Double The Romance Review-Dark King and Sweet Annie

Double The Romance Review-Dark King and Sweet Annie

Double The Romance Review-Dark King and Sweet AnnieDark King by C.N. Crawford
Series: Court of the Sea Fae #1
Published by Independently published by author on July 22, 2019
Genres: Mythological Fantasy Romance, Romantic Suspense
Pages: 296
Format: eBook
Source: Kindle Unlimited
Goodreads
   AmazonLibrary Thing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
three-flames

A snarky fae, a sexy king, and forbidden desire deep as the sea.
Once, I was a fae princess with sea-magic at my fingertips. Now? I’m a hunted supernatural in a squalid shop, stripped of my power. My only comforts are stale cookies, Elvis records, and my hula-hoop. Until a lethally sexy fae king arrives and rips even those away. 
 
 After the brutal king throws me in prison, I strike a bargain with him: my freedom in exchange for helping him find a magic blade. What Lyr doesn’t know is that the blade might restore my stolen magic.  
 

But as we journey, the gorgeous jerk is starting to make me feel things I’ve never felt. When Lyr touches me, desire ignites. I see raging passion in his eyes, too. If I give in, I risk losing my chance at reclaiming my power. Even worse... I could be forfeiting my life.
***
Readers of Amelia Hutchins, Sarah J. Maas, Laura Thalassa, and K.F. Breene will love the Sea Fae Series!
"Five-star read. This story grabbed me and wouldn't let me go! It is amazingly addictive and the tension was hot. Make sure you grab it and check out her other amazingly written books!" -- Amelia Hutchins, bestselling author of The Fae Chronicles
"C.N Crawford weaves a fantastical Fae story in DARK KING. With a feminist, anti-heroine you can root for, and suspense and mystery that enchants your imagination with magical worlds, this is a must read for fantasy lovers you won't want to miss." -- Scarlett Dawn, New York Times bestselling author

Dark King is a story I have on my kindle for a while and I just grabbed it merely on a whim when I saw the cover (yep this is a book I picked up solely due to the cover, I am vain and not that ashamed :)) But I have to say I have no clue why I waited so long for this book because it was superb in many ways. At first I didn’t know what to make of it, but it definitely is an enemies to lovers romance and even though its not necessarily my favorite trope I actually had a blast with this story. Its a book that won’t be for everyone but this was one entertaining ride. The gist of the story that we have here is that our hero Lyr, is a fae king and a brutal one at that but fair in his own way. Our heroine, was once a sea princess until she lost everything and now is barely surviving as it is. But then finds herself captured when Lyr comes after her and she tries to kill him. Yeah not a great starting point but its kicks booty in seeing how these two at war with each other, trying to save what matters to them most but along the way while fighting for their lives ….they find a beautiful love worth fighting for and a destiny neither expected to find.

I will be honest in that I had such a fun time with this one, sometimes the angst in the beginning could be a bit draining at times, but the author(s) here really made it entertaining as all get out and you get swept up in a story of intrigue, danger and mythological fantasy to curl your toes. I don’t read too much of this type fantasy here but I truly do love it dearly. I am eager to continue on with the trilogy and see where it takes us. There was such a level of mystery that really pulls you into the story especially with what happens to our heroine and the whole magical world believing something different about her. And boy the villain? didn’t expect that either but it definitely showed something unique to the story that you won’t predict to happen.

Overall I found such delights in “Dark King” and I am eager for more, if you are looking for a hidden treasure within the Kindle Unlimited Subscription, grab this beauty up!!

About C.N. Crawford

C.N. Crawford is not one person but two. Christine (C) grew up in the historic town of Lexington, and has a lifelong interest in New England folklore - with a particular fondness for creepy old cemeteries. Nick (N) spent his childhood reading fantasy and science fiction further north during Vermont’s long winters.

Together they work to incorporate real historical events and figures into contemporary urban fantasy novels.


