Siren’s Song by K. M. Tolan

Siren’s Song by K. M. Tolan
Publisher: Burst Books
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (261 pgs)
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewed by Stargazer

He was of two minds about everything, and one of them wasn’t human.

Humans called the crystalline creatures Sirens. They could kill with a scream. Decapitate with a single slash of their cutting fins. The aliens were the most vicious life form Earth ever encountered, and Scott had one trapped in his mind. Her name was Water, and her hatred for Scott’s species was only matched by her desire to be free of him. Scott couldn’t agree more, but neither of them understood the cost of letting her out. In order to save their sanity, Scott and Water have to save her people.

When all of your life you desire peace in your mind and the time comes that your desire is granted, you may soon wish that it wasn’t.

Scott Rellant is a normal human with an abnormal mind. An alien species that we are at war with resides in his brain and has remained there since shortly after his birth. Due to an act that saved his life, Scott was cursed with the alien named Water, who lives inside of his mind and can take over all functions of his being on occasion.

This was a phenomenal story in which two different species must work together to understand the other or risk losing everything in the mix. The author goes so much further than just addressing the opposite viewpoints of Scott and Water, he dives deep to look at the emotional impact of institutionalization for Scott due to Water’s presence, the disrupted family dynamic that Scott is forced into and the loss of family and even purpose for Water.

K. M. Tolan works through the separation of Scott and Water and presents both sides in such a remarkable way that the reader feels interwoven into the story. The feelings that Scott and Water feel, the internal and external struggles become so real to the reader that putting down the book is not an option. To right what was wronged so many years in the past, Scott and Water join forces to combat an evil that is ever present in our own world today.

Siren’s Song touches on so many relevant topics we face today both emotionally and morally; and the threads of the story are woven so strongly that that once you are done reading Siren’s Song, you just want to pick it up again and begin reading again! I must admit I have not read a book that resonated with me this well in a long time. I cannot wait to pick up another book by K.M. Tolan, but truth be told, the next book by him will have a high bar to aspire to!

Fueled By Lust: Sotarios by Celeste Prater

Fueled By Lust: Sotarios by Celeste Prater
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (331 pgs)
Other: M/F, Anal Play
Rating: 4.5 stars
Reviewed by Verbena

With an ex from hell haunting his dreams, Sotarios Numida can’t catch a break. Thinking a trip to Earth to seek offspring of the Unfortunate One Hundred might clear his head—he thought wrong. Instead, destiny leads him right to the one woman that forces him to face his past and a secret he’s horrified to admit.

Raine Holter is tough, focused, and dealing with a secret of her own. The last thing she expected to find during her usual daily grind was her soulmate. Especially one that can’t seem to make his mind up on whether to grip her close or shove her away. Undaunted, this little spitfire plans to thaw Sotarios’s frozen heart even if hers has to take a few beatings before he sees the truth.

Book 8 in the Fueled By Lust Series yanks you right back into the lives of the sinfully sexy Insedi. One fast paced, jaw dropping, breath stealing, hell of a ride.

Damaged beyond all repair….

If you were to ask the characters in Book 8 of Celeste Prater’s series, Fueled by Lust, how they would describe themselves, I would imagine the above would be Sotarios’ response of himself. His previous mate, Maratinia, had been crazy jealous, homicidal, and abusive. Though their relationship only lasted a few brief months, it felt like he’d endured an eternity of hell. Even beyond the grave, she continued to torture his mind, heart, and soul. Believing he’s damaged beyond all repair, the last thing Sotarios wants is to find another mate. Little does he know, Maratinia isn’t done torturing him just yet.

Raine, on the other hand, would probably describe herself as being up crap creek with a tiny paddle. While her circumstances weren’t due to an abusive ex, she’d unfortunately become the responsible party for her father’s poor choices. After a tragic accident claimed her parent’s lives, the weight of paying off her father’s debts fell on her shoulders. However, Raine wasn’t one to cry over spilled milk. She was resourceful and used skills her father had taught her to tackle this big load as gracefully as she could. While she also wasn’t particularly looking for a new beau, she wouldn’t deny wishing she could find someone and have the relationship her parents did. Despite his poor judgement on business matters, her father had been a good man.

