Review: Gossamer in the Darkness by Kristen Ashley

I am so happy I did a Fantasyland reread last year and finally read the Rising series as well. I was primed for this book. 

The thing about the 1,001 Dark Nights is that you don’t NEED to read any other series. You can dive right in and experience this new story without feeling like to missed anything. But as with all Kristen Ashley books, I will say that I HIGHLY recommend you read the series when you get a chance. The Fantasyland series is so transporting and fantastical. It’ll make you wish that there was an parallel universe that you could transport to. 

Maxine was brought to this world and forced to make a Marquess fall in love with her. But she can’t tell him who she really is. But of course things don’t always work the way they’re supposed to. She thought her plan was simple. But then she met the man and everything changed. 

I enjoyed this story very much. Short and sweet and sexy. I love the cameos and new characters. I truly hope we get a few more stories from this world. There’s a couple of people that I’d like to see find their HEAs.

~Melpomene

Grab a copy here: https://amzn.to/3L439tU

Preview: Lover Arisen by J.R. Ward

Ok. Can I just say that the Black Dagger Brotherhood series is one of my favorites? I was late to the party but better late than never, right? I discovered the BDB series back in 2012, with Lover Reborn. Up until 2020 I would reread the entire series before the newest book, I loved it that much. But these past few years have been rough so I didn’t have the headspace to do that. But you better believe I read each new book when it comes out, even if I need to flip the previous book to refresh my memory.

In Lover Arisen I didn’t need to refresh. I have been waiting for this one! I wanted to know about Erika and Balthazar since we first saw her. I’m intrigued with how the human police force explains all these weird happenings. We would see Butch’s ex partner from time to time, so we knew a little, but not from someone who has experienced the full force of the memory swipe and sort of knows it. That definitely messes with her as she’s tries to put the pieces together.

I had fun watching her and Balz. Their HEA was a little bit different than the past ones but I’m sure the Warden has a plan I’m just not seeing. I am happy they managed to figure out their differences and fall in love though. I’ll admit I was worried for a minute there. They obviously come from opposite sides of the law so that made things difficult to say the least.

Now I know this book wasn’t about Lassiter but I have a lot of feelings here. Some good obviously, because I love him, but there’s a great big negative that is going to bother me for quite a while. I won’t spoil it but I’m rather upset at this turn of events. I know I need to trust the author, but dang, this is hard.

And of course Davina was here as well, to cause mayhem, which she does so well. I was a bit shocked at the way her quest is working out. I didn’t see it going in that direction. But you better believe I will read the next book to see what happens there.

Speaking of the next book… I CANNOT WAIT. I’m thinking this may require a complete series reread so get the full experience.

~Melpomene 

Release day: April 5, 2022

Grab Lover Arisen here: https://amzn.to/3uvXtls

Review: Chasing Serenity by Kristen Ashley

Chloe Pierce was taught to take care of everyone. The problem with that was there was no one to care for her. Now that her go-to person is gone, she’s left floundering. She’s made rash decisions, and is a bit over the top, but that’s her. She needs someone who understands that and will help her realize that she doesn’t need to be watcher but the watched.


Opposites attract they say. Well, you can’t get any more opposite than Judge Oakley and Chloe Pierce. From the first moment he sees Chloe surrounded by boxes and boxes of boots, running his workers all around, he knew she was gonna be trouble. Technically he was right, but just not in the way he thought.


These two were a blast to watch. As with all Kristen Ashley books, there’s a fair amount of drama and emotions swirling around. I mean heck, from the first moment she arrived on scene, in After the Climb, you knew she was spitfire with more going on inside than she was revealing. I truly look forward to reading more about all of them.

~Melpomene

Grab a copy here: https://amzn.to/3DY2wij

Review: The Slow March of Light by Heather B. Moore

It’s been so long since I’ve read a book that stressed me out this much, at the same time tugging at my heartstrings. Reading a book based on real people and real events has a way of doing that.


This book was a story of survival and friendship. I’m glad I didn’t Google Bob Inama before I read this. I probably would’ve been crying the entire time. Between the beatings he received in the jail, and not knowing if today is your last day on this world, I’m surprised I made it through. He is definitely one of the strongest people I’ve ever read about.


I know Luisa Voight wasn’t a real person, but based on real people almost hits harder. There were people who cared so much that they’d risk their own lives in order to smuggle others out. Those were true heroes.


It was a long and brutal ordeal but Bob held tight to his faith, when all other things let him down, and somehow got through this and found his way home.


From the moment I started this book I couldn’t put it down. I was riveted by the landscape and the realness of the story. I mean, it WAS real, but you know what I mean. And I pretty much read the last few chapters with tears in my eyes. These are the type of books I crave. I’m so happy I took a chance on this.

-Melpomene

Grab a copy here: https://amzn.to/3tjJMoM

Review: Claimed by J.R. Ward

Ok. The wolven. Since I have the memory of a gnat, I vaguely remember them being mentioned in a past BDB book once. But since then I’ve seen lots of people ask about them. So here’s the book they’ve been waiting for.


I won’t say any spoilers. I will say this doesn’t have a BDB feel, and yet it does. I’ll admit it took a few chapters to get sucked in but then I couldn’t read fast enough.


There’s a few mystical parts that had me scratching my head but somehow I get it. I really shouldn’t be surprised, since this series is a spin off of a vampire one. But it makes sense now.


This book is mostly about Lydia, so I’m still thinking she should’ve been on the cover. 😉 Her journey is one I’m curious to keep reading about. This isn’t the end of her and Daniel’s story. Usually the books are interconnected standalones but not this one. So this was an interesting introduction but I definitely need more and I look forward to reading the next book, Forever, in the hopes that it closes all the gaps and answers all the questions.

