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Rain Through Her Fingers by Rabia Gale Trapped in an unnaturally flooded Brighton, Elaine must find the courage to confront an old foe and protect a new friend. Will stealing from the dead prove fatal? Then the music starts. In the land of Khorasan, each night its eighteen-year-old ruler takes a new bride. Each morning, she is executed. This is a beautiful, lyrical book. If you love a mystery dragging you through your epic fantasy, and plenty of angst about whether your heroine is falling in love with a murderer, this is the book for you.

In this Aladdin retelling, Jessica Khoury reimagines the story as a romance between Aladdin and a female djinni called Zahra. With a strong female lead, a carefully constructed romance, and rich world-building,we think this is everything a fairytale retelling should be. Set in a world inspired by Arabia, this is one of the most talked about young adult fantasy books of Nasir is an infamous prince charged with assassinating those foolish enough to defy his father, the sultan.

This book definitely lives up to the hype. City of Brass follows the story of Nahri, a thief and fortune-teller based in Cairo who accidentally summons a warrior spirit, and a Daeva prince called Alizayd. This magical story set in 18th-century Cairo leads the reader on a fascinating journey through the mythology of djinn and other desert spirits in Middle Eastern folklore.

Perfect for those who want a deep-dive into the spirit world. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. A Thousand Nights by E. Empire of Sand by Tasha Suri. Alif the Unseen by G. Willow Wilson. Throne of the Crescent Moon by Saladin Ahmed.

More recently, Helena has also been wondering what the world might be like in the future — whether there will ever be a turn back to the Old Ways, when people cared about stories and the little people and the land they lived on. This was the starting point for her River Witch series, a deliciously dark tale about fairies and witches and earth-magic which is set in post-technology Britain. An imperious sultan, an ancient djinni, and a wild princess who wishes to rule…. The Sultan of Astaran was promised the greatest beauty the kingdoms had seen in centuries — an accomplished, raven-haired princess who caught the eye of even the desert spirits.

Unfortunately for the sultan, he got Zadie instead. With dreams of becoming a powerful sultanah, Zadie never expected the sultan to be quite so haughty and traditional. Or so handsome. New installments in this series of novellas release every 18 days. Maas, Sabaa Tahir, and Rae Carson. We here at Romantic Fantasy Shelf thought it a good time to celebrate our favorite fierce warrior women and magic users in a post of books about women who fight hard and fall in love. In a world where some are bestowed with special gifts, Katsa is given the gift of killing.

An action-packed fantasy that tackles what it means to be strong. One woman fights to realize her dream of becoming a knight amidst discrimination. This is a fantastic tale about persistence despite opposition. A deadly assassin must win a contest against the most wicked, bloodthirsty men in the kingdom for a chance to win her freedom. From the moment I started reading I was entranced in a world I had never been yet felt like I had known my whole life. An adventure story featuring a foul-mouthed assassin and her companions.

Filled with action and romance that readers rave about. A slave turned assassin, political unrest, and plots abound in this exciting romantic adventure. Briggs at her best! A fun and fast-paced retelling, mixed with a great romance. A great female role model, a great equal relationship between the two main characters and supportive families in the background. In a world where swordfighting is king, one girl is paired with an indifferent prince.

A story packed with magic, battles, and danger. A warrior with a dark past and a fight for freedom that may just cost her life. An epic story that you can get lost in! A woman chosen by the goddess as her warrior maiden, a kingdom ripe with intrigue and romance that will leave you swooning. I loved the fresh, intriguing mythology. I LOVE a good dose of girl power! A clever take on the usual King Arthur retelling. This reverse harem is packed with action and slow burn romances. I want more!!! The characters are very strong and well written… the story and plot flowed well with many twists and turns.

Beta heroes are generally defined as softer, emotionally intelligent people who are willing to take directions and listen to advice, both from their romantic partner and from other characters in the book. They are in direct contrast to the ever popular, take-charge, domineering alpha heroes. Because alphas are often larger than life, it is easy for beta heroes to get dismissed as weak or—worse yet—boring, when in fact being willing to do the emotional labor in a relationship and truly listen to their partners can be incredibly sexy.

