Kayla Stonor – Under By Treaty (Review, Excerpt, & Interview)

Under By Treaty by Kayla Stonor

Source: Review by Request
Copy Provided by Agent
My Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars

He’s hers by treaty. She wants his devotion.

General Jaden is a thorn in the Qui’s side. Ambassador Sonil is on Earth to extract him by treaty. When Jaden is stripped naked then caged, he gets a taste of how far she will go to ensure he is worthy of serving the Qui Empress. Her training is ruthless and alien rules apply. Failure is not an option; saving Earth from annihilation requires Jaden’s complete surrender.

But Sonil demands more than obedience. She wants his devotion.

Under By Treaty is a bold, fast-paced adventure of femdom erotic romance, with a strong alpha hero who must submit to an alien temptress to save the human race from decimation by the conquering might of the Qui Empire.

This erotic romance novel containing BDSM themes is the first installment of a science fiction series and part of the Surrender collection.

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Jessica Satin – The Ravishing of Beauty (Review, Excerpt, & Interview)

The Ravishing of Beauty by Jessica Satin

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My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Belle’s choice to become the Beast’s prisoner changes her in ways she never imagined.

After her Beast transforms back into his human form, they eagerly explore each other’s bodies. He can caress every inch of her and probe his tongue deep between her lips. She can feel the warm bulge of his muscles and run her fingers through his red-gold hair, but it’s not enough. Their sexual affair began long before he was human, and Belle can’t help remembering what it was like to be with her Beast. She learned to love him through all the blood and sacrifice it required. Belle and Prince Adam must learn to find new ways to express their desires.

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Cara Cane – Vampire Princess Bride (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

Vampire Princess Bride by Cara Cane

Series: Sanguine Erotica #1
Source: Review by Request
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My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

As the daughter of the Vampire King and the heir to the Blood Throne, it is Bianca Morvant’s duty to marry and carry on the royal family line. The duty is tradition, and since the last uprising, more important than ever before – or so her parents keep telling her. But to Bianca, marriage only means one thing: being forced to choose between her two lovers. Aspen has noble blood, a kind heart, and a gentle touch that she has grown to love. Dorian comes from the lowest of Sanguini Houses, inspires fear in nearly everyone he meets, and does whatever it takes to rouse her most carnal desires.

With a very public bedding ceremony set to take place before all of the Sanguini, Bianca is expected to choose just one consort to share her kingdom and her bed. The problem is that Bianca loves both of her men equally, and for different reasons.

Neither Aspen nor Dorian wants to let her go, and both are determined to vie for her affections the night before the ceremony–in very different ways. Bianca invites them into her bed, knowing that this night is the last that she will spend with one of them. But as usual, each one pleases a different side of her, and she finds herself more torn than ever before.

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Lyn Gala – Shepherd, Slave, and Vow

Shepherd, Slave, and Vow by Lyn Gala

Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

Bored with the privileges and duties of a member of the first family, Ferro finds himself in the slave tents as a consequence of his antics, knowing he’ll be rescued before long. At least, that’s the way it’s always worked before. This time, though, Ferro finds himself sold as a sheep-tender along with an intriguingly mysterious slave called Lisias. For the first time, Ferro’s met someone who seems immune to his wiles, and he’ll soon learn that Lisias has more to teach him than just shepherding.

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A fabulous little MM Historical Romance!

“I don’t want easy sex here.”
“That’s amusing because I have a reputation for being fairly easy.”

I had a great time with this, and it flew by. There was not a single wasted scene in this novella!

There’s a great buildup between the characters. Their banter was delightful and really drew me in. There’s a fair amount of heat as well, even if it takes a while for them to come together physically.

There’s a fair amount of bondage and power-play, but this book sits on the sweeter side of the erotic…

It leaves you feeling lighthearted and absolutely satisfied.

If this is an accurate representation of the quality of writing I can expect from Lyn Gala, you can be sure I’ll be reading more of her work in the future!

FYI: You can read the first chapter of this book on Lyn Gala’s website!

Patricia A. Knight – Hers to Choose

Hers to Choose by Patricia A. Knight

Series: Verdantia #2
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

To preserve their civilization, a disillusioned warrior and a violated innocent need to put aside the trauma of their past to confront a present evil.

