ARC Review: Bec McMaster – Heart of Iron

London Steampunk Series:

Book 2:

Heart of Iron: Will Carver and Lena Todd

 

Heart of Iron (London Steampunk, #2)

 

Expected publication: May 7th 2013

Purchase on Amazon:  Bec McMaster – Heart of Iron (London Steampunk)

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

In Victorian London, if you’re not a blue blood of the Echelon then you’re nothing at all. The Great Houses rule the city with an iron fist, imposing their strict ‘blood taxes’ on the nation, and the Queen is merely a puppet on a string…

Lena Todd makes the perfect spy. Nobody suspects the flirtatious debutante could be a sympathizer for the humanist movement haunting London’s vicious blue blood elite. Not even the ruthless Will Carver, the one man she can’t twist around her little finger, and the one man whose kiss she can’t forget…

Stricken with the loupe and considered little more than a slave-without-a-collar to the blue bloods, Will wants nothing to do with the Echelon or the dangerous beauty who drives him to the very edge of control. But when he finds a coded letter on Lena—a code that matches one he saw on a fire-bombing suspect—he realizes she’s in trouble. To protect her, he must seduce the truth from her.

With the humanists looking to start a war with the Echelon, Lena and Will must race against time—and an automaton army—to stop the humanist plot before it’s too late. But as they fight to save a city on the brink of revolution, the greatest danger might just be to their hearts…

Review:

I love love love this series. I cannot thank Annie ( Under the Covers Book Blog ) for suggesting this series to me. This book is the best of the series so far. I am in love with Will and want him for my very own! I read this book several weeks ago and for about a week after I finished it, I walked around with a Heart of Iron hangover! I couldn’t start any other books because this one was still on the brain.

This book takes place three years after the events of the first book. In the first book, Lena was determined to drive Will crazy and was very successful at this task. So much so, that Will had to leave and move into his own place. He desires Lena but there is nothing on earth that could make him take her as his own. For at least a year he has managed to avoid Lena, now that she has joined the Echelon that has become much easier then it previously was. When Will next meets Lena he finds a missive on her with a damning code. Will recognizes that code, he knows it belongs to the Humanists who just blew up a draining factory and almost killed Blade. Will knows Lena is in over her head. When he is called forth by the Prince Regent for a favor he realizes that his is a chance not only to free himself but to keep tabs on Lena. Lena is in way over her head, she never signed up for explosions and death. She ends up with danger all around her, without Will, she surely would have died.

Bec McMaster has created a complex world and her world building is phenomenal. She really took her time building the world in the first book, so that by now we are familiar with all of the terminology and the world enough that we can truly appreciate the world that McMaster built! There are elements of paranormal, historical and steampunk effortlessly combined for a completely unique series.

I never expected to actually like Lena, she didn’t quite endear herself to me in the first book. However, in this book she is actually pretty fierce! I came to love her as a character. She wants to believe in a cause, one bigger then herself. She thought that life in the Echelon  was where she wanted to be but the life of parties, riches and Thralls turns out to be more and less than she thought it would be. She doesn’t really belong anywhere, so she throws herself into the Humanist movement. When she sees Will again she realizes that she may be in over her head and that she never asked the right questions. After the chance meeting Will manages to entangle his life with hers. He has to be able to move through society and he needs Lena to help him with that. Being so close to Lena is both bliss and torture, he knows that she is HIS but he can never risk being with her. The Lupe Virus is so aggressive he can’t risk infecting her. Will is your typical Alpha male; he is possessive, protective and caring to his woman. The way he is with Lena is something you would never expect from such a mysterious, dark and complicated man. As a general rule, he stays away from people and especially females but his draw to Lena is undeniable. Time after time Will has to come to Lena’s aid making for an exciting story. There is always something going on. Bec McMaster knows how to bring on the action to keep the reader entertained! While the action is raging, the romance is building. There is nothing quite like danger to bring a couple together. The passion runs deep and smoldering. Ms. McMaster makes us wait for it, she teases us so good you don’t even realize we are waiting for it. When we finally get it, it’s worth the wait. Will is definitely worth the wait!