Radiance by Grace Draven is a good example of an incredibly hot, slow-burn relationship that builds over time. Brishen and Ildiko are wed in a largely symbolic marriage to unite their two very different people—in a plot that seamlessly crosses Beauty and the Beast with a marriage of convenience.

This set-up lends itself to a beta hero, as Brishen is willing to do his duty—however distasteful—and make the best of it rather than resenting the circumstances. They quickly learn to be honest with each other and frank about their cultural and indeed species differences. Brishen wins his bride over with his humor, kindness, and respect—all hallmarks of a great beta hero.

As this excerpt shows, the agency of the heroine is often underscored in stories with beta heroes, which is one of the things I like about them most. The laughter faded but their smiles remained. No one ever asked her what she wanted; they only told her what she was to do and say. For a moment she was struck dumb. He waited patiently as she gathered her thoughts. Because beta heroes generally value compassion over status or control, there are some traits or stereotypes that are often paired with beta heroes. They are often written as scholars or geniuses rather than soldiers or commanders.

This association with being quiet or nerdy is a natural fit, which is part of what makes Jadrek from Oathbreakers by Mercedes Lackey a quintessential beta hero. As a scholar who relies on his knowledge and book learning to help Tarma and Kethry, Jadrek often underestimates himself and lacks confidence with women, showing the very sweetest side of a beta hero. Oathbreakers is a romantic fantasy with an epic fantasy storyline, so the love story between Kethry and Jadrek is an important subplot, not the main focus of the novel.

Because of this, the relationship development happens more as part of the other action, yet the romance still gets me in the feels every time—especially when Kethry finally admits her growing attraction…. Very hesitantly, he leaned forward and kissed her. She returned the kiss as passionately as she dared, and suddenly he responded by embracing her and prolonging the kiss until she was breathless.

He blushed. He blushed even harder when she led him there by the hand, and all but pushed him down onto it. While sexual inexperience is often found in beta heroes, it is not a necessary trait. Harlan, from Talon of the Hawk by Jeffe Kennedy, is more sexually experienced than Ursula, the heroine of this fantasy romance. Harlan also breaks the beta mold in other ways, as a skilled swordsman and the leader of his own band of mercenaries. He is confident and assured of himself, yet he has no trouble deferring to Ursula, letting her take the lead in many milestones in their relationship, and stepping back when she takes charge—an important mindset for a man who wants to partner with a powerful ruler.

He is the perfect foil for her harrowing emotional journey. Harlan himself puts it best—. Strength is in bearing our wounds, living through them, and carrying forward regardless—not in pretending they never existed. Beta heroes can add emotional depth and texture to books already filled with wonder and magic. Do you have any favorites for me to add to my TBR pile?

Let me know in the comments! Jaycee Jarvis has been an avid romance reader since devouring all the Sweet Dreams books her middle school library had to offer. Also a fantasy fan from an early age, she often wished those wondrous stories had just a bit more kissing. Now she writes stories with a romantic heart set against a magical backdrop, creating the kind of book she most likes to read. When not lost in worlds of her own creation, she resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband, three children and a menagerie of pets.

She enjoys writing beta heroes as much as she loves reading about them. In a world rife with elemental magic, can a bard with a knack for predicting the future help a warrior face her painful past? Han-Triguard Magdalena turned her back on her heritage and her family in order to pursue life as a Hand, honor bound to serve as a Protector in the tropical market town of Trimble. She never regrets putting duty first until a string of brutal murders changes everything. Her former lover, the attractive musician Jasper, stands accused.

Madi knows the gentle empath could never kill anyone, but her word alone is not enough to protect him. Even worse, one of the other victims is a member of her old clan, for whom justice is entirely out of reach.

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Living in close quarters, their attraction combusts while Madi is beset by unwanted tenderness for the children. When a new threat looms, Madi vows to protect their future, make peace with her past, and maybe find a love worth fighting for. This story is the first book in the Counterfeit Contessa series. Book two will be coming out in June of this year if everything goes according to schedule, but let me give you a little spoiler and tell you that even if I had to wait two or more years to get the sequel, I would be more than willing to wait.

A Thief and a Gentlewoman is a story very much its own while working beautifully within the genre conventions and immersing the reader into an incredible world. Quin, short for Quinta, is a special sort of thief. But her life begins to change as she encounters a Pasha who is more than he appears and who is not content with her feigned appearances of demure femininity.

