I feel like I have been waiting for Queen Takes Checkmate by Joely Sue Burkhart my entire life. Okay, maybe that’s excessive but I feel like it’s been a long time. She is such a freaking talented writer I fall in love with every single character each and every time I read one of the books. Like how could I love these people anymore?! She makes it happen! This is book #5 in the ‘Their Vampire Queen’ series. It’s also the BEST book in the series. I’ve said that after I finish every book in this series, but just when you think Joely can’t top her last book she does. They. Are. So. Fucking. Good. Oh! & let’s talk about that cover…. Gahhhhhh all the covers in this series are so freaking gorgeous. I mean they have to be… it’s Shara Fucking Isador. Last living descendant of Isis. SHE IS THE SHIT. Let’s get into it…..
So we are back with Shara and all her guys. You know… Rik, Daire, Guillaume, Mehen, Xin, Itztli, Tlacel, Ezra, Nevarre, and Llewellyn. I literally love them all. We don’t know a huge amount about Llewellyn since he just joined but don’t worry. He’ll have a place in your heart soon. Anyways, Shara has just taken down New York’s Aima Queen, Keisha Skye. Not only did she take her down, she drained her. So now she is this disgusting pile of nasty on the floor. Defeating Keisha and her demon child Tanza, man that child was a thing of nightmares…. Bah… I swear I picture like the grudge girl and the ring girl mixed together. Eek. 😱
Everyone is intact, and all seems to be well. Shara is of course internally freaking out because what the fuck just happened. She almost lost Rik to Tanza the freaky demon child, and everything could have went to hell in a hand-basket and she could have died. All her men could have died. It could have been disastrous. Luckily, it wasn’t because Shara Fucking Isador is a badass who ALWAYS kicks ass. I mean who else could completely drain a queen?! Shara Isador, the Queen of New York biatch. But defeating Keisha doesn’t mean that Shara and her men can just all reunite and have a sexy blood orgy does it?! Of course not.. There are some political ends that need to be tied up. Like Skye Tower is now Isador tower, badass ammirite?! All of Keisha’s Furies (what she called her Blood that consisted of all females), Sibs, and other vampire groupies have to be dealt with. So, Shara has to decide who to take on, who to set free, and who to kill.. PLUS, there is an ancient sun god mummified in the basement. No biggie… 😐
Shara adds some Sibs to her team. Gwen, who’s Blood are guys from the round table *gasp * swoon*. As well as Carys, who has a badass owl that shits all over her 🤢 & has the power to determine the probably of things/actions. Things are looking pretty good. She has to kill some of the less savory characters that were into the super psychotic shit Keisha Skye was into. She also has to make a decision about this new guy she has taken in, Llewellyn. We don’t currently know a lot about him other than he used to be one of her mother’s Blood and that Keisha Skye kept him prisoner, cut out his eyes, and kept a bad over his head. I mean we already feel sorry for the poor fellow, plus he really stepped up with helping Shara defeat Keisha. Weird thing though, he used to have sex with her mom… Soooooo…. Yeah….
Now that Skye Isador Tower has been taken care of we should be able to get back to sexy time with the guys, right?! Well, kinda. We do have some suuuuper sexy scenes. Cuz I mean Joely knows how to write the sexiest scenes known to mankind. Then we also get a NEW Blood. I know what you are thinking, how the hell am I supposed to keep track of a NEW Blood?! There are so many. Well shut your trap, there are never too many 😉 This new Blood also has some qualities that separate her from the rest of the Blood… I know, you are intrigued…
Everything can’t be all sexy time though. I know, cue booing. They also have to get rid of Ra, the sun god who they’ve been trying to get rid of for a couple of books. Plus, he just recently tried to take Xochitl, Mayte’s daughter AKA Queen of Unicorns ❤ This bastard has gots to go. There are a lot of preparations that have to go into taking out Ra because he is a fucking God which means he is obviously hard to kill. Also, there was the deal made with the Goddess, Coatlicue, that in return for the cobra that will help kill Ra that one of Shara’s Blood must die. Dear. God. No. Please. So this whole time I am freaking out trying to figure out who Joely is going to kill off…. PLEASE JOELY, PLEASE DON’T *sob* 😭
This book is so amazing. Like when I finished I didn’t know what to do with myself. How do you move on from something so perfect?! You don’t. You just don’t. So, now I have to decide whether to re-read this one of just go for the long haul and re-read the entire series again. It’s that damn good! Shara is a badass heroine that we all want in our lives. She isn’t whiny or easily pushed over. She is the Queen. She is Shara Fucking Isador. Her men are swoony, hilarious, adorable, badass, sexy, and every wonderful adjective you can think of. I honestly don’t know who I love more. Sometimes it’s Mehen because ahhhh who doesn’t love a stubborn dragon who is actually a softy. Then it’s Ezra because that sexy take no nonsense cursing like a sailor bear is just so fucking hot. Then there are Rik and Daire, the original two. So sexy, protective, and their dynamic with each other and Shara is just… Ah… Swoon. There are all amazing. ALL. This can’t be the last book. It just can’t………… This won’t be the last book.