When a chance meeting in the most unlikely places brings Sotarios and Raine together, Sotarios can’t deny the lure of her essence and the attraction of their energies. Telling himself he’s merely concerned for her well being, he elicits the help of one of his warrior brothers, Geleon, and proceeds to follow her after work. Just to make sure she’s okay, of course. After all, she’s an attractive woman who shouldn’t be out after dark on her own. Telling himself he’ll just make sure she makes it home safe and will then move on with his life, he suddenly finds himself getting far too involved when her trip home takes an unexpected detour.

Raine can scarcely catch her breath when Sotarios breezes through the doors to the shop, along with his equally eye-appealing sidekick. Knowing she’s in no position to start a relationship, she tells herself to enjoy the short few minutes of time with the big behemoth that she can, and then get back to reality. After all, what would a hunk like that see in someone like her? He probably had dozens of women throwing themselves at his feet. What she doesn’t expect is that his attention to detail and concern for her wellbeing would not only make her feel all warm and fuzzy, but would also spark a desire deep within to spend as much time with him as she could before he waltzed right back out of her life. She expected that would be the end result, once he learned about her other extracurricular activities.

As always, Ms. Prater has penned an enthralling book of love, desire, and determination, with no small measure of lust added in, for good measure. Oh yes, Ms. Prater does not disappoint in the lust department; there was plenty of that coming from not only the characters, but me as well. Who wouldn’t lust over one of her Insedi warriors? This golden Greek Adonis could surely melt the heart of any female. Yet, beneath that stunning exterior, you’d find the heart of a gentleman, the devotion of a saint, and a love to last forever. Yep, these guys are the perfect men, all rolled into a comely package.

Once I start one of Ms. Prater’s stories, I can hardly put it down. Her characters draw me in from page one and don’t let go until the end. Moreover, once the wonderful tale is over, I always find myself hoping for another. I did note a few editing errors, which really surprised me as I’m usually so engrossed I don’t see anything beyond the characters and the world unfolding around them. It was nothing to detract from the story, and if I weren’t so eager to keep reading, I may have made note to pass along to the author. As it was, they seemed trivial and unimportant in my quest to see what happened next.

Would I recommend this to anyone who loves otherworldly romance? Absolutely, without hesitance. Every one of the Fueled by Lust editions has been wonderful and I will likely read them all again. Several times, in fact. I just wonder; were I ever to meet one of Ms. Prater’s warriors, would he smell smoke or something a whole lot sweeter emanating from me? And if I’ve created a question in your mind on whatever I could possibly mean by that, well then you’ll just have to read Fueled by Lust: Sotarios for yourself to find out. *wink*

Sinners and Saints: A Patriot’s Manifesto by Kristina Garlick

Sinners and Saints: A Patriot’s Manifesto by Kristina Garlick
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (221 pgs)
Rating: 3 stars
Review by: Rose

My name is Zoey Major and I live in Fort Star, New Jersey. I am also a survivor in the zombie apocalypse. Seems very cut and dry but I have been hiding something- like really huge. My secret is game changing. I am not like the others… I know, what a surprise twist! Unfortunately, I can’t tell you why I am different. If you really want to know, you have to figure it out. Hey, even in these dark times, a girl needs her secrets.

This is an interesting story and told in a unique-to-me format – what the author calls diary/play format. It’s set after a zombie virus outbreak has devastated the USA and created zones. The main character, Zoey Major, has a secret that makes it possible for her to venture out away from the fort to gather the materials needed for her soap and fragrance business—as well as help keep an eye on the strength of the fortification and bring in any stray humans she finds.

The diary/play format is just that. The narration is written in first person from Zoey’s POV and the dialogue is written in play format, ie:

Zoey: “But -”
Catey: “I said take the damn shot.”
Zoey: “Fine.”

This might be off-putting to some readers. As a format, I got used to it quickly, but I also have a background in drama and have been known to read plays for pleasure. The main issue with this format is that it is like reading a play. Typically when reading a book, the reader wants to feel a deep connection with the characters, she wants to get into their heads and feel what they are feeling. With the play format, the reader is removed from that. Even with the narration being in Zoey’s POV, I never really connected with her on a deep level.

