Hello wine and romance lovers! It's that time of the week again. The time I get to talk about two of my favorite things--wine and romance novels! This week's pairing is brought to you by Author K. O. Newman's Paranormal Romance, Reclaiming Psyche and Beringer Bros. Tequila Barrel Aged Suvignon Blanc. It's pretty good, you should try it--both the wine and this fabulous book. Do it! You'll be glad you did ;) Links are down below. Till next week, I'm wishing you all a Happy Wine Wednesday and, as always, lots of happy reading.
There was a spark. And then he was gone, and she's left with a little more than she bargained for...
I had it all handled. I had a great job, with my slightly crazy best friend, and I was doing my damnedest to raise my little girl all by myself, with maybe a little help from my friends. Didn't matter that I hadn't really known Hannah's dad. What mattered was that I loved my daughter with everything I had.
I was a former Special Forces Operative, who now was dealing with the fact that Gods, who had once been myth, were real. And I was supposedly one of them. I certainly didn't feel anything like a god. Most days I barely felt like a functioning adult. Fighting for the right side was never a hard choice, but superpowers where a whole nother animal that I wasn't ready to deal with.
When Paige and her best friend Aimee move back to the states for a job with the illustrious Oracles, gods who had come back to earth, she is faced with a man she never thought she would see again. Hannah's dad stood there, as sculpted and perfect as the last time she had seen him. Well, maybe a little less naked. And he was looking right at her as she stepped off the elevator. What is the first thing she does? Punches him right in the face. Thank the gods that Hannah didn't see.
Kick off your shoes, grab a cup of tea, and dive in to Paige and Nik's world of Gods and Monsters. Not to mention their second chance at love. This book is completely safe, no cheating, and I promise a HEA at the end.
From my review:
I really enjoyed the whole concept behind this book. I'm a sucker for re-engineered mythology and I loved the idea of the gods coming back to earth and manifesting themselves in humans. The romance was hot and the characters made me laugh out loud. There were some errors that did take me away from the story from time to time, but I enjoyed the world that the author built and think it's a great debut book from Newman. 4.5 stars for this highly imaginative and steamy read!
Hello everyone! Happy Books and Wine Wednesday. I hope you are all enjoying the month of September so far and are getting a lot of enjoyable reading in. This week's wine / book pairing is brought to you by Author Jillian James's Song of Smoke and Ironstone's Obsession Symphony. If you love fantasy romance with dragon shifters and court intrigue as well as whimsical white wine blends, then this is the pair for you! Don't forget to have your glass of Obsession at the ready when you sit down to read this lovely book for the perfect fantasy romance experience. Be sure to look for links to both down below. Have a wonderful rest of your week and, as always, happy reading!
In a world where humans have been forced to live below-ground for centuries as a war with Dragons rages on, 20 year-old Seda is forced to make a choice that will uncover old lies and open up new worlds.
Captured and taken into her enemy's home, she finds herself falling deeper and deeper under the spell of an enigmatic and charming Dragon warrior. Dederic challenges her, tempts her and leaves her longing for what is possible.
As her feelings shift from icy contempt to blazing desire, Seda must find a way to heal the broken divide between their two worlds and save what matters most before it's too late.
Author's Note: This is a medium-burn romance intended for readers 18+. This story contains strong language, sex, and violence.
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From my review:
I loved the whole world that the author built. Her colorful descriptions and the characters that she created really pulled me into to the futuristic setting where humans and dragon kind are at war with each other and treachery lurks around every corner.
Song of Smoke begins with Seda, the human daughter of the high king of Illburn, being sold into marriage to a cruel warlord. Seda’s compassion and empathy are constantly landing her on the wrong side of her cold, heartless father and the rest of the male dominated court. Woman have no higher ranking than cattle and are treated abominably in the underground kingdom where humans have been forced to dwell since the beginning of the war with the dragons. When Seda’s soft heart leads her to aid in a dragon’s escape from the dungeon at Illburn, she becomes entangled in the world of dragons and quickly learns that all the horrid tales she had heard about the shifters were lies.
In the home of a dragon pride she sees a better way of life and her magical gift flourishes under the tutelage of the very handsome shifter, Dederic. If I ever run across a dragon shifter man, I hope he looks just like Dederic because *swoon* - he’s so sexy!
There were a few typos and grammar errors but nothing that detracted from the story. All in all, this was a great read that kept me engaged from start to finish.
What readers are saying...
Here is another fabulous reader review of Odile, Legend of the Black Swan from Indie book blogger, Melanie A. Smith put together with a lovely bookstagram photo done by @carpelibrum.in of Instagram! If you love dark fairy tales, be sure to grab up your own copy of Odile and... Enter the world of the Black Swan.
Pale, cold mistress of the serpent’s lair, blood red lips and coal black hair…
Enter the world of the Black Swan, a dark and seductive tale where things are not always as they seem. Odile is the reviled villainess of Aarroughac, a castle inhabited by the evil wizard, Count Rothebart. After a sinister magic sweeps through the land and results in death, Odile is accused of the crime. Von Rothebart vanishes, leaving her to face the wrath of an entire kingdom alone until a mysterious stranger with powers of his own comes along.
With vengeance as his guide, Lord Azarus di Caspari hunts an ancient curse. When he crosses paths with the Black Swan of legend, he immediately makes up his mind to use the temptress’s magic for his own devices. But when Azarus learns that the story of the sorceress might not be true, disappointment gives way to desire. Spells are cast and secrets are revealed, but can love exist in the shadow of two dark hearts such as theirs?
Are the tales of the Black Swan true? Is she a murderess and an evil sorceress to be feared or is she the only thing standing between true evil and the fall of a kingdom? Only time will tell as the magical story of the Black Swan unfolds.