I’m swooning over here…. Wanna join?!
This week Ava Mason released the last book in the Fated Alpha series about Elizabeth and her swoony dragons. I was so looking forward to this book. I have sped-read through all the books and loved them all. Elizabeth is a badass that really stepped up into her role as Alpha. She has spent 6 books struggling through the death of her father and mother, teaming up with her sexy dragons to fight through all sorts of problems, and is finally ready to go back to her pack to take her rightful place as Alpha. This final book wraps up what Elizabeth has been working towards for the last 6 books. Plus, there is a… drumroll please… super steamy scene between Elizabeth and two of the guys. Swoon. Let’s get into it.
We finished the last book with Elizabeth making her way back to her pack and finally defeating Garrett aka Scarface. This is one of the guys that murdered her father and took control of her pack. Thank god he is dead. He was a super douche and had been treating the pack horribly along with the help of the black wolf that also murdered Elizabeth’s father, Elias. Garrett was evil but overall, he was just a pawn for Elias who is really fucking evil. Elias seems to have some really weird powers to pair well with his obvious sadism. Awesome. But Elizabeth is ready to fuck shit up. She has come to take back her pack and she knows she can get out of this because she is the true alpha.
Elizabeth is absolutely broken hearted because her first love, Aaron, was murdered by his father Garrett. Also, James is missing. Until he isn’t. Because that fucker is helping Elias. WHAT. THE. FUCK. He is standing there looking smug as fuck while Elizabeth, Hunter, Christian, Easton, and Avery are on the ground naked and collared like dogs. Ugh. How on earth could James do this?! He is working with Elias?! That sadistic prick?! WHY!? Has he been brain-washed? Did he do this on his own accord? Is the Queen behind this?!?! All Elizabeth knows is that she is pissed, and they are all royally fucked. Elias has a whole army behind him. There is no escape, especially with the collars around their necks. The collars suppress their ability to shift as well as their magic. Greeeeeeaaaaaaaaaat.
Elias has Elizabeth, her men, and her old pack trapped. No escape. He has shoved Elizabeth and the guys in cages in this muddy prison with magicked fences. James, the douchebag, comes in and pulls Easton because obviously in the course of things going from bad to worse Hunter and Easton are going to have to fight. To the death. Of course. Elias and his group of sadistic men get off on forcing shifters to fight each other to the death. Swell guy I tell you. There literally seems to be no way out of this, they are cornered for the first time. No one to come in and save them. No way to magic their way out of this situation. It’s impossible and now they have been separated from Easton. How the hell are they going to get out of this?
Elias has some messed up powers that allows him to brainwash Elizabeth. So not only is everything fucked but Elizabeth becomes obsessed with Elias. She thinks he is god’s gift to earth and doesn’t remember why she loves her guys. She tries to convince her pack that Elias is doing this for the greater good and even helps imprison them. Nothing the guys do can snap her out of this. All she wants to do is please Elias and it is truly sickening. I don’t know how Elias can be such a horrible villain yet still have the ability to make me feel sorry for him. I felt myself wondering if I could be okay with him if he truly did love her. If he could fit in with her and the guys. My love for assholes is terrifying sometimes. I hope it is just a testament to Ava’s amazing writing skills that she could make me sort of like this horrible man while at the same time be completely disturbed by him.