This Pasha, Atesh, is far more than meets the eye, and though she has set him as her next mark, both are falling for one another, even though that will create even more consequences. Not only that, but Atesh is the cousin of the Sultana, an individual with whom Quin has some family history. A Thief and a Gentlewoman is an immersive romantic fantasy epic.

Clare weaves together a complex and beautiful world rich with details that draw heavily on Turkish influences as well as some English with a strong infusion of magic and fantasy my favorite distinct element being the sabre cats which are large enough to ride. This is a slow burn romance with intrigue and doom looming over the couple as they are perpetually drawn together. This story also features mysteries and political intrigue in a way that is well balanced.

While I did find myself accurately guessing some of the twists and turns, they were laid out in such a way that my enjoyment was not diminished. This is the sort of story where the journey and the unfolding and development of the characters is far more important.

This story is set within a distinct world from our own. Arianople is perhaps best described as Instanbul without the prominent Christian or Muslim influences.


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As I have begun to realize is one of my favorite elements of romantic fantasy, this features a slow burn romance. Here the characters run into one another early on in the story, and matters build from there along with respect and affection amid vital questions. Indeed there is a spark and an intimacy between these two, even from their first encounter.

Her attitude and growth throughout is the most complex and the most fascinating. And while this section is intended to be about the romance of the two leads, I have to speak about another point of romance within this story that charmed and surprised me: the romance of the cards. Both not only have friends but also family who exist in different circles with distinct motivations and desires.

She notices many things, drawing conclusions that reveal the world and yet are natural to her. Like the famed Robin Hood, her thieving is not to enrich herself. But she has to navigate a far more complex web than the cunning archer ever did since she is trying to care for a diseased and dying family member and protect old friends from a dangerous life while also remaining presentable and intriguing to the nobility.

Numerous interests and concerns pull on Quin, and almost everyone in her life represents someone who has a need which she can in some way fulfill. Of all the non-romantic relationships within the story, I most enjoyed the ones between Quin and her family. The very first line of the story is a delightful reference to Pride and Prejudice. Other literary references and influences apparent within the story are Arabian Nights and Robin Hood. The story is quite luxurious and calm in its pacing, allowing you time to be fully immersed in the world and live with the characters rather than a rapid page turner that skims the surface.

The depth of the characters and their interactions reminds me most of Jane Austen with the wit of Pride and Prejudice and the gradual intertangling of the two loves. For those who love Robin Hood stories but want a more feminine focus with political intrigue or seekers of a more modern Austen voice in fantasy setting, I certainly recommend A Thief and a Gentlewoman. It will also appeal to those who want a non-European focused romantic fantasy or simply an excursion into an immersive fantasy world with a rich romance and complex characters and a relaxing pace.

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Independent novellas set in the same world include Locked, Alone, and Cursed. She has also written a number of other stories including Mermaid Bride, Through the Paintings Dimly, and more. She writes primarily speculative fiction with a focus on multicultural high fantasy and suspenseful adventures with intriguing romances. And on top of that, she lives with her husband and law partner, James Fry, in rural Indiana where they enjoy creating fun memories, challenging each other, and playing with their three cats. Check out her romantic epic fantasy Tue-Rah Chronicles :. Though her brutal husband is imprisoned, Amelia must navigate the hostile political climate or else face banishment or execution.

Despite saving the nation, Amelia remains incapable of satisfying the demands of the Libyshan leadership. Amelia fights to stand firm in her calling and her convictions while struggling to find a solution that leaves Libysha whole, restores the interdimensional portals, and removes Naatos and his shapeshifting brothers to a place where they can do no harm. The Machat warn that these shapeshifters can only be held for a brief period, but an enraged populace and spiteful elder commander desire vengeance and block Amelia at every turn.

Her bond to Naatos and his family makes her a traitor unless she does precisely as they say. Time counts down, and soon Naatos and his brothers will be free to wreak bloody vengeance on Libysha before resuming their plans of universal dominance. Amelia must embrace being a traitor in the eyes of her own people to save them while also untangle her feelings for the man who has claimed her as his wife.

Get your copy on Amazon today! I understood having the sexy bits behind closed doors or faded out, but it often felt like the sweet bits were being locked away as well.