Mentally scarred from her years as prisoner to the off-world invaders, Lady Sophillia Glorianna DeLorion, doubts she can be a fit sexual partner for any man…

…even one whose passionate green eyes make her remember what it is to desire.

Commander of the Queen’s Royal Guard, Eric DeStroia had grown up watching the corrosive, soul-killing effects of arranged, aristocratic marriage and vowed to remain alone. But under his hardened military exterior, Eric has a kind heart. When the second Tetriarch suggests he marry a noble woman rescued from the enemy, Eric reconsiders, consoling himself with visions of sheltering a wounded dove under his mighty arm. Instead, he discovers a fierce falcon that refuses to stoop to his lure.

In the aftermath of their resounding defeat, a survivor from the enemy camp plotted a return to Verdantia to exact retribution. His first objective is the recapture of Lady Sophillia DeLorion. She had been unreachable until she went to the Oshtesh. Now, only Eric DeStroia stands in his way.

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A gorgeous and steamy Sci-Fi Sequel!

(Mild Spoilers if you haven’t read Hers to Command)

This was an amazing followup to the first book in the series. It carried all of the strengths of its predecessor while focusing on a new couple with all new obstacles…

I did a full breakdown of the intricacies of this high-fantasy Sci-Fi world in My review for the previous book in the series. Rather than rehashing all of that, I’ll simply encourage you to catch up with that post.

However, I want to remind you of one important fact: The Planet Verdantia is sentient; She has feelings, and interacts with her population. That interaction occurs when certain Verdantians have sex… Crazy, sweaty, kinky, burn-up-the sheets sex…


All this awesome sex helps the planet flourish – it keeps the lights on, makes the crops grow, and it powers the shields which protect the Verdantia from outside forces…

Only Verdantians with a specific set of genetic markers are capable of performing the sexual rites, and they were systematically slaughtered during the war with the Haarb. Only a handful of these Magistras survived the decimation of Verdantia…

SOPHI

“You make me bold, Eric.”

We met Sophi at the end of Hers to Command. She is Doral’s beloved sister, and was held captive by the Haarb during the war. Ari rescued Sophi and her mother from the clutches of the Haarb and returned them to Doral, who thought they were dead.

Sophi was a cowering mess in the wake of her captivity. She was incapable of enduring the social atmosphere of the palace, and was taken to a village in the wastelands where she could mentally recover from her ordeal.

The female warriors who inhabit the wastelands handed her a bow and taught her to defend herself. Three years later, she’s Flight Leader of a squadron of highly trained soldiers, and is capable of battling any enemy. But fate has different plans for Sophi, as one of the few remaining females of the noble class, she’s being recalled to Sylvan Mintoth to claim her birthright.

ERIC

He had underestimated the endless capacity of his heart to feel joy.

Eric is the childhood friend of Queen Fleur and commander of her Royal Guard. He was hand selected by Doral to bring Sohi out of the wastelands and as candidate to become her partner in the rites.

Eric seems to be every bit as enthusiastic about the situation as Sophi, but he is honor bound to protect and escort her home… Sophi is nothing like the shell of a girl who fled Sylvan Mintoth three years earlier, she’s a headstrong warrior and she has no patience for Eric.

The road from the wastelands to the palace is a long and treacherous one, they’ll have to work together, trust, and fight side by side in order to survive…

Several differences between this book and the first:
– There was a focus on building trust and respect between the main characters.
– We had a MF romance rather than an MMF, and their relationship was encouraged but not forced like in Hers to Command
– Eric & Sophi took their time before falling into bed, and when they did hit the sheets the chemistry was perfection.

In addition:
There was more action,
Sophi proves she’s a badass,
There were several female warriors of worth,
and this book packed more emotion than the first in my opinion…

The Tetriarch played a large part in this book as well, so don’t worry about missing our favorite Royal Threesome… Note to self: ‘Royal Threesome’ is an awesome band name

Overall it was a wonderful experience, and I’m looking forward to reading more of the Verdantia series… I hear the next book has D/s elements, so I’m definitely on board!

Patricia A. Knight – Hers to Command

Hers to Command by Patricia A. Knight

Series: Verdantia #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

For some, existence without their mate might seem like the end of their world…
…for the members of Verdantia’s Tetriarch, it would be.

