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Trial of the Sun Queen / Rule of the Aurora King by Nisha J. Tuli

January 13, 2024

Artefacts of Ouranos by Nisha J. Tuli

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Trial of the Sun Queen by Nisha J. Tuli

Trial of the Sun Queen


Rating -
Part of a series - Artefacts of Ouranos #1
Release - November 15, 2022
Genre/Trope - Fantasy Romance / enemies to lovers / fated mates
POV - dual 1st and 3rd person
Heat - descriptive scenes
Source - ebook from NetGalley
Length - 407 pages

Ten women. A deadly contest. Only one can win the Sun King's heart.
Lor has endured twelve long years of torment under the Aurora King’s rule. Her only desire is to escape and pay him back for every moment of misery she's endured.

When a surprise release finds her in the hands of the rival Sun King, Lor is thrust into the spotlight as she competes against nine other Tributes for the role of queen. If she wins his heart, she'll earn her freedom and finally get her revenge.

But Lor doesn't belong in the Sun Queen Trials. Not only does she not understand why she was freed, she isn’t a citizen of the Sun King’s court. The other Tributes resent her presence and will stop at nothing to ensure Lor is removed from the competition, permanently.

Now Lor must win, because if she loses, she dies. Or worse, she'll be returned to the evil—and now vengeful—Aurora King.

With a temper like mine, a girl is bound to get in trouble now and then…
or often.

After all the hype I've seen for this book, I had to give it a try and I'm glad I did!

While Lor was a difficult pill to swallow, I couldn't get enough of her story. Hunger Games meets the Bachelor? Kinda. There was definitely a King whose hand had to be earned through deadly trials. But was he really worth it?

From the age of twelve, all Lor knew was the isolation, degradation and abuse she suffered in the prison of The Aurora—a kingdom full of secrets and shadows. Every day, she did all she could to protect herself and her family. But her smart mouth and poor impulse control led her to being punished. When she's kidnapped and brought to the Sun Kingdom, full of luxury, fresh air and sunshine, she can't decide if it's a boon or a curse.

I'm not the only one who pretty much guessed everything early on, right? Atlas grossed me out, but I guess if I was desperate for kindness, maybe I'd be into all of that. I only wish I felt some sort of sympathy for Lor.


While I didn't really like Lor, I was entertained by everything that happened in this story (aside from her silly decisions). I did want the world building to be more fleshed out. Actually, I expected it, but alas, these details were nowhere to be found. I hope to learn more about the different kingdoms, the different types of fae, and the different kinds of magic in the books to come.


Rule of the Aurora King by Nisha J. Tuli

Rule of the Aurora King


Rating -
Part of a series - Artefacts of Ouranos #2
Release - August 15, 2023
Genre/Trope - Fantasy Romance / enemies to lovers / fated mates
POV - dual 1st person
Heat - descriptive scenes
Source - Kindle Unlimited
Length - 505 pages

Freed from the golden clutches of the Sun King, Lor now finds herself in the hands of Nadir, the Aurora Prince. Convinced she’s hiding something, he’s willing to do whatever it takes to make her talk. But Lor knows the value of secrets—she’s been keeping them her entire life—and she’s not letting hers go without a fight.

When Lor and Nadir team up to search for a lost item that holds the key to her past and her future, she isn’t sure she can trust him. All she knows is she won’t fall for another royal fae’s promises again.

With the Sun King determined to reclaim her, Lor must keep on the move, but nowhere is safe. Not until she destroys him and the Aurora King. But she soon learns that the future of Ouranos depends on much more than avenging her shattered legacy.

I am not his conquest.
I am not his to claim.
I am my own castle.

I enjoyed this one so much more than the first!

Nadir MADE this book and I couldn't get enough of his voice. Lor was still very hard for me to take, but with everything else going on, I was able to push through her ridiculous thoughts, feelings and actions. What an entitled hot mess of potential epicness!!

I'm not sure how I feel about the flashback chapters. I was hoping to learn more about the history of the kingdoms and where it all went wrong. However, aside from falling in love with Wolf (and seriously, who wouldn't?), I didn't learn much else. Two fated primaries destroyed the world. Maybe I'm completely oblivious, but I still don't know HOW!!!!

I am so tired of Lor and her games. It makes NO SENSE. She's a young woman who knew NOTHING about the real world besides what she learned from fellow inmates. She claims to remember virtually nothing prior to entering the prison at the age of twelve (which seems preposterous because I remember plenty from my years before 12). And yet... she seems to know it all. Let's be clear: she had no way to know how to navigate the world she lived in, yet she alone could protect her siblings. Despite the more powerful and knowledgeable group she found herself with, she knew better. And what was with her putting so much blame on Nadir and Amya for what their father did to her family??? I was so sick of her coming for them about something they had NO WAY of knowing about. Weren't they doing everything they could to help her now?


Whatever.

