Feared by a priesthood. Coveted by a god. Tempted by a slave. In Grace Draven's MASTER OF CROWS, a renegade mage must battle a god for his soul and decide if his fate—and the fate of nations—is worth the life of the spy he has come to love.
Experience sword, sorcery, and mythical beings as never before in STONE GUARDIAN, the first book of the Entwined Realms by Danielle Monsch. Larissa's sheltered world is destroyed when she is targeted by Necromancers. With nowhere else to turn, Larissa forms an uneasy alliance with Terak, leader of the Gargoyles. Will Terak be Larissa's salvation, or her downfall?
Sometimes love is the most dangerous magic of all. In HEART OF FIRE by Kristen Painter, Jessalyne leaves a sheltered life to tame her dangerous magic by becoming apprentice to a powerful sorceress, but she’ll need the deadliest man in the realm to get her there safely. If they don't kill each other first.
Be swept away in KISMET'S KISS by Cate Rowan. In the desert realm of Kad, a deadly epidemic strikes the palace of Sultan Kuramos. Only a mystical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his household. But he never imagined that healer would be a woman.
Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava comes to modern day Istanbul in THE SCRIBE, the first book in the Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter. One woman searching for answers finds a reluctant guardian in a warrior whose magic is written on his skin. But does Ava have magic of her own?
The first story is Master of Crows which was a gentle romantic fantasy by a new author to me, Grace Draven. A very compelling read that didn't rush the romance but allowed a gentle build up with a surprisingly hot outcome. I loved that these two opposite characters learned to trust each other and eventually opened up their hearts. Theirs is not an easy journey but together they can survive anything.
Now, Stone Guardian I had already read but it's a very enjoyable story filled with action and romance. There's enough danger here to keep the reader turning the pages and I love having a Gargoyle as a hero and the heroine was amazing. Great fun to read.
Heart of Fire was my first by Kristen Painter whose books I've often seen recommended, but just hadn't got around to. Rest assured I'm now moving her books up my "tbr" list as I loved this story. Strong Elf hero who really needed taking down a peg or two and the heroine, Jessalyne, meets him when she's at a crossroads in her life. Thrown together, they battle it out and I had such fun laughing at their antics. This is so well written with great dialogue but at heart a lovely romance.
Kismet's Kiss literally threw me into another world and it was a glorious place to be. I had visions of Arabian Nights as I read this story with such strong characters running through it. A fabulous way to escape reality and although I wasn't sure how Ms Rowan could give me a happy ending, it's a tense story that surprises.
The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter, was probably the most traditional paranormal story in this set and that's not a complaint. It just had the elements that seem to appeal to paranormal romance readers such as me. With alpha males and a heroine whose past is about to throw her into a whole new world, but best if all? Angels! Totally yum.
So I discovered two new authors, read four new books and lost sleep as I stayed up reading Darkly Dreaming. It is a fabulous collection and great for paranormal junkies like me.
A huge recommendation!