Conte Camliel Aristos deTano, Ari, has long spurned the marriage forced upon him. His contractual bride, Princess Fleur Constante, the beautiful future queen though young and inexperienced, is willing to risk everything, including her own sanity, to save her planet.

The inhabitants of the sentient planet, Verdantia, are poised on the precipice of extinction following a brutal invasion by an off-world, nomadic horde. Verdantia’s capital, Sylvan Mintoth, must have its failing energy shield restored, or the planet is doomed. The Elders know the shield can draw energy from only one thing ~ a very arduous and grueling coupling of two specific people who were pre-chosen by the planet Herself and promised by prearranged marriage contract.

Verdantia draws strength from the duo, but the sentient planet whispers to Ari that a third is necessary ~ Ari’s aide de camp, Visconte Doral deLorion, an angelically handsome, skilled assassin who silently surrendered his heart to Ari long ago.

The trio struggles to make this surprising partnership harmonious, pushing through pride, scars of past abuse, fears of inexperience and distrust. To save Verdantia, they must overcome their individual weaknesses and realize their full potential. Only the Tetriarch and their combined synergy, can harness Verdantia’s immense power to shield its citizens from invasion.

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All hail the Tetriarch!
I’m crazy excited that I’ve found a new series to sink my teeth into…
Please excuse me while I gush all over this book…

“Oh yes, our planet hangs in the balance.” With a tortured inhalation, he shuddered, “No pressure.”

The world of Verdantia is beautifully detailed. This is a lovely blend of Science Fiction, Fantasy, Erotica, Romance, & Intrigue… And it is incredibly entertaining!

I’d like to create some kind of award for ‘Best Prologue’ just for this book… I was given a thorough recounting of an entire planet’s History, Technology, Climatology, Sociology, and Social Hierarchy without becoming over-inundated with information… That’s damn impressive!

I thrive on originality, and what I found in the pages of Hers to Command was a wonderful adventure of love, lust, and fantasy!

Let’s break it down:

1. The planet Verdantia has an electromagnetic force which renders all technology useless, so even though we have all the Science Fiction hallmarks of spaceships, battle-cruisers, phasers, etc. None of these items work on the surface of the planet. Verdantians live in a pseudo-gilded-iron-age type setting… Add in the royal hierarchy and arranged marriages, and you’re left with an atmosphere equal parts Science-Fiction & Historical Romance…

2. The Planet Verdantia is sentient: She has feelings, and interacts with her population. That interaction occurs when certain Verdantians have sex… Crazy, sweaty, kinky, burn-up-the sheets sex…

All this awesome sex helps the planet to flourish – it keeps the lights on, makes the crops grow, and it powers the shields which protect the planet from outside forces…

3. It stands to reason that a planet which requires Her citizens to have ritualistic fuck-fests would also have vast resources of harvestable aphrodisiac, right? Right! This sacred aphrodisiac (known as cinnagin) is used in sexual Rites and is a highly valuable resource coveted by the greedy enemies of Verdantia.

One such enemy is the Haarb. They invaded Verdantia and began systematically slaughtering Her inhabitants, leaving only a handful of Magisters capable to performing the magick necessary to generate protective shields around the planet.

Can you tell how excited I am?!?!

ARI

“You will obey me without fail. Our lives rest on your obedience.”

Ari is on the front lines of the war against the invading Haarb. He is pulled from his position as Commander of Verdantia’s army by an important message – the last remaining energy shield is failing, and as a trained Magister, he must return to the palace to perform the Great Rite

But his partner for the Rite is someone he has avoided for years…
His arranged marriage to the Princess is a burden he has fought vehemently…
To his surprise, she is ignorant of the marriage contract…

FLEUR

“Gentle, fearfully delicate. So intensely desirable.”

Fleur is the high-spirited princess of a world which is being driven to the point of extinction. She is the only female on the surface of the planet who is capable of performing the Great Rite necessary to power the remaining shields…

But she has not had nearly enough training…
Failure to complete the Rite is dangerous in the best of times, but now the fate of the entire planet hangs in the balance…

DORAL

“By all the gods, you are a visual feast. You devastated my senses from the first moment I saw you.”