This book gave me anxiety. Almost the entire time. I just wanted it to stop. I couldn’t deal with how horrible everything was and that there was no end in sight. James’s betrayal was also really hard. I just felt heartbroken for so long because I just wanted Elizabeth to catch a break. I wanted it to be like back at the cabin where they could all just spend time together and continue falling in love. Instead, I had to figure out if Ava Mason was going to kill off one of my beloved guys. I couldn’t see a way out of this mess. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME AVA?!?!?!?!?!?!
Despite above, I really did love this book. It really tied up everything with Elizabeth and the guys nicely. Although I did miss a lot of the swoon, cuz I mean Ava Mason knows how to write some really awesome swoony moments, I did get some doses of swoon. Life can’t be all about swoon I guess. *sob* I felt satisfied with the end. But really, I need another book. I know I won’t get one. Unless I beg?! I mean no, probably not even then. I want all the moments of life after the fuckfest. I want to see more of the OMG moment at the end. I want to be a creepy observer of Elizabeth and ALL her guy’s life together. We don’t always get what we want. Do you know what we do get, though?! We get the ability to go back. Go back and re-read all the books again. Fall in love with Hunter, Easton, Christian, Avery, and maybe even James? These books are ones to read and re-read and re-read. Honestly, I’ll probably never stop reading them.
Thank you, Ava Mason, for letting us enter the world of wolf and dragon shifters. You gave us characters to root for, cry with, and especially to fall in love with. I can’t wait to jump into the next work of art you come out with ❤
Well… What are you waiting for you guys? It’s time to swoon with me ❤
I decided to purchase this book after the author had a quiz in a Facebook Group that told you which of her book characters you were. I took the quiz and found out I was Ashryn Baker so of course I had to buy the book. I was a little skeptical if I would like it because Ashryn is a vampire hunter. What?! I love vampires, please don’t kill them! Some of my favorite book boyfriends are vampires! You stay away from them Ashryn! I don’t care how alike we are 😊 Well let’s lose a little of the fear there dolls, because I am here to tell you that this is really good book. Let’s get into it ❤
Ashryn has been raised by the guild, her and most of the other members were raised from young children to be vampire hunters. That seems safe, right? Ashryn isn’t just any vampire hunter, she is one of the best. So, it’s not surprising that she gets a really difficult task from the commander of the guild. Not surprising but definitely odd, since her task is a solo one against 10 vampires. A mission that usually consists of three hunters, but it’s just her. Seems pretty sketch. Also seems like the commander might be a douchebag but maybe that’s just me.
Ashryn arrives at the location and is ready to kick some vampire ass. I’ve spoken before that I do have a sweet spot for one vampire hunter, Blade, so I’m thinking maybe I can get behind this. Maybe these vampires are really big assholes. Like killing children and shit. You know, the assholes on True Blood in the first season that really freak out Sookie. Oh! Or the vampires in The Strain. Those vampires are the worst. Plus, really fucking terrifying. Literally, things of nightmares. Trust me, I’ve had the nightmares! I STILL DO! But as you can probably tell, I love vampires. BUT the point is I’m still on board with Ashryn as a vampire hunter. Get it girl.
Well she gets into the location where the 10 vampires she is supposed to get rid of are. She runs into some issues because of course this mission is built for 3 hunters and even though she is a badass she isn’t Thor. Not everyone can be Thor. So.. something unthinkable happens. The mission fails. What happens when a vampire hunter fails her mission? Death? Probably, but not what happens. No, she gets turned. WHAT?! Fuck. Yes. Ashryn is now a vampire and has to figure out how to navigate these waters. No sunlight? Craving blood? Sexy vampires? YES!
