Tenaya Jayne – Dark Soul (Review, Excerpt, & Interview)

Dark Soul by Tenaya Jayne

Series: Legends of Regia #3
Source: Review by Request
Copy provided by the Author
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Thief. Murderess. Sacrificial messenger. Netriet has faced death many times but she never consented to the transformation she endured the last time her life was pulled back from the edge of death. She’s compelled to live a solitary life for fear the shadow inside her will terrify others. Lonely, Netriet longs for acceptance and friendship. Joining up with the Fair, a haven for misfits, she believes she’s found home and love with Merick.

The ghosts of Merick’s past haunt him. Helplessly attracted to Netriet, he’s sworn to help her destroy the shadow within, but losing his heart to her cripples him with fear. Mistakes and misunderstanding push her away and Merick’s forced to watch her flee into the arms of another man.

Torn between two men, Netriet’s true nature is drawn to one, while the shadow yearns for the other. At war with the darkness, Netriet must choose, or let the shadow swallow her completely.

The fate of Regia’s new republic hangs in the balance as a new enemy arises, backed by a group of violent insurgents bent on destroying everything Forest has worked for. Desperate for intelligence about the terrorist group, Forest learns the leader wants not only to claim the throne, but also her life.

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Liz Crowe – Love Garage (Review, Excerpt, Interview, & Giveaway)

Love Garage (Love Brothers, #1)Love Garage by Liz Crowe

Series: Love Brothers #1
Source: Review by Request
Copy Provided by Author
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A Family Saga with humor, heat and heart–not to mention beer, bourbon and basketball!

Antony Love is the quintessential responsible oldest brother of a boisterous, Italian/Irish family, placed in charge at a young age by his parents who are busy running the family business. He manages his siblings with a fair but iron hand, until his life is shattered by personal tragedy leaving him the shell of the man he once was.

When outspoken matriarch Lindsay Halloran Love becomes ill, the youngest brother Aiden shows up at Antony’s garage, having dropped out of school (again), needing work and a place to crash. Antony provides both, with three caveats: “Don’t smoke in my truck, don’t be late for work, and don’t mess with my girlfriend.”

But Aiden Love, budding novelist, gets one glimpse of Rosalee Norris, young widow of Antony’s lifelong best friend and all bets are off.

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Anja Talbot – My First Female Experience (Review, Excerpt, Interview & Giveaway)

My First Female Experience by Anja Talbot

Series: Lesbian Erotic Short #1
Source: Review by Request
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My Reating: 4 of 5 Stars

How does life change once you decide you’re ready for your FFE… first female experience?

Laura has been in two serious relationships in her life. She dated Ethan all through college, and after grad school Laura was engaged to Will. But now single again at 27, she has finally admitted something to herself — Laura wants her first female experience. With a touch of humor and echoes of erotic romance, here’s a short story about meeting someone to make that big first step.

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Lacey Silks – Layers Peeled

Layers Peeled by Lacey Silks

Series: Layers Trilogy #2
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

New life binds them,
Past ghosts haunt her,
Fresh secrets distract him,
…and history repeats itself.

Allie, a rookie cop hired and desired by a private investigator, is about to knock the wind out of Tristan with the biggest news of her life… … right after the announcement that he fired her sinks in.
Tristan, the owner of Cross Enterprises, has a few surprises for Allie as well. And she won’t see them coming.
While the couple tries to deal with their predicament and growing romance, ghosts from Allie’s past haunt her, slowly calculating the timing of their return.
With new assignments distracting Tristan, fate has stacked a threat against them. Can Allie and Tristan peel away their protective layers for long enough to see the danger brewing at their doorstep? If they don’t work together, trusting and sharing information, it may be too late.
And history may repeat itself.

NO CLIFFHANGER AND A HEA ENDING!

Layers Peeled is Book 2 in the Layers Trilogy and should only be read after Book 1, Layers Deep. Contains adult content and graphic language suitable for mature audience.

