Genre: Fantasy

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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THE ROGUE QUEEN by Emily R. KingThe Rogue Queen by Emily R. King
Series: Hundredth Queen #3
Published by Skyscape Genres: Fantasy


In the explosive third volume of The Hundredth Queen Series, the queen of fire faces off against a demon of ice.

Despite the odds, Kalinda has survived it all: Marriage to a tyrant. Tournaments to the death. The forbidden power to rule fire. The icy touch of a demon.

That same demon now disguises itself as Rajah Tarek, Kalinda’s late husband and a man who has never stopped haunting her. Upon taking control of the palace and the army, the demon brands Kalinda and her companions as traitors to the empire. They flee across the sea, seeking haven in the Southern Isles.

In Lestari, Kalinda’s powers are not condemned, as they are in her land. Now free to use them to protect those she loves, Kalinda soon realizes that the demon has tainted her with a cold poison, rendering her fire uncontrollable. But the lack of control may be just what she needs to send the demon back to the darkest depths of the Void.

To take back the empire, Kalinda will ally with those she distrusts—and risk losing those most loyal to her—to defeat the demon and bring peace to a divided nation.

**Possible spoilers below**

 

 

 

Our beloved characters are still reeling from the events in The Fire Queen as we leap back into the fantastical Hundredth Queen series.  Kalinda may be more wounded than anyone knows and people they love are missing.  Devon and Kalinda are once again pulled apart by their circumstances.  It’s frustrating but keeps the dramatic tension high.  Kalinda and Prince Ashwin are seeking allies while Devon is on a desperate journey of his own.

The Rogue Queen is visually stunning and features tons of intense action.  The stakes are staggering as we see some of our favorite characters lose their battle against the evil Rajeh Tarek.  It is exciting to be introduced to exciting new characters in The Rogue Queen.  Ms. King keeps expanding the Hundredth Queen world in magical ways.

Kalinda and Devon share a sweet and fiery passion that is stoked higher by the dire situations they often find themselves in.  I really enjoy these two.  They are complex characters facing incredibly dark and dangerous paths. Just when I think Ms. King cannot take things any further she throws a curve ball that turns the Hundredth Queen world upside down.  I’m dying to know what will happen next when we are reunited with the amazing characters once again in The Warrior Queen.

The Rogue Queen is inherently spellbinding with its eccentric world, unique characters and intensely satisfying plotlines. The Rogue Queen is my second Joyfully Recommended Read for 2018!

MATE CALL by Amber Kell

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MATE CALL by Amber KellMate Call by Amber Kell
Series: Dragon Men #5
Published by Self Published Genres: Fantasy, MM


 

Colton Lanx was born among the stars.  Knowing of no other life Colt joined the Exploration Guild to become a certified navigator.  He loves to travel through the universe where he believes he belongs.

 

From the moment Colt was assigned to his latest posting the captain took an instant dislike of him.  Passing close to the planet Dragait takes precise calculations which Colt has input.  Apparently, the captain doesn’t trust his calculations and re-enters his own.  Colt’s father was born on Dragait and it seems the son will be dying there as the ship becomes locked in the planet’s gravity field and begins to break apart.

 

An escape pod saves Colt’s life, but it also changes his life in every way possible as he comes face to face with King Zeir Dragonfire.  Suddenly the navigator’s future is no longer among the stars. Colt will be forced to choose between what his head is telling him and what his heart yearns for…

 

Mate Call returns readers to the sensual, stubborn Dragon Men series.  Honorable, intelligent Colt has his life interrupted in ways he’d never imagined while at the same time King Zeir discovers his past was a lie.  Both characters have life altering decisions to deal with in this challenging drama.  The well balanced storyline keeps everyone on their toes.  Extremely satisfying from beginning to end, Mate Call has everything an entertertaining story needs with a complicated romance, hot sex, and a handful of troubles to overcome.  It took awhile for Mate Call to arrive, but definitely worth the wait.

DARK SWAN by Gena Showalter

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DARK SWAN by Gena ShowalterDark Swan by Gena Showalter
Series: Alien Huntress
Published by Pocket Star Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal


 

 

Lilica Swan isn’t quite human or otherworlder; she is the best—and worst—of both.

She is willing to do whatever proves necessary to save her sister from the seductive and deadly Alien Investigation and Removal agent, Dallas Gutierrez, even bonding her lifeforce to his by effectively marrying him. But the bond will fade without consummation. Can Dallas resist his insatiable desire for the powerful beauty? Or will she lead to his ultimate downfall?

 

Author Gena Showalter’s Alien Huntress series is back in action! I have loved this series for a very long time and all of that time I have been waiting for AIR Agent Dallas Gutierrez to get his love story.  He’s that character that jumps off the pages of every book and he’s met his match in Lilica Swan.

Lilica and her sisters have been prisoners for most of their lives.  Now they are free and learning how to survive.  Lilica is desperate to find her sister and protect her from AIR.

Lilica and Dallas have an intense attraction in Dark Swan. It’s easy to sympathize with Lilica’s plight.  She’s in an untenable situation and trying to do the right thing by her sisters.  I really enjoyed the story. My only complaint is that the story was too short.  I felt like the complexity of Dallas and Lilica’s deserved more.  It could have been more powerful if their story had been expanded.  Fortunately, as usual Ms. Showalter still gives her readers a sexy and exciting story.

