Review: The Royal Conquest by Stacy Reid

The Royal Conquest (Scandalous House of Calydon, #4)

The Royal Conquest
(Scandalous House of Calydon #4)
Author: Stacy Reid
Publisher: Entangled Publishing LLC
Publication: November 30, 2015
Genre: Romance, Historical Romance
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His dark seduction will be her undoing…

After being cruelly jilted by a lord who claimed to adore her, Miss Payton Peppiwell swore her future husband would be as ordinary as she. Now if only her family would listen to her. Then she meets Mikhail Konstantinovich, an untitled horse breeder, in a highly improper and scandalous encounter. Never had Payton expected to be so attracted to the dark, intriguing man, who seduces her to recklessness with a mere stare.

Mikhail abhors anything to do with intimacy. Yet Miss Peppiwell stirs hunger and a need long forgotten in him. But Mikhail has a dark past—one that means his lust must be sated in a way entirely unsuitable for a lady. But his biggest secret will be the hardest for Payton to overcome: Mikhail is not only titled, he’s a prince…

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Before anything else, allow me to fangirl first and ask Stacy Reid a question through this review. Were you Lisa Kleypas‘s apprentice? Because her writing and yours have the same impact to my heart. You are a historical romance genius!

Alright, on to my review. 🙂

The Royal Conquest seriously made me miss reading historical romance because I consider this genre my first love. In this book, I experienced such overwhelming feelings and love because Stacy Reid’s way of writing offers flawless romance and emotional depth.

This book is the fourth book of the Scandalous House of Calydon series. This time we get to know more about Payton Peppiwell, the younger sister of Phillipa Peppiwell fromThe Irresistible Miss Peppiwell. Payton, who was jilted by her fiancé Lord Jensen because of her previous family scandal, has already moved on and decided that the social circle is not for her. But when her visitation to Sherring Cross led her to meeting the alluring and devilishly handsome Mikhail Konstantinovich, her world tumbled upside down because of the inevitable attraction they both felt towards each other. However, Mikhail had some secrets that he was not willing to divulge to Payton and all of a sudden, Lord Jensen came into the scene once again to win her back and propose a marriage for the second time.

This book certainly has a lot of elements that attract a romance reader like me. One of these is the sexual tension which was very discernible and powerful that I was most definitely swooning the entire time and rooting for the two to end up together. The main characters are strong and very attractive and they definitely burst with amazing qualities. Payton especially enthralled me because of her love for books and writing.

Here’s one of my favorite conversations shared by Payton and Mikhail that made me laugh:

(Mikhail) “Do not be embarrassed. I possess a similar need to know all of your secrets. I hunger to know your passion, what you dream of, the food you love, what makes you angry, what makes you throw back your head and laugh without a care in the world, what makes your golden eyes darken with need, and what makes you moan in abandonment.”

(Payton) “Books.”

(Mikhail) “What?”

(Payton) “When I smell a new book and clasp the leather binding in my arms. I moan… in pure pleasure.”

The two of them have undeniable chemistry and it was endearing and a pleasure to read. The overall romantic plot is also raw and very enticing. It’s basically a book that makes it all difficult to tear your eyes away from it. As a whole, this book is an exquisite addition to the series. It was written with passion and it’s one with a great conflict delivery and remarkable resolve.

I can’t wait to see what the author has in store for her readers on the next books. Man, the series continues to get better in each book!

(ARC was given freely by the Publisher in exchange for an honest review)

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Review: Eternal Darkness by Stacy Reid

Eternal Darkness (The Amagarians, #1)

Eternal Darkness
(The Amagarians #1)
Author: Stacy Reid
Publisher: Stacy Reid
Publication: October 6, 2015
Genre: New Adult, Erotica, Paranormal, Fantasy
My Rating:

five stars

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The darkest taste of temptation…

Fleeing from a blood oath made against her will to a man known in the seven realms as the tyrant king, the last place Princess Saieke Shyokara, expected to be trapped was in the Darkage, the land of the feared shadowed demons. Even worse, she’s stuck with Archduke Drac EL Kyn, a Darkan–a creature of darkness and sensuality, who entices her with passion, intrigue, and danger. The only thing she needs from the fierce warrior is his body to further her own plot…certainly not the dangerously irresistibly desire he rouses.