There was also an editing issue—several words that were misspelled (for example, vile instead of vial: Killian was sitting on the bed with a vile in his hand.) and many cases where the phrasing was awkward. The book would have benefited greatly by a professional editor looking it over.

The story line itself, though, was very interesting. I could really see this as a made-for-TV movie—it would be fascinating to watch the dichotomy between their “now” and “then”. Zoey is very much a patriot of the times—no matter what, she holds on to the belief that one day, the USA will be reunited and will heal itself after what it’s been through. Even though it is illegal in that time to do so, her living space is awash with patriotic memorabilia that she adds to whenever she finds something new “outside.”

I would be interested in reading more of the author’s works in another format. She has a good imagination and the plot of the book was compelling.

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Blackbird Summer by EM Shotwell

Blackbird Summer by EM Shotwell
Publisher: City Owl Press
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (343 pgs)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Daisy

When people fear the unknown, being Gifted is a curse.

In the cornerstone of the rural south, Brooklyn, Mississippi, no one dares make eye contact with the strange Caibre family. Until the rewards are worth the cost. The townsfolk come, cash in hand, always at night, to pay for services only a Gifted can provide.

No matter the Gifts prevalent in her family, at twenty-one, Tallulah is expected to follow the path laid out for her: marriage, babies, and helping her mama teach the family home school program. She’s resigned to live the quiet life and stay out of trouble…until she meets Logan.

An outsider and all around rebel, Logan doesn’t care about her family’s reputation. Yet after a tragic loss wreaks havoc on the crumbling relationship between the Caibres and the townsfolk, Tallulah must decide if love and freedom are worth risking everything.

New Adult and Young Adult genres mix in this late coming of age story. The protagonist, Tallulah, has a path laid out for her by her magical family, living in semi-secrecy in the rural south, but she, and the non-magical community, are set to buck the trend. This storyline would be typical for a young coming of age story, apart from the fact Tallulah is much older than most looking to fight against their family values and find love where she wants it.

Her romantic interest is likeable, attractive and not the obvious choice for the area she lives in. Being new to dating and in her early twenties, their relationship is unusual for this age group. She’s new to everything, curious and excited to get to know him better. Their kisses and care for each other felt genuine. However, the insistence on cutting away from the sex scenes often left me wondering if a sex scene took place, or not. It was a little too ambiguous in some scenes. Were they making out, interrupted by the next plot point before they could get any further in love making, or did they go the whole way? I still have little clue.

The main plot takes a group of these young magical people, including the protagonist, and pits their wits against a local danger, a person who has been attacking their magical community and inciting hatred in the non-magical nearby town. Their fight back is believable for a group of young adults, but I found myself asking questions: ‘why do they not talk to their parents’ and ‘what are the parents doing about all this?’ Very often it seemed the parents were happy to provoke the nearby town and ignore the issue of who was the perpetrator, upping the stakes and tension level without much logical reasoning. I felt to be more realistic, the parents needed to show a more active fight back, logically looking into who could have caused the attacks against them as well as hitting out at anyone that doesn’t like their community. In many places, it felt like the older generation were more than happy to accept their fate, or incite it.

That said, the mystery of the attacker was fairly well-kept. I guessed who they were about half way through the story and was proved correct, which is better than some murder mysteries. I felt a few more red herrings could have been used to truly disguise the attacker, but it wasn’t badly done, and I was gripped by the storyline until the very end, staying up late to finish the book.

I enjoyed the creative magical community which was created out in the sticks, and the new approach to magical ‘gifts’, with some I’d not heard of before. This rural community was well-built and had a real charm to it. I also found the climatic final scene within this community to be satisfying and enjoyable. There was more worry and pain than joy, but it was a realistic ending to the polarised feelings of those who could use magic and those who couldn’t.