Rating:

5 Romanticals

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

*This review can also be viewed at http://www.paranormalromancenovel.com

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Review: Bec McMaster – Tarnished Knight

London Steampunk Series:

Book 1.5:

Tarnished Knight: Rip and Esme

 

Tarnished Knight (London Steampunk, #1.5)

Free on Smashwords.com (for now):

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

After a vicious vampire attack left him struggling to leash the dark urges of the craving virus, John “Rip” Doolan thinks he’s finally starting to master the darkness within. The only thing that threatens to shatter his hard-won control is Esme, his closest friend and the only woman he’s ever wanted. If the stubborn beauty ever realized precisely what was going through his mind, their friendship would be ruined.

For six months, Esme has waited for Rip to recover and take her as his thrall, not daring to hope for more. Too afraid to put her heart on the line, she is devastated when Rip reveals that he never had any intentions of making her his.

But when a savage gang of Slashers start causing havoc in Whitechapel, Rip and Esme have no choice. They must face up to the depth of the passion that burns between them and forge a new relationship…or risk losing each other forever.

Review:

I very quickly came to love this series! I am so glad that Anne from Under the Covers Book Blog recommended this series to me. It is a unique blend of historical, paranormal and steampunk. This book takes place approximately 6 months after the first book left off. Rip was given the blood-craving to survive a mortal wound at the end of the first book. It was Esme who provided blood for the first time to Rip so that he would survive. For the last six months Rip has been fighting his control of the craving. He has no intention of ever letting Esme be his Thrall. He believes that she is better than that, better than him. For the past six months Esme has been waiting for Rip to take her as his Thrall. She has would give anything to be so close to him, only he doesn’t seem to realize that he is her craving.

In this novella we are taken on a rollercoaster of misunderstandings which make for an entertaining read. Esme and Rip can never quite seem to get on the same page, he can’t believe that she would want likes of him and she can’t seem to make him understand that she wants him as more than just her friend. She is ready to take their friendship to the next level, more than ready, like years ago ready. But he never makes the move. Rip is a giant but a gentle giant at heart, Esme’s friendship means everything to him and he is not willing to do anything to jeopardize that. He can’t seem to make Esme understand that he respects her too much to take her to Thrall.

When the Slasher’s make a play for Blade’s territory, it is Rip that risks his life to take them out. Only the tasks becomes more than he can handle alone. When woman start disappearing he realizes that everyone is in danger. Could it be that Esme will be the next victim of this sadistic bastard. The danger that the Slasher’s pose adds an exciting element of danger to the story. This book may not be very long but it certainly packs all that it can in a short span of time. This book is an action packed tale with plenty of romance. It was a fantastic installment to this exciting new series!

Rating:

4 Romanticals

*This post can also be viewed at my other blog www.paranormalromancenovel.com .

Review: Bec McMaster–Kiss of Steel

London Steampunk Series:

Book 1:

Kiss of Steel: Blade and Honoria Todd

Kiss of Steel (London Steampunk, #1)

Purchase on Amazon:  Bec McMaster – Kiss of Steel

Summary:

When Nowhere Is Safe

Most people avoid the dreaded Whitechapel district. For Honoria Todd, it’s the last safe haven. But at what price?

Blade is known as the master of the rookeries—no one dares cross him. It’s been said he faced down the Echelon’s army single-handedly, that ever since being infected by the blood-craving he’s been quicker, stronger, and almost immortal.

When Honoria shows up at his door, his tenuous control comes close to snapping. She’s so…innocent. He doesn’t see her backbone of steel—or that she could be the very salvation he’s been seeking.

Review:

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. It came highly recommended from Anne from over at Under the Covers Book Blog and I have to say she has not steered me wrong yet. I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. I’ve never really read Steampunk before, so I wasn’t sure what it would be all about and I’m still not entirely sure what is so different about it besides the mention of clockwork mechanical automations, which isn’t something what would be so out of the ordinary for a paranormal read to begin with, so as far as the steampunk aspect goes it was barely noticeable. The world building is impressive. This new world is a lot to take on and it can at times get overwhelming but in the end you have a complete new world that has been entirely set up for the entire series. This is a historical with a paranormal twist.

I adored Honoria and Blade as a couple, the sexual tension was of the chains. Honoria has been taking care of her siblings for the past 6 months. Her entire world exists to take care of them. She is slowly killing herself to make ends meet, when the call comes. Blade is the Monster of Whitechapel, she thought she needed to escape his notice, she never thought he would end up being her salvation. Blade is intrigued by Honoria from the start. Her pride will be the death of her, but she still keeps on keeping on. Her strength of heart and her beauty keep blade coming back. He knows he wants her he’s just not sure what to do with her. LOL Every time they get near each other the sexual tension is bursting from the pages! It makes things interesting for us readers. I enjoyed watching their romance develop.