As one of the deadliest shadow assassins of his realm, Drac must use his skills to unearth the factions who murdered his king. Drawn by an irresistible hunger to the princess, he struggles to maintain distance from a woman who is utterly forbidden to those of his race. Yet, as she navigates the treacherous schemes and traps laid for her by the kingdoms of the seven realms, Drac must decide if he will claim Saieke as his mate, or will he relinquish this woman, who stirs in him the darkest hunger he’s ever known, to avoid embroiling his kingdom in war…

**Heat level: Scorching**
**Mature audiences only! **
**Word count: 86000 words**

**Eternal Darkness is the first book in the Amagarians series and is a standalone**

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Thank you to Stacy Reid for the advance reading copy in exchange for an honest review!

My experience with New Adult Fantasy is so limited that I always crave to read more of this genre. Thankfully, Eternal Darkness did not fail me, and instead, it thoroughly surprised and amazed me.

Eternal Darkness is the first installment of The Amagarians series. It’s actually my nth time to read a book written by Stacy Reid and I must say that she continues to astound me. I’ve known her for her historical romance specialty (and she’s very good at it) and I really admired her works. This time around, she ventured on a new genre and came up with this delicious fantasy tale that is totally a bomb.

The story focuses on the heroine Princess Saieke El Shyokara, the sole heir of Boreas which is also known as Kingdom of Winds and Mountains. Out of seven kingdoms of Amagarie, Boreas is the one that is most abundant when it comes to natural and essential resources– which made it become a target to most of the kingdoms. One who was destined to marry the tyrant King Ajali Haddin from the Kingdom of Nuria, Saieke has been meaning to break her engagement to him. Unfortunately, her parents fully decided her fate– which led her to flee. She eventually landed into the comfort of The Darkage— a vicious, cruel kingdom led by Gidon. There, she met the dark and mysterious Drac El Ryn who became the man she eventually fell in love with.

What I love about this book is the incredible world building. Stacy Reid was able to deliver an intense plot that is enriched with magnificent action scenes. I thought the concept was amazing, too. The use of chakra as a form of magical element and the fact that Saieke has the ability to control water and wind– it’s something spectacular and refreshing. And what I also love is how the author built a heroine that is strong and passionate at the same time.

The male character Drac was also one interesting character. He totally swooned me the first time he was introduced. He aired such mystery and masculine qualities. Not to mention the fact that he has that beast in him that gave him that bad, cruel side. The romance is also one of this book’s greatest strengths. All those details– Totaly sexy, enticing, and full of emotions!

“You are mine and only mine. There will never be another for me.

What I also notice about the book was how it turned out to be such a page-turner. I found myself fully engrossed to the story, thus making me feel like I’m actually there in Amagerie.

The only flaw I observed was the descriptions of the secondary characters. I thought they were not fully well defined. I wanted to know more about Thyon and Kamu. I thought they are remakrable characters here.

As a whole, Eternal Darkness is one captivating and exciting read. I definitely will watch out for the release of the second installment!

Rating: 5 Stars

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Interview with Stacy Reid, Author of Scandalous House of Calydon series

The Duke's Shotgun Wedding (Scandalous House of Calydon, #1)

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Victorian Era England…
As far as rash decisions go, it was formidable. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne’s will remains strong. If the only way to save her family’s estate and reputation is by aiming a small pistol at the Duke of Calydon, then so be it. For Lady Jocelyn demands satisfaction – and she will have it at any cost. Even if it means demanding the hand of the intense and foreboding Duke himself… But she’s made the first move against a very dangerous opponent… For Sebastian Thornton is no stripling to be trifled with. The lady has played her hand. Now it’s his turn. For Sebastian is in need of a wife. And to find a wife with spirit and fire – even if she means to only marry for his money – would be a great prize indeed. And he intends to thoroughly take his pleasure with her… and demands his own satisfaction in return.

