Six Crimson Cranes is the first book in a new duology by Elizabeth Lim.
Shiori, the only princess of Kiata, has a secret. Forbidden magic runs through her veins. Normally she conceals it well, but on the morning of her betrothal ceremony, Shiori loses control. At first, her mistake seems like a stroke of luck, forestalling the wedding she never wanted, but it also catches the attention of Raikama, her stepmother.
Raikama has dark magic of her own, and she banishes the young princess, turning her brothers into cranes, and warning Shiori that she must speak of it to no one: for with every word that escapes her lips, one of her brothers will die.
Penniless, voiceless, and alone, Shiori searches for her brothers, and, on her journey, uncovers a conspiracy to overtake the throne—a conspiracy more twisted and deceitful, more cunning and complex, than even Raikama’s betrayal. Only Shiori can set the kingdom to rights, but to do so she must place her trust in the very boy she fought so hard not to marry. And she must embrace the magic she’s been taught all her life to contain—no matter what it costs her.
After reading the Blood of Stars duology, it was fantastic reading about the folktale that was spoken about in passing in the books. Six Crimson Cranes is set before the Blood of Stars duology.
I really enjoyed reading about Shiori who is trying to save her brothers and the kingdom as well as being the princess of Kiata.
I loved the world building and the magic that was described as well as the introduction of characters. It was well paced and had such interesting characters. I always enjoy reading story arcs of strong female characters with great interactions with others.
It was interesting meeting her finance and Sergu and seeing their relationships change. Her relationship with her brothers were all different and unique so it was always intriguing to read.
I cant wait to reading the next book.
Once Upon a Broken Heart is the first book in a new series by Stephanie Garber, the author of the Caraval trilogy.
Evangeline Fox was raised in her beloved father’s curiosity shop, where she grew up on legends about immortals, like the tragic Prince of Hearts. She knows his powers are mythic, his kiss is worth dying for, and that bargains with him rarely end well.
But when Evangeline learns that the love of her life is about to marry another, she becomes desperate enough to offer the Prince of Hearts whatever he wants in exchange for his help to stop the wedding. The prince only asks for three kisses. But after Evangeline’s first promised kiss, she learns that the Prince of Hearts wants far more from her than she’s pledged. And he has plans for Evangeline that will either end in the greatest happily ever after, or the most exquisite tragedy…
Stephanie Garber has done it again. I absolutely loved Once Upon the Broken Heart. It was amazing to jump back into the Caraval world again with a book following Jacks and with a new main character, Evangeline. It is a fantastic story about unrequited love and broken hearts, about curses and the lengths people will go for a happily ever after.
The character were fantastic. Evangeline Fox is so unique with her rose gold hair and her outlook on life through making uncanny bargins with the Fates but throughout the book we still believes in hope. Jacks is still the same Jacks we remember from Finale but you can’t help but feel for him in this book.
I absolutely loved the ending! I need more!
Lakesedge is written by Lyndall Clipstone. I want to thank Pan Macmillan Australia for the review copy.It’s publication date is the 31st August and RRP is $24.99.
There are monsters in the world.
When Violeta Graceling arrives at haunted Lakesedge estate, she expects to find a monster. She knows the terrifying rumours about Rowan Sylvanan, who drowned his entire family when he was a boy. But neither the estate nor the monster are what they seem.
There are monsters in the woods.
As Leta falls for Rowan, she discovers he is bound to the Lord Under, the sinister death god lurking in the black waters of the lake. A creature to whom Leta is inexplicably drawn . . .
There’s a monster in the shadows, and now it knows my name.
To save Rowan, and herself, Leta must confront the darkness in her past, which includes unravelling the mystery of her connection to the Lord Under.
Clipstone has written such an amazing story. I loved the setting and the characters as you got to know them throughout the story.
I really enjoyed this dark gothic fantasy. I don’t typically read dark fantasy but after reading Lakesedge I want to dive right in.
The magic and romance in the book was fantastic with the inclusion of the death god and his underworld.
This is a book I’ll definitely read again!
Den of Vipers is by K.A. Knight.