I really enjoyed this book. It isn’t long, but it is a very interesting story that I haven’t run into before. The vampires she meets are super sexy and swoony. How does she handle becoming the thing she was raised to hate? Will she start mixing with any of the vampire men? WHAT ON EARTH IS GOING TO HAPPEN?! This is a must read for you vampire lovers, I can’t wait to jump into the second one. Swoon with me dolls ❤
Labor day was supposed to be a relaxing day off where I could spend the day reading, preparing blog posts, and playing some ESO (Elder Scrolls Online for you un-nerdy folk 😉). Well that is all a bust because I have been having horrible migraines off and on for days. It’s horrible! At this moment it feels like my left eye and ear are determined to explode and turn my brain into mush 🤯 It’s not an ideal situation. It seems like life likes to throw you curves balls every once in a while. Excited for a three day weekend?! Take some brain pain! Excited to go on vacation? Nope, your husband is sick! Is life finally chilling out a bit? Nope, how about several hospital visits for you and your daughter. What a blast life is. What. A. Blast. 😂😭
Since staring at a screen is kinda killing me right now I figure what better way to help this than to of course take a bath. I’ve thoroughly bored you all with my deep love for baths, but let’s continue it. Baths are the shit. Literally, nothing beats a bath. I can feel my head pain lessening as I soak. If I can’t take a bath then I usually put a wet wash cloth on my eyes, a small eye bath if you will 😂 But obviously I am staring at a screen in the bath because I am typing this, this is a different kind of screen staring though. Trust me, there are no flaws in my logic 😉
So, since I cannot read and I cannot play video games (woe is me, what else makes life worth living?!) I have decided to dig through my TBR list and share with you all what I am planning to read within the next few weeks/months/whenever I get around to it. If any of you guys are like me, your TBR (to be read) list is miles long. Miles. You got a whole list and you know what you are going to read next then bam! Your favorite author puts out a new book. Bam! Someone recommends something that sounds phenomenal. Bam! You find yourself immersed in a series that is like 8 books long. BAM! Some asshole named Julia Swoons suggests something that seems absolutely amazing. Something always gets in the way. So take a gander at my TBR list and maybe I’ll screw up yours and throw some new ones in there.
Click the book titles to see them on Amazon — book blurbs are in purple ❤
This book is #1 on my list and I will definitely be starting it today (AKA release day!). I love this series and I cannot wait to jump back in. Plus it’s the last book in the series, *sob* Reverse Harem. 185 pgs long. Book #7 of 7.
The ultimate betrayal. The final battle. A Reverse Harem Paranormal Romance.
As Lizzy and her men are captured, collared like dogs, and thrown into cages, Lizzy must deal with the betrayal that came from within. She is powerless and under Elias’ utter control.
Then members of her team are divided and forced to fight each other… to the death. Lizzy must stand by and watch as her men tear each other apart. Every second counts as Lizzy tries to outwit her greatest adversary yet.
Can Elizabeth win a battle of wits with her most dangerous enemy? Will she be able to save not only her men, but her whole pack? And finally, can she discover the truth about James before it’s too late?
This one I have started via audiobook but haven’t had time to really dive in. I normally listen to audiobooks at work and then read at home. Hopefully I can really get into this on soon because I’ve heard excellent things. Reverse Harem. 396 pgs long. Book #1 of 6.
I want vengeance so badly that I can almost taste it. It’s all I’ve ever wanted. So, I did what anyone in my unique position would do. I slapped on a secret identity and became an internationally renowned thief, known as The Fox. Nobody knows me. Nobody can catch me.
Or so I thought…
It turns out; I have what they want. Special abilities. And trust me, these abilities are coveted–and dangerous. Now, I don’t know who to trust or where to go. Peril lurks on every corner as I try to uncover my past and origin. Teaming up with unlikely allies may be my only chance at survival or my biggest mistake. Only time will tell.
I’m Kit Davenport and this is only the beginning.
This one I know I will have to read in sections. Its a collaborative book with a whopping 22 novellas from some pretty amazing authors. Reverse Harem. 2178 pages long.
26 NY Times, USA Today, and International Bestselling Authors.
22 reverse harem novellas filled with magic, danger, mystery, adventure, and romance.
All yours, for one insanely low price.
Dragons. Shifters. Vampires. Fae. These kickass heroines come in all shapes and sizes…and so do the men at their sides. Dive into this decadent collection of paranormal and fantasy romances-reverse harem style. Yep, that’s right. Our heroines are headstrong and rebellious, and they don’t take no for an answer. Unlike most romances, they get to keep ALL the guys they want.
And so do you.
I have been wanting to read this one for a little while just haven’t felt the time. I have read Eva Chase’s other series, Dragon’s Guard (see my review here), and loved it. I just need to get in the mood for this one, I’m hoping soon 😁 Reverse Harem. 260 pages long. Book #1 of 2, so far.
The gods walk among us. And they just might steal your soul… or your heart.
I thought I’d survived everything life could throw at me. All I wanted was to keep my distance from the criminals I work for and get my little brother out of the hell that is our mother’s house.
