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Fall into magic and fall in love with DARKLY DREAMING, a five book fantasy romance collection from award-winning and bestselling writers Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter, and Cate Rowan. ***No longer for sale. It was a limited time promotion*** Feared by a priesthood. Coveted by a god. Tempted by a slave. In Grace Draven's MASTER OF CROWS, a r Fall into magic and fall in love with DARKLY DREAMING, a five book fantasy romance collection from award-winning and bestselling writers Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter, and Cate Rowan. ***No longer for sale. It was a limited time promotion*** Feared by a priesthood. Coveted by a god. Tempted by a slave. In Grace Draven's MASTER OF CROWS, a renegade mage must battle a god for his soul and decide if his fate—and the fate of nations—is worth the life of the spy he has come to love. Experience sword, sorcery, and mythical beings as never before in STONE GUARDIAN, the first book of the Entwined Realms by Danielle Monsch. Larissa's sheltered world is destroyed when she is targeted by Necromancers. With nowhere else to turn, Larissa forms an uneasy alliance with Terak, leader of the Gargoyles. Will Terak be Larissa's salvation, or her downfall? Sometimes love is the most dangerous magic of all. In HEART OF FIRE by Kristen Painter, Jessalyne leaves a sheltered life to tame her dangerous magic by becoming apprentice to a powerful sorceress, but she’ll need the deadliest man in the realm to get her there safely. If they don’t kill each other first. Be swept away in KISMET'S KISS by Cate Rowan. In the desert realm of Kad, a deadly epidemic strikes the palace of Sultan Kuramos. Only a mystical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his household. But he never imagined that healer would be a woman. Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava comes to modern day Istanbul in THE SCRIBE, the first book in the Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter. One woman searching for answers finds a reluctant guardian in a warrior whose magic is written on his skin. But does Ava have magic of her own? DARKLY DREAMING is an anthology of five full-length novels of fantasy romance, written for adult readers.


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Fall into magic and fall in love with DARKLY DREAMING, a five book fantasy romance collection from award-winning and bestselling writers Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter, and Cate Rowan. ***No longer for sale. It was a limited time promotion*** Feared by a priesthood. Coveted by a god. Tempted by a slave. In Grace Draven's MASTER OF CROWS, a r Fall into magic and fall in love with DARKLY DREAMING, a five book fantasy romance collection from award-winning and bestselling writers Elizabeth Hunter, Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter, and Cate Rowan. ***No longer for sale. It was a limited time promotion*** Feared by a priesthood. Coveted by a god. Tempted by a slave. In Grace Draven's MASTER OF CROWS, a renegade mage must battle a god for his soul and decide if his fate—and the fate of nations—is worth the life of the spy he has come to love. Experience sword, sorcery, and mythical beings as never before in STONE GUARDIAN, the first book of the Entwined Realms by Danielle Monsch. Larissa's sheltered world is destroyed when she is targeted by Necromancers. With nowhere else to turn, Larissa forms an uneasy alliance with Terak, leader of the Gargoyles. Will Terak be Larissa's salvation, or her downfall? Sometimes love is the most dangerous magic of all. In HEART OF FIRE by Kristen Painter, Jessalyne leaves a sheltered life to tame her dangerous magic by becoming apprentice to a powerful sorceress, but she’ll need the deadliest man in the realm to get her there safely. If they don’t kill each other first. Be swept away in KISMET'S KISS by Cate Rowan. In the desert realm of Kad, a deadly epidemic strikes the palace of Sultan Kuramos. Only a mystical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his household. But he never imagined that healer would be a woman. Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava comes to modern day Istanbul in THE SCRIBE, the first book in the Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter. One woman searching for answers finds a reluctant guardian in a warrior whose magic is written on his skin. But does Ava have magic of her own? DARKLY DREAMING is an anthology of five full-length novels of fantasy romance, written for adult readers.

30 review for Darkly Dreaming: A Fantasy Romance Anthology

  1. 4 out of 5

    Douglas Meeks

    I would usually go through and rate each of these fine novels individually but the review would get much too lengthy and you can research each of these books for yourself if you wish BUT I can say that ALL of these books are pretty much 4.5-5 Star reading. None are boring at least one might leave you emotionally drained. I had read 3 of these books and decided that for 99 cents to get two full novels it was a steal .... and it was truly a bargain for quality reading. Possibly the best 99 cent deal I would usually go through and rate each of these fine novels individually but the review would get much too lengthy and you can research each of these books for yourself if you wish BUT I can say that ALL of these books are pretty much 4.5-5 Star reading. None are boring at least one might leave you emotionally drained. I had read 3 of these books and decided that for 99 cents to get two full novels it was a steal .... and it was truly a bargain for quality reading. Possibly the best 99 cent deal I have seen in months (years?) Darkly Dreaming: A Five Book Fantasy Romance Anthology since the following 5 full novels are included, I assume they thought it was a good way to introduce people to their writings, for 99 cents I bought it just for the two novels I had not read: Feared by a priesthood. Coveted by a god. Tempted by a slave. In Grace Draven's Master of Crows, a renegade mage must battle a god for his soul and decide if his fate-and the fate of nations-is worth the life of the spy he has come to love. Experience sword, sorcery, and mythical beings as never before in Stone Guardian (Entwined Realms Book 1), the first book of the Entwined Realms by Danielle Monsch. Larissa's sheltered world is destroyed when she is targeted by Necromancers. With nowhere else to turn, Larissa forms an uneasy alliance with Terak, leader of the Gargoyles. Will Terak be Larissa's salvation, or her downfall? Sometimes love is the most dangerous magic of all. In Heart Of Fire: A fantasy romance by Kristen Painter, Jessalyne leaves a sheltered life to tame her dangerous magic by becoming apprentice to a powerful sorceress, but she'll need the deadliest man in the realm to get her there safely. If they don't kill each other first. Be swept away in Kismet's Kiss: A Fantasy Romance (Alaia Chronicles) by Cate Rowan. In the desert realm of Kad, a deadly epidemic strikes the palace of Sultan Kuramos. Only a mystical healer from an enemy land may have the skill to save his household. But he never imagined that healer would be a woman. Hidden at the crossroads of the world, an ancient race battles to protect humanity, even as it dies from within. Ava comes to modern day Istanbul in The Scribe: Irin Chronicles Book One, the first book in the Irin Chronicles by Elizabeth Hunter. One woman searching for answers finds a reluctant guardian in a warrior whose magic is written on his skin. But does Ava have magic of her own?

