A decadent feast for the heart and soul, To Free the Rising Storm is the spellbinding dark romantic fantasy debut from author C.N. Maxwell. Book one of The ReEmergence Chronicles transports readers to a world drenched in history to embark on a journey of profound metamorphosis. Maxwell pens a stunning tale of weathering the storm and being reborn into something…more. Love. Loss. Betrayal. Pain. Family. Fate. It’s dazzling and tragic in equal measure, and one of the best debuts I’ve had the pleasure of reading.
A spellbinding tale of magic, heartache and a love that transcends death, Fractured Shadows is a captivating standalone dark fantasy romance novel from authors K.A. Knight and Kendra Moreno. Readers embark on an arduous journey to heal the fractured land, in turn restoring the peace amongst all. This was my why choose monster story, as well as my first read from Moreno, and I immediately developed an overwhelming craving for more.
A revolution only needs one single spark, and Mercy Madness is that glowing ember in a sea of darkness. Well…what to say about this book? While Spark of Madness was a shattering tale of rebellion, Blaze of Misery is a masterpiece of awakening. A pariah with the greatest conviction, a child with untold strength, a warden with a foretold future, but one he no longer seeks, and men blinded by the fanatical edicts set by those that came before, this book is dark romance at its finest, a downward spiral into doubt and an divine ascent to revelation.
An alluring contemporary romance novella, For The Boys is the third installment in author BL Mute’s Sugar and Spice series, and an incredible testament of letting go of expectations and submitting to your deepest desires. This was my first time reading something from Mute, and it certainly won’t be my last. The flowing narrative and easy voice in which this tale is told had me thoroughly enthralled – I can’t wait to dive into more.
Nightmare was my first delve into the work of author Bethany Winters, and color me intrigued. Clocking in at 136 pages, this delicious little morsel is Dark Romance with a capital D; a tale of two lovers, who, despite the festering toxicity between them, are made for one another. With a healthy dose of hopeless romanticism, mixed with a plethora of “touch her and I’ll unalive you” vibes, Nightmare is the perfect read if you’re looking for a quick, steamy standalone.
I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again…I. LOVE. ANTHOLOGIES. Through the many I’ve read, I’ve been introduced to so many wonderfully talented authors that I may never have heard of otherwise, and A Night of Sin and Corruption is no exception. With seven short stories, each themed after one of the deadly sins, each so very different with their execution and content, I just couldn’t get enough.
Earlier this year I began falling down the Harley Laroux rabbit hole, quickly consuming several of her books, including The Dare, which left me in desperate need for more. Upon hearing we’d be getting more of Jess, Daddy Manson, Lucas, Jason and Vincent, Losers was definitely my most anticipated read of 2022…and now it has become my top read of the year. Any and all expectations I had were thoroughly blown out of the water, and now I’m champing at the bit for Part 2.
In the midst of her life crumbling around her, Bryn receives an all-inclusive trip to Sin City, granted access to its most premiere, opulent hotel, which happens to have a wait-list that spans years. Upon arrival, she catches the eye of a strikingly handsome stranger, and an evening of debauchery ensues. Hey, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right? Even if that means waking up the morning after not only married, but bound by magic.
Dyer Street Punk Witches was my inevitable return to the enigmatic city of Ordshaw, drenched in mystery and dangerous esoteric ongoings, and how exciting it has been to experience it from a whole different angle deep in the depths of St Alphege’s! Phil Williams always reels me in with his gritty tales of trickery and shenanigans, so I went into this novel with high hopes. From the gate readers are bombarded with a hard-hitting punk attitude, violent gang rivalries, socioeconomic issues being brought to light, and mystifying magic to tingle the senses. What a wild ride! I swear, Williams’ writing has gotten better and better with each book of his I’ve read.
A tale of fated love and finding one’s true self, Tricky Princess begins right where we left off in Tricky Magic, wandering the black and gold marbled halls of a castle that belongs to a King of Hel. You know that feeling of diving into a sequel, yeah? That equal mix of excitement and subtle fear that something may go horribly wrong? Well, Tricky Princess, while different from its predecessor, is bigger and better in every way possible. The plot deepens, the scope widens, the journey becomes grander – loved this book to pieces.