Doral is a highly skilled assassin and right hand man of Ari. He is known as The Beast – tortured by a sadistic mistress and trained to be a cold-hearted killer…

Though, Doral’s heart has warmed to Ari in the time he has served as his Visconte. Not that Doral would ever voice those desires…

As Ari departs for the palace, Doral’s chance at love leaves with him… But Verdantia is whispering for a third in the Rites

It is the rise of second great Tetriarch, powerful enough to finally bring an end to the war.

All three must come together in order to save the world.

In Addition, they face:
Political Corruption,
Assassination Plots,
A Fragile Romance,
Arranged Marriages,
Broken Contracts,
& Shielded Hearts…

I’ll leave it to you to figure out if this book is up your cup of tea… But I fucking loved it every now and then I would wonder: Was this book written specifically for me?!?

It ticked every single box on my naughty-book check-list:
Beautiful writing,
an MMF Romance (You know I’m an MMF whore),
the perfect amount of fantasy,
panty-soaking sex of the highest caliber,
& Impossible-to-put-down fun…

I loved this book so much I’ve already started the next book in the series! I can’t think of a better recommendation than that!

J.R. Ward – Lover Avenged

Lover Avenged by J.R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #7
Source: Personal Library
My Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

J. R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood novels have introduced readers to a “different, creative, dark, violent, and flat-out amazing” (All About Romance)world. Now, as the vampire warriors defend their race against their slayers, one male’s loyalty to the Brotherhood will be tested-and his dangerous mixed blood revealed…

Caldwell, New York, has long been the battleground for the vampires and their enemies, the Lessening Society. It’s also where Rehvenge has staked out his turf as a drug lord and owner of a notorious night club that caters to the rich and heavily armed. His shadowy reputation is exactly why he’s approached to kill Wrath, the Blind King and leader of the Brotherhood.

Rehvenge has always kept his distance from the Brotherhood-even though his sister is married to a member, for he harbors a deadly secret that could make him a huge liability in their war against the lessers. As plots within and outside of the Brotherhood threaten to reveal the truth about Rehvenge, he turns to the only source of light in his darkening world, Ehlena, a vampire untouched by the corruption that has its hold on him-and the only thing standing between him and eternal destruction.

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Rehvenge’s Story brings back the hard-hitting action and suspense we’ve come to expect from this series!

((BEWARE OF SPOILERS))

…every once in a while, from out of the blue, someone reaches the quiet place where you spend your private time and changes the way you see yourself…

I’m cautiously optimistic… I feel like we’ve reached a turning point with this installment, and I sincerely hope the momentum continues with the subsequent books.

As usual, the stories surrounding all of the secondary and tertiary characters stole the show:

  • Beth and Wrath feature prominently in this book.
  • John Matthew has a giant role.
  • Doc Jane has several cameos.
  • There’s a shift in the Brotherhood.
  • Lassiter the Angel has some awesome dialogue.
  • The Scribe Virgin is moping around like an empty-nester.
  • Lash plays a great big part in this book, which I think will appease the readers who have been less than thrilled with the amount of pages taken up by the Lessers

But the Stars of this book were Rehvenge and Ehlena:

REHVENGE

His glowing amethyst eyes saw everyone and cared about no one.
Rehv – or the Reverend, as the human clientele called him – was a drug lord and a pimp who didn’t give a shit about the vast majority of people. Which meant he was capable of, and frequently did, anything the fuck he wanted to.

Rehv is the infamous Zero-Sum club owner who has a larger than life personality which is only enhanced by his Sympath heritage… Talk about a hard-ass with a heart of gold…

EHLENA

“Must the world always be so harsh, I wonder,”

Ehlena is a nurse in Haver’s clinic – and what do you want to bet she was the nurse who helped Phury evacuate the patients in Lover Enshrined? I bet she was… Anyway, Ehlena is your quintessential care-giver who believes that every soul is worth saving… Plus, she winds up being a smart female with a spine of steel. I mean, the woman goes toe to toe with Xhex! :O

Unfortunately, the Romance portion of the plot between these two was firmly in the whole “I love her but I don’t deserve her” vs. “He’s dreamy but he’ll never love little ‘ol me” trope, which I loathe… Complete with some “I’ll push her away so I don’t break her heart” behavior. Not cool, J.R. Ward… Not cool..