  2. 5 out of 5

    RachelW (BamaGal)

    Well worth the .99 price just for the excellent 'Master of Crows', 'The Scribe', and 'Stone Guardian'; plus two more full length books. Highly recommended.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Kathie (katmom)

    I have already read one of these stories, and it was fabulous! I can hardly wait to read the rest of this collection. I've read several of Danielle Monsch's books, and loved them. When I saw the cover for Stone Guardian, I knew that I had to have it. There's just something about it that really grabbed me. I begged for an ARC and was thrilled to get it. Stone Guardian pulled me in from the first page. It opens with on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, then barely gives you time to breathe as the story I have already read one of these stories, and it was fabulous! I can hardly wait to read the rest of this collection. I've read several of Danielle Monsch's books, and loved them. When I saw the cover for Stone Guardian, I knew that I had to have it. There's just something about it that really grabbed me. I begged for an ARC and was thrilled to get it. Stone Guardian pulled me in from the first page. It opens with on-the-edge-of-your-seat action, then barely gives you time to breathe as the story unfolded. It was great! Terak is a gargoyle. He's the leader of the gargoyle clan. All alpha male...with wings, a tail and a profile to swoon over. When he curves his wings around Larissa, it gave me the warm fuzzies. And gave Larissa some, too. He's not sure why the Oracle told him she was important, but she's been right about things too often for him to disregard her warning. As he watches over her from afar, he is entranced by Larissa, by her kind heart, and her strength of spirit. When he finally meets her, after the zombies tried to capture her, he falls hard. Larissa hasn't had anything to do with the other races that have come to our Realm on the day she was born. It makes her dad, who was there when the great collision happened, nuts when anyone mentions the others. So she just doesn't, because she's a good girl. But there's something about Terak that pulls her toward him and she doesn't think it's just because he rescued her. He's warm and she feels safe with him. Of course, she believes that the zombie attack was rather random and she really doesn't need a bodyguard, right? She only agrees to it after she puts a deadline on the whole operation, and as long as the one female gargoyle is never one of those to watch over her. SHE is a horrible entity, no matter what her designation may be. The mystery of who is after Larissa, and the supporting cast trying to keep her safe (or catch her), was a nice twisty little path. There's a lot of world building here and I thought the information was smoothly integrated into the story. If you've read many of my reviews, you know that I hate "info dumping" and I was glad to not see that here. I asked if there was a cliff hanger, and was pleased when the author told me that this is the start to a series, but there's no cliffie to contend with and some threads that will follow through in the next bookS. Whew...and, thanks! I'm looking forward to seeing more of Fallon (they call her Dragon Slayer), Laire, and Wulver. And Reign? Yeah...scary! Now I need to read the rest of the books in the collection. Who really needs to sleep, right?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    I accepted DARKLY DREAMING for a few of the authors, but ended up reading most of the stories. I didn't love them all but the ones that I did made it worth the read. * This book was provided free of charge from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Anna (Bobs Her Hair)