As individual characters I loved both Honor and Blade. Honor is a strong character; everything she does is for her siblings. She sacrifices everything for them, her health, her pride and her blood. I can get down with that. She is also very brave and does not shy away from doing what she needs to do, at times it can be heartbreaking. Blade, aw man, I love a bad guy that is actually the good guy. He cannot be seen as weak and the leader of the Rookeries. When the big bad comes to his territory it is up to him to take of it and he does not shy away from his duty. He knows he is on the edge, soon his time will be up and he’ll have to do, what needs to be done. He just wishes he could have met Honor before he got so close to the edge. He wants more than a couple of months with her and his adopted family. A monster to the rest but to his family and Honor they know the good man he is beneath.

This was a great start to this new series. I am looking forward to the rest of the books and have already put a dent in the series. I see good things to come.

Rating:

4.5 Romanticals

*This review can also be seen at my other blog http://www.paranormalromancenovel.com .

Review: Bella Andre–The look of Love

The Sullivans Series:

Book 1:

The Look of Love: Chase Sullivan and Chloe Peterson

 

The Look of Love (The Sullivans, #1)

 

Purchase on Amazon: Bella Andre – The Look of Love: The Sullivans, Book 1 (Contemporary Romance)

Summary:

With THE LOOK OF LOVE, bestselling author Bella Andre introduces you the Sullivan family. In this fun and emotional contemporary romance series, when a Sullivan bad boy falls…he falls hard. And it’s forever.

Chloe Peterson is having a bad night. A really bad night. The large bruise on her cheek can attest to that. And when her car skids off the side of a wet country road straight into a ditch, she’s convinced even the gorgeous guy who rescues her in the middle of the rain storm must be too good to be true. Or is he?

As a successful photographer who frequently travels around the world, Chase Sullivan has his pick of beautiful women, and whenever he’s home in San Francisco, one of his seven siblings is usually up for causing a little fun trouble. Chase thinks his life is great just as it is—until the night he finds Chloe and her totaled car on the side of the road in Napa Valley. Not only has he never met anyone so lovely, both inside and out, but he quickly realizes she has much bigger problems than her damaged car. Soon, he is willing to move mountains to love—and protect—her, but will she let him?

Chloe vows never to make the mistake of trusting a man again. Only, with every loving look Chase gives her—and every sinfully sweet caress—as the attraction between them sparks and sizzles, she can’t help but wonder if she’s met the only exception. And although Chase didn’t realize his life was going to change forever in an instant, amazingly, he isn’t the least bit interested in fighting that change. Instead, he’s gearing up for a different fight altogether…for Chloe’s heart.

Review:

I really wanted to love this book; it had the makings of a book that I would adore. Sadly, I did not end up loving this book, in the end I just kind of liked it. There is great potential for the the Sullivan’s in general. They are a warm loving family with 8 interesting characters, so I see good things for the series. Chase is one of the more elder Sullivans he is a successful, sexy man and I did enjoy his character. He was not afraid to fall, to entrust his heart. He knew when he found something worth keeping and went with it. He threw his all into it. I just wish that the romance between Chase and Chloe was more believable. We had a total insta-love vibe going on here. I could have bought it from Chase’s end maybe, but I definitely didn’t feel it from Chloe’s end. She was standoffish most of the book and just coming out of an abusive relationship. She didn’t want to be romanced, but she couldn’t hold back her lust.

The first half of the book was a lot of talking, Chase trying to get closer and Chloe holding him off. The second half Chloe gives into the attraction and from then on, it’s a whole lot of sexy times. Pretty much the entire second half is sexy times with not much more to go on. It really made it hard for me to truly feel the love, oh I felt the lust, but the love was a hard sell for me. So in the end it just kind of fell flat for me. I didn’t dislike this book, but it is one of my favs. I will look to the rest of the Sullivan’s it should be an interesting series.

Rating:

3.5 Romanticals

*This book was provided to me through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Review: Jamie McGuire – Walking Disaster

Beautiful Series:

Book 2:

Walking Disaster: Travis Maddox and Abby Abernathy

Walking Disaster (Beautiful, #2)

Buy it on Amazon:  Jamie McGuire – Walking Disaster: A Novel

Summaries:

From Goodreads.com

Walking Disaster-

Finally, the highly anticipated follow-up to the New York Times bestseller Beautiful Disaster. Can you love someone too much?