Now for the more spoiler-y thoughts:

(Read at your own risk)

Wrath is now completely blind. I have to admit, it hurt my heart to know he wouldn’t be able to fight with this Brothers any more… I don’t think anybody wanted to see him lay down his daggers for good.

Also, you know I’m a dog lover… So I was stoked to meet Wrath’s Seeing Eye Dog, George… but that’s not nearly a bad-ass enough name. I think he should be Ghorge… You know how much the Brotherhood likes to throw an extra H into a name 😉

The scenes from inside the Sympath Colony were amazing… J.R. Ward really tapped into a cinematic quality with the visuals on that one. The cell which held Rehv, as well as the apparatus he was attached to… Not to mention the darkness and creepy-crawlies…


John Matthew has long been my favorite character of this series, but he needs to get his shit together. His little emotional roller-coaster throughout this book was exhausting… He’s had to go through so much shit in his life before his transition, and he seemed to be in such a good place… Then he found Tohr, had sex with the Symath of his dreams… And he just checked out, got drunk, and started driving me nuts.


I know J.R. Ward is a fan of making characters hit rock-bottom before she gives them their own book, but seriously… Get it together John!

Allyson James – Rio

Rio by Allyson James

Series: Tales of the Shareem #2
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Nella of Ariel is on the run, finding herself on Bor Narga, alone, penniless, friendless. She can trust no one—except the tall, amazing man who saves her from death by assassin bot and carries her off to his hideaway.

He’s a Shareem, he says. Rio. Level three, which means dark and dangerous pleasures.

Nella has no clue what Shareem are, but Rio is enticing, sexual, rude, crude, and makes her laugh. He also burns fire through her blood as he teaches her to trust him, the only way a level-three Shareem knows how to . . .

Rio had been on his way to get himself off stifling Bor Narga, where he lives as a near-slave. But he’s intrigued by his damsel in distress. And she needs his protection. Protecting her and teaching her is worth missing his transport, and maybe being stuck on this rock forever.…

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Smutty Science Fiction; I am in Shareem Heaven!
This over the top Erotic adventure is the perfect steamy escape…

Shareem — men created in the laboratories of DNAmo to be tall, tight-assed and long-cocked, and know every way to bring a woman to ecstasy and keep her there. For days.

The Tales of the Shareem Series continues with another highly erotic Science Fiction adventure! This time featuring Rio and a damsel in distress…

RIO
Level Three Shareem

I’m a level three Shareem, a Dom. I make women do things they’d never dream of doing. I make them beg for things they never knew they wanted.
I spank them when they’re bad and pleasure them when they’re good. I whip them ‘til they come, then I kiss away the hurt.

Rio has been attempting to flee the planet Bor Narga for years. Just when he has his chance of smuggling himself onto a ship, he finds himself face-to-face with an assassin bot & a choice: Save an innocent woman or flee the planet which views him as a sex slave…

NELLA
A Princess on the run

She was innocent. She’d never met anything like a Shareem, and she had no sexual experience. He had to go slowly.
Rio had never gone slowly in his life. The women who wanted Rio knew what they were getting themselves into. No woman picked a level three Shareem without already knowing about sex — most of them were bored with sex and wanted something more.

Nella was captured and held prisoner for three months. She managed to escape her captor, and hopped transport after transport before landing on Bor Narga. Now she must trust the stranger who saved her from the assassin bot, but does she have any trust left?

For the Record: This book won’t be winning any literary awards. It’s not the best Erotica I’ve ever read… Hell, it’s not even the best Alien Erotica I’ve ever read. It’s campy at times, and completely over the top sexually. But you know what? I LOVE this series!

Judge if you want…

This story Features:
A BBW heroine,
a sassy computer,
drool worthy aliens,
voyeurism,
exhibitionism,
deflowering,
oral sex,
vaginal sex,
anal sex,
light bondage,
spanking,
whipping,
& MFM menage…

J.R. Ward – Dark Lover

Dark Lover by J.R. Ward

Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4.5 of 5 stars

In the shadows of the night in Caldwell, New York, there’s a deadly turf war going on between vampires and their slayers. There exists a secret band of brothers like no other-six vampire warriors, defenders of their race. Yet none of them relishes killing more than Wrath, the leader of The Black Dagger Brotherhood.