    99¢ for anthology, including full-length fantasy novels.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    I was approved for DARKLY DREAMING through NetGalley and I didn’t realize that 1) these are NOVELS, not novellas and 2) it’s self-published until after the fact. The former isn’t an issue; it just took me a while to get through it. The latter is my own fault although in this case it worked out a little in my favor. Still, I’d prefer not to make a habit of it. The only book I was able to read on my NetGalley copy before THE IPHONE UPDATE OF DOOM killed my phone and ate the book was MASTER OF CROWS I was approved for DARKLY DREAMING through NetGalley and I didn’t realize that 1) these are NOVELS, not novellas and 2) it’s self-published until after the fact. The former isn’t an issue; it just took me a while to get through it. The latter is my own fault although in this case it worked out a little in my favor. Still, I’d prefer not to make a habit of it. The only book I was able to read on my NetGalley copy before THE IPHONE UPDATE OF DOOM killed my phone and ate the book was MASTER OF CROWS by Grace Draven. I couldn’t find a way to contact the “publisher” to try and get another copy so I just ended up buying it through iBooks for a whopping .99. I could spare it. So four out of the five books were read through a finished copy. Keep that in mind because I do make comments on editing in some of these. For this review I just said some things about each book on it’s own. It wouldn’t have done the anthology justice to review it on a higher level. Master of Crows by Grace Draven It was weaker on the world-building and I didn’t feel like it was a solid presence in the story but I didn’t have difficulty picturing anything. It just wasn’t as vivid as I like my fantasy worlds. The romance was rather standard and pretty predictable but that doesn’t mean I wasn’t rooting for it. There was a lot of back and forth with the does he/she/doesn’t he/she in terms of feelings for each other along with some misinterpreted emotions to cause drama, etc that only fueled the standard romance notion. Martise was a solid character that, for the most part, knew her station and knew when to speak up and when to shut up. She was endearing in her situation but I didn’t wholly believe her spy status. That device seemed rather flimsy. Silhara was pretty okay if not a bit moody. Not as bad as other romance love interests and I didn’t come to revile him but he had his moments of being a dick that I could have done without. I liked the god aspect with Corruption trying to take control of Silhara at first by persuasion and then by force. That aspect of the story lent itself to a bit more vivid world-building without really developing the world the characters were in. I liked how it had enough power to wreak havoc on the world but not ruin it entirely without coming into a vessel. Again, it lent itself to world-building without much of a world to build upon. The ending was predictable and fuzzily sappy but manageable. It was pretty easy to see coming but at least it rounded out the story nicely. I didn’t really feel a lot of the romance, not much by the way of tension. It went from nothing to something with skipped gaps in between so I didn’t have a lot to build on. The sex was okay, nothing too involved but not wholly hot either. Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch This was a somewhat cute, fun romp through a world broken by magic. It mixes up fairy creatures and darker, more horror-centric creatures in a neat way that makes them all blend together. It doesn’t feel like it’s a mish-mash of supernatural stuff thrown together for the sake of variety and storytelling. It’s a bit poorly edited with missing words in sentences and off syntax where I had to go back and re-read phrases because they didn’t make sense and only in context could I guess their meaning. That happened far more than once. I’m not a fan of the whole instalove thing and while it was definitely going on here (the whole story took place over the course of a couple of weeks) it didn’t bother me too much. Terak was a pretty endearing character and I liked how gargoyles existed in shadow and away from the world until the Oracle prophesied Larissa’s involvement with the gargoyle clan. I wished the gargoyles were a little more fleshed out; their history wasn’t all that involved from a lore standpoint and only the basic group dynamics were mentioned. Seeing as how that kind of mythology isn’t incorporated into stories too often they didn’t have the already-known elements of their lore to fall back on, like vampires do. Larissa was a pretty strong protagonist despite a couple of her conveniently stupid decisions. She’s definitely someone to stand behind and it was easy enough to root for her. She was well aware of her own weaknesses but when pushed to the limit she wasn’t beyond fighting. Fallon was probably my favorite, though, being the smart-mouthed, take-no-shit woman that deserved more story time than she got. But guessing by the peek into the next book the sequel will be all about her. The use of the terms male/female irked me to no end. Terak was Larissa’s male and she his female/mate. Man and woman. Nouns. Not adjectives. I’m well aware of Terak’s male-ness and his ability to mark Larissa with his seed. Lovely. Call him a man, her a woman and be done with it. Heart of Fire by Kristin Painter Fail for lack of sex. Don’t give me a fantasy romance with a ton of sexual build-up only to end in a fade to black wedding night with a fast forward I’M PREGNANT epilogue. Especially when the cover is nothing but a set of (wrong-colored) flaming male abs (although I’m guessing the fact that said abs are in black and white is indicative of Ertemis’s skin tone, I guess he’s just desaturated and not actually something other than caucasian?). Yeah, I can get how that happened but I’m not reading such a heavy romance element for the cock tease. I did like the story itself and I found myself invested in finding out what was going to happen. Jessalyne was a pretty solid character that could certainly stand on her own if she so demanded it and I did like Ertemis. He took his place in life as good as anyone could but he wasn’t all falsely noble when it came to accepting a truer place for himself in society. He was right on top of that. What I didn’t like was that Ertemis was basically a black guy (I believe his skin was silver? But elves are ethereal white and half bloods are born the tell-tale silver/black color) whom Jessalyne kept referring to as a beast and barbarian, who was a “dark elf” with nasty powers and a nasty, murderous reputation and people either ran from him or he had loads of women flocking to him for bedding bragging rights because apparently once you go dark elf, you never go back. He also has a bad habit of calling Jessalyne his wench. Considering the connotations behind that word he’s basically using ‘whore’ as a term of endearment. I was also rather fed up with the antagonistic relationship that plagued both of them for at least half the book. Push and pull and they outwardly hate each other but inwardly bemoan the loss of one another and on and on. At least once they finally came together that was done. Like I said I liked the story and the world was okay except there was a bit too much smeerping going on. Hael instead of Hell, firstlight instead of dawn, lastnight instead of dusk, and so on. Swapping out known worlds for “fancy,” world-specific words does not world-building make. The thing is the world was solid without these terms, both the human world, the little nooks of non-human within the human world and Elysium. The word-swapping just cheapened it. So yeah, less than impressed with this one for a myriad of reasons. Plus it was as poorly edited as STONE GUARDIAN. Kismet’s Kiss by Cate Rowan By far my favorite out of all the books. The world is lush and dripping with description. It’s an Arabian world where even if it were in the real world it would still be foreign to me. Rowan used a lot of (I think) more traditional aspects of that real culture as a foundation for this foreign world. But I never thought, for an instant, I was in my real world. She made it all her own and I believed every piece of it. Varene is a steadfast, somewhat hardnosed healer called to Kad to help the sultan heal his family. Of course she falls in love with the sultan, and he her. But, you know, wiveS. Plural. And it’s a real hurdle for Varene. No surprise there. And she really sticks to her laurels about it and it made my heart sing and ache for her. Kiramos is an arrogant cad (ironic that his land is called Kad) that’s used to being the sultan. Of course he has SECRETS that make him tortured and a little bit bitter but one fully expects Varene to break down those barriers, as she is wont to do. She does put him in his place but there are consequences for that. Tagenne is more open when it comes to women and women with power and more than once Varene had to be reminded of her own hypocrisies when it came to existing within Keramos’s world. It’s another push and pull relationship but I felt more for this one, I rooted for them to find a way, any way, to make it work. It felt more tortured and real to me and I teared up more than once for it. And the sex. Glorious sex. Desperate and wanting and fervid all rolled into one. It’s such a rich, tearing story that I really couldn’t get enough of and I wish there were more books to it. There are other stories in this world but it looks like Varene’s and Keramos’s is done. Sad but ultimately fulfilling. I think Rowan approached the romance really well and posed the harem as well-regarded family by Keramos and not just holes to plug and swine to breed. There’s a lot of love in that household despite the sultan’s nasty reputation and it endears Varene to it all the more but the girl really has a lot to get over and it’s difficult for her. Really, I can’t say enough good about KISMET’S KISS. The head-hopping was grating and it was difficult at times to realize who was talking because the shift was so sudden but other than that, no complaints. I’m going to go add the rest of the stories in this world to my reading list. The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter Probably my second favorite book in this anthology except by this point I’m just really over the soul mates/mates/meant to be together aspect of PNR. It’s old. People need to start using a new plot device. At least here the man and woman have known each other for a few weeks before they’re declaring their undying love for each other instead of days. Still, I wasn’t buying it and I even sneered at it a little but it lent itself more time. For that I’m thankful. I liked how Istanbul was it’s own constant presence in the story. I felt like I was there reading it, the descriptions of places and people were so vivid. Ava’s an okay character. She managed to maintain her tougher edge even after she and Malachi got together, although she did get rather clingy with him. Annoying. And Malachi was, of course, your token possessive mate that feels the need to protect the woman and pee on her leg to claim her as his territory. I didn’t have any issues with his character but his actions with Ava were rather standard. Still, I liked the paranormal side that Hunter introduced with the angels. Not the biggest fan of forcing the pseudo-Chosen One syndrome onto Ava but since I liked that part of the world that the author developed I was able to overlook it. The whys of the angel story weren’t answered by the end of the book and if you read the sneak peek for the next book at the end it’ll only open up more questions but they’re good questions. I do want to find out what happens, what ulterior motive is going on with the Fallen and the Grigori. I want to see more Irina as a means of balancing out Ava’s aloneness and I want to see more Irin too. Or at least more of those whom I already saw. They existed within the shadow of Malachi. I want to see them come out of it. I’m torn on the ending. It was rather anti-climatic and because it did all happen so fast I wasn’t able to feel much about it. Sucky situation but that’s about it. On the other hand it feeds my need to not have a happy ending all the time, which is rather sadistic. It was a nice departure from the other books in this anthology and, of course, it opened itself up for more books. I’m just not sure how good it worked in this context. But based on the last chapter the end is only the beginning, it would seem. Two out of five, definitely, but I’ll be generous and say three out of five despite the editing in STONE GUARDIAN. Not a bad like ratio for an anthology, especially for an anthology of self-published novels. I did put more of Cate Rowan’s and Elizabeth Hunter’s books on my Want shelf so that says something too, at least for me. 3