Ryder, Garrett, Kenzo, and Diesel—The Vipers.
They run this town and everyone in it. Their deals are as sordid as their business, and their reputation is enough to bring a grown man to his knees, forcing him to beg for mercy. They are not people you mess with, yet my dad did. The old man ran up a debt with them and then sold me to cover his losses.
Yes, sold me.
They own me now.
I’m theirs in every sense of the word. But I’ve never been meek and compliant. These men, they look at me with longing. Their scarred, blood-stained hands holding me tight. They want everything I am, everything I have to give, and won’t stop until they get just that. They can own my body, but they will never have my heart.
The Vipers? I’m going to make them regret the day they took me.
This girl? She bites too.
Den of Vipers is a 18+ reverse harem romance which contains references of abuse/assault. It is also a mafia story with such a good mix of personalities and characters.
Roxy is an independent, tough and she isn’t afraid to stand up to the four guys.The guys all have different personalities and have different roles within the group.
I enjoyed the storyline and how their background stories play a role in the story and how they all connect with each other.
I’m interested to see what else happens if there is another book.
Dance For Me is the first book in the Club Avalon series by Kay Elle Parker.
Down on her luck, Boadica McGee Is desperate for a job. Bills to pay, a roof to keep over her head, and vultures for parents leave her with few options. When her best friend offers her a dream opportunity she has to weigh dreams against survival and her own morals. The pay is good, the people are nice…but working in a BDSM club just isn’t her thing. Angry, repressed, Brodie is afraid of who she’ll become in that environment, especially when one man in particular gets under her skin.
Are all her secrets safe?
Braun Fitzpatrick isn’t a fool. He knows Boadicea’s special when she walks into his club. She offers him the perfect challenge, the chance to chip through the walls the fiery little female has built around her. Undeterred by her bark or her bite, Braun is content to guide her through the labyrinth of self-discovery.
When danger strikes and the music stops, will Bodie still dance for him?
What a book! I really enjoyed Dance For Me. I liked the plot and the fast paced nature of the bool.
The characters are interesting and I loved how Boadica held herself in different situations.
Bound by Honor is the first book in the Born in Blood Mafia Chronicles by Cora Reilly.
A modern mafia fairytale.
Born into one of the leading mob families in Chicago, Aria Scuderi is a mafia princess known for her beauty. What many consider a gift means her doom when she’s forced to marry Luca Vitiello to bring peace between two mafia dynasties. Luca is the future Capo of the New York Famiglia, a man known for his brutality—and for crushing his cousin’s throat with his bare hands.
Aria is terrified of marrying a monster like him. He may be one of the most sought-after bachelors in New York, thanks to his good looks, wealth and predator-like charisma. But Aria knows the bad boy aura isn’t just a game; blood and death lurk beneath Luca’s striking gray eyes and arrogant smile.
In her world a handsome exterior often hides the monster within; a monster who can just as easily kill as kiss you.
Yet, there’s no escaping the arranged bond, much less a man like Luca. He’d follow her to the end of the world.
Her only chance to survive in a marriage with Luca is to gain his affection and work her way into his heart—even when rumor has it that Luca doesn’t have a heart to begin with.
A mafia princess known for her beauty given to a monstrous man.
Even monsters have a heart.
She has every intention of working her way into his.
This wasn’t my favourite read but I am interested in reading other books by Reilly.
It deals with an arrange manage and I really didn’t like Aria. I won’t read it again but the main characters did match each other.
Talk For Me is the third book in the Club Avalon series by Kay Elle Parker.
She’s the Domme with a secret…or two.
He’s the Dom with a twist.
Constance Monroe knows the importance of balancing the good and bad in life. As a psychologist and a Mistress, she helps other people achieve what she can’t seem to—find happiness. With a full patient schedule, a hectic home life taking care of a depressed paraplegic, and the fallout from neglecting her own needs, Connie is in trouble she can’t talk her way out of.
The Masters of Avalon take matters into their own hands, determined not to let their friend slip into a place she can’t come back from, but the Mistress is just as determined to handle things by herself, her own way, to keep her secrets safe.
