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[Review] Queen and the Kingsmen by Zoe Blake & Alta Hensley

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This is no fairytale…

Captured and imprisoned.
They seek to break my curse by breaking me.
But I will not submit, no matter what tortures they have planned.
I am stronger then the Kingsmen.
Not just one man, but six.
For I am the powerful and feared queen.
My curse will stand.

Warning: In our Fairytales, there is danger in the shadows, the beasts bite and no Heroine is truly safe. If dark tales of danger, forced attraction and multiple partners offend you then please do not purchase.

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Enough…….

Last, but by no means least, is book 3 in this ‘fairytale’ series. The story focuses on the wicked Queen Zelladine, and a group of tough, dirty talking and filthy minded kingsmen… the ‘evil’ Queen has been spreading around her malicious magic too freely and as a result she is taken, mis- and manhandled by the four kingsmen …but not everything is at it seems, and there are lives to be saved and battles to be fought along the way..

The storyline is most definitely perfect for all those who are addicted to instalust stories with dubious consent and plenty of ‘O’s for the ‘damsel in distress’, and her attentive men…not to mention a good helping of rough-handling and punishments along the way…

This book was never meant to be anything but an entertaining short read and that is exactly what it is…but I have to confess by the close I felt I’d had a surfeit of smut, and I find myself both pleased that I had the opportunity to read this series but also mildly relieved that it has come to an end with the added bonus that the whole series was neatly tied up with a brief epilogue …

~Sheena

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Defying Him by Zoe Blake

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Synopsis

Defying his command could be deadly.

Someone or something is terrorizing the military academy at Buzzards Bay. Investigative journalist Phoebe Wilson is determined to get to the bottom of it, and the last thing she is going to do is let some domineering Marine and his forceful attraction stand in her way.

Lieutenant Colonel Michael Lawson will accept no defiance…even from a beautiful, meddling female. The harder Phoebe fights him, the more determined Michael becomes to bend her to his will.

He knows Phoebe is hiding something and he will use any means necessary to get to the truth.

Warning: This book is edgy, dark and dirty. If the possibility of having your boundaries tested does not appeal to you, then please do not purchase.

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Engaging and intriguing,,,

Wow..the opening chapter of this book was about as menacing and creepy as a murder mystery can be….I was immediately drawn into the plot….

Phoebe and Michael are convincing and interesting main characters….their sexual attraction to each other is instantaneous and as the plot develops so does their hot, passionate affair…he is all alpha; demanding obedience from a very smart, independant and sassy young woman..the sparks were destined to fly right from the start…although I really liked this couple I would say their attraction and relationship was mostly physical, and I would like to have felt more of an emotional connection between them…

I really liked the premise of the story; particularly the fact that both the main characters are fundamentally on the same mission but with very different approaches and methods….the author has a refreshingly easy-to-read style of writing which made the whole experience so much more enjoyable..

This is a whodunnit with ritual murders and a race to uncover the culprit before anymore lives are lost.. the plot twists and turns its way to a satisfying and satisfactory conclusion…in summary this was a well written, suspenseful and sexy read that kept me engaged and intrigued throughout..

~Sheena (4/5)

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Snow and the Seven Huntsmen by Zoe Blake & Alta Hensley

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Synopsis

This is no fairytale…
They’ve been sent to break me.
Not one, but seven.
They plan to steal my beauty, my innocence.
Seven Hunters to track me down and claim me as theirs.
I try to run, but it is hopeless.
They have caught me.
I am their prey, their prize, to do with as they please.
But I will capture something far more precious… the Huntsmen’s hearts.

Warning: In our Fairytales, there is danger in the shadows, the beasts bite and no Heroine is truly safe. If dark tales of danger, forced attraction and multiple partners offend you then please do not purchase.

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Dark fairy tale decadence..

