye has included a bunch of Riley’s food recipes in the back. I’m pretty excited to try some of them! This story has action, romance, and most importantly, otherworldly creatures, which makes this book a must-read. I’m looking forward to reading the next book, Silver Shackles.

 

About the Author:

Fiona Skye wants to live in a world where that bartender is actually a vampire and one runs the risk of waking up in another universe every morning.

As an author, her books have been ranked in the top twenty Urban Fantasy and Fantasy Romance charts on Amazon and have received stellar reviews from readers around the globe.

When she’s not writing, you can find her indulging in her love of crochet, playing with her children and her dog, or searching for the perfect plate of cheese and onion enchiladas.

Her latest book, Perchance To Dream, hits the shelves in the summer of 2016, and the final book in the Revelations Trilogy will be released in the autumn of 2016.

Find out more about Fiona and her books at http://www.fiona-skye.com.

 

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Review of Dark And Stormy Knight (The Knights of Avalon Book 2) by Nina Mason

*This Book and Review are Intended for Those 18 and Older*

Title: Dark and Stormy Knight

Author: Nina Mason
Series and Order: The Knights of Avalon, #2
Genres: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Erotica
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Heat level: Very steamy with light BDSM
Formats: E-book and paperback
Online Retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo & Google Play

 


She’ll risk everything for their love—even her life.

Aspiring screenwriter Gwyn Morland is ready for her big break. That means
securing the film rights to elusive author Lady Ruthven’s acclaimed
novel—which means traveling to Scotland. It’s a trip timid Gwyn isn’t
prepared for, and her fears seem justified when her tour bus careens
over a cliff outside of Castle Glenarvon. But the plot thickens when
Gwyn is rescued from the brink of death by a handsome and mysterious
stranger…

Leith MacQuill is not only the writer behind Lady
Ruthven’s novel, but a shape-shifting faery knight bearing a tragic
curse: the woman he gives his heart to will die. Saving Gwyn proves to
be a dangerous choice when he finds himself falling for her the longer
she stays in the castle. Not even his usual BDSM role-playing games are
enough to thwart the intense desire they feel for each other. But to
stay together, Gwyn and Leith must embark on a dangerous mission into
Avalon, the realm of the faeries. Will their love be strong enough to
conquer the curse? Or will Gwyn’s new life be stolen from her before
it’s even begun?

 

My Review:

*Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Dark and Stormy Knight by Nina Mason is a sizzling romance packed full of fantasy, which is a combination I can’t resist. The characters are well written, and I easily became attached to them. Leith is a brooding man with an extremely long stroke of bad luck, especially where women are concerned. Despite his curse and the extreme abuse he’s suffered at the hands of the Faery Queen, Leith has a big heart and made me fall in love with him. Gwyn has been ruled by fear her whole life, but when life hands her a second chance, she sets out to change that. Gwyn is a relatable character because she is at once fearful and strong. Mason has created a fantasy world taken from Celtic mythology, which I absolutely love. In addition to a fantastic story with wonderful characters, the romance in this book is hot and there is plenty of it. Sizzling scenes abound, and the chemistry between Gwyn and Leith is definitely erotic. Faeries, druids, old gods, and steamy romance make this book irresistible, and I highly recommend it.

 

Here’s a little bit about The Knights of Avalon series in Nina’s own words:

 