  7. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Masters

    Amazing collection of stories! I couldn't put it down! great collection of authors! I loved the mix of talents and different styles of writing, all were bloody brilliant and all made me want more and more! MASTER OF CROWS - it took a bit for me to get into but I was very soon so captivated by the story that the characters felt like real people to me. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next or what was going to befall the poor Martise as life just didn't seem to ever go her way. STONE Amazing collection of stories! I couldn't put it down! great collection of authors! I loved the mix of talents and different styles of writing, all were bloody brilliant and all made me want more and more! MASTER OF CROWS - it took a bit for me to get into but I was very soon so captivated by the story that the characters felt like real people to me. I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen next or what was going to befall the poor Martise as life just didn't seem to ever go her way. STONE GUARDIAN - I LOVED this story! it was so unique and the characters so diverse. there are not a lot of gargoyle stories out there and they have always fascinated me. This was defiantly one of my favourites of the collection! HEART OF FIRE - Kristen Painter is brilliant as always in this one I completely love her writing! The magic, the suspense and the romance were all so pulled together in a brilliant twist of dark and dangerous love concurs all tale. defiantly another favourite of mine of the collection. KISMET'S KISS - Like Master of Crows I had a hard time getting into this one at first. the romance of a woman to a man who already has six wives threw me a bit, however the book was very well written an a lot of that really falls to the wayside as you really get into the book and the characters. THE SCRIBE - The imagery and emotion in this was amazing. Elizabeth Hunter is incredible at making you feel as if your right there feeling and living within the world of her characters. I had an incredible time in her world and I didn't ever want to leave. all in all this book should get a 10 out of 10 as it was AMAZING! Incredible authors with Incredible stories! don't miss out on these and get your copy today!