This is a classic fairy tale told more in the spirit of the Brothers Grimm (who liked their own brand of dark and twisty) than Disney……..Snow has had a dismal life in captivity and her situation, decidedly, takes a turn for the worse when she encounters the seven huntsmen…But, of course, this is’t just a fairy story it is also reverse harem.. so the odds are in favor of an eventual happy-ever-after for the princess who doesn’t have to choose…

This book has all the elements of the type of book I enjoy but, on this occasion, I did struggle with this story and not because of the dark and twisted content, or the requirement to suspend any long held views regarding kidnapping and dubious consent..because, in truth, I love all that stuff in my book world. Furthermore, I am more than capable of distinguishing between reality and fiction…However, I found this book challenging because it has so much lust and erotic content that in the end I was desperate to read more of a plot… Almost every chapter contains some kind of sexual interaction with the plot development focused at the start and end of the book and there is a large section in the middle where little happens except for more and more sexual punishments and encounters for the wayward heroine..

Additionally whilst I appreciate that this is a novella the character development of the seven huntsmen is sketchy they are all wild, dangerous men who like their sex rough and dirty and who, it would appear, have a slightly softer side when it comes to their princess but that is all I really learnt about them from start to finish…I would like to have got to know them a bit more and seen their feelings for Snow grow through the course of the story. I think the fact the narrative is told solely from Snow’s point of view may be a reason for this..it was impossible to understand the huntsmen’s thoughts and actions because I never heard their inner voices…

Despite my reservations this is an eloquently written short story..any book that contains the words ‘frenetic cadence’, and the such, has got to be worth reading, in my opinion..I just wish the authors had been able to find a more balanced approach between plot and character development and all the wicked smutty stuff….

~Sheena (3/5)

Although the concept was intriguing, the execution was lacking. This was too short a novella for any true development; I felt that emotions were forced down my throat rather than me having any freedom over my responses. Snow and her huntsmen (and the antagonist, too) were all one-dimensional, and the character development didn’t develop so much as suddenly change. I was told how humiliated Snow was far too many times, and there was too much exposition. Everything felt forced and I found myself almost skim reading by the end of it, the sexual encounters treated like a checklist rather than anything organic.

It’s a shame because I really wanted to enjoy this; alas, it didn’t live up to my expectations.

~Evelyn (2/5)

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Dark Deception by Zoe Blake

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Synopsis

She wants him dead.

Mirage is a master jewel thief but tonight she is an assassin.

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His life was ruined by her lies.

Now he will make her pay.

He will have her on her knees, begging for forgiveness.

It’s time she learned why they call him, Paine.

AUTHOR NOTE: This book is edgy, dark and dirty. If the possibility of having your boundaries tested does not appeal to you, then please do not purchase.

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Background
I found a few teasers of this in a blogger e-mail and despite having a pretty full January, decided I had to add it to my reading schedule. I love dark, and I can be a big fan of erotica when the mood strikes.

Cover
It’s a good image and nice colours, although I’m not a fan of the text and, having read the book, I don’t think it’s particularly relevant to the plot, either. It’s pretty average, in my opinion, with nothing particularly extraordinary or striking.

Writing
It wasn’t bad. There were too many sentence fragments and not enough vocative commas for my liking (and the odd typo, but I was reading an ARC so I have to trust these will be picked up before publication and they will not affect this review). I found the plot, although interesting and with a lot of potential, was rushed in favour of the erotica. There was no true suspense, and due to how short this manuscript was, nothing was developed at all. This was highly disappointing to me, as with a little more consideration, this could have been a highly original, erotic romp full of suspense, but instead, it fell flat. I mean, it was hardly dark, either. Yes, there was some dubious consent involved, but it was so light it can’t be described as pushing boundaries. The most erotic sex scene was the first anal scene, which was done better and with more thought, in my opinion, than the others.

Characters
Again, a good foundation but severely lacking in development. Mirage was too quick to believe Paine about her relationship with Dev, too quick to accept it despite her claims of loving him (which led to the entire revenge plot to begin with…). Complete with insta-love and a too-alpha alpha, this just didn’t do it for me and I found no depth to their relationship beyond a good sex life at all.

Conclusion
A disappointing romp with an original premise, which would have benefitted from more development and a longer manuscript.

~Evelyn (2/5)