The only purebred vampire left on earth, Wrath has a score to settle with the slayers who murdered his parents centuries ago. But, when one of his most trusted fighters is killed-leaving his half-breed daughter unaware of his existence or her fate-Wrath must usher her into the world of the undead-a world of sensuality beyond her wildest dreams.

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An Adult Vampire Series worth sinking your teeth into!

“You don’t know this yet,” he said grimly. “But you are Mine.”

Every now and then, some one will begin talking about their favorite books/series and on the off-chance I haven’t read it, they will positively freak out… In the case of the Black Dagger Brotherhood series, several people were shocked and appalled that I hadn’t picked it up…

“What do you mean you’ve never heard of this series?!? You must read it!
ONE OF US! ONE OF US!”

That’s precisely how I was introduced to the Black Dagger Brotherhood Series (complete with Tod Browning reference).

I’m so incredibly glad I picked it up.

The story switched point of view like crazy, but it was well executed. I was gripped with suspense, I laughed out loud, (and Gods help me) I almost cried.

I really enjoyed meeting all of the characters – there were a ton of people in this book, it’s easy to get bogged down when we’re being set up to understand everyone’s individual personalities, but J.R. Ward does a great job of easing us in.

She gives us enough information to understand someone’s motives while keeping us from getting overburdened with information. I think it’s safe to assume the majority of the characters we met in Dark Lover will be getting their own books, so we really just needed to get a taste… And it was a lovely taste.

I can see how this could easily become a new series for me to call favorite. I just ordered the next 10 books from Amazon… Hurry up UPS man!

Tenaya Jayne – Forest Fire

Forest Fire by Tenaya Jayne

Series: Legends of Regia #2
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Banished to Earth. Hunted by the queen’s assassins. Forest must fight to find a way back to Regia. Lonely and brokenhearted, she waits for Syrus to break through her banishment.

Separated from Forest, Syrus lives his days in anguish, trapped in a portal that goes nowhere. While Regia’s civil war ravages the land and the balance of power tips, the world will learn it’s the Rune-dy pulling the strings.

Forest must face the horrifying secret of her origins and learn her father’s identity. Attain her freedom through retribution and wage war inside her own heart. Will she be able to accept the gift Syrus offers, or will one mistake separate them forever?

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THIS REVIEW INCLUDES A FULL CHARACTER MAPPING – IN THE HOPES THAT A THIRD BOOK MIGHT BE ON THE WAY.
(and I apologize in advance for repeating some of the things I said in my review of Forbidden Forest)

Legends of Regia has the potential to be an amazing Epic Fantasy series! The world of Regia is full of complex societies – Elves, Shifters, Werewolves, and Vampires (plus various crossbreeds and spirits). Each have their own ideals and customs which weave a detailed narrative even before one considers the multitude of individual characters (who are fully developed with political aspirations, sometimes scheming, and generally suffering from some sort of emotional upheaval).

I find this richly developed world to be highly entertaining and well crafted. It’s a series which leaves me both happily sated and starving for more.

I adore Forest (I’m a sucker for badass female leads) Forest’s struggle to find her place in society is relateable, even in this high-fantasy setting.

I loved this little dialogue with a handmaid “doll” she fired from the court in Onyx Castle:

“Just who do you think you are?” screamed the doll. “I can trace my lineage back six centuries.”
“That’s nice,” Forest said acidly. “I’m the bastard child of two races. And I have a party to get ready for. So get out of my sight and stay out.” Forest gave them all a broad grin. “Welcome to the new world order.” She slammed the door in their shocked faces.

Naturally, Forest struggles with the rapid changes pressed upon her in this book (and she is entitled to a mini-meltdown), but as soon as her emotional struggles became too over the top for me, the author blessed us Netriet who stepped in to literally slap some sense into Forest:

“Look, Forest, I think you’re pretty awesome.” Forest snorted and rolled her eyes. “No, really,” Netriet pressed. “You’re an amazing person. You’re just an ingrate.”

(Thank you, Tenaya Jayne)

Syrus is a dreamy leading man, though I wish we could have learned more about what HIS aspirations were for the future of Regia and his birthright.