  8. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this box set in exchange for an honest review. Wow where to start! 5 amazing full length novels from 5 authors with 5 very different voices! Available in a limited edition eBook box set this can only be described as the bargain of the century. Less than $1 means that even if you only like one of the tales (which I highly doubt) it is STILL well worth getting. As with all anthologies there are some stories that I enjoyed more than others. Kristen Painter was t I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this box set in exchange for an honest review. Wow where to start! 5 amazing full length novels from 5 authors with 5 very different voices! Available in a limited edition eBook box set this can only be described as the bargain of the century. Less than $1 means that even if you only like one of the tales (which I highly doubt) it is STILL well worth getting. As with all anthologies there are some stories that I enjoyed more than others. Kristen Painter was the only author that was previously known to me and so it is no surprise that hers was right up with the ones that I loved but the great thing with anthologies is getting to discover NEW authors that I absolutely fell in love with. All 5 of these books I would have been thrilled to have purchased as stand alone novels with the lowest rating being a 4! I would HIGHLY recommend that anyone that loves paranormal romance pick this up as soon as possible. V""V **Links to preorder - Book available on Sep 15th** Amazon: http://amzn.to/1sR1J7b iBooks: http://bit.ly/1o627fe Smashwords: http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/...

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carrie Baumbach

    Five great books (by great authors) for a ridiculously low price... How can anyone NOT want to give this set a try? I'd have to say my favorite books in this set were Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch and Heart of Fire by Kristen Painter. As I'm pretty bad at reviews, I'll just put in my two cents about Stone Guardian. I think Stone Guardian stood out to me the most because one of the main characters was a Gargoyle. I've read a lot of books, and very rarely do I come across one with a Gargoyle as Five great books (by great authors) for a ridiculously low price... How can anyone NOT want to give this set a try? I'd have to say my favorite books in this set were Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch and Heart of Fire by Kristen Painter. As I'm pretty bad at reviews, I'll just put in my two cents about Stone Guardian. I think Stone Guardian stood out to me the most because one of the main characters was a Gargoyle. I've read a lot of books, and very rarely do I come across one with a Gargoyle as an actual character instead of a decoration. In a way, it explains why we don't see them... They like to stay in their own world. Terak watches Larissa for a long time, until one day he intervenes when her life is in danger after she's attacked by zombies. After finally meeting her face to face, Terak starts to fall for Larissa, and at one point decides she needs to come back with him to his clan for protection. Of course, the Clan doesn't like that idea much, being so untrusting and all. Why do necromancers want Larissa? Why now? Is the life of one human worth risking the privacy of Terak's Clan? Guess you'll just have to buy this set and find out, won't you?

  10. 5 out of 5

    Denae

    Master of Crows is the only one worth reading. Kismet's Kiss was readable, but bad. The other three ranged from godawful to boring.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Regan

    Master of Crows = 5 Heart of Fire = 3 Stone Guardian = 3.5 Well worth the money, and a great introduction to new fantasy romance authors.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sally

    I am giving this five stars for The Scribe, another brilliant book but Elizabeth Hunter. I've missed out on the collection, but fully intend to read the others as I find them.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    This book is worth the cost, you get 5 full length amazing books for the price of less than one. I wont review each story as that would be too long. Each story holds its own with completely different supernatural creatures. They are feel good reads and Im fairly certain they are the first books in their series. The books are not connected to each other but addicting all the same. In fact I'm going to rush out and buy the sequels because I need to know what happens next. I started with Master of Cr This book is worth the cost, you get 5 full length amazing books for the price of less than one. I wont review each story as that would be too long. Each story holds its own with completely different supernatural creatures. They are feel good reads and Im fairly certain they are the first books in their series. The books are not connected to each other but addicting all the same. In fact I'm going to rush out and buy the sequels because I need to know what happens next. I started with Master of Crows and boy did I like this book. Its about magic, selfish corrupt priests and a vengeful god determined to once again wreck havoc on earth. Souls are at sake and what is a story without love. Arrogant masters who aren't all who they appear to be. Adverntures, friendship and self discovery. Stone Guardian came next. Let me tell you I loved finally getting to read about gargoyles, I'll be searching more books featuring them. This story is packed filled with different paranormal creatures and follows a world which is the result of present day earth colliding with another reality in which magic exist. Bad guys are being bad, everyone seems to want a piece of the heroine and she is in trouble, needing help. Enter the hero, charmingly a gargole. Heart of Fire. There is a special place in my book reading heart for books with elves. Our heroine has been abandoned by her father, everyone around her is afraid of what she is capable of but all she want to do is heal. The hero, a dark elf on the run from the mysterious legion for desertion with a large price on his head. Their paths collide and a bargain is struck for the mutual benefit of an escort to the realms capitol city. Romance blossums but things are more twisted than they seem... Kismets Kiss. A terrible sickness has struck the Sultans family and hes desperate to save them. So desperate he calls in help from his enemy neighbouring realm for a healer. Even though magic is outcast in his kingdom. The healer arrives to an entirely different culture, one where a man is encouraged to have multiple wives. The handsome arrogant sultan catches her eye, but she knows she can't fall and has to concentrate on racing the clock to save the sick. The Scribe, a story of a war between two ancient races with similar origins but very different paths. Hidden from humans the Irin live their lives guarding and protecting against their enemies. Ava knows shes not crazy, but everyone else seems to think so. Shes done everything, seen every professional to try find an end to the voices she can hear and still had no success. A travel photographer, she travels the world but is always alone. That is until she meets Malachi. He lives and breathes for battle, killing the enemy and protecting humans. He notices his enemy following a women and once again steps up to save her. However Ava can save herself. Interesting event, friendship, secrets revealed and blossoming love. All these stories are just wonderful and managed to take over my life. I lost sleep, they invaded my dreams, I grinned like an idiot, I cried, I loved them!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Margaret