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Elua and most of his Companions practice what he preaches. Among the Companions, Naamah, the elder sister, is said to have lain with strangers in the street for coin to keep Elua and the Companions fed. They pledge themselves until they can make their mark — a full back tattoo that supposedly originates in the marks Naamah herself would have acquired from bedding people against unforgiving surfaces — in stages as they ply their trade.

Patrons can leave gifts above the price they pay for the service, and from there come the funds to pay the tattooist to fill out the mark. The Night Court is made up of thirteen houses that all cater to a particular aesthetic both visually and in terms of sexual desire. She was born with a scarlet mote in her left eye, and that imperfection makes her unfit for service. Her parents, who she explains have more love for each other than sense, failed to make profit from a trading caravan and desperately need money enough to survive.

They must back the goods with their own coin. In desperation, her mother turns to the first house, Cereus House, for a way out. I remember how she spoke of my father still with love and admiration, sure that the next purse, the next sojourn, would make his fortune. I remember how she cited, voice bold and trembling, her years of service, the exhortation of Blessed Elua: Love as thou wilt. And I remember, at last, how the fountain of her voice ran dry, and the Dowayne moved one hand. Not lifted, not quite; a pair of fingers, perhaps, laden with rings.

So we approached the chair, my mother trembling and I oddly fearless, as children are wont to be at the least apt of times. The Dowayne lifted my chin with one ring-laden finger and took survey of my features. Did a flicker of something, some uncertainty, cross her mien when her gaze fell on my left eye? Even now, I am not sure; and if it did, it passed swiftly. She withdrew her hand and returned her gaze to my mother, stern and abiding. Yet she is comely, and being raised to the Court, may fetch a considerable bond price.

In recognition of your years of service, I will make you this offer. The second chapter of the book, which is quite short, begins thusly. She scores her hand with a pin and is caught enjoying the pain of it by the Dowayne, who starts to send her off to Valerian House, where they specialize in that sort of fascination, but stops herself. She sends for Anafiel Delaunay, who is not a member of the Night Court, but something of a noble and a scholar.

Delaunay, after giving a name to her gifts, buys her mark so that once she has reached the age of ten she will join his household as one of his apprentices. From here the story grows into a masterfully crafted, War of the Roses style political intrigue. He seeks to accomplish this by using the pair of his apprentices, who pledge to become Servants of Naamah in an independent fashion, as honey pots.

Her experiences and pleasure are vividly portrayed. Piece by piece, assignation by assignation, we move through the story, and along the way we meet Melisande Shahrizai. If Delaunay is Sherlock, with an immense intellect, a keen eye for detail, and a mission for the greater good as he sees it , then Melisande is his Moriarty in the sense that the two of them are equally clever and motivated towards their own goals.

I enjoy Melisande for her ruthless ambition and her intelligence. She has the good fortune not to be sent alone, which brings me to one of my favorite things about this novel. Darcy is to regency romance. The Cassiline Brotherhood are not descendents of Cassiel, but an order of bodyguards pledged from noble houses that are considered to be the ultimate protectors. Usually they are only in service to those born of the Great Houses i.

They dress in grey and carry two daggers and a sword, though mostly they fight with unmatched skill with the two daggers, as their swords are only drawn to kill. The young man standing in the shadows behind me bowed in the traditional manner of the Cassiline Brotherhood, hands crossed before him at chest level. Warm sunlight gleamed on the steel of his vambraces and the chain-mail that gauntleted the backs of his hands. His twin daggers hung low on his belt and the cruciform hilt of his sword, always worn at the back, rose above his shoulders. He straightened and met my eyes.

It is my privilege to attend. He neither looked nor sounded as though he meant it; I saw the line of his jaw harden as he closed his mouth on the words. It was a beautiful mouth.

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Indeed, there was very little about Joscelin Verreuil that was not beautiful. He had the old-fashioned, noble features of a provincial lord and the somber, ash-grey garb of a Cassiline Brother adorned a tall, well-proportioned form, like the statues of the old Hellene athletes. His eyes were a clear blue, the color of a summer sky, and his hair, caught back in a club at the nape of his neck, was the color of a wheatfield at harvesttime.