Then I died and woke up to four stunningly hot gods telling me I’m now a valkyrie.
Sly, sharp Loki. Jovial but ferocious Thor. Dreamily compassionate Baldur. Grim and secretive Hod. They all have something to teach me. And around them, my walls start to crack.
But the gods didn’t summon me just for kicks. Their king is missing, and they need me to find him. The first three valkyries they sent on the job never made it back.
More power is awakening in me than I could ever have imagined—and the gods’ enemies are more devious than even they knew. It’s going to take every trick in the book for me to save myself, my brother, and these divine men who’re getting under my skin in the most alluring way.
I’m Aria Watson, and Valhalla ain’t seen nothing yet.
I have really been on a C.M. Stunich kick lately. She is such an amazing author and is fast becoming one of my favorites. She knows how to write sexy and hilarious men. I have not run into one of her books yet that I didn’t like. Reverse Harem. 360 pgs long. Book #1 of 7.
I am wolf; I am human; I am neither; I am both.
I am werewolf.
And I have seven Alpha Males as my mates.
All mine to kiss and hold and touch, seven handsome men for my bed.
My boys represent the biggest packs in North America.
But I am the Alpha Female and I rule them all.
One day, the packs might force me to choose.
But my heart, it won’t allow it. Things could get…bloody if I have to fight for my boys.
For now, three glittering dark courts threaten our existence with their glamorous cruelty:
the vampires, the witches, and the fae.
Werewolves are missing from all the packs, and my boys and I, we have to find them.
Or find out who’s killing them.
Because I’m the mistress of my men, my packs, a girl known simply as White Wolf.
I’ve promised to protect the men I love, the family and friends I cherish.
And the White Wolf…always keeps her promises.
I love Suzanne Wright. I am OBSESSED with the Phoenix Pack series and the Mercury Pack series she writes. Love them. It only make sense that I will love this one too! Fantasy Romance series. 301 pgs long. Book #1 of 4.
Part of a small demon lair in Las Vegas, tattooist Harper Wallis lives a pretty simple life. That changes overnight when she discovers that her psychic mate, or ‘anchor’, is a guy who’s rumoured to be the most powerful demon in existence. Compelling, full of secrets and armed with raw sexuality, Knox Thorne is determined to claim her as his anchor, creating a psychic bond that will prevent their inner demons from ever turning rogue.
The billionaire also wants Harper in his bed.
She’s not so sure she wants either of those things. No one seems to know what breed of demon Knox is, only that he’s more dangerous than anything she’s ever before encountered. But he refuses to walk away. And when an unknown danger starts closing in on Harper, it seems that Knox is the only one who can keep her safe.
As Prime of his Las Vegas lair and a successful businessman, Knox Thorne is used to being in control. He’s also used to people fearing and obeying him. Harper does neither, which unexpectedly amuses him. Unpredictable, elusive and complex, she draws Knox and his inner demon like nothing ever has.
Knox is used to getting what he wants, and he wants Harper. He’ll have her, and he’ll keep her safe from the threat that looms over her. Because Knox protects what’s his. He won’t allow anyone to take her from him. Even if it will mean letting the demon inside him rise and wreak the havoc it was created to make.
Like I’ve said before, I’m a sucker for a beautiful cover. Plus I’ve been on a demon kick since Four Psychos (see my review here!) and this one looks like a hot demon book ❤
A demon-hunter trying to survive. Three sexy-as-hell demons. And the truth that will change their lives forever…
Being a demon-hunter means living a life of danger. Of giving up everything to keep humanity safe, even if they’ll never know it. And for Sharen, it means knowing she’s fighting on the side of good.
Which is all just fine– until she’s accidentally tied to three demons.
Jace, Ryder, and Kade are handsome, dangerous, and absolutely certain that Sharen is the woman they want to spend the rest of their immortal lives loving. They don’t care that they’re enemies, they’re bound and determined to show her that there’s more to her world than what she’s been told.
But there’s one problem with their plan. Something they never could have expected. The woman they’ve claimed as their own, well, she doesn’t like being lied to. And when those lies endanger the people she loves… she’s going to do something about it.
Even if she has to burn her whole damn world down.
