Review: Blood Oath (Cursed #1) by Olivia Helling #DarkFantasy #MM

TITLE: Blood Oath Blood Oath

SERIES:  Cursed #1

AUTHOR:  Olivia Helling

PUBLISHER: Self Published

LENGTH: 291 Pages

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His sins may end up killing him. But which sins will they be…

Daniel Travere is a failure in his father’s eyes. Gaining his father’s love is going to take more than getting into the famed Sorcerer’s Guild. He knows he’ll also need to stamp out his most forbidden sin of all: loving other men.

Partnered with the perfect Valere Braud for an initiation project, Daniel must fight off dreams of kissing his handsome partner. When Daniel learns that Valere has sins of his own, including laying with other men and consorting with the god-cursed vampires, he’s pulled into a world that could ruin the lives of everyone he loves.

Daniel has a choice: shatter his life to get his father’s approval or confront his fear and claim his true destiny.

Blood Oath is a gay dark fantasy novel set in a world where homosexuality and vampires are equally scorned. If you like dark fantasy creatures, steampunk settings, and endings you don’t see coming, then you’ll love Olivia Helling’s dark novel of desperation, obsession, and hope.

Buy Blood Oath to see which path Daniel chooses today!

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REVIEW:

Daniel is struggling to do his best in school. His biggest desire is to get into the sorcerer’s guild and make his father proud. However, his fear of disappointing his father is not his only worry. Daniel is also afflicted with a desire for another of his classmates, Valere, who happens to be a man. Daniel cannot stand the thought of failing nor can he endure being labeled a sodomite. However, when events move Daniel and Valere closer to one another, Daniel’s troubles multiply.

What I loved the most about this book was the very dark atmosphere. I rarely read books that can pull that off, but darkness the author creates was literally chilling. Though blood Oath starts off in a sorcery class, I was surprised when vampires come into the picture. I was particularly fond of the sexual tension in the beginning, and was thrilled with the action packed ending. There were also some parts that were somewhat shocking considering the tone of the book leading up to the events. If this book were to have any warning, it would be that it should be considered suspense/fantasy rather than romance. Daniel’s character seemed very real to me and I commend the decisions he makes which I can’t go into without giving spoilers. Overall, this was an awesome read.

RATING: I loved it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Blood & Gore, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Kidnapping, Murder, Non-consensual BDSM

BUY LINKS: 

Amazon

 

 

Review: Prince’s Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two by C.S. Pacat #DarkFantasy #MM

TITLE: Prince’s Gambit: Captive Prince Book Two Prince's Gambit (Captive Prince, #2)

SERIES:  Captive Prince #2

AUTHOR:  C.S. Pacat

PUBLISHER:  Berkley

LENGTH:  216 Pages

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“This was Vere’s most powerful lords unfurling their banners for war.”

With their countries on the brink of war, Damen and his new master Prince Laurent must exchange the intrigues of the palace for the sweeping might of the battlefield as they travel to the border to avert a lethal plot.

Forced to hide his identity, Damen finds himself drawn to the dangerous, charismatic Laurent. But as the fledgeling trust between the two men deepens, the truth of secrets from both their pasts is poised to deal them the crowning death blow…

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REVIEW:

Oh my god, this book is truly amazing! My heart is so intertwined with this series. When I read book one I was so frustrated; dying for just one touch, but by the end of this book I was crying. I’m still crying with happiness. Prince’s Gambit picks up where Captive Prince drops off, with Damen accompanying Laurent into battle. Everywhere they turn they are dodging swords and they don’t know exactly who to trust.

I can’t say much without spoilers, so I’ll just say that the ending is breathtaking and spectacular. One note; I think that Laurent is just too smart to not know Damen’s true identity. It just does not seem possible that he doesn’t know. I hope so much that I’m right.  I can’t wait to read book three. It is eating a hole in my Kindle as I type.

RATING: Absolutely crazy about it!

DARK ARTS CATEGORIES: 

Abuse, Androgyny, Barely Legal, Captive, Child Abuse (off page), Dark M/M Fantasy, Enemies to Lovers, M/M Erotica,Slave

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon | ARe

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

C.S. Pacat is a Melbourne writer. Her first series the Captive Prince trilogy began its life as an original web serial. Self-published in 2013 to critical and commercial success and acclaim, the Captive Prince trilogy was acquired by Penguin, and will be published worldwide in 2015.

Review: Fidelity by Lia Black

TITLE:     FidelityFidelity

AUTHOR:     Lia Black

PUBLISHER:     Vinedark/ BlackHouse Press

LENGTH:     213 Pages

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How far would a man go in the name of faith?

Fydelis was once worshiped as the Angel of Fidelity, but his love for Gareth, a mortal knight, caused him to fall from the heavens. He has now become the demonic aspect of Regret, and the unwilling plaything of the Sunderer, the darkest of all dark gods. His only hope is for death, but first, he must find someone to take his place as the Sunderer’s favorite toy.