Double The Romance Review-Dark King and Sweet AnnieSweet Annie by Cheryl St. John
Series: The Copper Creek Brides #1
Published by Harlequin on January 25 2001
Genres: Historical Romance, American West
Format: eBook
Source: Self Purchased
Goodreads
   AmazonLibrary Thing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
two-half-flames

Annie Sweetwater Wasn't Like Other Girls

All her life everyone she'd ever known had told her so. Except Luke Carpenter, who never let her limp blind him to seeing her as she really was: a woman grown, full of dreams, desires and hopes for a future—with him!

Luke couldn't remember a time when he hadn't loved her

To her family, she was a Dresden doll in a wheelchair. To Luke, she was his Sweet Annie, a woman of surprising gifts, with a heart as open as the wide Western sky. And he'd risk anything to make her his bride!

Sweet Annie is a book that has been on my TBR shelf at Goodreads for the longest time along with its duo companion novel “His Secondhand Wife” which I will be grabbing up very soon. I have been in sucha  mood for a sweet western and this book definitely fit the bill here. I had such a blast with this book and I honestly couldn’t put this sweet romance down at all. Its a story that while there is low heat (which I am totally cool with) the romance is on fire. I really loved the way this story was written and I definitely need to read more of this author. In Sweet Annie we have a story where our heroine was born lame, or rather its difficult for her to walk. Her family is way overprotective and stifling her spirit. And then she meets a boy, and he is sweet and kind and takes her on a ride and she falls for him quickly but her brother is furious and their love is forbidden. But now they are adults, and their love is still vibrant and strong and they are determined to find their own way towards their happily ever after despite the barriers.

Sweet Annie is a story that I was really wondering how it would progress but thankfully the tension of the story isn’t dragged all the way through especially with the conflict dealing with her family and I was thankful for that in many ways. I honestly fell hard for this story here to be honest. Its such a strong yet sweet love story and seeing these two overcome the obstacles was so empowering. I loved how protective Luke is, but always encouraging Annie to LIVE life. Her family while loving her has only harmed her in some ways by treating her as an invalid. When she is anything but. She finds her own path and way and a life worth carving for herself with the man she loves. Seeing Annie and Luke come together and fight for their love was beautiful and inspiring. And you do fall for her family eventually, except her mother, never cared for her at all. But the rest of them did redeem themselves. Definitely eager to see what the next book will bring.

About Cheryl St. John

Cheryl is the author of more than fifty books. Her first book, Rain Shadow was nominated for Romance Writers of America’s RITA Award for Best First Book, by Romantic Times Magazine for Best Western Historical, and by Affaire de Coeur readers as Best American Historical Romance. Since then she has received three more RITA nominations, a Writer’s Digest award for a feature article, and several Romantic Times Reviewers Choice awards. Many of her books made the Waldenbooks Top Ten lists, USA Today, and Big Sky Brides climbed to #35 on the NYT list.

Cheryl has been a keynote speaker numerous times and has taught workshops at: Romance Writers of America National Conference, American Christian Fiction Writers National Conference, Romantic Times Booklovers Convention, Mid-America RWA Conference, Desert Dreams Conference, Orange County RWA, Midwest Mystery and Suspense Convention, University of Nebraska at Omaha, Writers Conference, Nebraska Literature Festival, Nebraska Writers Guild, Rocky Mountain Book Festival, Friends of the Public Library, Romance Authors of the Heartland, Iowa Romance Novelists, Prairie Romance Writers, and Carolina Romance Writers.

Cheryl has had articles on the craft of writing published in Romance Writer of America’s Romance Writers Report Magazine, and numerous chapter newsletters. She was featured in the Writer’s Digest Romance Writer’s Sourcebook and the UK magazine, Writers Forum featured her in a two-page article, How To Break Into Western Romances. Cheryl’s online workshops have garnered praise from new writers and multi-published authors alike.

One thing all reviewers and readers agree on regarding Cheryl’s work is the degree of emotion and believability. Words like ‘heart-warming, emotional depth, touches your soul, tugs your heart, endearing characters and on my keeper shelf’ are commonly used to describe her work.

In describing her stories of second chances and redemption, readers and reviewers use words like, “emotional punch, hometown feel, core values, believable characters and real life situations.” Amazon and Goodreads reviews show her popularity with readers.