In essence, this is a dark fantasy, coming of age tale. We see and hear of bombs, rape, murder, prejudice and violence against women. It’s all shown in context, but it’s the kind of dark human behaviour which we don’t usually see in a fantasy romance. It gives the story some extra punch, but it does mean I came away from the story feeling a little darker about the human race as a whole. If shades of grey are what you enjoy in your fiction, this book is for you. I, for one, look forward to a sequel, hopefully one with slightly less prejudice.

Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop by John Brhel and J. Sullivan

Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop by John Brhel and J. Sullivan
Publisher: Cemetery Gates Media
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery, Horror, Paranormal, Contemporary
Length: Full Length (156 pages)
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Retired stage magician Dr. Marvelry prefers to stock his antique store with strange and occult items. He has always enjoyed meeting odd people and hearing their stories, the legends attached to mysterious objects. A phonograph that seemingly replays a tragedy. Fertility dolls that are more than decoration. A bedeviled mannequin. These are just some of the relics this eccentric shopkeeper has collected over the years.

No two customers will have the same experience in his curiosity shop — some walk away satisfied, others are never heard from again. But one thing is certain – when you purchase an item at this store, you often get more than what you paid for.

Follow Marvelry and his hexed objects through twelve tales of suspense, magic, terror, and transformation. Meet his new assistant, fellow illusionists, and some irregular characters along the way. Whatever macabre artifact of the human psyche you’re seeking – you’ll find something special in Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop.

Every antique has a story to tell if you know how to listen to it.

Brent and Kevin Buckley’s experiences in “The Victor Talking Machine” was a wonderful introduction to this collection. Their happy relationship contrasted sharply with the strange phonograph they’d just brought home. I enjoyed seeing how they reacted to all of the weird things going on around them. It made me curious to find out what would happen next, especially once both characters agreed that something needed to be done about their situation.

There were a few tales that would have benefited from having a little more attention paid to their endings. “The Letterbox” was one of them. Josh, the main character in it, accidentally found an antique letterbox that used to belong to his grandparents while browsing Marvelry’s shop. Since Josh had just purchased his grandparents’ old home, he was thrilled to begin outfitting the house with some of its former possessions. I was completely fascinated by what happened after the letterbox was installed in the same spot where it used to hang when the main character’s grandparents lived there. With that being said, I was a bit thrown off by how quickly the storyline ended. There was so much tension being built up that never had a chance to be fully resolved. If not for these missed moments in some scenes, I would have given this book a five star rating as it was otherwise a thrill to read.

In “The Painter’s Premonition,” an artist named Justin got more than he bargained for when he brought home an old easel. The foreshadowing was fantastic in this one. While I did have a pretty good guess about what the twist ending might be ahead of time, it was still a lot of fun to see the main character slowly move closer and closer to the conclusion. I also appreciated how much effort the author put into describing the paintings that Justin was making. Those details made me eager to know what he would paint next and if my guess about the meaning of his work was correct.

Marvelry’s Curiosity Shop was delightfully eerie. Give it a try if you’re in the mood for something spooky.

The Mutineers by Eryn Vyctorya Mills

The Mutineers by Eryn Vyctorya Mills
Publisher: Temporal Mechanical Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (315 pages)
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by Stargazer

Two hundred years in the future, our first major human colony on Mars, the Zephyria Planum Research Station, is suffering. The inhabitants have rapidly dwindling rations and medical supplies, and are prohibited from returning to Earth. A handful of officers can only think of one final, last-ditch effort to get what they need simply to survive, but it requires them to break every sacred oath they ever took.

Sakharov Station, in orbit between Earth and Mars, find themselves between a rock and a hard place when the World Government collapses, and the more powerful space-faring nations of Earth start grappling for possession of Sakharov Station’s deadly contents the personnel were sent to dispose of.

Can the two outlying bastions of humanity join forces and survive, or will each step bring them closer to their own doom?

Imagine a book where when you read it, the scenes play out in your mind like a movie. This is that book!

The Mutineers is a story set in the not so distant future with the first colonization of Mars. The initial setup of the story is one that is not far-fetched with the current rise of technology and the current direction of humankind. The story follows the lives of those on both the Mars colony named Zephyria Planum Research Station and the space station named the Sakharov station as well as several key individuals of the world government back on Earth. When the world government back on Earth begins to crumble, it is easy to overlook the little colony on Mars and focus on the Nuclear weaponry located on the Sakharov Station.