Joscelin enters the story at a tumultuous time. But they are of a similar age, and he is assigned to be her protector at a time when she is becoming isolated from those she cares for by their shared mission. Joscelin, who is much more careful, is a good foil for her, and proves himself a stalwart companion when the chips are down. It has naught to do with thrones and crowns. Cassiel betrayed God because God Himself had forgotten the duty of love and abandoned Elua ben Yeshua to the whims of Fate. To the point of damnation and beyond, he is the Perfect Companion.

The two of them are such a slow-burn, antagonists-to-lovers romance that I could write an entire epic saga in honor to it. They both support each other and grow to be capable individuals that fit together. The acceptance of sexuality, desire, and love in this world I would say book, but remember, this series continues on for more than just this one are another reason I love it so. Remember, he starts off a chaste guardian that errs towards restraint rather than passion. The book is also long , nine-hundred-and-one pages long, which puts the paperback in the category of self-defense brick. The story is gorgeously written, but with so much of it , I find that every time I read the book new details come to my attention.

This romantic epic fantasy:. Did I miss your favorite part? Have you been in love with it as long as I have, or is this your first introduction to it? You can get your copy here. Roz has a degree in both theater and comic books from different ends of the country, and has been telling stories since she was chasing fireflies barefoot at dusk and tormenting her cousins by enforcing a storyline on summer games of tag. She enjoys video games that rival epic sagas in length, writing books with heroines that require her to spar through her fight scenes with friends, and a good cup of tea.

No amount of coin will convince Belisare to use her magic, but that never stops her lover Gio from trying to change her mind. When convincing the lads of the plan goes poorly and Gio shows up in her tent, Belisare is more than happy for a few hours of distraction. Content Warning: Steamy love scenes, occasionally naughty language, and busty ladies in armor wielding swords. Intended for mature audiences. Chosen Ones have a place and a purpose. There is no meandering through life and adventure when there is something to be done. The understanding is that there is a goal, a destination, and the Chosen One will reach it at some point or another.

Chosen Ones are typically being guided, or they feel like they are. Chosen Ones usually only have to have faith in themselves.

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And when they do, the pieces they were missing magically fall into place, and they are victorious. Chosen Ones are born special. Most recent example would be The Umbrella Academy on Netflix. No spoilers. This is literally given away in the trailer. Reading about Chosen Ones is a guilty pleasure for most of us.

Sometimes, it hits us in our most vulnerable spots. Some of us are bothered by the idea of nothing guiding our hand or looking out for us. We recognize our own fragility, our own weaknesses, and we rightfully mistrust ourselves in a lot of our decision making. It takes us decades to trust our own intuition, thoughts, and beliefs. For some of us, it takes us our entire lives if at all. And a lot of us want to believe that we can do great things for humankind as a whole.

We are made of star-stuff. We are a way for the universe to know itself. The market, especially books and YA, has been inundated with a million Chosen One stories. My guess would be that we have Harry Potter and the resurgence of superheroes to thank for it. And the idea of Chosen Ones has been spat on a lot for being too fictional or too lazy. I have yet to write a Chosen One despite loving the trope. I find it just as important to show that characters with grit, determination, and motivation can achieve great things.

That despite a million and one pitfalls, they get right back up, not because their destiny says so, but because they must. I like showing that if there is nothing guiding us, we can still do the right thing. We can trust ourselves to be our best, to overcome, to persist. But I think the answer has to be balance and acceptance, right? We need both, and I give you permission, as a totally regular person, to love both. If someone needs to read about someone facing fears and struggles without knowing the outcome, then so be it.

Ryan grew up a military brat, managed to teach middle school in Texas for a spell, and finally settled in the southeastern US with her husband, their daughter, and two black cats. She loves writing determined heroines who answer the call for wild adventures across rich lands with grit and smarts. Shenna is forced to watch her loved ones disintegrate before her very eyes.

As an apprentice potioner, seventeen-year-old Shenna has been training to cure the Necrophaise disease for most of her life. The answer is an immortality elixir, and the key ingredient is rumored to exist outside the walls of Eien in the war-torn and deadly land of Revellis. When her fellow potioner returns from Revellis empty handed and near death, Shenna volunteers to be the next potioner to search for the ingredient. Desert beasts hunt Shenna for the water in her body.