I'm hoping the next book gives me a Lor who doesn't feel so entitled. A Lor who humbles herself and recognizes her own strengths. A Lor who can finally see all that she can share with the allies she currently has. People who have done nothing but help her. And you know, there's Nadir, a male she shares a profound connection with. Maybe she'll finally give him a break, even if she chooses not to be with him romantically.

The next book's release seems so far away. I'm impatient to read Fate of the Sun King. Knowing our heroes are going back to his kingdom is freaking me out!


Nisha J. Tuli is the bestselling author of Trial of the Sun Queen—the first in the Artefacts of Ouranos series—which became a BookTok hit thanks to her amazing fans. The originally self-published series was acquired by Forever Publishing and Orbit UK in 2023, and will soon be published in 15 other languages around the world.

She's also the author of Heart of Night and Fire, a South Asian-inspired fantasy romance and the first in a four-book series. Look for her rom-com debut in 2025 with NSFW (Not Suitable for Work), a workplace rivals to lovers rom-com publishing with Forever.

Nisha lives in Canada, where she spends most of her time reading and writing while enjoying travel, food, and camping with her partner, two kids, and their fluffy Samoyed, Mora.

Visit https://nishajtuli.com for more information.

Blood of Desiderium by Ali Stuebbe

January 04, 2024

Blood of Desiderium by Ali Stuebbe

These scars should never be seen as a Fae who has been abused or broken because, instead, they tell a story of every battle won. Every war her father unleashed on her that she didn't retreat from. She held her ground and never gave in, which is clear in how she's going against him now.


Blood of Desiderium by Ali Stuebbe

Blood of Desiderium by Ali Stuebbe


Rating -
Part of a series - The Divide #1
Release - December 21, 2022
Genre/Trope - Fantasy Romance / enemies to lovers / royalty
POV - Dual 1st person
Heat - a couple of descriptive and explicit scenes
Source - ebook from NetGalley
Length - 484 pages

In the lands of Deyadrum, where every Fae possesses power, Princess Emma is the only one forced without. Confined in the walls of her palace by her father, she’s desperate for a taste of freedom.

That is, until she discovers the truth: everything she thought she knew was a lie, for something evil plagues her lands - promising death and darkness.

A betrothal that tests her.
A mysterious vigilante who teases her.
A Dark Prince who doesn’t trust her.
And a phantom that invades her dreams.

Emma must try to escape her father’s torturous grip as she journeys to find a way to save her people…and herself.

But Emma has dark secrets of her own. And a game she has to play.

Can she overcome her grief and fears to save her people before the darkness that lurks within consumes her?

Just remember, even that which appears true may be deceiving.

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Blood of Desiderium by Ali Stuebbe


Blood of Desiderium was a gloomy, wonderful, glaringly grim depiction of a woman fighting for freedom.

This debut novel had just about everything I needed to stay captivated: a fierce heroine, who was battling a darkness she couldn't control; a devastingly handsome dark prince, who has his own secrets to keep; a few secondary characters who each deserve their own stories; an extremely cruel King, who wanted to rule over everyone; a stunning magic system; and a moving plot.

At times I wanted to both slap and hug Emma. She really was her own worst enemy (aside from the King and his followers). While she and Draven (our swoon-worthy hero) clashed from the start, there was no mistaking the chemistry between them. The author doled out the heat in spades!

And while this book definitely had some spice to it, whether through heated words or heated intimate exchanges, the plot was what held my attention most. I couldn't figure out how Emma would come into her power, who was responsible for the monstrous beasts plaguing the fae, or if any of these people I had come to love would even survive. I was hooked and I need the next book, Soul of Salvation immediately. Waiting for its release is going to feel like torture.


Ali Stuebbe grew up in the state of Ohio, near the city of Cleveland. At the age of 21, she married, becoming a military spouse, and has called three other states home. She studied English Literature at Cleveland State University and American Public University. She began writing her debut novel when she grew confident in her writing and felt ready to bring this story to life. When she’s not writing, she can be found at the gym or sitting on the couch with her nose in a book and a large coffee in her hand. Ali is the author of Blood of Desiderium, and currently lives in Texas with her loving husband and two beautiful children.

Visit https://www.alimariestuebbe.co for more information.

Legacy of Temptation by Larissa Ione

January 01, 2024

Legacy of Temptation by Larissa Ione

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Legacy of Temptation by Larissa Ione

Legacy of Temptation by Larissa Ione


Rating - ½
Standalone - Demonica Birthright #1
Release - February 6, 2024
Genre/Trope - Paranormal Romance / enemies to lovers
POV - Primarily dual 3rd person
Heat - descriptive to explicit scenes
Source - eARC from NetGalley
Length - approx. 400 pages

Eva Tennant, like everyone at The Aegis, hates demons. But she loves her job as Deputy Spokesperson for the global demon-slaying organization, and she’s excited to be in the running for Chief Spokesperson. All she has to do is not screw up the two-week exchange program with The Aegis’s rival agency, the Demon Activity Response Team. But things go horribly wrong when a murder turns her into a fugitive from justice and puts a demonic target on her back.