Travis Maddox learned two things from his mother before she died: Love hard. Fight harder.
In Walking Disaster, the life of Travis is full of fast women, underground gambling, and violence. But just when he thinks he is invincible, Abby Abernathy brings him to his knees.

Every story has two sides. In Beautiful Disaster, Abby had her say. Now it’s time to see the story through Travis’s eyes

Beautiful Disaster-

INTENSE. DANGEROUS. ADDICTIVE.
Abby Abernathy is a good girl. She doesn’t drink or swear, and she has the appropriate number of cardigans in her wardrobe. Abby believes she has enough distance from the darkness of her past, but when she arrives at college with her best friend, her path to a new beginning is quickly challenged by Eastern University’s Walking One-Night Stand.

Travis Maddox, lean, cut, and covered in tattoos, is exactly what Abby wants—and needs—to avoid. He spends his nights winning money in a floating fight ring, and his days as the ultimate college campus charmer. Intrigued by Abby’s resistance to his appeal, Travis tricks her into his daily life with a simple bet. If he loses, he must remain abstinent for a month. If Abby loses, she must live in Travis’s apartment for the same amount of time. Either way, Travis has no idea that he has met his match.

Review:

***Will contain spoilers***

Ok first of all this is misleading. Abby does drink (like a fish) and swear and she’s not a good girl. Travis is obsessive with her, he’s promiscuous and they’re as the name says…a disaster. But there are aspects to it that are addicting. There are a few scenes that are really intense. Before they officially get together, he gets upset by something she says about not dating him. He in turn goes out, gets drunk and brings home 2 girls who he bangs in the living room while she’s in the bedroom. It was one of those “OMG no he didn’t” kind of things. You really felt it. In his book WD, the author decides to make him not remember doing this, because he was too drunk, and although he realizes he did something, she skips over the whole scene. It went from being one of the best to a WTF was that. It felt like a cop-out.

When the one month bet is up and she’s going to go back to the dorm, she sleeps with him. He thinks this is it for them. That they’re together now. She leaves in the middle of the night and wont answer his calls or talk to him. He freaks out and trashes his apartment. Then after him begging and her being a bitch and torturing him and dating a dude he hates they get back together.

As for the Vegas thing… her father is a famous poker player who blames her for him losing his luck when she turned 13. She on the other hand cant lose and grew up in Vegas. She moved to Eastern to get away from the lifestyle and people who knew her. They end up there because her father borrowed money from a dangerous loan shark/mobster and put the debt on her.  Travis beats up his goons when she is short on the money so Travis fights for him since his fighter cant and the debt will be settled. Loan shark offers him tons of cash to go to Vegas and fight for him again.  Travis wants to do it and instead of talking to him and telling him anything she just runs out and wont talk to him.

The only scene that carried over and IMO was even better from his pov, was after they get back from Vegas and she’s broken up with him, he finds her outside on campus and begs her to take him back. Going so far as to get down on his knees and plead with her. It was heartbreaking.

He begs her to go home to Thanksgiving dinner with his dad and 4 brothers cause he didn’t want to tell them they broke up. She goes and cooks, they have a good time. He tells her he still loves her, they end up sleeping together. The whole time she’s thinking she loves him and wants to get back with him too but she doesn’t because he says that he’ll make an effort to be her friend because he wants her in his life. This somehow translates to her that he just wants to be friends. Yes, its as stupid as it sounds and an obvious plot device to keep the story going. Abby is annoying, petty, selfish and childish. Seeing it from his pov only makes those faults even more obvious. So they go months of him pretending to be her friend, her dating that other dude that Travis hates until one night her and her bff America (who is Shepley girlfriend, Travis’s cousin and roommate) has to get something from the apartment. They run into Travis who is drunk and with a girl coming into the house. Its the same scene in both books, both are stupid. Travis asks why she’s there begs her not to leave, she gets all bitchy, saying things like her lipstick is on your face, he tells her he’s lonely, been dying without her. America throws a shitfit saying how could he, he’s such an asshole, yada yada. Mind you they’ve been broken up for months. He hasn’t done anything that whole time but try to be her friend and not harass her. America ends up smacking him in the face and attacking him when he tries to talk to Abby (who does nothing) then gets mad at her bf Shepley cause he tells her to calm down. She tells him he’s on the wrong side, again yada yada. They speed off and then Shepley punches Travis in the face and Travis thinks to himself, I deserved that. What? I know.

