Thursday, December 17, 2015

The Lost Tudor Princess

The Lost Tudor Princess by Alison Weir

  • Print Length: 576 pages 
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books (January 12, 2016)
  • Publication Date: January 12, 2016
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00XG95GJC

The Blurb ...

NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE INDEPENDENT • From New York Times bestselling author and acclaimed historian Alison Weir comes the first biography of Margaret Douglas, the beautiful, cunning niece of Henry VIII of England who used her sharp intelligence and covert power to influence the succession after the death of Elizabeth I.
Royal Tudor blood ran in her veins. Her mother was a queen, her father an earl, and she herself was the granddaughter, niece, cousin, and grandmother of monarchs. Lady Margaret Douglas, Countess of Lennox, was an important figure in Tudor England, yet today, while her contemporaries—Anne Boleyn, Mary, Queen of Scots, Elizabeth I—have achieved celebrity status, she is largely forgotten. 
Margaret’s life was steeped in intrigue, drama, and tragedy—from her auspicious birth in 1530 to her parents’ bitter divorce, from her ill-fated love affairs to her appointment as lady-in-waiting for four of Henry’s six wives. In an age when women were expected to stay out of the political arena, alluring and tempestuous Margaret helped orchestrate one of the most notorious marriages of the sixteenth century: that of her son Lord Darnley to Mary, Queen of Scots. Margaret defiantly warred with two queens—Mary, and Elizabeth of England—and was instrumental in securing the Stuart ascension to the throne of England for her grandson, James VI.
The life of Margaret Douglas spans five reigns and provides many missing links between the Tudor and Stuart dynasties. Drawing on decades of research and myriad original sources—including many of Margaret’s surviving letters—Alison Weir brings this captivating character out of the shadows and presents a strong, capable woman who operated effectively and fearlessly at the very highest levels of power.
Margaret Tudor's life was just as scandalous and intriguing as her more well-known cousins, and her story is worth reading. Margaret lived through three different imprisonments, the birth of eight children, only two of which survived into adulthood. Sadly, her wish for them to prosper lead to her imprisonments. She was impulsive and reckless with her choices, much like Mary Queen of Scots, who gave birth to Margaret's grandson James, who later in life became King James VI of Scotland and King James I of England and Ireland after Queen Elizabeth I died. I enjoy Alison Weir's books and this one is no exception. I recommend it to anyone interested in Tudor history. I caution though that it is a very hefty book and it isn't for the faint of heart. You have to like non-fiction in order to appreciate its worth and depth. 

This book was given as an advanced copy to review by NetGalley, my review is written with honesty and without any ties to the author. I did not receive any monetary gain from doing so.

The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy & Vibrational Healing

The Essential Guide to Aromatherapy & Vibrational Healing by Margaret Ann Lembo
  • Paperback: 360 pages 
  • Publisher: Llewellyn Publications (March 8, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738743399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738743394

The blurb ...

This is an A-Z guide to 60 essential oils that also brings together the combination of flower remedies, gemstones essences, and other vibrational elements that can be incorporated for enhanced healing practice.
The beginning chapters outline the history of essential oils and how to use them as well as other elements that can be used in combination with the oils to enhance your practices. These include flower essences, gemstone essences, holy water, divine messengers, chakras, zodiac, planets, numbers, and animals.
From there, 60 essential oils are detailed. For each essential oil she includes Name of Oil; Key Phrase; Botanical Name; Note; Common Method of Extraction; Parts Used; Fragrance; Affirmation; Color; Complementary Flower Essences; Complementary Stones; Chakra(s); About the Plant; Chemical Components; Astrological Sign(s); Planet(s); Number(s); Animal(s); Spiritual Uses; Mental Uses; Emotional Uses; Physical Uses; Therapeutic Properties; Divine Guidance; For Your Safety; Interesting Tidbits.
The final appendices section provides further information on working with each of these vibrational elements (essential oils, flower remedies, gemstones, and other elements). An extensive glossary is also included.
This book discusses calling upon angels and guides to help you in your life, the seven chakras, zodiac signs, planets, numbers, animals, colors, flowers etc. There is a quick reference to the history of using aromatherapy, and how one can use it to balance their life physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The object is to use the fragrance to help bring forth a memory, thus observing the past in order to move forward in your life. 

