Thursday, November 6, 2014

Release Day - Tempest In Disguise - Review & Giveaway

Tempest In Disguise
by Riley Bancroft
Series: Darkest Faerie Tale, #1
Genre: Dark Erotic Urban Fantasy Romance
Cover Designer: Fiona Jayde
Release Date: November 6, 2014

Come join Riley and her guests on November 13th for a Facebook Party to celebrate the release of Tempest In Disguise!

Born the only hybrid between two warring factions, Mya's life is all smoke and mirrors. For twenty four years her true identity has been kept a secret inside the virtuous Seelie Court of the ancient Fae. But that time has come to an end. In one sudden blow, her perception of reality is irrevocably altered and her livelihood is stripped away. A dark and mysterious stranger has set his sights on her to possess, consume and claim her for himself. Mya must keep her wits about her to survive…or surrender to her darkest desires.

As one of the leaders in the infamous Unseelie Court, Cole is determined to seize the powerful and magickal hybrid from the enemy’s court on behalf of his people.  A battle is looming and they’re ready to end the war at any cost, but for Cole it’s personal.  The scar on his face is a daily reminder of the cuts marring his darkened soul and when he goes after the hybrid, a burning need to dominate and master her is far too great. Despite the consequences he faces for touching her, Cole's dark and twisted hunger is unable to resist her allure. He craves her full submission, but in order to do that, he must take everything away from her first.

Dark, Erotic Paranormal Romance with BDSM Elements…

The Darkest Faerie Tales

There are two sides of me. One is good. The other is bad. Sure, everyone has bad and good in them, but my two halves are constantly at war with each other—I’m either extremely virtuous or terribly wicked—there is no in between.

In ancient Gaelic myth, the gods and goddesses were sent to earth, becoming known as the Tuatha Dé, God’s tribe in the form of a supernatural race. For centuries, as immortals, they ruled on the earth above humans. Then the Great Atonement happened. As people of the mound, they were stripped of the Tuatha Dé title and turned into Aos sí. They became nothing more than magickal human beings who happened to live a little longer than normal mortals.

The Aos sí are divided into two sects…Seelie or Unseelie. Dualities of light and dark instilled at birth. Though they lived in a semblance of peace, everything changed right before I was born and the factions turned against one another.

I’m half Seelie and half Unseelie, the only mixed breed ever to exist. My parents went to great lengths to hide my true identity during the wars.

I was supposed to live a normal life, the whole white picket fence and everything, but it’s all changing now. The Unseelies seek to take down the Seelies and restore themselves into power, back to the way things were on the magickal island of Sitnalta, before the Great Atonement. However, the Seelies only want to pursue balance, harmony, in all things.

And me? I’m stuck in the middle, torn between two worlds.

This is not a faerie tale.

Mya is special and she's known this her entire life, she just doesn't realize how special she truly is. As the only hybrid, she's one of a kind and she's about to be in the middle of a war between the Seelie and Unseelie court who will battle to take control of her and the other side wants to destroy her.

This story picks up with a bang, in the first few pages her friend's brother dies and a stranger enters her home in the dead of night. Cole is supposed to be there on a mission but the second he gets near Mya he is drawn to her. Their attraction to one another is instant and takes hold not just of him but her as well causing her to feel something she's never felt before. He's a member of the enemy court, but her Unseelie side is drawn to him and she submits to him.

That is the night before all hell breaks loose. The next morning she awakens to find her house is burning down and she's left with only a few items she was able to grab from when her parents were alive. Her life is turning on its axis at every single possible moment. She goes from grieving over a friend, to being in the arms of a stranger, to her house burning down, to finding out the sexy stranger is the fire inspector, and finally to being accused of burning her own house down.

Can Mya figure out what is really going on and who she truly is before it is too late? Can she learn to trust Cole or is it too late for their bond to be saved?

While this was a novella and there is another part coming out next month, it still managed to capture my attention within the first three pages. I wasn't expecting the story to take off the way it did, but it sure did and was full of twists and turns that left me wanting more and more until the very end of this novella which has me waiting anxiously for the next part to come out. I'm normally not into these types of books that have paranormal elements but this one surprisingly was really good and I cannot wait to see where Mya and Cole end up in all of this and what role Gavin really plays in all of this. Easily a 5 star book.

***Complimentary copy provided by author in exchange for a honest review***

Riley Bancroft grew up in the heart of Texas. Ever since she was little she favored stories on the darker side, not just supernatural, but psychological as well. She penned her first erotic poems in college about the love of her life. The pursuit of her writing career began when she wrote a short story based on the intimate scene missing in Twilight, to share with her friends. They encouraged her to write her own novel. And so, she did.

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