    Darkly Dreaming is an anthology of 5 full length fantasy romance novels. (And it's releasing on 9/15 for 99 cents - can't beat that!) Rather than trying to review the whole thing at once, I'm going to add a mini-review for each book as I finish them. I started with STONE GUARDIAN by Danielle Monsch. This book reminds me of the Kate Daniels series in some ways. The world started out like ours until a magical cataclysm drastically altered it. In this case, it collided with the Magic Realm, causing Darkly Dreaming is an anthology of 5 full length fantasy romance novels. (And it's releasing on 9/15 for 99 cents - can't beat that!) Rather than trying to review the whole thing at once, I'm going to add a mini-review for each book as I finish them. I started with STONE GUARDIAN by Danielle Monsch. This book reminds me of the Kate Daniels series in some ways. The world started out like ours until a magical cataclysm drastically altered it. In this case, it collided with the Magic Realm, causing all the magical creatures to be unleashed on earth. The first chapter is written from the point of view of the heroine's father on the day of the collision, which is also the day she was born. He encounters hordes of orcs, packs of werewolves and a dragon on his way to the hospital for her delivery. I wish that this chapter had been referenced directly later in the book. Hordes of orcs do appear again, but I wonder if the werewolf he speaks to is the same one we meet later. There's also a conversation about how dragons don't exist, which is odd once one appeared in the book and the explanation doesn't work for me. And from his children's point of view, he seems to be a very different man than the one in that chapter. I wish he was on the page some more so I could reconcile that. The daughter, Larissa, a substitute teacher, has led a very sheltered life and hasn't learned much about the magical creatures that share her world. Then one day she's attacked by zombies and rescued by a gargoyle and gets a crash course. The gargoyle, Terak, is the leader of his clan and reminds me of Curran in several scenes. He's been told by the Oracle that Larissa will be important to his clan and has spent months watching over her before they meet during the zombie attack. His involvement with her causes tensions among the gargoyles, who are basically isolationists, and involves them more and more in the outside world. Other factions also pursue Larissa, though she has no idea why they want her. It was never clear to me how they figured out her secret or why she fit their purposes because if it. I enjoyed the relationship between Terak and Larissa and I like a lot of the supporting characters. I just wish that things were explained and tied together more clearly. But this is the first book in the series, so there's time for some of that to work out. HEART OF FIRE by Kristen Painter is in part a road trip story, which I love. Ertemis, a notorious dark elf assassin, has deserted the Legion to search for his father. On his journey, he meets a merchant who hires him for protection. When the man grows ill along the way, he charges Ertemis with delivering a message to his daughter Jessalyne. That message leads Jessalyne to set out on a journey of her own, with Ertemis once again as protection for the journey. They grow close on the trip, but once she reaches her destination everything changes. The plot was somewhat predictable, but I still really enjoyed this story. I liked the characters and Jessalyne's magic, a combination of fire and healing, was different from anything I've read before. The romance is more sweet than steamy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Marta Cox

    This book was a must read for me as soon as I spotted it and as it contains five full length books is excellent value for money. I will confess I had already read one of these books but that still left me four to devour and even two new authors to try. Simply fabulous and so well written that there is truly something for everyone within this book. I adore this type of anthology where we get full length stories and not just short novellas but best of all I get to try out different authors styles This book was a must read for me as soon as I spotted it and as it contains five full length books is excellent value for money. I will confess I had already read one of these books but that still left me four to devour and even two new authors to try. Simply fabulous and so well written that there is truly something for everyone within this book. I adore this type of anthology where we get full length stories and not just short novellas but best of all I get to try out different authors styles so I'm a very happy reader. I will not give In-depth reviews for each story as it would take too long but a few brief words should get my feelings across I hope. The first story is Master of Crows which was a gentle romantic fantasy by a new author to me. A very compelling read that didn't rush the romance but allowed a gentle build up with a surprisingly hot outcome. I loved that these two opposite characters learned to trust each other and eventually opened up their hearts . Theirs is not an easy journey but together they can survive anything. Now Stone Guardian I had already read but it's a very enjoyable story filled with action and romance. There's enough danger here to keep the reader turning the pages and I'm loving having a Gargoyle as a hero and the heroine was amazing. Great fun to read. Heart of Fire was my first by this author whose books I've often seen recommended but just hadn't got around to. Rest assured I'm now moving her books up my tbr list as I loved this story. Strong Elf hero who really needed taking down a peg or two and the heroine Jessalyne meets him when she's at a crossroads in her life. Thrown together they battle it out and I had such fun laughing at their antics but this is so well written with great dialogue but at heart a lovely romance. Kismets Kiss literally threw me into another world and it was a glorious place to be. I had visions of Arabian Nights as I read this story with such strong characters running through it. A fabulous way to escape reality and although I wasn't sure how the author could give me a happy ending it's a tense story that surprises. The Scribe was probably the most traditional paranormal story in this set and that's not a complaint. It just had the elements that seem to appeal to paranormal romance readers such as I. With alpha males and a heroine whose past is about to throw her into a whole new world but best if all? Angels! Totally yum. So I discovered two new authors, read four new books and lost sleep as I stayed up reading this book. It is a fabulous collection and great for paranormal junkies like me . A huge recommendation !