For each oil mentioned you get the spiritual uses, mental uses, emotional uses, and physical uses. 

A fruitful example is: The use of Holly to release fears of jealousy as well as your jealousy of others. Honeysuckle to observe the past and use the memories to move forward. Larch to amplify self-confidence and courage. Walnut for change and integration. Willow to forgive and forget past injuries.

The other stuff might prove favorable to someone else, but to me it's just 'fluffy bunny.'

The idea of this book is an interesting concept. I do however think that other books available may be much more handy in my opinion. This one is fluffy and a little too 'new age' for me.  

This book was given as an advanced copy to review by NetGalley, my review is written with honesty and without any ties to the author. I did not receive any monetary gain from doing so.

Monday, December 14, 2015


Mechanic by Alexa Riley
  • Print Length: 175 pages  
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1519328176
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2015
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017OZY752

The Blurb ...

Everything was fine until that innocent little rich girl walked into my garage. Since the second I laid my eyes on her, all I've wanted to do is get my dirty hands on her pure body. 

There's one minor obstacle standing in my way, but I've got a plan. All I've got to do is claim her, and she’ll be mine forever. 

Warning: This book is over-the-top, insta-love. There's nothing but steamy scenes, babies trying to be made, and an obsessed bearded alpha hero claiming a virgin who will be his forever. If you want it hot and dirty, this is it! 

*whispers* There's a sweet smutty surprise at the end! 

I have to admit that I have read very few erotica novellas, and the ones I have read haven't even come close to this one. At first I was like, "yeah okay, so listen here 'caveman' I have a few choice words for you," but then after the first sex scene I felt more like this ...

I could easily look past all of the typos, and the less than mediocre plot, and even the fact that Penelope decides not to use her voice and becomes his subservient sexual possession, because she totally wants him as much as he wants her. He's definitely rough around the edges, but has some redeemable qualities. 

I don't think I will ever look at another erotica novella the same again. I might just have a new favorite genre and author. Off to add some more of her books to my night-time reading pile. It feels so sinfully exciting. ;)  

Try it, you might like it. No shame here.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Sage's Eyes

Sage's Eyes by V.C Andrews
  • Series: Forbidden  
  • Mass Market Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (January 26, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451650914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650914

The blurb ...

From V.C. Andrews, bestselling author of Flowers in the Attic (the first in a series of Lifetime movie events about the Dollanganger family), comes the tale of a young girl kept under the watchful eye of her adoptive parents, as if they fear who—or what—she’ll become…

Sixteen-year-old Sage is a lonely child. Her adoptive parents watch her obsessively, as if studying her for warning signs of…something. And maybe they’re right to—even she can’t make sense of the strange things she sees and hears. She possesses knowledge that other teenagers don’t, that her parents and teachers—no adult—could possibly have. So when Sage finally makes a friend who understands her alarming gift, he becomes her confidant, a precarious link to the truth about who she really is. For Sage and the alluring new boy at school share many things in common. Perhaps, they’ll learn, far too many things.

Ugh! Seriously? The first 50% of the book took some getting used to, and didn't have enough conflict to keep me interested. I had to put the book down for a while and read something else before picking it back up again. After a few times of doing this, it became more interesting. I had all sorts of theories going on in my head trying to guess the ending and tie everything together, but I have to admit that the ending was possibly the cheesiest, most bogus ending I had ever read before. I was totally expecting much more from a V.C Andrews book. 