The author does an amazing job in showing the inner demons of the characters as well as great character development throughout the book. Although the reader understands the lives of those stationed on the Mars colony is less than ideal, it is not until deeper into the book that the reader understands the horrible sentence that these individuals have been dealt since the privatization of the research funds limit what resources are available to the distant station. Suddenly understanding that there is a limited ration of water, food and even ability to clean uniforms puts the world of the characters into perspective.

The difficult decisions that the characters must make along with the repercussions that follow are real and draw the reader in to understand the dynamic that unfolds. The author works with an understanding of astronomy, space travel and the physics and dangers involved with living off-plant. The descriptions are strong and the character development is great. From understanding the PTSD that the characters have been dealing with to the understanding that the characters may never be able to return to normal life is a great undertaking that is handled with precision.

The story is strong and reads as though the reader is watching a movie. The only drawback is some very minor editing errors. I found the main story line strong and very believable. The characters were very likable and fully realized. The overall incorporation of the various overlapping story lines, from the Mars colony to the Sakharov Station, blend seamlessly and show great a great writing style. The ending ended where it should, it did not run short and was not strung out longer than it should.

I highly recommend picking up a copy of The Mutineers, you won’t be disappointed! I know that I will definitely be looking for other books by this author!

Tales from Valleyview Cemetery by John Brhel and J. Sullivan

Tales from Valleyview Cemetery by John Brhel and J. Sullivan
Publisher: Cemetery Gates Media
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery, Paranormal, Horror, Holiday, Contemporary, Historical
Length: Full Length (184 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 3 Stars
Reviewed by Astilbe

Welcome to Valleyview, where bodies lie buried but an ancient curse never sleeps. A father hears strange voices on his daughter’s baby monitor. A trio of gravediggers faces a swarm of supernatural creatures. A group of teenagers puts a mausoleum legend to the test. A husband and wife take a stroll through a corn maze that they’ll never forget.

Tales From Valleyview Cemetery contains seventeen interconnected tales of terror — legends of a town and cemetery entrenched in occult practice, macabre history, and a demon elemental waiting for his people’s return.

Death doesn’t always bring peace.

This isn’t your typical anthology. It was fascinating to see how all of the short stories were connected to each other. I liked the fact that I got to experience the same places and people from different points of view. Sometimes my opinions of them completely changed once they popped up in a new tale and showed me a new side of their personality or history, so it was really interesting to guess who I might meet again as I kept reading.

I would have liked to see more details included in this book. There were times when I had trouble imagining what the characters were experiencing because everything was described so quickly and sparsely. This was especially true when it came to what the ghosts and other supernatural creatures looked like. While I could picture some of them quite well, many others were harder to bring to mind because I had so few clues about how they looked or what they sounded like.

Some of the plot twists were extremely well done. “All Hallows Eve” was by far my favorite example of a great surprise from these authors. The characters in were a snooty, young couple who decided to mock everything they saw at a rural Halloween carnival. When they were invited to find their way through a corn maze, I was sure I knew how their night would end. The fact that I was wrong about what happened next only made me more curious to know their fate. If you’re planning to read this collection out of order, this would be a wonderful place to start.

Give Tales from Valleyview Cemetery if you’re in the mood for something spooky.

The Air Dragon’s Secret by Keryn Munson

The Air Dragon’s Secret by Keryn Munson
The Dragon Keeper’s Tale Book One
Publisher: Rogue Phoenix Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (197 pages)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Young dragons Glan and Nuriel have a secret. When exposed, worlds collide as an unbalanced leader seeks to destroy their young and shatter their world.

Young dragons Glan and Nuriel have broken dragon law, a union of fire and water punishable by death. The spark between them grows; an unbreakable bond fraught with danger. As word of their pairing spreads, clashing cultures tip an uneasy peace between earth, water, fire and air. Hunted by rival dragon groups and an unbalanced father bent on revenge, the two must decide to hide, run or fight to save their alliance and their future.