When Thane Isaacson first lays eyes on the curvy Domme, she stirs something inside him. Given the opportunity to help the Masters on their quest to keep her safe from herself, there’s no way he can say no. Wounded from an old accident, battle-scarred and wise beyond his years, Thane’s familiar with the undercurrents of turmoil running under Connie’s skin.
As their bond forms, and trust grows between them, can the Domme submit?
It was great to read a story from Connie’s perspective after all her interactions with the other characters in the previous books in the Club Avalon series.
Her interaction with Thane and how he brought out another side of her was fantastic. Their relationship was extremely well done and I loved how they balanced each other.
Cry For Me is the second book in the Club Avalon series by Kay Elle Parker.
Everyone, it seems, knows how much she loves Jasper, including the man himself, but that doesn’t stop the pain of the axe falling on her dreams with a sharpened blade. It’s only compounded when—apparently consumed by guilt for not encouraging her to stay away from him—Jasper asks a favor from the biggest Master in Avalon…
Jasper Fairfax is a complex man. Bred to be a killer, raised and trained by a monster, he’s done a lot of bad things in his life. Things he doesn’t like remembering, but can’t let go. Sadism is ingrained within him, nurtured by his father, until it became part of him. Over the years, he’s tried to be a better man, a good man.
Anarchy, his pretty kitten, is the bright light against his darkness. A beacon of hope for a man who believes himself destined to be alone like the monster he’s tried not to become. But what hope does a man deserve when extinguishing that light is his nature?
Letting her go is hard; letting her in is worse.
Especially when his past is no longer content to stay in the past.
I loved reading about Anarchy and Jasper. Anarchy is such an interesting MC with a part of her that she wants to show but in the past it has come back to bite her. Jasper is also an interesting Master and character.
I’m looking forward to the next book in the series
Vow To Protect is by J.L Beck and Monica Corwin.
They call me a monster.
Murderous and hateful.
Beautiful but broken.Nothing can calm the ever raging storm inside of me. As the ruthless leader of the Doubeck family there is a certain standard of brutality, I have to uphold.
Then I meet her.
Beautiful, innocent, and so very afraid.
Valentina is a rival family’s daughter, and the little temptress has purposely tangled herself in my dark web.
She seeks me out, needing my help, but the price for what she wants will be steep.
Since my father’s death, I’ve needed a wife to solidify my family name, and this woman has piqued my interest.
So we strike a deal, intertwining our futures.
I’ll put a ring on her finger, own her body, keep her safe, and kill them all.
I make a vow to protect her at all costs, that is until her secrets come to light, and I’m left with the choice of becoming the monster she’s only ever heard rumors about.
I enjoyed this book. It is a dark mafia romance which ends in with a cliffhanger. Definitely check the triggers for this book.
Within the dark elements of the book, the relationship between Adrian and Valentina is pretty gentle. Adrian is so caring and gentle to Valentina even while his is quite dangerous.
It is a slow burn romance but has me intrigued for the next book.
Chasing Love is the first book in the Dark Love series by Kat T Masen.
He was my first love.
Shattered me, then left without a goodbye.
Eight years have passed, and now he’s back.
But, I’m engaged.
And he will do anything to make sure I’m his…again.
I’ve fought hard to rebuild my life. So when the ever-so-perfect Julian Baker proposes marriage, I’m ready to forget the past and move on with my new love.
In a cruel twist of fate, my past and future collide. I’m forced to face the man who destroyed my heart back in high school.
Lex Edwards, turned billionaire tycoon, is ruthless, cunning, and will not stop until I’m his.
A complicated love triangle was never something I imagined when Julian proposed to me. Especially not involving Lex.
Hearts and egos are bound to be broken.
But whose heart will capture mine when the darkness fades.
I picked up this book as it was being talked about on BookTok. It was really well written but was pretty slow paced. It jumped from the past to the present quite a lot and Charlotte didn’t know who she really wanted to be with.
It is not so much a love triangle but cheating. The POV switches got annoying as it started to repeat the same scene from a different perspective.
I’m not likely to read it again.