Ruined Hearts by Natasha Perry

Ruined Hearts by Natasha Perry
Publisher: Midnight Showcase Fiction
Genre: Historical
Length: Full Length (186 pgs)
Other: BDSM, M/F, Spanking
Rating: 3.5 Cherries
Reviewed by Fern

Melissa Markham, daughter of an Englishman and a Chinese concubine, wants something her mother never had—respectability. Wealthy lumber baron, Ethan Trent, a man of erotic, dominating appetites, decides he wants the exotic woman for himself. Even though Melissa fights her attraction for Ethan, she also finds herself craving his domination. Can two headstrong people find a way to heal their ruined hearts, find love, and discover they both want to share the same thing—an unusual passion for each other?

Ruined Hearts is an erotic romance of a different sort. Not necessarily because it is a historical romance and provides a unique reading experience, but rather the themes are both heartbreaking and gut-wrenching.

When the story begins you are introduced to Mei Lin, the daughter of a Chinese concubine and an Englishman. She’s fleeing a life of servitude and sexual slavery to a man who has abused her and has assumed another identity using the name given to her by her father. Now Melissa Markham, she is in the United States prepared to start a new life. When she sets out to seek justice for her only sibling — her brother — she is devastated to learn the man she’s blamed for his murder isn’t guilty of a crime at all.

Ethan Trent is a recently retired US Marshall, and from the moment he sees Melissa, he wants her. A tempestuous relationship soon follows, with Melissa and Ethan attempting to stem their feelings. However, it’s not their flourishing attraction that places them into danger. Rather, the man who once laid claim to Mei Lin without her consent returns to bring her back to her place as his concubine.

While the writing is very well done, as is the pacing, there were a few moments when I had to re-read portions of the story as there is a bit of head-hopping that occurs and I needed to clarify whose point of view I was experiencing. Aside from this, the story flowed nicely and provided a few twists and turns, as well as some heavy emotional scenes that cause your heart to ache. The BDSM elements are definitely present, which create a significant amount of heat for those in the mood for a good, steamy erotica. Yet there is enough romance and tension between the hero and heroine to allow the reader to connect to them on a deeper level.

I would recommend Ruined Hearts to fans of historical romance that enjoy a bit more heat in their reading material. If you like tortured heroes, feisty heroines, and something apart from the norm, this just might be what you’re searching for.

Power of a Carronade by Ellen Margret

Power of a Carronade by Ellen Margret
Publisher: Midnight Showcase
Genre: Action/Adventure, Historical
Length: Short Story (145 pgs)
Other: M/F, M/F/F, Voyeurism
Rating: 4 cherries
Reviewed by Tiger Lily

“You are the enemy, Clayton Welbourne. You were born in England. You are English, and yet you fight for the colonies.” Thus, Euphemia brands Clay a traitor and pirate. Can he thwart an attack by the American fleet off the English coast and win back his lady’s love?

One decision can ruin a lifetime. And another can signal the beginning of a bright future. It’s up to you to decide which choice to make. I’d also suggest reading Power of a Carronade. It’s a story you won’t want to miss.

I admit this is an interesting story. But there is a lot going on within the story. Keeping the characters straight and figuring out who’s with who can be tricky.

Ms. Margret writes a tale that draws you in. You feel like you’re on the boat with Clay surrendering to Jon. She’s written the scene in the jail with Euphemia and Clay as if you are jailed along with Clay. The descriptions are rich and the characters lively. One note: there are a couple of characters that aren’t for the weak of stomach. If you get queasy easy, then parts of this story aren’t for you.

The baddie in this story lives up to the name evil. Once you meet the character, you know you don’t like him/her. But you must understand the character to truly dislike him/her. I hoped there was a chance for rehabilitation.

Although Clay makes a great hero, there are moments when you want to clock him on the head and ask why he makes the choices he does. But that quality is what allows the reader to see his inner turmoil and to empathize with him.

And you can’t discount the strength of Euphemia. She’s got guts to hop aboard the boat and to stand up to Clay, especially when all she wants to do is cower away from him. You root for her to get her man, even when he’s being uncooperative.

If you want a story that will keep you on your toes, then you need to read Power of a Carronade. I give this story 4 cherries.