Armies kill and destroy everything in their path. But Shenna is not without allies. She meets new friends, and a questionable, yet handsome, thief promises to steal her heart… eventually. As the Revellian war closes in around them, Shenna must rely on her potions and her friends if she hopes to survive and keep Eien from vanishing into light and dust. Available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited!

Bundled box set of the series is available too! One of my all-time favorite Disney movies is Beauty and the Beast, and finding an exceptional retelling of the classic or a book heavily inspired by it is a rare treat. Not strictly a Beauty and the Beast retelling, but it still hits all the right notes: a girl locked in a castle, and a beast with a curse to break. A masterfully written and sweet retelling perfect for lovers of YA fantasy. A beautifully rendered, brutal, and sexy tale perfect for adult fans.

Weaving in Greek mythology and other folklore, this is an exciting retelling with a compelling arranged marriage element. Dark, sexy, and steeped in mythology, this is one readers rave about. Beauty and the Beast inspired with a unique twist with dark elves, clever world building, and a slow-burn romance that will leave you aching for more. It has all the appeal of both the genres beautifully woven together in a satisfying and charming package. Check out J. It hits all the beats of a Beauty and the Beast retelling, with a fresh setting woven with Celtic mythology.

For those who enjoy Beauty and the Beast retellings with a darker and grimmer edge or Irish mythical retellings, this book is likely a good match. A mash-up of Beauty and the Beast with the Pied Piper makes for a unique twist. The tables are turned in this reverse harem: the girl is the beast and there are three men to break her curse.

An adult retelling, filled with great characters, twists and turns that readers adored. It completely captivated and enchanted me from the beginning to end. Dragons, intrigue, magic and romance. This book has it all! Lyrical prose, amazing characterization, and Gaelic mythology: what more could you want? A thief, an exiled prince, and a whole lot of intrigue, magic, and romance. A steamy gothic romance retelling, with strong French influences.

This story is the first book in The Otherland Series, and it is also a retelling of Beauty and the Beast. And aptly so as that was our theme for the month. Heart of the Fae is a high fantasy romance that takes its time getting to the romance. Emma tackles a lot of unpleasant and difficult subjects and themes within this book, making it live up to its description as a Beauty and the Beast with more adult themes.

It too is a retelling that maintains key elements of the original fairy tale while offering its own twists and spins. Here the beast is a cursed fae prince who has been disfigured and cursed in such a way that whenever he is wounded, geodes and crystals appear where the wound was. The beauty is Sorcha, a midwife trying to save her father who runs the family brothel. She goes on a great and confusing quest in an effort to save him. Though comparatively, the story starts out slow, picking up substantially after the first third when our primary protagonist Sorcha reaches the island.

Emma favors a more descriptive telling approach to the story throughout. It is important to note that this is not a standalone story nor does the first book in the series end in a satisfying place. Additionally her descriptions can be grippingly memorable and vivid. Descriptions of the castle and the grounds, for instance, were quite charming.

The incorporation of the other senses makes the scenes even more compelling. It marries an old folkloric and mythic voice to a semi-modern rhythm with beautiful descriptions. The rhythm and poetry of the final lines sold me on the story. I may just have to pop back over and read it again. The best part within this story is the infusion of mythology and folklore within the world.

While it is not entirely clear whether this is an actual Ireland or a uchronic Ireland, it is a fun world to imagine. I lean toward it being another place entirely, particularly given the blood beetles, which sound truly terrifying. I especially liked the appearance of Macha throughout the story and her representation. Even if one is not particularly familiar with Irish mythology or folklore, it is easy to follow along.

It adds to the dark mysteriousness of the story. But I would have liked more nuance to lead to balanced and less confusing situations, and greater consistency within the worldbuilding and character development. Some of these issues may in fact be resolved later as the characters develop or as the world is further explained in the second book. In a sense, The Heart of the Fae is at a disadvantage for discussing the romance because the characters do not meet until a third of the way into the book.

And then they make up for lost time, reaching their first romantic connection before the first half ends. The initial meeting is terse, brusque, and aggressive, but they soon find their way to attraction and connection. The characters can sometimes feel erratic in their activities and driving forces as well as memories, but both Sorcha and Eamonn remain drawn to one another in the romantic climax that the reader is waiting for. Other secondary characters also steal the show. Bran, in particular, takes the focus whenever he is on the page.