I am going to say for the record that I am a Pagan, and a practicing witch, although not 'Wiccan' and this book was equivalent to the nonsense in the movie 'The Craft.' The least that the author could have done was research the topic a bit more. I understand that this book is fiction, but even fiction is best received when well known religions aren't exploited and totally fabricated. I will not let my teenagers read this book because it puts silly ideas in their heads like the following excerpts from the book: 

'We are all Wiccans. We were born into it. You were born of a mother who wasn't one of us, but your father was." 

Seriously? and ...

"We're both old enough to be beyond our Wiccan powers. They weaken with age but not for the first hundred years or so," he said."

First of all, one is not simply born Wiccan. Any religion that one follows during their lifetime is a choice. We all have the same blood running through our veins, and this implies otherwise. Some of us are born with special gifts it is true, but this doesn't make us Wiccan or any other religion.

Secondly, Wiccan isn't the name given to ancient practices of witchcraft, but instead it is the new age movement, and the first recorded use of the word didn't appear until 1962, even though the 'Wiccans' in this family are immortal (apparently) and beyond 100 years old. 

The story would have been better received by me had it not used the word 'Wicca' or 'Wiccan' at all. One can be a witch and not be Wiccan. 

All the silly symbolism in the book and special emphasis on the 'pentacle' and 'pentagram' made it more phony. You can write a good story about witches and having powers etc without throwing in ridiculous stereotypical stuff. Witches from a hundred years ago didn't wear industrial produced jewelry with pentacles on them, and had they lived an immortal life, they wouldn't concern themselves with such symbols just because they could. Instead they'd probably find them quite useless. 

The way that the parents critiqued Sage's every move was too strange and repetitive. It was the only thing that kept the story moving forward, and the entire plot of the book. Is she good or bad? Will she be one of us, or won't she? ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ

The whole time I was reading I expected them to be shapeshifters or vampires or something more inspiring. This book is a big let down. The author is apparently running out of ideas. Two thumbs down.

This book was given as an advanced copy to review by NetGalley, my review is written with honesty and without any ties to the author. I did not receive any monetary gain from doing so.

Thursday, December 10, 2015

Traditional Witchcraft For Urban Living

Traditional Witchcraft For Urban Living by Melusine Draco
  • Paperback: 152 pages  
  • Publisher: Moon Books (February 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846949785

The Blurb ...
For the witch whose career confines them to an urban environment, regular Craft practice may often seem like a futile gesture, especially if home is a small, gardenless-flat. Even the suburbs can be magically incapacitating, if there is constant noise from traffic and neighbours. People work long hour without having the opportunity to notice the subtle changing of the seasons. Weekends are a constant battle with family, domestic chores and socialising. It’s no wonder that the urban witch has little time left for magical and spiritual development.Traditional Witchcraft for Urban Living deals with the constant barrage of psychic problems that confront the urban witch on a daily basis. Based on the teachings of a traditional Craft background, the author successfully manages to blend the Old Ways with practical contemporary practice. This book is part of the Traditional Witchcraft Series.

When I sought this book out I was drawn to it first by a blog I visited while researching Traditional Witchcraft topics. I can't for the life of me remember which blog it was though. But anyhow, I was hoping for something different. This book was just okay for me. Here is why ...

This book can be summed up with a history lessons in Saxon / Norman life, and how Christians took their sacred spaces and instead of destroying them, they put relics of their own God in them so that it wouldn't be so hard for the Pagan to convert themselves to Christianity. The same goes for the celebrations to bring in the changes in seasons; all of which were given Christian names so that the Pagans could celebrate their holidays at the same time Christians did until the old ways were so far back in history that they were obsolete. I knew all this, and really felt disappointed that 65% of the book was rehashing this instead of giving the information that I thought it was going to, which is ways to bring traditional witchcraft into city living and ways that one can put this into daily 'practice.' 

The truth is, there was very little 'practice' advice in this book. The author basically tells you to cast a circle, grow herbs on your balcony, sit in an old church to meditate, read tarot cards, and collect old poetry so that you can conjure better spells with the use of rhyme and rhythm. Also, if you live outside of the UK, you won't fully engage with the whole text because you will be bored listening to her talk about locations of churches and such. 