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Three disappointing “what happened to the main character?” stars…

(((BEWARE OF SPOILERS)))

Before you get the impression that I hated it all, let me assure you that the book certainly had its redeeming qualities:
There were some good action scenes similar to the level of book one…
I certainly got caught up in the suspense on more than one occasion…
There were some warm & fuzzy family moments…
Tristan Cross is still dreamy…
Allie’s friend Laura managed to shake some sense into her a few times…

When I reviewed book one, Layers Deep, I gave it 3 1/2 stars. The series had a lot of promise, but there were several factors dragging it down. I was primarily disappointed with the pace of the book. There were too many absurd coincidences and the ending was rushed and wholly unsatisfying on many levels.

I also had issues with some of the writing in Book One:
1. Allie was constantly talking about how much Tristan smelled like scotch.
2. She had several childish turns of phrase (“gosh” & “geez”) which did not fit with a woman who could just as easily say “fuck” and “cock”…

That being said, the book had several redeeming parts which kept me invested and interested enough to read the sequel.

So when I started Layers Peeled, I was cautiously optimistic that a sequel could redeem the shortfalls of book one.


I was wrong
That happens from time to time 😉
And I really, really wanted to like this book.

In Layers Deep, the main character, Allie Green was a savvy, ass-kicking, revenge-plotting force to be reckoned with…

I mean seriously, in the last book she out-smarted a notorious human trafficker during a sting operation, she fought him WHILE DRUGGED, saved a woman’s life, got shot in the stomach, & beat upside the head… All in the name of justice! She came out on the other side healthy, healed, & pregnant.

That’s awesome!
That’s the kind of character I want to read about!
But that’s not what we got in this book…

She was constantly making poor decisions,
Wandering into dark alleys alone,
Deliberately putting herself in danger,
Antagonizing armed men,
Failing to acquire backup,
and generally being a helpless individual…

There are those who are postulating that the personality transplant given to Allie Green is due to PREGNANCY HORMONES… I can’t get behind that theory. Even if she was a little bit daffy, this is a woman with training, and if her pregnancy hormones are ruling her ability to make decisions, the WHERE was her instinct to protect herself? Or her unborn child?!?

And if the girl said “GOSH” or “GEEZ” one more time I was in serious danger of throwing my eReader. That kind of sophomoric filler is not only ridiculous, it makes her sound like a child, and was completely unnecessary… I recommend eliminating at least half of those little interjections.


I don’t want to beat a dead horse with my complaints here, but the rhythm of this book was choppy at best. It oscillated between lightening fast and slowing to a crawl without much grey area… Once again the race to the ending (and the promised HEA Ending) felt rushed and unsatisfying.

I am dumbfounded that the author chose to devote an equal amount of pages to describe a hand-job in a closet as she did the engagement and wedding of the main characters.

…I don’t even have anything witty to say about that.
…I’m speechless.

The author insisted on using overly-simplistic foreshadowing in the such as:

“…I finally thought my life would settle down.
Boy, was I ever wrong.”

“It would be another four months before I felt at peace.
I shouldn’t have.”

She did this no less than three times…

On the other hand, Lacey Silks seemed to listen to her readers on one thing: I don’t think she mentioned Tristan smelling like scotch once in the entire book… So there’s that victory…

***I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***

…and if you ever wondered how “honest” my reviews are for books I receive from publishers, you have your answer.

Laid Bear by Marina Maddix

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Series: Laid Bear #1
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 2.5 of 5 stars

Curvy girl Bethany Mills can’t believe her good fortune when her new neighbor turns out to be devastatingly hot. But someone that gorgeous could never fall for someone like her…could he? A charming personality and appreciation for sappy music aren’t the only things Maximilian Pearce is hiding, and just when Bethany thinks she might get her very own happily ever after, a shocking revelation forces her to make a heartbreaking choice.

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I read this book as part of the Shifter Romance Boxed Set It was a quick read, your standard M/F Paranormal shape-shifter romance. It was nice, but ultimately it was nothing special… 

Bethany is kind of awkward – she’s a tall curvy girl, and doesn’t have a very high opinion of herself through the first half of the book. I was getting a little peeved by the self-loathing she surrounded herself with, so I’m glad her friend Paul stepped in to talk some sense into her:

“You’ve got all this going on, yet you settle for the shittiest of shittheads. You practically beg them to treat you badly and then are surprised when they do. It’s not that you only attract assholes, but for some reason you think those are the only guys who could possibly be attracted to you. It’s not true and you need to get over that.”