Father Gareth De’Aubyn is a man tormented by his past and ready to sell his future to save the souls of his flock. Questioning the wisdom of war, he’s traded his Crusader’s armor for a cassock, and now ministers to the very people his army sent fleeing for their lives. When his church is attacked by unknown assassins, Gareth is mortally wounded, and with his dying breath, he calls out to the Creator for help.

But his god does not answer.

Instead, the demon, Fydelis, heeds his call, cajoling him to promise his soul to the god of the underworld for a chance to tap into the powers of dark magic, and set everything right.

A stranger to Gareth, the man who once swore to him his honor and his love, Fydelis is forced to make the dying priest an offer he can’t refuse: in return for sparing the lives of those under his care, Gareth must collect several very stubborn souls.

Together, they’ll begin a journey that will test everything they thought they knew about faith, love, and fidelity.

Content warnings: Graphic violence, fantasy-based theosophical overtones, dub-con, rape, heavy on the dark at times, snarky banter, hot and sweet m/m sex.

REVIEW:

As a knight, Gareth swore himself to his guardian angel, Fidelity, who he thought of as a spouse he would never be allowed to touch. However, when Gareth becomes disenchanted with the corruption in the crusades, he leaves the knighthood to become a priest.

The book starts when Gareth is dying following the massacre of his congregation. He calls to the heavens for help, but he receives help instead from the underworld. The demon, Fydelis, assists Gareth in exchange for his soul and the souls of twenty others, which he is tasked with collecting. When all is set to right in his church, Fydelis is still hanging around, and it becomes clear that he wants more than Gareth’s soul. Despite the demon’s temptation, Gareth sticks to his vows of chastity and remains true to his beloved angel, Fidelity. Along their journey to collect souls, Gareth continues to resist Fydelis, but grows fond of him and starts to care for him. The book ends in a twist, with love that is truly heartbreaking.

I don’t generally read books with theological undertones, but I took a chance on Fidelity due to the promise of dark things to come. Though the main characters are a priest and a demon, I never once felt like a line was crossed. However, I did a lot of crying throughout the book, and I can’t even write my review without getting choked up. Although Gareth and Fydelis seemed to be traveling down a path that was sure to lead to tragedy and heartbreak, I was very pleased with how the story ended.

RATING: Loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, Creature/ Monster Sex, Dark M/M Fantasy, Dark M/M Romance, Dub-con, Graphic Violence, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, POV of Victim, Rape, Taboo, Torture

BUYING LINKS: 

Amazon (Available on KU)

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Lia Black tends to do everything the hard way; beginning with being born backwards into the world and now raising a teenage daughter by herself in conservative Upstate NY. Her career choices are no less extreme, including occupations of fine artist, computer geek, firefighter, and mortician’s assistant— just to name a few.

A fellow Author describes Black’s mind as “a glorious kaleidoscope of f*ckeduppery”; she loves the challenge of writing about people who probably have no business being together on the same planet, and who occasionally deal with questionable sanity/morality. It’s fun to glue broken things together and try to make something interesting and new.
–She especially loves broken boys who have lots of fascinating pieces.

Her characters often suffer through the worlds she creates for them, which leaves them a little cranky and sometimes less lovable than others in a romance genre. Yet Black swears that someday, “there will be comedy.”

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Spotlight: Skin Deep (Fae #1) by S.W. Vaughn

TITLE:     Skin Deep Skin Deep (Fae, #1)

SERIES:      Fae #1

AUTHOR:     S.W. Vaughn

PUBLISHER:     Loose Id

LENGTH:   199 Pages         

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Will Ambrose knows everything about love — except how to find it himself. He hosts a popular GLBT relationship radio show, but his own affairs have been rocky and abusive. With sexy, seductive tattoo artist Cobalt, it’s lust at first sight. Unfortunately he’s already involved … until that night, when his late arrival home sends his cop partner into a jealous, violent rage.

Cobalt is a Fae, banished to live among humans. His studio, The Grotto, is both a hot spot for the NYC body art crowd and a haven for other Fae seeking protection. Though he’s given up on relationships, since his human lovers tend to go insane when they discover his true nature, he can’t help his lustful reaction to Will when the radio host visits The Grotto. He tries to dismiss it, but is compelled to get involved when a cab deposits a battered, broken Will at his door, with Cobalt’s name on his lips.

Can their powerful attraction — and phenomenal sex — overcome an abusive closeted cop, a traitorous Fae who tries to divide them, and an ex-lover with inhuman powers who’ll stop at nothing to take Cobalt back … including going through Will?

RATING: Loved it!

DARK ARTS ELEMENTS:

Abuse, BDSM, Captive, Dark M/M Fantasy, Graphic Violence, Kidnapping, M/M Dark Erotica, Non-con, Non-consensual BDSM, POV of Victim

BUY LINKS: 

Loose Id | Amazon | ARe

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

 Am I a stereotype if I say I drink a lot of coffee and I have a lot of cats? Because I do, actually…

I write books. I also write web copy, ghost content, product descriptions, whitepapers, and other random things for my Super Seekrit Day Job.

I hate snow. Just thought I’d throw that out there, too.

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