By the end of the book she makes some interesting statements about how others practice the craft and how meditating for hours only to end with a "feel good factor" basically isn't the craft and you are just kidding yourself. Even though I believe that magic is much more complex than that, she didn't mince her words any. So this might be offensive to some readers. She goes on to say that experienced witches don't work at the textbook level, and they learn to sense things much differently than seeing rainbows and unicorns. (well, I did put my own words there in summery, but this is what was meant to be heard). I get all this, because if I didn't I wouldn't be seeking traditional witchcraft books  in the first place. I get it. Stores are full of fluffy new age crap -- well duh. So tell me more about the stuff that isn't crap.

I guess I was hoping for more traditional ritual ideas because I find it difficult to bring the craft into my daily life. So far the only way I have found it possible has been through cooking. But hey, onto the next book, shall we?

I won't buy another of the author's book because of the yawning factor, but also because it is full of repetitive material, and typos. There is very little that is useful here. She talks to you throughout the text as if you are a beginner and then other times as if you already know everything. I hope someone comes out with some good books on this subject sooner, rather than later, but I have my doubts. 

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Breaking Up with Barrett

Breaking Up with Barrett by Katy Regnery
  • Print Length: 177 pages  
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Katharine Gilliam Regnery; 1 edition (July 21, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 21, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

Emily Edwards, a first-year doctoral student at the University of Pennsylvania, grew up in the gatehouse on the outskirts of Barrett's childhood estate. The daughter of his family's gardener and housekeeper, she was always looking through the window of privilege, but forced to remember her place at the very periphery of the kingdom.

When business partners suggest that a fiancee might soften Barrett's image over business dinners, he approaches Emily for the "job" of fiancee. And while love wasn't necessarily on Barrett's radar, he begins to realize that Emily always has been. But will his take-no-prisoners boardroom tactics work on the heart of the woman he loves?

Barrett is a dream guy. His wallet has no limits, and by the end of the book, neither does his heart. He comes across in his business world as a shark, but in his personal life his confidence wavers. He has saved his heart for the heroine in the story, and it is so endearing.

Emily is a down to earth heroine who has always had a crush on Barrett. Unfortunately her social class has kept her from being romantic with him. She always felt like he was out of her league. It doesn't take her long to realize that he shares her affections, and the fake ring on her finger is actually very real, and meant for her.

Plot - The plot is appealing enough, and keeps the story moving along nicely. I couldn't help but think of the movie, "Pretty Woman" while reading it though. It wasn't exactly the same, but close enough to be predictable. I liked the hero enough to keep reading. By the end of the book I shed a few tears, and felt satisfied. The hero has a way with words, and tugs at the heart strings. Every woman needs a Barrett in her life.

The only thing that I couldn't help but feel slightly awkward about is the constant reminder that the hero has known the heroine since the day she was born. He was 8 years old. It is brought up so often that he comes across as being a little too obsessed, and perhaps at times when he shouldn't have been. Like when he was in college and she was 14 (not sure exactly, but something like that), he wanted her -- creepy, and inappropriate. It was so prevalent in the story that it didn't sit well with me and I cringed.

I will probably buy the next book in this series out of curiosity to get to know one of Barrett's brothers. The author writes well enough to give another of her books a try. No huge mistakes in the text, and enjoyable enough. 

Saturday, December 5, 2015

365 Journal Writing Ideas

365 Journal Writing Ideas by Rossi Fox
  • Paperback: 250 pages  
  • Publisher: Rossi Fox; 1 edition (August 12, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0957679300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0957679306

Follow the undated daily journal writing prompts & weekly actions in this book to fill your journal to the point of bursting. Filled with memories, self-reflection, ideas, inspiration, creativity, experiences, achievements, gratitude, short stories, photographs, goals and direction. Unlock the potential of your journal and enjoy some time for yourself.