But she’s got a quirky sense of humor, so that was nice

She’d grown up with three older brothers who taught her how to be tough… on the outside. Inside, she was as soft as her ample ass.

So a new neighbor moves in next door, Max. And obviously he’s super, extra, want-to-lick-him attractive. And shirtless, because aren’t they all?

She had – hands down – the BEST reaction to discovering a shape shifter I think Ive ever read… Partily because it seems reasonable (she even mentions that she nearly wet herself) and mostly because it was amusing as hell!

“What the fuck was that?” she whispered. Her brain tried to make sense of it but the circuits weren’t connecting. It was impossible and didn’t make sense. She felt like a robot who’d been given contradictory information: Does. Not. Compute. She started giggling hysterically at the robotic voice in her head, understanding she was quite possibly losing her mind, but more probably in shock.


Oh by the way, Max invites Bethany over for a little back yard cook out. And He grilled salmon… His specialty
I see what you did there Marina Maddix…

So Max tells Bethany he’s a werebear.
And they hook up.
Decent sexy-time antics. Sweet, not super hot.

I found myself grinning at the part where Bethany’s friends are drunkenly (and graphically) interrogating about Max.

Everything was going well with Bethany and Max (and with the book in general in my opinion), but then Scumbag Landlord/Max’s Uncle shows up. He has a little heart to heart with Bethany. She realizes that there are added complications to having a relationship with a Werebear and she’s faced with a choice – the family she’s been hoping for, or the love of her life.

But here’s the thing, I didn’t buy Chet’s story for a second, and I had a hard time believing that Bethany could either. Chet was a douche bag to her constantly, even before she met Max. But I suppose that’s neither here nor there… She did believe him.

So now we have the overplayed “misunderstanding” climax in a romance novel that drives the characters apart.

And that’s where the book lost me. I felt like I knew everything that was going to happen from then on out, and I was right. Complete with HEA

Aside from the humor and the fact that the main character had an atypical body type, this book was predictable, formulaic, and really nothing special.
If you buy it as part of the boxed set, I’d say its worth it.

***I received and ARC of Shifter Romance Boxed Set in exchange for an honest review***

Lacey Silks – Layers Deep

Layers Deep by Lacey Silks

Series: Layers Trilogy #1
Source: Review by Request
ARC Provided by Publisher
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

He needs her to save a friend.
She needs him to plan her revenge.
Their pasts scar them Layers Deep.
Their passion distracts them…
…and distractions can be fatal.

Tristan Cross is battling emotional demons from the past. He lives in a world where trust is earned, loyalties are tested, and love is impossible. That is, until he meets Allie Green. She’s the only woman who can help him find a kidnapped friend and to top it off, she captivates him. All he has to do now is persuade her to work for Cross Enterprises, his top investigations firm.

Allie Green is a rookie cop seeking revenge and she’s willing to sell her soul to get it. With an opportunity to use Tristan Cross’s resources Allie calculates her time for payback. As vengeance boils her blood she can’t keep her mind off her new boss and Allie finds it difficult to keep her employment professional. With the mouth watering Tristan Cross distracting her, she struggles to prioritize an undercover job she’s been assigned and her hunger for revenge.

And when you’re ready to give up your life to save someone else, distractions can be fatal.

Note: This book is the first part of a Trilogy that is designed to be read in order. Tristan and Allie will get their happy ending but not until book 2 and 3. This book contains a cliff hanger ending you will not expect. A prequel to the series which can be read alone is Dazzled by Silver.

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A combination of Modern Romance and Thriller.

(BEWARE OF GIANT SPOILERS)

Familiar scars from the past painted his face the same way they marked my heart…

A rookie cop teams up with the head of a private security firm to go undercover and attempt rescue a young woman before she can be sold at an auction of sex slaves. This was an up and down event. When the book was good, it was really good – gripping, intriguing, sexy… But unfortunately it took a while to gain momentum.