SEXY COVER ALERT!! Do you ever just read a book and think, HEY let’s get to the business! You know, the sexy parts… Bow chicka wow wow. Don’t act like I’m the only one. We are all dying for the hottness. Well this book is bringing the hottness. I’ve read a few chapters so far and ohhh emmm geee. Hawt. It’s just one I like to jump in and out of. Plus, since it’s sections out of various books it is of course adding to my never-ending TBR list…. Reverse Harem. 364 pgs long. Single right now but I know they have another one coming out around Halloween! 🎃
Slip between the sheets with us to discover the hottest excerpts, deleted scenes, alternate POVs, and even brand new stories from some of your favorite Reverse Harem Authors. These steamy scenes get directly to the point between the sheets. You may want to consider reading with the phone off the hook and the door locked, and maybe line up a cold shower. We won’t judge.
This is the third book in the Unseen series by L A Boruff and I am so excited about it. It comes out towards the end of September so I have some time before it’s in my hands, well on my screen. It will be a release day read, for sure. I have been soooo in love with this series so far. See my reviews for Supay and Leyak! They are amazing books so I know this one will be too. Reverse Harem 238 pgs long. Book #3 of 3.
Jen Johnson loved to read about supernatural creatures. She’d always dreamed of climbing into the pages of her books to become a vampire or werewolf. Imagine her surprise when she almost dies falling down the steps of the courthouse, only to save herself by turning into a flying dragon.
It’s a dream come true, right?
Alexander, leader of all of the Fae—actually, they prefer Dannan, thank you—and his cousin Roan try to help her acclimate to her new life, but it isn’t until she meets Doryu, a gorgeous Sárkány shifter that things start to get interesting.
And what is going on in the town? Some of those people aren’t what they seem. If Jen sticks her nose where it doesn’t belong, maybe she’ll get some answers the Unseen world needs. And maybe her nosiness will only get her heartache.
These are obviously just a handful of the books on my TBR list, I didn’t want to overwhelm you all 😊 So, did I screw up any of your TBR lists? See any that you NEED to read now? Feel free to screw up my list by recommending some steamy sexy romance books or if you’ve read one of my TBRs shout out! I’d love to hear your thoughts! 😁
As always, keep swooning dolls ❤
There is a very sad absence of reverse harem romance books in the Audible Romance package. I am mostly forced to read via Kindle Unlimited, use my Audible credits on reverse harem audiobooks, and of course purchase from my favorite authors. I was able to find one reverse harem series recently through the Audible Romance Package, ‘Chosen: Their Vampire Princess Book 1’ by Harlow Thomas and Anastasia James. I really enjoy listening to audiobooks at work and had been on a bit of a slump lately. I was very pleasantly surprised by this book. Plus look at the cover! I am putty for a good book cover ❤
I was skeptical of course as it isn’t very long and immediately starting the book was not a huge fan of the narrator’s voice. Even upon ending the book, I feel that I have only accepted it and still really don’t love her voice. I couldn’t really differentiate between the men’s voice and they always just sounded so weird. Maybe I’ve been spoiled by some really amazing narrators and this girl is actually fine I’ve just become biased. Either way, I was able to push through the narration and listen to what turned out to be a really good story.
I love paranormal romance. Seriously love it. I feel like my love for vampires started with Blade and Twilight. Two completely different sides of the spectrum, but still… Vampires, swoon. Then came True Blood where I just completely became entranced in these wonderful creatures called vampires. They are just so freaking sexy. Everything about them is hot. Whew. Then a couple recent favorites of mine, Their Vampire Queen series by Joely Sue Burkhart and The Forbidden Bond series by Cat Miller, has just continued to stoke the flame of my love for vampires.
So, I obviously love vampires. The question is, did I love Chosen? The answer is yes. Although it is not my favorite vampire book ever it is definitely still an awesome book.
We have our vampire princess, Felicity, who must choose one of the four human men presented to her as her prince and future husband. This is a long standing tradition for the women in Felicity’s family and she is soooo not ready. She is shipped off to an island with her four male suitors and she must choose one of them otherwise she cannot rule and the Night Court will fall. No pressure… ammirite?! The island is able to give her a ‘human experience’ while courting the four men. She is not burned by the sun, doesn’t have her speed or strength, is sensitive to heat and cold, but still needs human blood. The men, well they are there to feed her, both in blood and body.