Journal Writing Tips & Tricks.
Learn how to beat the blank page to start your journal writing practice, how to make the time to write, how to organize your journal/diary, find ideas on how to add visual interest to your journal, discover a collection of alternative journal prompts, a photography challenge checklist, and more.

365 Journaling Prompts & Questions.
Enjoy a years-long guided journal writing course for self exploration through daily writing prompts. To help you use your journal/diary as a place to remember where you have been (memoir), appreciate where you are now (gratitude) and decide on where you are going (goals). Not only helping you gain clarity, closure and purpose but also resulting in your very own mini memoir or life journal keepsake.

Mixed in amongst the reflective journal writing questions are creative writing prompts, light hearted questions and short story writing idea generator tables to help get your creative writing juices flowing and to have some fun with your journal.

52 Weekly Actions.
Feel like you are stuck in a bit of a rut? Looking to boost your self confidence by expanding your comfort zone? Or do you want some new experiences to write about? Along with your trusty journal, complete one action each week over the 365 days to make the next 52 weeks of your life just that little bit more interesting. For example:

Week 30 - Send someone a gift without them knowing it is from you. Report back to journal.

***BONUS***Over 400 Quotes.
A quote collection of over 400 quotes and proverbs ordered by subject, from adventure to writing. To be used as an extra source of inspiration, wisdom and starting points for your journaling practice. After all, who doesn't love a quote collection?

Is This Journal Writing Book For You?
Are you intimidated by the blank page?
Is your journal writing becoming repetitive?
Are you looking to find some direction and start setting goals?
Are you a writer or blogger who wants to knock the wind out of writer's block?
Have you found it difficult maintaining a journal writing practice?
Do you want to create a record of your life in a life journal?
Are you looking for a creative outlet?
Do you enjoy creative and short story writing?
Do you feel a need to clear out and process some mental clutter?
Have you built up a collection of blank journals because you are scared of ruining them?
Have you googled ‘how to write a journal?’ or ‘how to write a diary?’ but still don’t know where to start?

If so, this book is for you.

NOTE: The journal prompts & actions in this book are not dated so you can start from journaling prompt No.1 & weekly action No.1 at any point in the year. You can also pick and choose the prompts at random if you are looking for an occasional resource to help beat writer's block. So are you ready? Let's get journaling...

There are mixed reviews on this book, and I bought the kindle version of it to help me get past my fear of a blank page and learn to write daily. I haven't used the prompts yet, but I feel they will be useful. The book does what it says it will do, but like others have said, you can find these online for free with a little effort. I just didn't want to put in the effort. I preferred getting the book and having everything available without research. I do however feel that the book is a little clunky, and could have been organized and written better. There is a page per prompt which will make the book longer when printed. I think they could have been listed and condensed onto fewer pages and this would work just as well, if not better. I wouldn't pay very much for this book because it really isn't worth it, in my opinion. There are others out there much better. Nothing new here. It was thrown together to make a quick dollar. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Already Home

Already Home (Sons of Chance series) by Vicki Lewis Thompson
Print Length: 51 pages  

  • Publisher: Harlequin Blaze (May 1, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2012
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007H90BJM

From New York Times bestselling author Vicki Lewis Thompson, a Sons of Chance series novella!
Daredevil videographer Langford "Hutch" Hutchinson has put his career on hold to help his widowed father run their family store in Wyoming. He doesn't mean to stay in town for long—though it's long enough to rekindle his lust for Trina Bledstone. Hutch always had a thing for Trina, but she's his best friend's sister—and that meant hands off!
But Trina still has the power to set his pulse racing—and her brother isn't around to stop them from exploring their sizzling chemistry this time….
A Sons of Chance series novella.
I am never disappointed with a Vicki Lewis Thompson novel, and this one isn't any different. It is a short novella which can be read in an hour. I enjoy reading books like this in between other longer novels to switch things up a little. Vicki is one of my favorite authors. She has been now for many years. She has great talent, and the characters that she creates in her books are always well rounded and easy to love.

