The kind of urban fantasy and paranormal romances I tend to gravitate towards are usually full of sexual tension as opposed to just sex. Still, when I saw the gorgeous cover (thank you Tony Mauro) and read the description for Anya Bast's steamy new PNR, I decided to broaden my horizons a little. The verdict? CRUEL ENCHANTMENT is full of revenge, betrayal, magic, and plenty of sex. And I loved every single page.
CRUEL ENCHANTMENT gives us a richly detailed world that is steeped in traditional fae mythology with just the right amount of new lore (e.g. Piefferburg, a prison for fae), lush characters, heady romance, and a story that blurs the line between hero and villain. Many of the characters from the previous book pop up, but the main story and romance are brand new and completely self contained, which is good news for both old fans and those new to this series. Review courtesy of [...]
More good news is the romance. There is just something so appealing about a romance between two people who are damaged, almost irrevocably so. That's what we get with Emmaline, the former assassin, and Aeric, the blacksmith who lost his one true love at Emmaline's hand. Every early scene between them brought new meaning to the word cruel (hence the title), and their budding relationship was emotionally excruciatingly as she could not forget her past and he would not forget his. Their love is a triumph of the heart and mind, and all the more satisfying for it.
CRUEL ENCHANTMENT is everything I hoped and feared it world be: dark, brutal, and scorchingly hot. The third book in the Dark Magic series, Dark Enchantment, will be released on April 5, 2011. In the mean time I'm going to break in my new kindle with the first book, Wicked Enchantment.
Sexual Content: Several long, graphic sex scenes. Several graphic scenes of sensuality.
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I am a 20-something book lover with an obsession for all things urban fantasy. I cut my teeth on the paranormal genre withBuffyandTwilightbefore discoveringPatricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews. Suffice … more
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TheDark Magickseries continues from thisNew York Timesbestselling author.
To keep her fae race from being eradicated, Emmaline Gallagher must retrieve an object of fae power from a locked ancient box. Only Aeric O'Malley has the forging skills to create a key. But will their tumultuous past stand in the way?