Logan, son of the Horseman of the Apocalypse known as Death, has dedicated his life to fighting demons alongside his colleagues at DART. He loves fighting, females, and his pet hellhound, Cujo. What he doesn’t love is The Aegis, whose leadership attempted to slaughter him at birth. Understandably, he balks when he’s ordered to protect an Aegis Guardian responsible for the deaths of his friends. Really, he’d rather feed her to Cujo.

But when an old enemy rises from the ashes, Eva and Logan find themselves giving into temptation even as they sacrifice the things…and people…they love the most.


"This is probably really stupid,"
he said against her mouth.
"Agreed." She grinned. "But it's gonna be fun."




Okay. Wow!!
So much happened within these pages and I'm still all over the place about it all.


Logan and Eva were the main protagonists of this tale. They work for opposite sides trying to accomplish the same thing: protect humanity from evil demons. Too bad Eva believed that all demons were bad. Being the son of Death, Logan has to hide so much of himself from the woman he has quickly grown an attachment to. What will it take to obliterate Eva's prejudice so that they will have a chance at happiness together?


I adored the way these mythical beings love one another. The bond between the Horsemen, the bond shared by their kids, the bond shared with all of their allies... I'm here for it. I could have done with the prejudice that permeated this story from Eva and her cronies (they soured my stomach), but it fed the story and I loved when she finally saw the truth behind the lies. For a world renowned journalist, she didn't do a lot of fact-checking, huh?

I'm a huge fan of Logan and the depth of his story. For such a strong being, he had plenty of vulnerable bits. Who doesn't admire a hero with a heart?


My heart is hurting right now. No one is safe and the story is far from over. I need the books to come in this series in my hands NOW!! While I wait, I'm going to be reading the original books of the Demonica series to better acquaint myself with all of the characters I met in this book and discover, from the beginning, the many ways they love each other.


Okay, so the following are just some thoughts that I want to keep straight for the series. So I don't ruin this for anyone else, I'm going to hide them behind a spoiler. I also don't plan on sharing these thoughts when I cross-post this review.



Air Force veteran Larissa Ione traded in a career in meteorology to pursue her passion of writing. She has since published dozens of books, hit several bestseller lists, including the New York Times and USA Today, and has been nominated for a RITA award. She now spends her days in pajamas with her computer, strong coffee, and supernatural worlds. She believes in celebrating everything, and would never be caught without a bottle of Champagne chilling in the fridge…just in case. She currently lives in Wisconsin with her retired U.S. Coast Guard husband, her son, a rescue cat named Vegas, and her very own hellhounds, a King Shepherd named Hexe and a Belgian Malinois named Duvel.

Visit https://www.larissaione.com for more information.

Throwback Thursday // Enemies to Lovers

December 21, 2023

Enemies to Lovers

Hey everyone and welcome to another Throwback Thursday! Every week I'll be sharing my book recommendations within a romantic trope or theme.

Today I'm sharing the first five Enemies to Lovers stories I loved and reviewed on the blog. This trope can be hit or miss for me, but I'm going to enjoy sharing my hits. There's just something so sweet about people who can't stand each other falling in love.

If you happen to know of a book in this trope that you think I'd love, please let me know.


Vicious by LJ Shen

Vicious by L.J. Shen


This was one of the first books I read from this author and I can honestly say that I wish her other books were as enjoyable.
The hate game in this book was strong and fun and I loved every moment of it.

Find my review HERE


The Bartender by Piper Rayne

The Bartender by Piper Rayne


This was a one-night stand that turned into a heartfelt story. There were great friends, amazing relationship development, and a good time.
Honestly, it was one of the first times I realized that I didn't like single perspectives, but it still delivered a great story.

Find my review HERE


Sweet Rivalry by K Bromberg

Sweet Rivalry by K. Bromberg


I absolutely love these novellas. They give you a chance to dive into books by authors you're not familiar with and although I had read from Bromberg before, I hadn't read much. This book made me want to read more. The characters were super competitive with each other, which made me laugh and then swoon when they fell hard for each other. Read it, you'll see.

Find my review HERE


Breaking the Seventh by Allie Gail

Breaking the Seventh by Allie Gail


You know when a new-to-you author knocks your socks off? That's what this author did. This book is a dual pov romcom that hit all the right notes for me. It's one of those forced proximity neighbour stories with plenty of spice and humour. Loved it!

Find my review HERE


Hate 2 Lovers by K. Webster and J.D. Hollyfield

Hate 2 Lovers by K. Webster and J.D. Hollyfield


This is book two in an interconnected series of standalones. I didn't like the heroine in the previous book, but I found my love for her here. This couple (Andie and Roman) had me rolling with their banter. Gosh, give me great banter and I'm a freaking puddle.

Find my review HERE