Hutch - He is a dashing, fun hero for this book. I felt at ease with him straight away, and wouldn't mind having one of him cuddling behind me in bed at night. ;)

Katrina - She is a provocative young woman who seems to know what she wants and goes for it. She is sweet-natured too, and fits together well with the hero.

Plot - The plot is realistic, yet a little speedy because there is only so much you can put in a fifty page novella. The pace was perfect for me, and it had a satisfying ending. Great to read on a quick lunch break.  

Thursday, December 3, 2015

The Moon in the Palace

The Moon in the Palace by Weina Dai Randel 

  • Print Length: 400 pages  
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (March 1, 2016)
  • Publication Date: March 1, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017HX12WC

There is no easy path for a woman aspiring to power
A concubine at the palace learns quickly that there are many ways to capture the Emperor's attention. Many paint their faces white and style their hair attractively, hoping to lure in the One Above All with their beauty. Some present him with fantastic gifts, such as jade pendants and scrolls of calligraphy, while others rely on their knowledge of seduction to draw his interest. But young Mei knows nothing of these womanly arts, yet she will give the Emperor a gift he can never forget.
Mei's intelligence and curiosity, the same traits that make her an outcast among the other concubines, impress the Emperor. But just as she is in a position to seduce the most powerful man in China, divided loyalties split the palace in two, culminating in a perilous battle that Mei can only hope to survive.
In the breakthrough first volume in the Empress of Bright Moon duology, Weina Dai Randel paints a vibrant portrait of ancient China—where love, ambition, and loyalty can spell life or death—and the woman who came to rule it all.


Mei - She begins the book as a child, and by the end of it, she has blossomed into a courageous, captivating woman who stays true to her heart, and her loyalties take her beyond her own expectations. She was truly mesmerizing.

Pheasant - His gentleness, and kindheartedness circled my heart like a ray of sunshine. He's a man of honor and distinction. I look forward to reading more about him in the next novel.

The other characters were very well developed. Some I loved, and others I loved to hate, all making for a sensational read. 

It is the first book that I have read that takes place in China. A while back I watched a documentary about The Forbidden City, which sparked my interest in China's traditional past, and then when searching for my next book to read, The Moon in the Palace enticed me with its beautiful cover. I am so thankful it did, because this is, by far, the best book I have read all year. No lie.

The emperor in this book makes Henry VIII look like a saint. The intricate details within the pages are woven together so eloquently. It amazed me to find such deep seeded deceit, and harsh betrayals among the palace walls. I was completely consumed from the very first page. It took me two and a half days to read, and this is a long book. I didn't want to put it down. 

The ending caught me a little off guard though, as I expected something a little more gratifying, but it ended the way it did because the next book will pick up where it left off. I will be thrilled to get my hands on a copy of the remainder of the story. 

There was a lot of action, and the plot was well paced. There is a lot of philosophy, and meaning to be taken from the book. There wasn't a lot of romance, but just enough to warm my heart. It's kind of hard to get caught up in a romantic relationship with an emperor breathing down your neck. I do hope the next has a little more love sprinkled through the pages though. I'm a romantic at heart.

The author is brilliant and writes like she was born to. I hope she writes many more books, as I can see her becoming a favorite, without question.  

This book was given as an advanced copy to review by NetGalley, my review is written with honesty and without any ties to the author. I did not receive any monetary gain from doing so.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Craving the Highlander's Touch

Craving the Highlander's Touch by Michelle Willingham 
  • Print Length: 54 pages  
  • Publisher: Harlequin Historical Undone (September 1, 2011)
  • Publication Date: September 1, 2011
  • Sold by: Harlequin Digital Sales Corp.
  • Language: English

Scotland, 1306
For Alys Fitzroy, Lady of Harkirk, her brutish husband is more of an enemy than the wild Scots she is supposed to hate. Her heart longs to help her husband's prisoners—especially Finian MacLachor, the intense Highland chief who bears the scars of his own failed uprising, both inside and out. With her help, he has a second chance to make things right for his clan—and and to show Alys the nights of unbelievable pleasure she's been missing.…


This is the first that I have read in the Mackinloch Clan series. I read short books like these in between other longer books, just so that I can take a break and change things up a bit.