The Knights of Avalon, the four-part erotic PNR/UF series,
was born of a simple idea: to write a series incorporating different forms of
divination. From that kernel grew the far more complex world of the series. The
“knights” of Avalon, the enchanted otherworld isle featured in Arthurian and
Celtic legend, were Scottish noblemen who, after falling in battle, were taken
by the fairies to serve as breeding drones to their queen. Each of the four books
in the series tells the story of a particular knight and the heroine whose love
saves him from his unhappy existence.
Each knight in the series grapples with a different relationship
with Morgan Le Fay, the cruel and selfish queen of Avalon. Callum Lyon, the hero
of STARRY KNIGHT (book one), is free of Morgan’s influence, having escaped enslavement
by faking his own death. Leith MacQuill, the hero of DARK AND STORMY KNIGHT
(book two), was expelled from Avalon after the queen discovered his affair with
one of her scouts. In book three, KNIGHT OF ENCHANTMENT, Axel Lochlann, a Scottish
runemaster of Viking descent, guards the portal between Hitherworld (our realm)
and Thitherworld (the otherworldly realm). The fourth knight, Finn MacKnight, doesn’t
know what he is or that he’s destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy telling of
the queen’s overthrow by a “natural-born” drone. Because of this prophecy,
Morgan kills all the male children she bears and punishes the knights who
father them
Avalonian knights are vampire-like, but not vampires
per se. Members of the Unseelie Fae, they drink blood and can assume the form
of any creature they choose, but generally take the form of a particular animal
to hunt. Callum’s preferred form is a lion, Leith’s is a Kellas Cat (a cross
between a wild cat and a domestic cat found only in Scotland), Axel’s is a
gyrfalcon, and Finn’s will be a jaguar.

 

About the author

Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for
history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same
kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate,
and enlighten. When not writing, Nina works as a communications
consultant, doll maker, and home stager. Born and raised in Southern
California, she now lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with her husband,
teenage daughter, two rescue cats, and a Westie named Robert.

In addition to Dark and Stormy Knight, she is the author of the following books: Starry Knight (Knights of Avalon #1), Devil in Duke’s Clothing (Royal Pains #1), The Duke’s Bedeviled Bride (Royal Pains #2), The Devil’s Masquerade (Royal Pains #3), The Queen of Swords, and The Tin Man.

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Stolen Dreams

This is my entry for Anna Meade’s (aka the Dark Fairy Queen) Midsummer Night’s Dream flash fiction contest. The competition calls for a 400 word story, which is officially difficult to do! My story comes in at 405 words. This story may have started a short story collection, but we’ll see how it goes. I hope you enjoy it 🙂

 

Stolen Dreams

By S.M. Lowry © 2015

A welcome breeze swept through Melaina’s hair. The sweltering heat of the city below rose to lick her skin. From her perch on the hill overlooking the city, she gazed at the dream energy of the city’s inhabitants.

The stars twinkled above her, and the full moon hung heavy. She knew now there was only one way to escape her otherworldly prison.

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Photo obtained from Photobucket

 

She rifled through the dreams of the city until she found the woman who dreamed of him.

A smile turned up her lips as she drank in his form through the woman’s dream. How she longed to caress him, to let her fingers dance over his body, through his luscious curls.

Soon.

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The woman’s eyes widened as she stepped onto the shimmering beach in her silk pajamas. Melaina plastered a smile onto her face to welcome Rachel.

“What is this place?” Rachel asked in wonder.

“A world where dreams come true.” Holding out an apple, Melaina added, “Eat this. It will take you to a world of magic that surpasses your dreams. There, you can live forever.”

Rachel’s eyes narrowed. “I’ve seen Snow White. It’s probably poisoned. No one lives forever.”

“They do in Faery.”

“Faery,” Rachel breathed. “Is that where we are?”

Melaina shook her head. “This is the in-between. Faery is even more breathtaking than this world.”

Melaina bit the apple, letting the succulent juices flow over her tongue. She held it out to Rachel to do the same. Rachel eyed it suspiciously. Melaina held her breath. Her plan would fail if Rachel refused to eat the apple of her own free will.

The crunch of apple skin was music to Melaina’s ears. She let out a breath. The magic hit her with the force of a drum, ripping her soul to shreds. The pain brought her to her knees as her body tore itself apart. She heard a scream, but whether hers or Rachel’s, she didn’t know.

At last the pain ebbed, and Melaina stood. She looked down at her body, clothed in silk pajamas. A smile stole over face.

Rachel jumped up. “What have you done?” she screamed.

Melaina ignored her and waltzed out of the dream world.

A hand gripped her shoulder. “Baby, wake up. It’s just a dream.”

Melaina smiled to herself as she gazed up at the concerned face of the man—her man—hovering over her.

The dreams of others now belonged to her.

 

 

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