In the hope that additional books will be published in the Legends of Regia Series, I’ve mapped out the characters and settings so that they can be reviewed. (I tried to pick up Forest Fire Three months (and 40 books) after reading Forbidden Forest and quickly realized that I needed to re-read book one to refresh my memory. In my opinion, there is no hardship to repeated readings of either book, but if you want to jump straight into a book three (assuming there will be a book three – hint hint, Tenaya Jayne) here is how things left off in the World of Regia by the end of Forest Fire:

MAIN CHARACTERS:

Forest – Operative for Fortress who had a hatred of Vampires. A bastard half-breed Elf/Shifter – and therefore born into the lowest class possible. She guards an inter-dimensional portal (from Regia to Austin), reluctantly drafted as a bodyguard for Prince Syrus, who she discovers is her predestined life mate. (By the end of book two she is appointed Hailemarris, a sort of supreme judge. A position created by the Rune-dy)
Syrus – Vampire Prince, heir to the throne. Believed to be dead after an assassination attempt which left him blind. Master of the Blood Kata (a sword and Vampire martial art), given the title Sanguine Mage (By the end of Book Two, the general population of Regia still does not know he is alive. Forest and Syrus take up residence at her cottage and are on good terms.)

THE HIGH COUNCIL:

Devonte – the Wizard. Considers himself superior and above the law. – in book two, he heals Leith of the thorns.
Nahcaan – the Ogre. One of the most educated, talented, and easy-going ogres in all of Regia.
Zefyre – the Elf priestess. Forest’s aunt. Had a longstanding affair with Lush. The Mole within Paradigm, Plotting the overthrow of Regia by pitting the Vampires and Werewolves against each other. By the end of Book Two she is facing possible death at the hands of the Rune-dy for sending sacrificial messengers to Philippe.
Frost – the Werewolf. A superior politician, posh, slick as they came.
Gagnee – the Shape shifter. Changes her appearance more often than any other shifter in the whole of Regia (probably to eavesdrop on her underlings).
Lush – the Vampire. “Nobility scum, condescending with every syllable. Everything from his clothes to his tone of voice was calculated precisely. Arrogant and ambitious. Nothing more than a successful social climber.” Had a longstanding affair with Zefyre. Becomes the accidental accomplice of Zefyre by trading classified information. By the end of Book Two, his scheming is known, and he will soon face the consequences of his actions.

SECONDARY CHARACTERS:

Leith – Vampire, owner of Forest (he branded her with a combination of lover and slave markings which bind her to him.) his ownership of Forest is a secret. In book two he is imprisoned by Rahaxeris and infected with thorns (which cause him to relive all the hurt he has caused others) he is sprung from his prison by his prison by his fater, cured by the Wizard Devonte, and killed by Syrus when he attachs Forest.
Kindel – manages the operatives of Fortress, reports directly to the High Council, recommended Forest (who he is secretly in love with) for the mission of escorting Prince Syrus to Wolveswood (by the end of book two he has been appointed as Forest’s personal assistant)
Lorcan – Twin brother of Leith, also holds a grudge against Forest. Threatens to expose Forest’s slavery to the court at Onyx Castle. Murdered by Syrus.
Maxcarion – Rouge wizard and mercenary who blinded Syrus in the assassination attempt. He is the goal of the journey in book one, but is unable to cure Syrus. He does, however, save Forest for the collar placed on her by Philippe.
Redge – Syrus’s bodyguard, best friend, all-around right hand man. Soldier in the Vampire Army.
Philippe – Leader of the Werewolves. Wears a cloak made of the wolf pelts of his enemies. Forced his subjects to learn and speak only French (and they’re rubbish at it) – Murdered by Netriet at the beginning of Book Two, throwing the pending Civil War into action.
Cristiana – Vampire Queen, conniving. In book two she separates Forest & Syrus, imprisoning Syrus in Onyx Castle and banishing Forest to Earth before sending countless assassins to kill her. She is finally stopped by Rahaxeris who banishes her from Regia, frees Syrus, and pulls all the Vampires from Earth.
Zeren – Vampire King
Netriet – Vampire, a sacrificial messenger sent to Philippe by the Mole inside Fortress. Forced to wear an enchanted ring (the “collar”) to deliver her message, then tortured by Philippe as he sought to master the ring. In the beginning of book one she Murders Philieppe, and nearly dies but it saved by Shi and the Heart. Unfortunately, the Heart was tainted and has changed Netriet into a Golum like split-personality.
Rahaxeris – Elf. Head of the Council of the Rune-dy. Zefyre’s brother and Forest’s father – though nobody knows his association to Forest except for Zefyre. By the end of Book Two, his relationship to Forest is made public. He reveals that he has been looking after Forest her whole life, achieved the position of head of the Rune-dy to protect her, and is restructuring the entire political system of Regia in order to make a better world for her.
Shi – the ghost of a Dryad – an extinct race. She’s the keeper of the Wood (kind of like an Ent) ally, confidant, and adopted mother to Forest. In book Two she saves Netriet after she falls from the Lair, her use of the healing power of the Heart in its weakened state causes her to believe that Netriet is probably changed for the worse.