The first parts of the book were kind of strange for me – We were given a very clear vision of Allie Green’s fears, goals, and motivation – She’ s going to use Tristan Cross to get revenge. Then suddenly everything shifted… Allie was literally handed the chance to achieve her revenge. Cross places a high-powered sniper rifle in her hands and points to the location of Wright off in the distance. And she folds, she can’t do it – refuses to murder him in cold blood.

I was confused for a little while… So far, all we knew about Allie was her hatred of Wright, her need to keep her mother safe from him, her craving for revenge against the man who killed her father & her unborn baby sister, a man who brutally raped her mother…. So what were we going to do now?

Tristan Cross tells her that he will take care of Wright for her if she will take the highly dangerous undercover position with his company.

I was confused for a little while… So far, all we knew about Allie was her hatred of Wright, her need to keep her mother safe from him, her craving for revenge against the man who killed her father & her unborn baby sister, a man who brutally raped her mother…. So what were we going to do now?

Tristan Cross tells her that he will take care of Wright for her if she will take the highly dangerous undercover position with his company.

Then the plot thickened in rapid succession after that – we learned more about the mission at hand; and oh what a juicy assignment it was – infiltrating an auction of sex slaves?!?! Hells yeah! It gave Allie something to focus her energy on that was not the worrisome family circumstances (which we were lead to believe would drive this book) and let her stretch her badass black-belt wings and prove that she’s a formidable heroine.

“I’d trained for this; I’d always known I was meant to do something big with my life. Being a police officer was just a stepping stone. I’d been waiting for an opportunity to make a difference. It wasn’t all about using Cross – not anymore”

The reveal of Kendra’s association with the Cross family was well played. I had started predicting things that were way wrong– maybe she was an ex-wife? Or another little Sister? A former undercover employee of Cross Industries who fell through the cracks? Nope! – She was a former lover of Tristan’s (his first) before she stabbed him in the chest (OMG!) and she obviously had the love of both Cross Brothers.

“In the back of my mind I knew that if Julian took care of Kendra, that would leave Tristan all for me. Was that what he wanted? Or had Tristan hired me only so I could get her back for him?”

Well played Silks, well played.

But it wasn’t all awesome…
there were a few things that fell short for me…

We were brow beaten with these themes:
– She was a police officer, and shouldn’t be acting a certain way (but she was)
– Tristan was supposed to be her boss, so she doesn’t want to screw him (but she does)

Have a little faith in your reader.
Trust me, we got it.

And What on Earth was with Tristan & Scotch? She mentioned that he tasted/smelled of scotch on a ridiculous number of occasions. I started to get this feeling:


Now, let’s talk about the ending for a second:

So If I understand correctly, While she was undercover as a sex slave, and supposedly under lock and key by the man who purchased her for the evening, She just pulled on some bluejeans and waltzed down to the Hotel Bar? As in the Hotel that had hosted an event selling sex slaves to depraved men who were all staying in the exact same hotel?!?

And then BAM!

Martinez (the target) propositions her at the bar.
This is her chance…
She’s going to play along…

And the BAM!

Martinez has Kendra!

Martinez drugs Allie

Allie and Kendra make a break for it.
(a chase and struggle ensue)

And the Bam! (literally this time)

Allie Green is shot in the stomach!
She’s bashed in the head!
She Passes out!

Then she wakes up in the hospital…
Safe with Tristan Cross…
Kendra is safe in recovery with the other Cross Brother….

All is right in the world

AND THEN BAM!!!!!

She finds out she’s PREGNANT.

She doesn’t know how Tristan will react, so she keeps the baby a secret…
(even has her Medical records doctored so Cross won’t find out)
For THREE WEEKS!

Seriously, three weeks? Sure… Why not…

Allie Finally gets up the courage to tell Cross about the baby.

She strolls into his office intending to leave a little box of gift-wrapped baby booties on his desk. …She took a bullet but she’s too much of a coward to say the words “I’m Pregnant”? …Ok
Anyway!