They eventually get back together again when he carries her out of a frat party. They go to one of his underground fights where the basement room catches on fire. His brother was there watching Abby while he fought but they get separated and Travis and Abby get out alone. They eventually find the brother, he’s fine.

Now in BD, right after this, Travis and Abby get engaged then call from Vegas telling America they’re married and getting tattoos. Yes its that abrupt. The End.

In WD we get a longer ending. The whole discussion and then telling his father and their friends etc. Then there is a ridiculous epilogue that takes place 11 years later where Travis is an undercover FBI agent and kills the loan shark/mobster from Vegas. We learn his oldest brother is the same and they hand picked him to be this undercover operative out of 1000’s of applicants, and he didn’t even have to apply. It is their anniversary and they now have twins (boy and girl) and Abby has no idea what he does. When he flies home she gives him a gift which is emails between her father and the loan shark.  So Travis can take down her father. Turns out she’s known what he does for a while and I guess she’s also a crazy hacker or some shit. IDK. The End. It doesn’t even feel like the same book. Which of these endings does not belong? kind of thing.

Main issues: Travis ‘s thoughts do not come off as a 19 yr old promiscuous guy who was raised with no female influence. His mother dies when he’s 3, that’s the prologue of WD. He makes several comments about sluts and how he doesn’t respect them if they sleep with him. They obviously don’t deserve any because what self respecting girl would sleep with a guy on the first date or at all really. He doesn’t clarify what makes sluts, slutty exactly just that 90% of women are. There are numerous comments like how if they sleep with a guy then they don’t respect themselves so why should he deign to give them any respect. All girls in both books besides Abby and America are either stupid sorority sluts who are jealous and mean or smart ugly chicks who are also mean. There’s really only one of the smart uglies and its because she’s Abby’s roommate.

Example of Travis thought process. A girl he sleeps with comes up to him and Abby at a bar and he thinks this…

“Ho 101: If the man in your sights is on a date or with a female friend, force him to admit lack of commitment. Creates insecurity and instability.”

I’m sorry but dudes don’t think that way. All of his opinions come off the way a catty female thinks of other women. It actually reads like her personal opinions on women and its crazy offensive and ridiculous. One of the WORST male pov’s I’ve ever read. EVER.

So like I said the scene transitions are really confusing since it obviously fills in the blanks of when Travis was away from Abby but it was done poorly. Its seriously hard to keep up and some of the scenes were completely off. As in her timeline was totally wrong. In between the maybe 2 scenes I mentioned it was pretty boring as well. I kept putting it down. You could not read this without reading BD first and even then you need to read them close together so the scenes are very fresh in your mind.

I gave BD 4 stars and I gave this 2. And that was being nice.

Rating:

2 Romanticals

A Guest Review from Tina

*This review copy was provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Review: Rebecca Zanetti – Against the Wall

Maverick Montana Series:

Book 1:

Against the Wall: Jake Lodge and Sophie Smith

 

Against the Wall (Maverick Montana, #1)

 

Purchase on Amazon:

Rebecca Zanetti – Against the Wall

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

Never challenge a cowboy in the courtroom…

Surveying the proposed site for a high-end golf course should have been a breeze for spunky Landscape Architect Sophie Smith. But when this born-and-bred city girl is suddenly—and quite literally—swept off her feet by a sexy cowboy on horseback, she realizes that the country life has some serious (and seriously steamy!) possibilities. That is, until she finds out exactly who her smokin’-hot wrangler really is.

Cowboy and Tribal lawyer Jack Lodge is desperately trying to block the development. And if that means playing hardball—and being every inch the shark lawyer—so be it. But Sophie is a distraction he didn’t expect. A distraction that makes his blood burn.