Finian - He is a very spicy hero, and he warms up Alys's bed very quickly with his skillful seductions. He likes it when Alys surrenders herself to him, and lets him show her how to enjoy herself.

Alys - She's timid, yet brave and ready for some happiness in her life. The two of them seem to fit perfectly together without question. 

Plot - Surprisingly, there is a lot going on, and the sex is hot. It satisfied my craving for a quick paced, shorter book. No regrets here. Worth the read. The cover can use a bit of work. It's not the best that I have seen in the genre.

The Iron Princess

The Iron Princess by Sandra Lake   
  • Print Length: 252 pages   
  • Publisher: InterMix (June 16, 2015)
  • Publication Date: June 16, 2015
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JV124Q2

A Sons of the North Romance novel from Sandra Lake, author of The Warlord’s Wife, who takes readers to 12th-century Scandinavia where two hearts clash in furious passion…

The daughter of a Northern warlord, Katia is known as the Iron Princess for her mettle in battle. Headstrong and defiant, she instigates sword duels on a whim with little regard for her own safety. Katia would rather die on her feet as a warrior than live as a token wife and child bearer for a husband who keeps her castled as if she were a prisoner.

Lothair is the illegitimate son of the Duke of Saxony, who was granted the title of baron, a castle and lands. Raised in an atmosphere of mistrust and deceit, he rejects the concept of husbandry and wants a life of purpose and sacrifice in the pursuit of security for the Baltic Sea.

And when fate brings the Iron Princess and reluctant baron together, Katia and Lothair discover they are kindred spirits with fiery temperaments—and insatiable desires—to match…   


Katia - She's a fierce heroine, who often times thinks a few steps ahead of herself without thinking of the danger she puts herself or others in.She was a bit too fearless and had a huge hero complex. She wouldn't be satisfied until she saved the world. She ended up being a damsel in distress more times than she should have, but she entertained me. Like stories with "Anne Boleyn," she was a woman before her time. She had ideas of equality and refused to keep her mouth shut when it was for the best. I suppose if I were born back then, I would have been like that too. A bit less dimwitted though.

Lothair - He can be my hero any day. He had all the characteristics of the man you want to read about in a romance novel. He was hot in the bedroom, tough in battle, brave, charming and a little mysterious. He was a highborn bastard, and struggled with the idea of it, which made him very human. I fell in love with him, and at times felt sorry for him that he had to keep saving his heroine from the stupid ideas that were in her pretty little head. But he did it gracefully. A real virile man, and suited perfectly for the era of the book.

I would like to read a book about his father. He sounded like a very interesting man, and handsome too. 

Plot - From the moment I started to read this book it kept me interested, and turning pages. It was very suspenseful. Each scene was well paced, and the author kept them coming. Even toward the end of the book, she pulled out a few more conflicts that may have made the book feel a little too dense, but overall, I think she pulled it off. I was satisfied with the ending, and closed the book smiling. 

I liked all of her characters well except for the ones I wasn't suppose to. One scene in particular made my stomach churn, but I thought it was well played by Katia. Without spoiling it for others, I will just use the words, "chicken bones" and you will understand after you read it. ;)

The cover is beautiful. I'm quite happy the person who designed it tried to cover the horned helmet. LOL! I have a thing about that. If you are a Viking fan you will get what I mean. 

This book was given as a copy to review by NetGalley, my review is written with honesty and without any ties to the author. I did not receive any monetary gain from doing so.