SMALL PARTS AND “RED SHIRTS”

Pipha – Vampire, long dead life mate of King Zeren. Presumably murdered by Christina.
Tek – Werewolf merchant at the Fair who deals in human contraband
Martia – Ogre and Tek’s mate, attempts to befriend Netriet in Book Two
Kitch – Elf patroller outside Kyhael, unlucky enough to have stumbled upon Forest & Syrus’s campsite. Murdered by Rahaxeris.
Susa – Elf clerk inside Kyhael who relayed the report of Forest’s presence to the Rune-dy
Prefect Camber – Elf, a high profile “gofer” and the Rune-dy’s go-to-guy.
Liasia – Shifter, long dead mother of Forest
Ithiel – Vampire, legendary Lord Master of the Blood Kata who trained Syrus.
Marius – Werewolf Ambassador to Paradigm
Gahu – Werewolf, an officer of Philippe’s army
Mindy & Rachel – human girls who come into contact with Leith. They call Forest to kill him
Hezeron – member of the Council of the Rune-dy (specializing in experimentation)
Abshael – member of the Council of the Rune-dy
Cassian – member of the Council of the Rune-dy
Menjel – member of the Council of the Rune-dy, he is also the former high priest of the Rune-dy whom Rahaxeris overthrew to gain his position
Baal – assistant to the Rune-dy Council members, unofficial assistant to Forest
Plixtz – assistant to the Rune-dy Council members
Merhl – the ogre in Onyx Castle with skill in portals, feels he owes Forest a debt
Dracula – yes, that Dracula. Member of the Royal Family
Ena – The lowest ranked handmaiden of Christina’s court & the only to be retained by Forest. By the end of Book Two she is hired as Forest’s Personal Secretary at Fortress.
Vladien – Vampire, nephew of Dracula, father of Leith & Lorcan
Merick – Vampire juggler in the Fair, secretly saves Netriet from two Werewolves
Guyas – a “newbie mage” in training at Obsidian Mountain
Taurus – a “newbie mage” in training at Obsidian Mountain

PLACES:

Austin, Tx – Forest’s home on Earth
Regia – a world in another Galexy
Paradigm – capital city of Regia
Wolveswood – a labyrinth Forest on the edge of the Werewolf city
The Lair – Werewolf stronghold at the base of the Eastern Regian Mountains
Desert of Halussis/Dreaming Desert – barrier to the Vampire city, comprised of highly toxic because black shadow sand which causes hallucinations.
Onyx Castle – Vampire stronghold within the Desert of Halussis
Fair – a gypsy-like open black market of Regia
Kyhael – The elf city.
Brigadoon – the world Queen Christina was banished to
Obsidian Mountain – where the masters of the Blood Kata go to train

IMPORTANT POINTS:

  • Vampires have been in power for a long time in Regia
  • By the end of Book Two we are working toward a Republic-based system of Government
  • The Rune-dy is a secret order of Elves who specialize in experiements and tourture and are feared
  • Werewolves and Vampires have always been enemies
  • Ogres are the constant allies of Vampires
  • Shifters are considered second-class citizens
  • Any Halfling (combination of the 4 pure races) is shunned by society…

UPDATE:
I found the following blurb on Tenaya Jayne’s Website

“I’m not able to throw down any dates for you yet, but I can tell you things have moved from concept to Work-in-Progress! The Legends of Regia #3, DARK SOUL(working title) may well turn out to be my favorite of the series. Social unrest, terrorism, murder, romance, a triangle, new villains, new heroes, and a new, one-of-a-kind heroine! I’m excited!”