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Heart of Stone Blog Tour and #giveaway #fantasyromance @RoxanneDHoward

At the Heart of the Stone
by Roxanne D Howard
Genre: Contemporary Paranormal Fantasy Romance
Dreams are the perfect shelter for our fantasies, safe havens to step inside
without changing our daily lives. For Lark Braithwaite, all that is
about to change. During the last six months, Lark has dreamt of a
mysterious Irish lover who knows what she wants and gives her exactly
what she needs. In her waking life in busy London, things aren’t as
ideal, as her long-term relationship with Charles, her controlling
fiancé, has hit a dry spell.
When Lark is called home to Oregon for her father’s funeral right in the
middle of a high-stakes corporate merger, she heads back to face the
demons from her past. What she doesn’t expect is to meet her dream
lover in the flesh. Niall O’Hagan steps straight out of her
fantasies and right into her life, and the powerful connection they
share rocks her foundation. Although she’s dealing with the
bitterness of being betrayed by Charles and his jealousy, Niall soon
stirs Lark’s awareness of the superficiality of her existence and
reawakens not only her sexuality, but her soul.
**Winner of the Coffee Time Romance Reviewer’s Award !**
Roxanne D. Howard is a pseudonym that the author publishes romance novels
under. Roxanne is a U.S. Army veteran, and has a bachelor’s degree in
Psychology and English. She is a member of RWA PAN (Romance Writers
of America Published Authors Network). She loves to read poetry,
classical literature, and Stephen King. She is also an avid Star Wars
fan, musical theater nut, and loves marine biology. She resides in
the mid-west United States, and enjoys spending time with her husband
and children when she’s not writing. Roxanne loves to hear from her
readers, and she can be contacted at author@roxannedhoward.com.
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Blog Tour: Spellbound Hearts by @MistralKDawn #fantasy #faeRomance #adultRomance

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Spellbound Hearts Series TOW Review

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I received these books in exchange for my honest opinion. 

This series has everything I have been looking for in a fantasy genre book. In addition to loving the characters in these stories, I loved this world. I don’t know why, but I love all things fae. It is hard to find good books in this genre.

The author did an awesome job creating such a complex world . She took aspects of mythological creatures that are commonly known and gave them life and backstory. Plus, she created other fae beings (at least they were new to me). I figured some things on my own, but it was useful to have the glossary in the back for reference explaining the creatures’ abilities.

I do not usually recommend books that have BDSM aspects, but in this case, it is tastefully done and fits with the story line. The bondage was used a therapy in a way to work through trust issues the different women had.

While I loved all the story lines, of the three couples, my favorite HERO was the Huntsman (Caderyn). He was strong, rugged, and sexy. I sympathized a lot with him because he only wanted Cassie to be happy and it seemed that he was doing things for her protection but it would make her angry. I liked how straightforward he was with her and telling her what he wanted but emphasize that it was her choice to a certain extent.

TOW Final Word: Buy, Borrow, Pass?
BUY. Once you immerse yourself in this world, you will find that you do not want to leave. You might even start looking for portals in real life to escape to the land of Fae. Each book is a standalone but I recommend buying the whole series.

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Taken By The Huntsman

 

Spellbound Hearts Book 1

by Mistral Dawn

Genre: Paranormal Romance, Adult Fantasy

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Discarded and ignored by those around her for most of her life,

Cassie is a lonely human woman struggling to find her place in the world and meaning in her life.

Cadeyrn is the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, a hundreds of thousands of years old Fae who

has always known his purpose. He has spent his entire long existence tracking the criminals of

Fairie and punishing them for their crimes.

While hunting for the murderer of a child who has escaped to Earth Cadeyrn comes across

Cassie and realizes that she is the one that the great mother goddess has designated as his soul

mate. He kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress in Fairie to protect her from his many enemies.

He knows she will be angry and that he’ll have to work to earn her trust, but he finds his task to be

even more challenging than he had thought it would be due to Cassie’s difficulty in opening her

heart.

Will Cadeyrn be able to convince Cassie that the bond between them is real and earn her love?