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Welcome to my blog, Stacy! I’m very pleased to have you here. When did you first know that you wanted to be a writer?

Hi Pearl! Thank you for having me. I wanted to be a writer from I was about twelve years old. At that time I was hooked on Hardy boys, Nancy drew, and The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. When I ran out of books to read (not because I devoured them all, but because my local library was very limited) I started to dabble with my own short stories and my love for writing grew and flourished.

Oh my God. Nancy Drew! I’m a fan. Can you tell us about your road to publication?

It has been a really amazing journey. While I loved writing no one in my family thought it made sense, and every time I mentioned writing romance I was met with staunch resistance. I buried the desire and went onto pursue a business degree. The day after graduation I sat on my bed crying because I was unhappy with my career path. My hubby asked me what’s up, and I poured out my desire to write. He encouraged me not to take the job I was just offered and to pursue my dream.

I spent the next year writing three books in a paranormal/ fantasy romance series. I then tried to get an agent which was disastrous.  But I didn’t let the rejections get me down, and I kept searching for a way to publication. I came across a blog post about Entangled publishing and how fantastic they were doing. And I thought, “This is where I want to be.” So I submitted my book and I was rejected. I was crushed! The very next day I saw where Entangled sent out a submission call for historical romance novellas. I pondered on it for hours and I thought ‘I can write historical as well for I adored reading the favourite genre.’ So I crafted a story, one I was hoping to intrigue the acquiring editor for the call, and I wrote the first book in The Scandalous house of Calydon series. It was accepted and I was offered a four book contract for the series… and the rest is in the wind!

I adore your writing style! Are there any authors whose writing you think is beautiful, or have influenced your writing style? 

Oh wow. I am grinning like mad that you love my writing style. Thank you! There are so many wonderful authors out there that I adore. I find Nalini Singh’s and Lora Leigh’s writing to be beautiful and scrumptious. My favourite historical romance authors are Lisa Kleypas, Judith McNaught, Johanna Lindsey, Julie Garwood,  Kinley Macgregor, and Phillipa Gregory. Have they influenced my writing style? I can only pray and hope they do in some way because these ladies are amazing.

We do have a lot in common. I love Lisa Kleypas and Judith McNaught, too! Anyway, I’ve known you for your wonderful characterization and your sizzling love scenes. How do you approach writing love scenes?

Ha! Sizzling love scenes. J Before I start writing a book I spend hours picturing my couples conversing together, and with other people to get a feel of their character. I laugh out loud at some of the things I imagine, gasp, roll my eyes, and keep imagining until I can hear them talking, and I even respond sometimes. After I have painted the image of my hero and heroine, before I write one word, I always immerse myself in their sensual encounters. I then write the first kiss and a semblance of their first sex scene before I write the book itself. Madness I know. Does it work all the time? No. Sometimes the characters surprise me and do what they want. LOL.  

I also have a husband who is always willing for me to push him down and have my way when I am wondering if something is possible. He is wonderful enough where he does not complain about having a bit of himself in every one of my heroes. 😉

That is so sweet! What is your writing routine like? And how do you combat writer’s block?

My routine is all over the place! Sometimes I write in the day, but I am way more productive in the night when the house is asleep and I can immerse myself in my worlds without distraction. I do not really have a set time I allot daily to writing. Some days I write for two hours, and other days for twelve. It all depends on how the characters are speaking to me on that day. I hate putting myself on a schedule…every time I try I fail, so I just do not do it.