Odile, Legend of the Black Swan is a stand alone fantasy, fairy tale romance inspired by the legendary ballet, Swan Lake.
An Enchanted Lands Romance.
Happy Teaser Tuesday everyone! Here is a small bit from Moontide and a beautiful reader pic, along with a new review. If you haven't started the Tides of Atlantis series yet, what are you waiting for? Grab a copy of Moontide or read it for free on Kindle Unlimited and ... slip into the Tides.
Captain Ronan Garring stepped out from behind the mists and into the blaring sounds of a modern day tavern. The last time he and his crew had come to the surface, there’d been nothing here but a stretch of beach. That had been nearly a century ago.
His five man crew followed behind him, then spread out into a throng of people and tried to blend in with the mass of revelers. He skirted the crowd and looked for his contact. The place thrummed with unearthly energies, but they weren’t of the heavenly variety so he knew that the Olympian had yet to show. It figured. The entities that resided in Zeus’s realm were generally a careless lot of bastards so it wasn’t surprising that whoever Poseidon had sent him to meet was late.
He studied his surroundings, noting the carefree attitude of the humans. They had no idea that they danced and drank with the dark spirits of the underworld. Ronan could see them though. He’d always been able to see the others.
His vision blurred for an instant as a wave of nausea came over him then passed. It was Thema the Nereid’s curse; a subtle reminder that his time here was finite. The longer he stayed away from his sea realm island, the more pain that would be inflicted on him by the nymph who held his life in her hands. And if he stayed too long…well, he had no hope of escaping back to earth permanently unless he wished for an excruciating death. This was how the Nereid queen fulfilled Poseidon’s demand that he be used as an emissary while she kept him and his men bound to her. Even after she’d been banished from the Isle of Gades, the curse remained effective. Thema had angered Poseidon by interfering with humans when she took Ronan and his crew as her slaves, now they worked for Poseidon though they had never seen the god themselves.
Rolling his shoulders back, he ignored the drain of the curse and waited at the end of the bar so he had a better view of the place the Tides had dropped him and his crew into. Finn, Bas and James had already stationed themselves within the tavern’s perimeter while Will and Cully were still exiting the portal. They’d been eager to travel through the mists and see 21st century Earth, while at the same time, watching their captain’s back. Their loyalty reminded Ronan why he had accepted the evil Thema’s terms for their survival centuries ago.
Ronan searched the crowd until his eyes landed on a young woman sitting all the way across the dance floor. A mix of moon and artificial light reflected off her skin and hair and she appeared to glow. Her luminous quality piqued his sixth sense, but he couldn’t get a read off of her that exposed her as anything other than human. Still, there was something about her that he couldn’t turn away from. She shone like something otherworldly, but not from any kind of demon glamour.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic start to the series!
This author is new to me and I am so happy that I found her! Elements of Greek Mythology mixed with regular people makes for an interesting paranormal romance read! The subplots are engaging well-crafted. The worldbuilding is a mix of the Ancient and modern world are rich and very well thought out-this alone deserves 5 stars. The dynamic between Ronan and Cindy left me rooting for them early on! Although there are quite a few plot threads to follow Amanda brings it all together while simultaneously setting up for the next installment! I thought this was well executed. This was an easy 5 star for me and I am looking forward to delving into book 2! Well done!
New review from my book reviews page for Crystal Tide, Tides of Atlantis book #2. With Book three in the Tides of Atlantis series coming out later this year, be sure to get all caught up in the Tides world with Moontide and Crystal Tide - both available on Amazon or read for FREE on Kindle Unlimited!
5 Stars - Perfectly balanced between mythical suspense and steamy romance
This second installment in the Tides of Atlantis series runs parallel to the first,filling in a whole other side of the story, giving us new characters and more excitement to fall in love with.
And speaking of love, the story revolves around Kay as she reluctantly pursues information about her parent's disappearance a year prior, only to find Xieran... a forbidding and gorgeous man who may or may not be her destiny.
While fate brings them together to unravel the mysterious happenings threatening the worlds of man and Olympian Gods alike, Kay's logical, scientific mind struggles against it all - the insane notion that otherworldly creatures and Gods exist or that she could be developing feelings for Xieran, who she perceives as her captor.
Better even than the first, both epic struggles between Kay and Xieran as they attempt to resist each other completely drags you in. I absolutely tore through this book, desperate for more as it all unfolded, all the way to its awesome conclusion. But oh, the story is just beginning. And I can't wait to see what happens next.
Amazon and Kindle Unlimited
Hello everyone. Happy new week! I'm putting up this fabulous new book review of Odile in the reviews section of the website. I was so happy to get this wonderful 5 star reader review. Thank you, thank you, Kaitie for reading and reviewing. I was thrilled to hear that you enjoyed Odile and Azarus's story!
5 Stars-Wow! What can I say about this amazing book?
I was taken aback by this book. I absolutely loved it! From the get-go, I was hooked on Odile's heartbreaking story and the connection between her and a certain shadowy stranger who saves her from her prison. The history woven throughout, the sheer amount of dark romance, and utterly sublime imagery captivated me. The writing style flowed beautifully. The characters are visceral, their emotions raw and authentic. And what can I say about Azarus? "dreamy sigh" Gods, this man enchanted me. Where has this book boyfriend been all my life? The way he speaks, so eloquent and poetic at times, ughhh! He just exudes sexy. This is definitely one of those books I will reread again and again. I cannot wait to devour every other novel this author has to offer.
About the Author
Amanda V Shane is an author of paranormal and fantasy romance and is currently working on her Tides of Atlantis series about the super hot lost kings of Atlantis as well as her Enchanted Lands Romances.