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Bound By The Summer

Prince

Spellbound Hearts Book 2

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The Summer Court is in an uproar. The king has just been executed

for unpardonable crimes, and the queen is prostrate with grief over his loss. This leaves the

Summer kingdom bereft of true leadership; a problem which is compounded by the fact that the

laws of Fairie require balance to be maintained by having a male and a female ruler for both

Season Courts at all times. Uaine, the Summer prince, is the only one who can put things right,

but he is without a mate. Knowing that he must take a bride quickly, for the sake of his people,

even though he is struggling with his own feelings of pain and anger over his father’s treachery,

he goes for a walk in a forest near the palace to try to clear his head and determine how best to

choose a female to rule beside him.

While walking Uaine discovers a human female running loose in Fairie, which is against the most

basic tenets of Fae law. Furious at one more problem he must deal with, he takes her prisoner

and locks her in the dungeon; only to discover later that she is his soul-mate. The magical bond

between them means they are meant to be together forever, but humans can’t feel the magic of

Fairie. Will Uaine be able to win her heart and convince her that she can trust him to keep her

safe from all the dangers of Fairie…including himself?

Roni is a human con woman and petty thief. Having run afoul of the local crime syndicate in the

city where she is staying, she finds herself running for her life. Trouble is no stranger to her, but

when she falls through a hole in a wall and finds herself in a world with carnivorous trees and

rocks that eat people she realizes she may have found more of it than she can deal with.

Rescued/arrested by the prince of the Summer Court, it doesn’t take long for her to formulate a

plan to use him to get herself home. Unfortunately for her, she soon finds that her heart, which

she had thought long ago turned to stone, has begun to feel the love she has been playing at. Will

she be able to overcome a lifetime of caution and allow herself to follow her heart? Can a criminal

love a cop?

Please be aware that this book contains explicit sexual scenes and

depictions of BDSM. If these things disturb you, then this may not be the book for

you.

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Intrigue In The Summer

Court

Spellbound Hearts #2.5

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Jillian knows something bad is going to happen! She has been a

loyal adviser to the throne and friend of the queen, Briallen, for thousands of years, and now Roni

and Uaine’s wedding and coronation are to take place in just a couple days. The Summer Court

will have a new king and queen, who, it is hoped, can repair the damage and heal the schism the

late king created.

But Jillian can’t shake the feeling that trouble is brewing. Many of the Summer nobles aren’t happy

about the changes that are taking place in the Summer Court, and many of the other Fae just

aren’t too sure about having a human on the throne…even if she has been blessed by the

goddess. When Angelica, the leader of the Pixies, comes to her with news of a plot to murder the

prince and princess, Jillian’s suspicions are confirmed. Will the two of them be able to unravel this

conspiracy in time to save the royal couple? Or will prejudice prevail, and the hope for peace in

Fairie be lost forever?

*This is a novella and is number 2.5 in the series.

**This story contains adult material, BDSM play, and explicit sexual

scenes. If that is not your thing, this may not be the story for you. 🙂

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Captivated By The Winter

King

Spellbound Hearts Book 3

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Kate is a woman on the run. After years of being physically and

emotionally abused by her fiance, she’s finally had enough. But leaving might be even more

dangerous than staying, so she needs to get as far away as she can as fast as possible. A late

night, desperate drive through the pouring rain ends suddenly when a cat appears in the middle of

the road. While trying to avoid the half-drowned creature, Kate loses control of her car and

crashes through a portal to Fairie.

Ankou is a fallen God of Death and the king of the Winter Court of Fairie, and he’s facing pressure

from every direction. The magic of the Court is out of balance due to the centuries-long lack of a

queen. He is harried constantly by the Court nobles who want him to either step down or take a

mate. All the duties of a ruling pair rest squarely on his shoulders. And added to all this is a soul-
crushing loneliness. His existence stretches back hundreds of millennia, and in all that time he

has never found the one person who could warm his lonely heart. He is exhausted and

discouraged, and the last thing he needs is to go tearing off into the night on a fool’s errand. But

one of his lingering god powers is the ability to sense the right course of action to follow, and his

instincts are screaming at him to go to a particular place in the forest of the Winter kingdom and

wait. Imagine his surprise when he finds the one he has been waiting for his whole life!

Using a careful blend of patience, seduction, and domination, the Winter king tries to win his

soulmate’s love. Feeling safe and valued for the first time in her memory, Kate explores her new

freedom by agreeing to try the BDSM games her lover suggests. As she experiments with both

domination and submission, she learns just how liberating surrender can be. Will Ankou be able to

convince Kate that she can trust him with her feelings as well as her body? Will Kate find a way to

overcome the trauma of her past and open up her heart to accept the love that is offered to her?