In true Warden fashion, there’s a BDB side to this story and I’m happy to say it was about someone I love. And there’s some things happening with them that we need to keep an eye out for. I can’t wait!

~Melpomene

Buy a copy here: https://amzn.to/2UNncYW

Review: A Fate of Wrath & Flame by K.A. Tucker

I love when my authors take a chance and write out of their usual genre.

I have loved K.A. Tucker since I first read Ten Tiny Breaths a million moons ago. I’ve been a huge fan of her romances and am usually recommending them to all my friends. When I heard she was writing a fantasy, I was immediately intrigued.

A Fate of Wrath & Flame is the first in a new series, so, of course, there are a lot of new names and places to remember. It took me a little bit to find my groove. I was a highlighting fiend. 🙂 This happens a lot with new fantasies. But I spent two days fully engrossed in this story. There was so much happening I was hooked.

Of course there was also romance. This is Ms. Tucker’s talent, after all. Definitely a bit of enemies to lovers sprinkled with second chance.

By the time I was at the end I was hoping it wasn’t the end. I wanted more, LOTS more. So now I sit here and wait forever the next book…😬

~Melpomene

Grab a copy here: https://amzn.to/2SsKJws

Review: Wild Wind by Kristen Ashley

A romance that took over a decade to come to fruition. Oh my word, am I one overly excited book nerd! I feel like I’ve been waiting so long for this book but I just never realized it.

I know this book is a romance but yet this was so much for me. Jagger’s story was emotional and I felt everything he did. He has never known his dad and yet he feels the loss, but at the same time time he doesn’t. He’s grown up feeling the love of his mom but there was always something missing. But then this girl across the way shows up in his life and everything gets flipped. He falls in love but struggles with what that is. This girl sets out to show him.

There’s just something about a KA book that feels like coming home. No matter what’s happening in the world, I know when I sit down to read one of her books the world looks better when I’m done.

These Chaos books are about family. And not just the blood kind. These books show that no matter who, or where, you came from you can make a new family stronger than you ever imagined. Brothers or sisters that will be there to help or hold you up when needed. It’s all rather overwhelming and emotional at times, but so is life.

~Melpomene

Grab your copy here: https://amzn.to/2OGRJUx

Review: A Captain for Caroline Gray by Julie Wright

Caroline has had three very unsuccessful seasons and is left with no choice but to sail to India in hopes that she’ll snag a husband there. She doesn’t want this but being a woman in those times often had them doing things they didn’t want.


Thomas has been saving for his own fleet and in doing so he makes this three month trip to India every year. He sees all type of women who hope to find a better life and it makes him sad to think that this is a last resort for many of them. India is not a safe place for gentle bred women. But the money is good, so he continues to do so.


This trip is different however. Thomas meets Caroline and his world is flipped. He’s never felt anything for the girls he’s traveled with before but there’s something about her spirit that draws him. He has a plan for his life and she doesn’t fit in it so he tries to stay away and force himself to stick to the job. But life has a funny way of messing things up.


Caroline isn’t your typical genteel woman which is why she’s here and why she has a harder time making friends. So she sticks by the captain. Even if it kills him.


Soon innocent feelings start to blossom and they both know what her plans are once she arrives in India but again, life happens…


This was a sweet romance to watch unfold. I get so bad for those girls who were made to travel in hopes of finding their HEAs. You know that some didn’t work out for the better but thankfully this one did.


~Melpomene

Grab a copy here: https://amzn.to/2Odc97I

Review: Brass Carriages and Glass Hearts by Nancy Campbell Allen

This is the 4th book in the Proper Romance Steampunk series. While it’s technically an interconnected standalone, I highly recommend you read the others first to get the full effect. Plus you’ll get to meet some of the current characters.

Emme is all about full rights for everyone, including shifters. Unfortunately there are those who disagree and have made their feelings known, in the way of a death threat. So Inspector Oliver Reed is charged with being her bodyguard. After dealing with the aftermath of her many protests, he is less than thrilled with being forced to be around her even more.

Watching these two together was so fun. They circled around each other for a while. It was bit like enemies to lovers, which is my favorite sub genre of romance. They clearly didn’t feel good and happy thoughts in the beginning. But the more they’re put together the more they come to the realization that they care for each other.

Plenty of butterflies in the belly moments sprinkled with a few heart stopping ones makes this the perfect sweet romance. I really hope we got more from this world!

~Melpomene

click the pic to buy

Review: Wild Fire(Chaos #6.5) by Kristen Ashley

It felt so good to be back in the Chaos world.

For being a short book this one sure did pack a lot in. We met Dutch and Jagger a while back so it was nice to be able to see how they turned out.

Dutch made quite an impression on me. He didn’t go off the deep end or anything like that. He seemed even keeled, with a good head on his shoulders. Best part, he’s a reader! Heck, first time we see him he’s at Fortnums then at King’s Shelter. That’s when I knew this was gonna be fun. He’s determined to help a young man out before life grabs hold and pulls him down. What he never planned on was meeting Georgie in the middle of that.

Georgie and Dutch got off on the wrong foot but sometimes that bit of spice it what you need to get things moving in the direction they were meant to.

I loved watching these two together. They were good for each other. When she kept calling this rough and tough biker dude “cute” I giggled. They helped each other out quite a bit and it was nice to see a strong woman doing her thing, and at the same time, letting this alpha dude so his.

I’m a huge fan of Kristen Ashley’s books. I can’t get enough of them. Chaos and Rock Chicks were my favorite series. So when she blessed us with more from those worlds, I am all over that. And I’m excited to see that we’ll be coming for Jagger’s story later. Can’t wait!

~Melpomene


click the pic to buy