This is the Moment!

They’re face to face!

AND BAM!

Cross says, “Allie, you’re fired.”

Well hello Cliffhanger! I guess the author did warn us that this was the first book in a trilogy… But still, the ending was a little like mixing Tequila and Scotch (you see what I did there) it leaves a bad taste in your mouth.

I guess we’ll have to see what happens in book two of the series. Will I be reading it when it comes out? I honestly couldn’t guess. I’m not sure this book had enough to keep me interested long enough for Book Two of The Layers Trilogy to hit the shelves. We’ll have to wait and see…

***I was provided an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review***

Ella James – Selling Scarlett

Selling Scarlett by Ella James

Series: Love Inc. #1
Source: Review by Request
Copy provided by the Publisher
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

Elizabeth DeVille doesn’t belong at a party like this – one where the gowns cost more than her Camry and cigars run higher than her grad school utility bills. Dragged out of seclusion by her best friend Suri, Elizabeth is merely playing dress-up, rubbing elbows with a crowd that banished her troubled family years ago.

Hunter West is tired. Tired of parties, tired of pretending, and tired of trying to right a wrong that haunts him every day. Bourbon heir and professional poker player by day, by night Hunter is gambling with his life in a high-stakes game of crime and blackmail.

When Elizabeth stumbles into Hunter’s den of vices, she’s a light in the darkness, a flame in the void. And, just like everything he touches, Hunter mars her in a record time. To rectify the damage done, Elizabeth needs money she doesn’t have, and she’s come up with a foolproof way to get it.

Follow Elizabeth – code-named Scarlett – to the lush Nevada brothel where she’ll auction her virginity and risk the only thing that’s not for sale: her heart. The highest bidder is a familiar face, with wicked hands and the devil’s mouth. And a secret so dark that it could cost her life.

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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!”

Tenaya Jayne – Forbidden Forest

Forbidden Forest by Tenaya Jayne

Series: Legends of Regia #1
Source: Personal Library
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Born in shame. Cast from society. Shape Shifter/Elf hybrid, Forest must fight for any respect she can get. Targeted in her youth by a vampire noble who placed an illegal slave mark on her, she is forced to obey him, no matter what.

Slipping the grip of her master and abandoning the prejudice of Regia, her native world, Forest takes a job on Earth, guarding the portal, using her skills as a warrior to enforce Regia’s laws. Now, called home for a black ops mission, Forest must put aside her own prejudice to transport the vampire prince, Syrus, through enemy territory in a time of war.

Prince Syrus, mage and master of the Blood Kata, wants Forest more than he’s ever wanted anything. In spite of their mutual mistrust, their attraction cannot be denied. Through the danger of their mission, and the secrets they both keep, it doesn’t matter what they feel. Forest is forbidden.

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I am a HUGE fan of the Legends of Regia. It truly has the potential to be an amazing Epic Fantasy series, and I certainly hope that Tenaya Jayne continues working on it.

In the world of Regia, Earth is only accessible through portals guarded by elite operatives of Fortress. One such portal is located in Austin, Texas as is guarded by Forest, a half-breed Elf/Shifter Hybrid. She is a fantastically badass female character, and had me from the very start. Despite her well-known hatred of Vampires, she is drafted by Fortress for a Secret Mission – escort the Vampire Prince into Enemy Territory.

A ton of adventure, action, espionage, mystery, suspense, and romance… This book has it all. I can’t say enough about how happy I am to have stumbled across it, and I recommend it highly.

This is definitely one of those books I wish more people knew about…

By the way: This book is FREE on iTunes, so really there’s no excuse not to pick it up, I promise you won’t be disappointed.

UPDATE: OCTOBER 5, 2013

I finally downloaded Forest Fire, read the first few chapters and realized that in the Legends of Regia series, Tenaya Jayne has created a world so detailed and full of complex character relationships that I needed to re-read Forbidden Forest just to get my bearings. Its been two months and forty books since I read Forbidden Forest the first time, and I definitely needed a refresher. It wasn’t much of a hardship to re-read this book, I do enjoy this world. 🙂