He feels like a good choice for further stories and focus. Aside from the cliffhanger ending, The Heart of the Fae does do well at hitting all the beats of a traditional Beauty and the Beast retelling while making them creatively its own. The sacrificial element here plays a needed prominent role, and there are many nods to the Disney Beauty and the Beast as well.

Naatos, a shapeshifter, suspects a devious mindreader named Salanca of abducting children. Salanca has hidden her vicious schemes because, though the other Neyeb can read minds, she knows how to shroud her thoughts deeply. Naatos must act swiftly and covertly to avert the murder of the stolen children even as he has been rejected yet again for receiving a Neyeb bride. This is a prequel novella to The Tue-Rah Chronicles.

It is not necessary to have read The Tue-Rah Chronicles, and it does not contain spoilers. Get it on Amazon today! My first crush was on Aladdin. As far as eight-year-old me was concerned, he was the perfect man. My penchant for Disney rogues has even followed me into adulthood—the period of time in which my three-year-old made me watch Tangled on repeat for weeks on end was made slightly more tolerable by the presence of Flynn Rider. My first boyfriend was a rogue too; the Rogue in fact. The witty King of Thieves seemed far more appealing to me than Prince Jon. In the end, I did fall in love with a few princes, but there were also crooks, warlords and pirates.

I was romanced by nineteenth-century English gentlemen, assassins from Ixia and elves from Mirkwood, while safe in the knowledge that if things got too intense, I could close the book and walk away. As an awkward, gangly, bespectacled teenager, that appealed to me, and the boys in those books seemed far more interesting than the awkward, gangly, be-spotted boys I went to school with. I wanted someone I could depend on in a crisis, and someone who knew they could depend on me. I wanted warmth, and humour and intelligence. I fell for Aladdin the moment he handed his loaf of bread over to those two street children after going to so much effort to get it in the first place.

That love was solidified when he kept his promise to the genie at the end, using his last wish to free him, and in doing so potentially sacrificing his own happiness. I fell for Mr. My book boyfriends were all very different. They also taught me about love, and who might be worthy of mine. Gemma Oleander lives in Lancashire, England, and is mother to a dire wolf and two tiny humans.

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A TOUCH OF PASSION: Laura Taylor | Tales of the Dragonfly

Humor that will have you giggling then full on belly laugh. You may even shed a tear or two. All in all Mimi never disappoints. Her latest release is Two Hearts Surrendered. This military romance is her contribution to the bestselling Magical Weddings anthology, which includes stories by fifteen USA Today, best-selling, and award-winning authors. A former horticulturist, she currently resides in central Illinois. Regina Puckett has been writing for over forty-eight years, and lives in Tennessee with her husband of over forty years.

She has two grown daughters and four grandchildren. She writes sweet romances, horror, inspirational, steampunk, picture books and poetry. There are always several projects in various stages of completion and characters and stories waiting in the wings for their chance to finally get out of her head and onto paper.

Please come and visit me at facebook. Robinson has various titles from which readers may choose and writes in several genres from romantic suspense, mystery, contemporary romance, historical romance, Christian and inspirational romance, children's stories, and young adult. Each title takes you on a different adventure. Top Amazon Bestselling Author, B. Robinson, is an award-winning, multi-published author with four traditionally published novels as well as independently published short stories, novellas, and novels.

River Oaks Plantation, her first full-length indie, has been on Amazon's bestselling Christian historical novel list as well as the Civil War list. River Oaks Plantation won an Indie Award and was a top three finalist in the Grace Awards for in the historical romance category. She won an award through the Florida Writers Association, first prize in fiction-writing competition at Southeastern Louisiana University for a short story that was published in their literary magazine, Gambit, and a novella won an indie award.

She has also won numerous editors' choice awards for poetry, had poems published, articles published, and her short story ran on the front page of a local newspaper three weeks as a serial. She shares her heart and soul through writing, as well as her passion and love for Jesus. When she's not writing, she's reading and completing book reviews. Southern Superstitions was developed from her first-prize-winning short story published in Southeastern Louisiana University's literary magazine, Gambit. She later developed it into a full-length romantic suspense novel set in Louisiana, Southern Superstitions.