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melindeeloo

    Under the gorgeous cover are five full length fantasy romance stories - a couple are set in alternate present day worlds. I have to admit that I already have most of these in my library but having them all together was a motivation to finish the one I had started and to try a new author as well... MASTER OF CROWS by Grace Draven - Master of Crows is a wonderful character driven fantasy romance. The interractions between the mage and his 'apprentice' are deftly crafted with 'key' moments that move Under the gorgeous cover are five full length fantasy romance stories - a couple are set in alternate present day worlds. I have to admit that I already have most of these in my library but having them all together was a motivation to finish the one I had started and to try a new author as well... MASTER OF CROWS by Grace Draven - Master of Crows is a wonderful character driven fantasy romance. The interractions between the mage and his 'apprentice' are deftly crafted with 'key' moments that move their relationship along throughout the story, even as they both fight not to 'go' there. As a result, their mutual admiration and later their romance builds slowly before finally progressing to the physical and capping off with a nice amount of steam. STONE GUARDIAN Danielle Monsch - entwined realms - I liked the this, (I liked winged leading men.) The human/gargoyle romance wasn't rushed and the world that mixed fantasy elements into an alternate contemporary world is very promising. I really liked that the leading lady, who is a kindergarten teacher and understandably flees during her first encounter with other worldly beings, find it in herself to fight back in her next encounters. HEART OF FIRE by Kristen Painter - This was an enjoyable fantasy romance, good for those who enjoy sensual tension between the leads but who don't enjoy on-screen consummation. Painter does a good job of turning her outcast assassin dark elf into hero material and her also outcast healer into a capable mage. KISMET'S KISS by Cate Rowan - I liked this but the romance with the Sultan was a hard sell for me, I had a harder time than the heroine did with the six other wives and it really seemed like a no win scenario, so I wasn't really anxious for them to get together. This seems like it might be a second book in a series just because other characters were mentioned who seemed to have a story. THE SCRIBE - Elizabeth Hunter - Irin Chronicles - The mythos surrounding the Irin is as rich as the setting, and the reveal of their history has a real emotional impact, but what really makes this story live is the people who inhabit the world of the Scribe. When the pair finally come together physically it is all about the passion and emotions of their connection, making those love scenes explosive without using a ton of explicit language. ARC via NetGalley

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    I was provided an advanced copy of this box set in exchange for an honest review. So far I have read two of the five novels that are included in this anthology. I chose to read this anthology because one of my favorite authors was included in this set – Kristen Painter. The extra added bonus is not only do I get to read another Painter book, but I am introduced to two new authors and get stories by 2 other authors whose works I have previously read. Kristen Painter’s Heart of Fire is an excellent I was provided an advanced copy of this box set in exchange for an honest review. So far I have read two of the five novels that are included in this anthology. I chose to read this anthology because one of my favorite authors was included in this set – Kristen Painter. The extra added bonus is not only do I get to read another Painter book, but I am introduced to two new authors and get stories by 2 other authors whose works I have previously read. Kristen Painter’s Heart of Fire is an excellent novel that involves elves, mages, pixies, trolls, and more. The complexity of the characters drew me in because I was anxious to see what the skills of each was and how that would play into the overall story. I mean, how often do you see an elf interact with a troll and no one gets eaten? In Painter’s book the main characters draw upon their hidden strengths throughout the book to assist friends, cover for their developing feelings, or to emotionally embrace each other. The romance is a slow build, like a good fire. I liked that there is some resistance to the attraction, however they pull together in the end and warm our hearts. As they are learning to love each other, they are learning to rely upon each other and their new friends. I love that a group of loners work together to battle the individual needs of each person. It was a nice deviation from an all-against-one type of battle found in most stories. The book is a must read. Included in this anthology are four other full length novels. I recently became familiar with Danielle Monsch as I had just recently read Stone Guardian. This was my first full length gargoyle novel. Although it did not ensnare me initially, I am glad I pushed through and completed this novel. It was a pleasant surprise and I would also recommend this book. Although I have yet to read Elizabeth Hunter’s book, it is the next one that I will be completing. I have read previous books by her and loved them like my favorite candy. Then I intend to complete the remaining two novels included in this anthology. As mentioned, each of these books can stand on their own for the cost you are paying. As a collection, we as readers are getting the deal of the month. My recommendation…BUY THE BOOK!!!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jazzy