In the time before man, there were three different types of dragon – earth dragons, fire dragons and water dragons. The different clans did not interbreed or have much to do with each other.

Water dragons Glan and her brother Kaelin, flee the massacre of their family and take refuge in a small lake where they are befriended by male and female fire dragons. Their escape to the world above the home lake and their mating with the fire dragons brings a new type of dragon into existence – the air dragons, but this is only the beginning. The four adult dragons must protect their young, but their efforts could bring about a war between the different clans.

A slow start to this book makes it difficult to get into the story. Although the series is called The Dragon Keeper’s Tale, it’s not really about the dragon keeper, more about the dragons. Once the keeper fades into the background the story begins to evolve and pick up speed and this gave me the impetus to carry on reading.

A dragon tale with a difference.

Hellfire by Jeff Provine

Hellfire by Jeff Provine
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Historical
Length: Full Length (206 pages)
Rating: 3.5 stars
Reviewed by Orchid

Locomotive fireman, Nate Kemp, uncovers a conspiracy around the miraculous Newton’s Catalyst, a powder that makes fires burn hotter than they should—secretly releasing the fires of Hell. Now, more is beginning to slip through, and the Rail Agency tries to tuck him away in a mental institution. Nurse Ozzie Jacey helps him escape. They must warn the capital, Lake Providence, before Hell literally breaks loose.

Hellfire is a Steampunk novel with all the steam, smoke, coal dust and dirt that steam engines bring. Gloriana cannot exist without its steam engines for trains, mills and other commercial engines. Newtons Catalyst is used to enhance the output. Railway fireman Nate Kemp finds the side effects of using this chemical are disastrous but those in charge will do anything to keep their secret.

I found the beginning of the book confusing and had difficulty keeping my attention focused. The story hopped from character to character and none of them seemed to have any depth. I’m glad I kept reading though as half way through the book the story picked up. Until this point the reason for the monsters and what made them so terrible had not been clear.

Then the excitement built with each passing chapter, making me want to find out what was happening, and how it would be resolved. The conflict between good and evil evolved and the character strengths deepened with every wave of tension. Good joined ranks to fight against the impossible odds of the Rail Agency marshals and their bodyguard hunchbacks, but these are only the frontmen. To beat the monsters Nate and his companions must find who is behind the monster invasion..

A good conclusion to what eventually became a clever steampunk story.

A Mate For Savage by Jenika Snow

A Mate For Savage by Jenika Snow
Publisher : Evernight Publishing
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Short Story (71 Pages)
Other: M/F
Rating: 3.5 Stars
Reviewed by Tulip

Audrey has known that the slave traders could come for her and her family at any moment, and that time came far too soon. When her mother and brother are killed, and she’s taken to the auctions to be sold to the highest bidder, she knows she can’t live the rest of her life in sexual servitude. But when she manages to escape it isn’t freedom she finds, but a barbaric and savage man that claims she’s his in any way he sees fit.

The moment Styx sees the female he knows she’ll be his mate. She’s human, and although he has human characteristics, he isn’t of her species. But what he knows for certain, what has every part of him tense and ready, is the fact his woman will have his baby inside of her.

She may fight him, but in the end she’ll know she was meant to be his in all ways.

I enjoyed this short sweet fantasy romance.

This book is set in a fantasy/alternate dimension. Right away, the heroine, Audrey, endeared herself to me when she finds herself in one desperate situation after another. Injured and drugged she was rescued by a hunky barbarian who wanted to claim her as his mate. Styx was so sweet and caring and possessive that it would’ve been impossible not to fall in love with him. Of course, I fell for him.  Despite their mutual attraction it took a short few for the real relationship to begin, since Audrey was torn between her desire for Styx and her need to be free. First, Styx had to earn her trust by showing her the difference between being a prisoner and being protected.

Once again, Jenika Snow has delivered an entertaining story that was well written, fast paced and had characters that were easy to like. I don’t read a lot of fantasy/Sci-Fi romance but I liked this one. It had a possessive alpha hero and a strong heroine who stood up for herself, and I loved the sexy good parts. In fact, I enjoyed this one so much that I could see myself reading more books in the Fantasy genre.