Can these two broken people find a way to fit all their disparate pieces together into a stronger,

united whole? You’ll have to read to find out!

**Trigger Warning: please note that this story contains depictions of

domestic violence and other forms of familial abuse. If these types of situations cause you

distress, this may not be the story for you.

**Please note that this story contains scenes of violence and explicit sexual scenes including

BDSM. If this type of material offends you, this is probably not the story for you.

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Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts

of the US, but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her

kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)). She has written three full-length novels in the Spellbound

Hearts series, Taken By The Huntsman, Bound By The Summer Prince, and Captivated By the

Winter King.

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Accidental Abduction – Blood, Boobs, and Carnage #Blogfest #bloodboobscarnage

I am participating in  a blogfest called Blood, Boobs, and Carnage

The terms were simple- choose a movie, book, or television show that fits the theme. It can be any genre that fits the bill – fantasy, science fiction, action, adventure, western, thriller, etc.  This Blogfest is hosted by Alex J Cavanaugh andHeather Gardner.

I chose the book Accidental Abduction
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Synopsis
Tren is an alien that thought he was beaming up some fish from earth to sell on the universal market. He didn’t mean to abduct the human female too, but now that he has her, he wonders what to do with her.

Megan was drowning in the ocean after her boyfriend pushed her off a boat. Instead of dying, she is beamed up on to a space ship. While she knows she should be more subdued, she cannot resist being mouthy.

Tren prides himself in staying in control of his emotions and actions, but Megan pushes all his buttons and ignites his baser instincts. When she is kidnapped on purpose, he will stop at nothing to get her back.

Opinion
This book. Where do I even start? I guess I should explain why I chose it for the challenge.

Blood

When Tren decides that he is not going to deny how he feels, his enemies see kidnapping Megan as a way to manipulate him. THAT does not go well for them. He has no mercy when it comes to eliminating his enemies. Funny thing, Megan is gets a guilty thrill on the fact that he killing all these aliens to save her. She is trying to be shocked, but at the same time, she is like

Boobs

It is a romance.
Tren has no nipples!
And he says she is weird for only having two breasts.

Carnage

There is a line of entrails from evil villains that tried to kidnap Megan, but failed miserably. It is the wild, wild west in the universe and no one messes with Tren’s mate and gets away with it. She gets kidnapped twice and both times Tren is like

 

Overall,  the book made me laugh. Tren was not trying to pick up a human to be his mate, it just happened. Megan was cheeky, brazen, bold, and audacious as ever. Tren tried to intimidate her, but she had nothing to lose. To be fair, he did keep threatening to sell her. She was just calling his bluffs. With all that sexual tension going on, there was only one way it was really going to go.

Book details
Accidental Abduction (Alien Abduction Book 1)
Length: 142 pages

Sexy dragons are HOT


Dead Sexy Dragon (Dragon Heat) ♥♥♥♥

Stig is a dragon but has a human body most of the time. During certain phases, his body morphed into the dragon form. In an effort to control his inner beast, he chains himself in his basement. Cora is the little sister to Stig’s best friend. Although his friend died, Stig still considers Cora to be off limits for a number of reasons.

With her life in danger because of poor decision making on her part, Cora needs Stig’s help and hides out at his remotely located house. She feels safe with Stig. He is the strong silent loner type. While she is attracted to him, she is also frustrated because she seems to be stuck in the friend zone as his best friend’s “little sister”. Meanwhile, Stig is concerned that having Cora in close proximity will test the boundaries of his human control over his inner beast. It seems to be harder and harder to convince his subconscious that getting with Cora is a bad idea.

I loved this book. It was a steamy novella. The story was full of tastefully done love scenes, real and dream sequenced. That was to be expected considering Cora has the hots for him for years and Stig was in beast mode. The novel’s cover created an expectation that the story delivered (I’m a sucker for six pack abs—yum).

Even though it seems to be the popular thing, I do not like any paranormal story with demons, witches, vampires or werewolves. To me, this story’s genre is more of a fantasy romance than paranormal. That being said, I have not read many romances that deal with other worldly creatures because they can be cheesy. I read an alien-woman romance a while back, and it was painful how corny it was. But I digress… I was thoroughly entertained by this story because of the characters and their love connection. Plus, the story was fun.

I totally recommend Dead Sexy Dragon if you want something outside of the normal romance or if you like fantasy romance. I cannot wait to read more dragon series books from this author.

I received ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

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