    When you add everything together - 3 stars overall. I bought this anthology for Master of Crows and it was well worth it! 5 Stars I was pleasantly surprised by Stone Guardian. 4 Stars The remaining 3 stories only rated 2 Stars each for me. All 3 were very well done and I can easily see how someone with different tastes and preferences could have rated them 5 stars - they just weren't for me. The Scribe I found to be rather slow paced, the romance too "nice" and I wasn't interested enough to continue t When you add everything together - 3 stars overall. I bought this anthology for Master of Crows and it was well worth it! 5 Stars I was pleasantly surprised by Stone Guardian. 4 Stars The remaining 3 stories only rated 2 Stars each for me. All 3 were very well done and I can easily see how someone with different tastes and preferences could have rated them 5 stars - they just weren't for me. The Scribe I found to be rather slow paced, the romance too "nice" and I wasn't interested enough to continue the trilogy. Kismet's Kiss had an interesting story but the Sultan already had 6 wives - and had tried for # 7 before the heroine even entered the picture. That boy was just rode hard and put up wet - not too enticing. Heart of Fire seemed rather juvenile and had a YA feel - ehh.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    I've read Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch which is included in this set. I will add other reviews to this one as I read the other tales. Following please find my review of Stone Guardian: Holy Cow! This book was can't-put-it-down amazing! Stone Cold Gargoyles that are Knock-Em-Dead Hot, Hot, Hot!!!!! Gargoyles aren't the only supernaturals in this story. There's also orcs, zombies, elves, the shadow, wizards, mages, vampires and more... BUT, without a doubt, it's a sexy gargoyle that steals the I've read Stone Guardian by Danielle Monsch which is included in this set. I will add other reviews to this one as I read the other tales. Following please find my review of Stone Guardian: Holy Cow! This book was can't-put-it-down amazing! Stone Cold Gargoyles that are Knock-Em-Dead Hot, Hot, Hot!!!!! Gargoyles aren't the only supernaturals in this story. There's also orcs, zombies, elves, the shadow, wizards, mages, vampires and more... BUT, without a doubt, it's a sexy gargoyle that steals the heroine's heart and mine. Larissa Miller was born during the Great Collision when the magical realms and the human world collided. She's just an ordinary school teacher with an overly protective father and 4 brothers, all cops. Or so she thought... When she's attacked by zombies and saved by Terak, leader of the gargoyles, that's just the start of the hypnotizing havoc. Will she and Terak solve the mystery of why she's on the Most Wanted list of the dreaded Necromancer? This book is pure fantasy and I LOVED it! It's one WOW moment after another... and wittily campy to boot! I didn't want to put it down and I never wanted it to end! I want a Terak of my own! 5 SPELLBINDING STARS!!!!!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This is a wonderful selection of paranormal romance. Do you like a little magic with your romance or maybe a gargoyle clan leader, how about a dark elf. This is just a few of the characters that can be found in this anthology. This is one book that I can't go into details with because I don't want to give anything away. I keep going back to read them over again. I've also bought several new books by these authors because I thoro I received a free copy of this book in exchange of an honest review. This is a wonderful selection of paranormal romance. Do you like a little magic with your romance or maybe a gargoyle clan leader, how about a dark elf. This is just a few of the characters that can be found in this anthology. This is one book that I can't go into details with because I don't want to give anything away. I keep going back to read them over again. I've also bought several new books by these authors because I thoroughly enjoyed this set. So no matter what your taste in magic, this is definitely one for you.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen

    Amazing deal!!! 99 cents for 5 great books! I had already read two of these books- The Scribe and Master of the Crows and felt they were fabulous so if they were putting these all together the others might me turn me on to new authors. I enjoyed the other 3 (Stone Guardian, Kismet's Kiss and Heart of Fire) as well. Stone Guardian was probably my least favorite- just meh. Heart of Fire was an easy read with great banter but Kismet's Kiss really held my interest and I will be checking out others b Amazing deal!!! 99 cents for 5 great books! I had already read two of these books- The Scribe and Master of the Crows and felt they were fabulous so if they were putting these all together the others might me turn me on to new authors. I enjoyed the other 3 (Stone Guardian, Kismet's Kiss and Heart of Fire) as well. Stone Guardian was probably my least favorite- just meh. Heart of Fire was an easy read with great banter but Kismet's Kiss really held my interest and I will be checking out others by Cate Rowan!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Segovia

    Outstanding box set This box set completed full novels from each of the authors . There wasn't one novel I didn't love, there were a couple that really stood out to me though. The ones by Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter, Cate Rowan, and Elizabeth Hunter I favorites. Oops , I think that's everybody . In other words, you can't lose on getting this box that it is outstanding whether you like guardian angels or shiekes with harems you're going to find the full range of fantasy romance Outstanding box set This box set completed full novels from each of the authors . There wasn't one novel I didn't love, there were a couple that really stood out to me though. The ones by Grace Draven, Danielle Monsch, Kristen Painter, Cate Rowan, and Elizabeth Hunter I favorites. Oops , I think that's everybody . In other words, you can't lose on getting this box that it is outstanding whether you like guardian angels or shiekes with harems you're going to find the full range of fantasy romance and this box set

  23. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Guertin

    When I received this set, I was only familiar with one of the authors, Kristen Painter. After reading this, I can say that all five authors are now on my must read list. I will be checking into previous works and picking up any new books by them. Each novel in this set is easily a 4-5 star rating on its own. Make sure that you have ample time to read when you sit down with this set because you will be drawn into the stories and suddenly find that several hours have passed.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Diane Lang

    This is THE best collections of books I've read in a long time. All of these authors are excellent at creating characters who pull the reader into their lives and stories. I do have my favorites, of course: Grace Draven's "Master of Crows" and Elizabeth Hunter's "The Scribe" but the others aren't far behind. These are authors whose writing is addictive . . . hard to stop with just one book! Buy this collection now before the price goes up! It is a steal at .99 cents.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Miranda Beazley

    I received this book from one of the authors of this box set in return for an honest review. I loved the 5 books in this set. They were all amazing books and made the set hard to put down. Each book kept me invested in the story from the start. It was so hard to put them down and be responsible adult. Thanks to the authors involved in this awesome set. You all rock!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Stacey

    One of these was excellent, one was good, one was ok - and the other two I didn't like at all (or finish). Reviews will be posted individually for the ones I read, with a note that I read them as part of this series. Master of Crows: 4 stars The Scribe: 3-3.5 stars Kismet's Kiss: 2 stars The other two: 0 stars

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    Love this book! So many great stories by great authors - steal of a deal at .99! I love books like this with many different stories - its a great way to checkout new authors or sample different genres.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Donna

    Heart of Fire by Kristen Painter: Loved this story - great characters, a very entertaining plot, and seamless writing. This is the first book by this author that I've read and I really hope it's reflective of her writing style because I certainly plan to read more of her works.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roxie Klinksiek

    I don't think that I have ever bought a bundle so full of totally amazing stories. Each author's contribution blew me away. You should rush to get this bundle. It's that good.

  30. 5 out of 5

    RIN ಠ_ಠ

    Peeps, Master of Crows alone is reason enough to buy it! Only 99c! Looking forward to tucking into the rest of the books.

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