WOLF HOLLOW by Nikki Jefford

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WOLF HOLLOW by Nikki JeffordWolf Hollow by Nikki Jefford
Series: Wolf Hollow Shifters #1
Published by Self Published Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Suspense


A REBELLIOUS OUTCAST
Cocky. Coy. Wolf shifter. Tabor is the hollow’s only half-breed, scorned and forbidden to use his powers. Constantly overlooked despite his strengths, Tabor believes Sasha is as shortsighted as the rest of the pack until she proves there’s more to her than a blindly obedient lapdog to the council.

A DUTIFUL PUREBLOOD
Spirited, stubborn, and deeply loyal, Sasha feels the pressure from her pack to claim another pureblood, yet no one is brazen enough to defy the elders and toy with her . . . no one besides a sexy, hotheaded half-breed.

AN ATTRACTION THAT THREATENS THE FUTURE OF THE PACK
Bewildered by the deceptively proud and surprisingly sensual Sasha, Tabor would risk everything to claim her. Despite her vanishing bloodline, Sasha can’t resist the charismatic half-breed even as predators threaten their pack and the elders pressure her to breed with a pureblood.

In a fantastical post-apocalyptic world, where only the strongest survive, sometimes trusting the heart is the bravest act of all.

Author Nikki Jefford takes readers into a post-apocalyptic paranormal world featuring sexy shifters, heady emotion and lots of pack politics.  Wolf Hollow introduces readers to Tabor the cocky outcast with a chip on his shoulder and Sasha a leader in the making and only pack pureblood shifter.

As the last remaining pureblood Sasha is a member of the packs’ governing council.  She’s expected to be a great leader and most importantly procreate with a respectable pureblood from another pack to strengthen the Wolf Hollow Shifters.  Sasha wants to become a great leader like her parents but she doesn’t appreciate the pressure to mate with a pureblood from members of the council and the pack.  When she begins to have feelings for Tabor the packs half breed outcast her heart becomes divided between duty and love.

Tabor knows exactly how the pack feels about his other half.  Tabor is part wolf and part wizard. He knows the council will never approve his and Sasha’s mating but he’s determined to find a way to be with the woman he loves.

Wolf Hollow is an interesting read.  Ms Jefford does a good job of creating this post-apocalyptic world where the wolves are dominant but secluded,  humans are the enemy, and evil lurks around every corner.  I liked both Sasha and Tabor. They definitely get off to a rocky start but their chemistry heats up fast. Wolf Hollow has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I like the fact that Wolf Hollow is unpredictable. I was never quite sure what was going to happen next.

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. King

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THE FIRE QUEEN by Emily R. KingThe Fire Queen by Emily R. King
Series: The Hundredth Queen #2
Published by Skyscape Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult


 

 

In the second book in The Hundredth Queen Series, Emily R. King once again follows a young warrior queen’s rise to meet her destiny in a richly imagined world of sorcery and forbidden powers.

Though the tyrant rajah she was forced to marry is dead, Kalinda’s troubles are far from over. A warlord has invaded the imperial city, and now she’s in exile. But she isn’t alone. Kalinda has the allegiance of Captain Deven Naik, her guard and beloved, imprisoned for treason and stripped of command. With the empire at war, their best hope is to find Prince Ashwin, the rajah’s son, who has promised Deven’s freedom on one condition: that Kalinda will fight and defeat three formidable opponents.

But as Kalinda’s tournament strengths are once again challenged, so too is her relationship with Deven. While Deven fears her powers, Ashwin reveres them—as well as the courageous woman who wields them. Kalinda comes to regard Ashwin as the only man who can repair a warring world and finds herself torn between her allegiance to Deven and a newly found respect for the young prince.

With both the responsibility to protect her people and the fate of those she loves weighing heavily upon her, Kalinda is forced again to compete. She must test the limits of her fire powers and her hard-won wisdom. But will that be enough to unite the empire without sacrificing all she holds dear?

The Fire Queen begins where The Hundredth Queen left off with Kalinda, Deven and their people running for their lives.  The Rebel Bhuta Hastin has claimed Tarachand and hunts them searching for the powerful Zhaleh.

Kalinda and Deven are trying to find the rightful heir to the Tarachand throne Prince Ashwin before Hastin has him killed.  Kalinda soon finds herself the lynchpin in another royal plot.  She wants peace for her people and a life with the man she loves but the people around her keep getting in the way.

The Fire Queen is driven by indelible yet fallible characters, powerful imagery and overall masterful storytelling from Author Emily R. King.  I cannot get enough of this fascinating world and the characters that reside there.  Kalinda is a strong, willful person who landed in one hell of a tough situation. The choices she is forced to make are incredible and at times heartbreaking.   I am Joyfully Recommending this book to all romance readers.  It may be classified as a Young Adult, but it will resonate with adults and fantasy fans will love it!

The Fire Queen made me feel a myriad of emotions.  I always love it when characters can make me laugh, cry and yell at them.  It’s a sure sign that the book is one I will never forget.  I find myself impatiently waiting for book three The Rogue Queen! Give me more Ms. King!

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