Of course, our vampire princess is a virgin because she has to save herself for her future husband. *Rolls Eyes* & to think I was believing this to be a matriarchal rule, seems like a pretty patriarchal idea to me buuuuut I digress… Some of the guys are also virgins but some are not, double standards much? The guys are sexy and pretty charming constantly trying to win Felicity’s hand with their charm. Except Garrett, he is the asshole, so of course I’m desperately in love with him… #badboyissues. He seems to be only doing this for his village and doesn’t expect a lot out of Felicity except a spoiled princess. Winning her hand means a lifetime of protection for his village. The vampire Night Court would protect them from attacks from shifters, demons, wraiths, and witches. Something all the guys desperately want.
Things go from introductions and being tame to scorching hot in a short matter of time. She has some intimate moments with the men and decides that she must dedicate whole days to them so that she can get to know them better and make her choice. Her first date is with Sebastian who is very arrogant and sure of himself. They spend the day in a small little cove with a waterfall kissing and doing some, errr, extra curriculars 😉 In one short day Felicity goes from never being kissed to kissing multiple men and having her first orgasm on Sebastian’s hand. Doesn’t waste any time, this little vampire princess!
After her wonderful date with Sebastian she comes back ready to choose him. I mean, who can blame her after the sexy day she had with him. Garrett and Miller immediately greet her individually asking her not to choose yet. Garrett with a very sexy kiss and Miller with some interesting, errr, downstairs kissing… The last guy, Thomas, hasn’t really had any time with her. Honestly, Felicity is already overwhelmed by her choices so she isn’t really looking forward to getting another man into the mix. Her day with Thomas is of course overwhelmingly sexy as well. HOW IS A GIRL TO CHOOSE WITH ALL THIS SEXINESS GOING ON?!
This book isn’t really long so if you aren’t a big fan of the narrator you don’t have to suffer long. Although this is just the first book in the series soooo I suppose I’ll be listening longer. Maybe she’ll grow on me. I feel that this is an interesting enough story to keep me going even if I’m not head over heels for the narrator. If audiobooks aren’t your thing this book is also on Kindle Unlimited so you can give the characters your own voices. I do have to say men sound MUCH sexier in my head. They usually sound like the sexy men I love in movies like Charlie Hunnam, Heath Ledger, Chris Pratt, Alexander Skarsgard, and Ashton Kutcher. God those men are swoony. Buuuut back to the task at hand. This is a really good book and it is suuuuper sexy! Who is ready to swoon with me?!
Life of a reader can be difficult sometimes, especially for those prone to really falling in love with a book, series, characters, etc. My husband is able to just hop from book to book. I like to call him a book whore. I, on the other hand, get into long term relationships with books. I find an AMAZING book that just happens to be a series, SCORE! I read the first, read the second, and I’m like nom nom nom GIVE ME MORE! Only to find… Oh god… NO…. Book three isn’t out yet?!?!?! NOOOOOOOOO!!!!
This is exactly what I experienced with the Vampire Crown series by Scarlett Dawn and Katherine Rhodes. I sped through the first and I was SUUUUPER intrigued by Gwen and mildly interested in Kimber (see my review of book one, Queen of Gods, here). Immediately jumped right into the second book, King of Gods. This is where I fell in love with Kimber! Seriously. I still need to write a review of that one because I seriously love love loved it! Swoon. Buuuut I finished book two and was like, okay now let’s get into book three! I’M READY! Wait. Where is book three?! PRE-ORDER?! WHAT IS THE MEANING OF THIS?! OH. THE. HUMANITY.
So now I’ve finished book three, Death of Gods, and it was FUCKING amazing. So good. Like seriously. COME ON BOOK FOUR! Let’s start with the title of this book. Death of Gods?! WHO IS GOING TO DIE?! What?! WHY IS IT CALLED DEATH OF GODS WITH BEL ON THE COVER?! Do I even want to read this?! Yes, yes you do. *Spoiler, Bel doesn’t die* I feel like all the Bel lovers just audibly sighed. Rest easy. Our sexy vamp is still kicking. Swoon.