Two different worlds. Two opposing sides. And when they finally give into the exquisite temptation, the consequences will shake the foundations of both of their lives…

Review:

I have read Rebecca Zanetti before. She writes a great paranormal series, that I have been reading for a while. When I saw that she had a contemporary out and about cowboys; I had to give it a whirl. I’m really glad I gave it a chance. Like so many others I’m a sucker for a cowboy, but I’m also a sucker for a hot Native American (usually in a historical) so I’m really glad she didn’t screw this up! LOL

From the beginning to the end I was absorbed in this book. I could not put it down, it was steamy as all get out but it also had a plot. And the plot was pretty decent. It had a few cliché moments but overall, the story had me just as absorbed as the steamy elements. For Jake and Sophie the sparks start flying almost immediately, Jake literally sweeps her off her feet when he scoops her up while riding on horseback rather than running her over. When they discover they are on opposite sides of a court battle, that should have cooled things off, but instead the flames just increased until there was no other option than combusting in each other’s arms. They had great chemistry and a fun push pull thing going on. As it also turns out Jake likes to call the shots in the courtroom and out of it too! *wink wink*

This book also had great side characters. All of Jake siblings showed up quite a bit and they are getting set up for their own stories, which I cannot wait for! So, if you were thinking about giving this one a try but were on the fence, I definitely recommend it!

Enjoy!

Rating:

4.5 Romanticals

 

*I received this title courtesy of NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation was provided.

Dawn also reviewed this title. You can view her review HERE

ARC Review: Lindsey Piper – Silent Warrior

The Dragon Kings Series:

Book 1:

Silent Warrior: Hark and Silence

Silent Warrior (Dragon Kings, #0.5)

Publication Date: April 22nd, 2013

Purchase on Amazon: Lindsey Piper – Silent Warrior

Summary:

From Goodreads.com

A silent woman ashamed of her criminal background becomes a Cage warrior to seek redemption. An unrepentant fortune hunter chooses combat over death to appease a mafia family. Although rivals in battle, they find common ground when seeking their clan’s stolen idol, but for vastly different reasons. Neither one suspects that love will begin when he becomes the first man in five years to hear her speak.

Review:

So I read an except for the first book in this series a while ago that was included in the back of a Jeaniene Frost book and ever since that book has had me intrigued. When I saw that there was a prequel and available for review, I was on it. I am so glad I requested this title, it was quite the read. This short read packs a lot in, in very few pages. There is lots of action, a surprising number of good laughs, and Hark and Silence steam up the pages with their passion.

Hark was actually really funny, he had me cracking up from the beginning and kept it up throughout this story. He has jokes for days and keeps you guessing about what is going to come out of his mouth next. His verbal skills almost match those of his bedroom and fighting skills and those are quite impressive. I enjoyed Hark from the beginning and that love continued to grow throughout the book. He is rough, funny as hell, sexy and just raw. He is wanted by quite a few mafia families, which is why he is fighting. He needs the cash to keep the mafias off his back; his life is definitely in peril.

Silence, is our strong yet silent type. She hasn’t talked to another person in five years. Many think she is mute, but in reality she chooses to not speak, that is until Hark. Somehow, maybe from his own verbal diarrhea he manages to bring out her voice and other things… She is a strong opponent and an even better partner. Her childhood was not an easy one, and she has been striving to make up for it ever since. She has volunteered to be a cage warrior for a cartel which gives her a measure of freedom and resources that she wouldn’t have otherwise. She has been searching for something for years and she needs those resources. In this series it is looking like the females are going to be just as violent and capable of the males. There is going to be no holds barred male on female fighting and it is violent. So if that makes you squeamish this series may not be for you.

The chemistry between Silence and Hark is off the chain. These two burn bright and burn fast. Initially these two are opponents in battle but they quickly become partners due to necessity and danger. As partners they establish a trust that neither has ever experienced before. They have a common ancestry that helps in their bonding, but really it is their mutual attraction that kicks everything off.

This series is looking to have a lot of potential. The world is very interesting and pretty unique. It’s called the Dragon Kings, but they aren’t actually dragons, so that’s kind of a letdown. I was looking forward to dragons; dragons always make it better. LOL! Even without the dragons it’s still interesting, each dragon king faction has its own set of powers. I do have to say the world building is not as strong as I would like. I am still a little confused on some of the details. Like the time period it feels modern, yet sometimes I get a historical vibe. In the “About the Author” she does write historicals so, I guess it makes sense that some historical elements bleeds in. Also, I’m still not all that sure about the Cage Warriors and the point to it or why Silence was fighting for money. There are just some questions and vague details, but this is a novella and a prequel, so it is to be expected to some extent. Despite that, I am in! I am very intrigued with this series and want to see where it is going to go. I am definitely looking forward to the first book in this new series.

This title was provided through Edelweiss for an honest review and no other compensation was provided.

Rating:

4.5 Romanticals