Calm Before the Storm was her first indie book published on the Amazon Kindle, and it won an indie award. She is an avid reader and passionate writer of women's fiction, romantic suspense, or historical fiction set in the Civil War and antebellum period. Her latest novel River Oaks Plantation is a Civil War plantation novel with dual storylines set during the antebellum period in Louisiana. Robinson writes inspirational fiction from Florida, where she lives with her husband, a shelter cat named Frankie, a golden cocker spaniel named Sunflower, and a golden retriever named Honi.

Her children are grown and have made her a grandmother twelve times. She promises to take her readers on a continuous journey to another world. She believes belonging to a good critique group and reading books by other writers is the best way to hone your skill and craft. Robinson makes her home in Florida with her husband and pets, blessed with children, grandchildren, and faith. Look what people are saying about B.

Robinson's Southern Superstitions! Shawn K. Williams says, "Southern Superstitions is an inspirational story that's full of personality as well as intricacy in the way it explores the complexities of family life and the conflict between faith and luck. Barbara does a great job of pulling together the deeply rooted superstitions of the South and entwining them into a suspenseful tale of faith, romance, and endurance.

I especially enjoyed the setting and the culture of the deep South. She never gives up hope that Andy will return to her someday. She puts it all in God's hands like she's done every crisis in her life. She knows He will take care of this for her. But, as a southern writer myself, I found myself caught up in this book of superstitions and the power of God.

With a strong hand, the writer delivered the goods here. As good as a read from Eudora Welty. I was wrapped in the "pages" from beginning to end. Loved the character of Andy Enjoyed the ride, B. Robinson's Last Resort is an inspirational romantic suspense story that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat -- both to see if the villain is overcome and to see if Matt and Faith end up together.

You don't want to miss this one with its twists; it's a great read! She loves to connect with her readers and uses Facebook mostly. Laura is a highly regarded editorial consultant, a popular Workshop Leader at writers' conferences in the U. Her short story, Vapor appeared in Willow Review, Spring But when he walked away from their dirty work, his ruthless bosses weren't about to let Vinh Murphy, onetime operative for the elite security firm Troubleshooters Inc.

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Now after her blockbuster hardcover debut, Gone Too Far, Brockmann delivers an After all, he had been s In his career as one of America's elite warriors, Lt. Sam Starrett can do no wrong. In his private life, he has done little right. Waiting for a divorce, Sam is determined to stay active in his young daughter's life. But when he shows up at the door Until a stranger stirred her imagination until she blushed, a stranger who made Maggie do the unimaginable: take a risk Shockingly, the man w With luck, that will be soon. For your eighteenth birthday is coming, and I intend to be there, like I promi It was supposed to be a "dog and pony show" -- an elaborate demonstration of SEAL rescue techniques -- to celebrate a presidential visit to a California naval base.

Savannah von Hopf has no choice. To save her uncle's life, she goes in search of Ken "WildCard" Karmody, a guy she barely knew in college who is now a military operative. She must convince him to help her deliver a cache of ransom money into the hand Her passion is flying. As one of the best helicopter pilots in the naval reserves, Lieutenant Teri Howe is strong, dedicated, and highly skilled--until a past mistake surfaces, jeopardizing everything she's worked for.

Rock steady Senior Chief Sta When it came to protecting the innocent, Bobby Taylor was your man. But when his best friend, Wes, asked him to keep an eye on his little sister, Bobby desperately wanted to pass. Because to him, gorgeous redhead Colleen Those same words will spell out a death sentence for her daughter and gra When he calls for help, the navy dismisses the dan An unlikely state of affairs.

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When Sandy K Could a revolutionary used to running wild win the heart of a world-weary journalist? Liam Bartlett had nearly lost his life in San Salustiano, and for five years the correspondent had done his best to silence his ghosts. But when Marisala Bolivar His name wasn't Jonathan Mills, and he wasn't vacationing on the idyllic island.

FBI agent John Miller was on the trail of a notorious female serial killer, and he couldn't blow his cover to anyone. Not even Could a love deeper than time be enough to erase the past? The sinfully handsome stranger kept calling out her name, but how could Maggie Winthrop believe the wild things he told her -- especially when he stood naked outside her back door?

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