We ended book two and Kimber has bought down the mountain. Score! Finally, time for our worlds to connect. Maybe? I’m not sure. Reading through books 1 and 2 I still didn’t understand how the worlds connected. Is Kimber in the past and Gwen the present? Is it happening at the same time? Is Kimber in the future?! I DON’T KNOW BUT I’M STILL INTRIGUED! Well the answer we were all waiting for is answer at the end of this book. I love it. AGAIN, I CAN’T WAIT FOR BOOK FOUR! So, like I said the mountain is S’Kir falls. It’s time for the druids and vampires to reunite! Sweet reunions are in their futures, right?! Wrong. Kimber immediately gets shot in the leg by a vampire. But literally none of the druids know what a gun is. They call it a hand cannon and I almost die. Hand cannon. Snort. Kimber is trying to recover from her gun shot wound surrounded by her three very sexy men. Swoon.
After recovering from her gun shot wound her men start doing that stupid protective thing where they don’t tell the MC what is happening around her. They try to coddle and baby her. Annoying. Kimber being the badass woman she is sees right through this.
‘I am Mistress Kimber Raven of the Temple of the Lost God. I am the Breaker of the Spine. I am the Healer of S’Kir. I am not a simple woman. I am not a fool, nor stupid or ignorant. If you wish to continue to bed me, you will not hide your concerns about me or about anyone else who shares that space. If I cannot trust you three, I cannot trust anyone. Am I understood?’
Well damn. You tell ‘em girl! 😊 When she eventually forgives them, and they stop acting like asses there are some suuuuuper steamy scenes. Especially one with the 4 of them and we find out a secret sexual weapon to use against Dorian. Plus, their super steamy sexy time gives them a HUGE magical boost. Freaking druids, they obviously have all the luck 😉
During a decoy raiding party, Kimber and her group that includes Roran is taken by the vampires straight to the vampire king. Shit. So the king, Savion, is a freaking nutcase. Like literally psychotic. He murders someone in their party to get Kimber to reveal herself as the Breaker and lets the rest go. Thank god. If Roran died I would have been sobbing. For days. Whew. Kimber has to use her wit along with the help of some unlikely friends to escape the crazy king’s clutches. She has some ‘holy shit’ moments when she finds out some interesting things about her parents as well as her heritage. Can she escape and get back to her men?! Will they all survive the war between vampires and druids?!
Now let’s go over Gwen. Oh Gwen, how I love you and your badassery. Kimber is a badass in a more inventive/subtle way whereas Gwen is more in your face I’m a fucking vampire and I’ll rip our head off kinda badass. Gwen is queen and Niallan is king. They’ve just faced an attack from humans making the overlords, queen, and king have to evaluate their safety and the safety of their people. Plus Gwen and Bel are still trying to get the Original Druid Amulet from Niallan. Shit is about to go down. In more ways than one.
I seriously love the relationship building in this book. Lord Belshazzar was this scary overlord in the first book that I have really grown to love. He is up there in #1 fictional boyfriends. He is so hot. So raw. So strong. Swoon. He has grown SUPER attached to Gwen. Like enough to scare her as she is the type to usually run when shit gets real. He is the alpha in their relationship and she does not know how to deal. It’s completely obvious he is in love with her and she is in love him. It’s so obvious. I’m in love with them both. I don’t want to steal how many super freaking cute an amazing moments there are from you so I will let you read them. They are sooooo swoonworthy though ❤ We also get to see Gwen and her father’s relationship grow. He is also someone I saw as a complete asshole. He’s growing on me though and he is definitely growing on Gwen. They have some super cute father-daughter moments that are far from typical father-daughter moments but still super adorbs.
I haven’t spent much time on Gwen but it’s honestly because I don’t want to spoil anything. I want the ‘holy fucking shit ball sandwich’ moments I had for you to have to. Because seriously, there are some moments where I was just like OMG WHAT IS HAPPENING OMG WHY ARE WE SWITCHING BACK TO KIMBER WHAT ABOUT GWEN?! As well as vice-versa moments with Kimber. This book series is so amazing. I feel like the people that drop out on book one just needed to hang in there. This is an amazing world to jump into and book one did a HUGE amount of world building. Since book one did such a good job at world building we don’t spend as much time in it on book two and three. I can’t believe more people aren’t talking about this series because it is seriously becoming one of my all-time favorites. I’m serious. YOU NEED TO READ THE BOOKS. Do it! RIGHT NOW!
Swoon with me, won’t you?!