Writers block—sometimes the characters are silent, and no matter what, words won’t come. The thing is not to panic and know it is a part of the process. It is tempting to get hysterical especially when a deadline is looming. But what I find works well for me is to simply pause, and do something else. Go out to dinner, watch a movie, and remind myself not to obsess over the fact I am stuck or the story feels boring. And always in the midst of doing something boring or torturous like washing the dishes or hanging clothes on the line (yes I hate doing these things) my characters speak to me in the most amazing way.

Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? 

Never lose sight of your dream. When it is daunting and all seems dim, keep writing. Always work on improving your craft. Read writing blogs, read books in your genre and never ever give up on the dream to be an author. There will be a lot of stumbling blocks, but the biggest one will be your doubt.

What are you working on right now? And can you tell us something about your new and upcoming book(s)?

I have two more books releasing this year, book 4 in the  Scandalous House of Calydon Series THE ROYAL CONQUEST, which is set to release November 30th, and book one in The Novel of the Amagarians series, ( a smexy paranormal fantasy romance) ETERNAL DARKNESS, to be released this October 6th. I am also completing book one in a new series to be released by Entangled Publishing next year! The first book tentatively titled ACCIDENTALLY COMPROMISING THE DUKE, will be release February 2016, and I am so excited about it J. I am also working on Scandalous house of Calydon #5 (Marcus and Charlotte’s story)

That is so  exciting! Now for some rapid-fire questions.

Favorite writing snack?

Pizza

Favorite writing and reading nook?

My bed with a mound of pillows

Favorite childhood book?

The Nancy Drew series

Favorite book boyfriend?

Zadist from J.R. Ward BDB series. I have read his book a gazillion times.

Current book you’re reading?

The Earl’s Bride by Frances Fowlkes.

Thank you once again, Stacy, for taking time to answer these questions. It’s such a pleasure to have you here!

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(Bio taken from Goodreads)

I am an unapologetic romance lover. I read it. I write it. Enough said. Well..I also have a warrior way “Never give up on my dreams.” I spend a copious amount of time drooling over Rick Grimes from Walking Dead, watching Japanese anime and playing video games with my love, Dusean.

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REVIEW: The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding by Stacy Reid

The Duke's Shotgun Wedding

The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding
(Scandalous House of Calydon #1)
Author: Stacy Reid
Publisher: Entangled: Scandalous
Published: April 14, 2014
Genre: Romance, Historical Romance
My Rating:

five-stars

Victorian Era England…
As far as rash decisions go, it was formidable. But Lady Jocelyn Rathbourne’s will remains strong. If the only way to save her family’s estate and reputation is by aiming a small pistol at the Duke of Calydon, then so be it. For Lady Jocelyn demands satisfaction – and she will have it at any cost. Even if it means demanding the hand of the intense and foreboding Duke himself… But she’s made the first move against a very dangerous opponent… For Sebastian Thornton is no stripling to be trifled with. The lady has played her hand. Now it’s his turn. For Sebastian is in need of a wife. And to find a wife with spirit and fire – even if she means to only marry for his money – would be a great prize indeed. And he intends to thoroughly take his pleasure with her… and demands his own satisfaction in return.

MY THOUGHTS…

“You came into my life and completely turned it upside down, when all I wanted was a biddable wife to give me an heir.”

I’ve read The Irresistible Miss Peppiwell by Stacy Reid and it really fascinated me in a heartbeat so I didn’t hesitate to grab The Duke’s Shotgun Wedding and have it a go. And again, Stacy Reid did not fail. I absolutely love this novella!

It’s fast-paced and really compelling. I love how the main characters interact especially how their connection became deeper every second. I thought Sebastian and Jocelyn’s love story is worth extending, I just wished Stacy made it a bit longer because I so want to read mooooore of them together! I think their romantic quest is too short-lived and it leaves me craving for more, more, and more.

However, I rated it 5 stars because the plot is absolutely perfect. I could not find any flaws in this book. It’s romantic, and not in a boring and cliche way. The characters also did not annoy me at all. And the ending is brilliant! *sigh*

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