Cover Him With Darkness – Review and Giveaway

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Cover Him with Darkness. If you loved an angel… How far would you fall with him?
Part One of The Book of the Watchers
By Janine Ashbless
240 Pages, 6″ x 9″
Publishing November 1, 2014.

Janine Ashbless is a writer of fantasy erotica and steamy romantic adventure – and that’s “fantasy” in the sense of swords ‘n’ sandals, contemporary paranormal, fairytale, and stories based on mythology and folklore.  She likes to write about magic and mystery, dangerous power dynamics, borderline terror, and the not-quite-human.

Janine has been seeing her books in print ever since 2000, and her novels and single-author collections now run into double figures. She’s also had numerous short stories published by Black Lace, Nexus, Cleis Press, Ravenous Romance, Harlequin Spice, Storm Moon, Xcite, Mischief Books, and Ellora’s Cave among others. She is co-editor of the nerd erotica anthology Geek Love.

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Cover Him with Darkness is part of Tempted Romance, a new imprint from Cleis Press dedicated to erotic romance.

If You Loved an Angel… How Far Would You Fall with Him?
What happens when the daughter of the village priest falls in love with an archangel banished from heaven? Milja’s heart is struck when she catches a glimpse of the preternaturally beautiful prisoner her father keeps captive beneath his church’s altar. Torn between tradition, loyalty and her growing obsession with the fallen angel, will Milja risk losing her family, and her eternal soul, for the love of this divine being? Janine Ashbless will transport you to a world where good and evil battle for true love.

Cover Him with Darkness is a dark and gritty story that keeps you turning pages long after you should have turned out the lights and gone to sleep. For me it felt more like a romance than erotica, there are just a couple of real sex scenes with other mentions but this didn’t lessen my enjoyment of the story at all. I really enjoyed it, and as soon as I finished it I was eager to find out when sequels will be forthcoming (no news as yet). Having only read short stories from this author before I had no experience of her novels but if this is an example I will be looking out for more.
The main character, Milja is believable and someone you feel yourself empathising with. You understand her choices, and what motivates her. This was a fascinating look at religious beliefs and fantasy, and you can see how much research the author has done to make events, if not quite believable then realistic.

If you would like to know more or buy this book (and I recommend you do) you can purchase it here:
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I’m also giving one lucky reader the chance to win their own copy of Cover Him with Darkness (this will require you giving me your name and address so I can forward the details on to Cleis Press who will send out your prize). The giveaway will be open for a week and then a winner will be picked. Please note competition only accounts and people who are ‘taking the piss’ will be disqualified. Giveaway starts on Monday 17th (having issues with Rafflecopter). Follow the link to enter.

Competition now closed. Winner was @Rhea_Dsouza_ Congratulations Rhea. 

 

Book Review – The Silver Chain

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The Silver Chain is the first book in the Unbreakable Trilogy by Primula Bond, and you can also check her out on twitter.

One dark evening in London, photographer Serena Folkes is indulging her impulsive side with a night-time shoot. But someone is watching her – mysterious entrepreneur Gustav Levi. Serena doesn’t know it yet, but this handsome stranger will change her life forever…

Serena is fascinated by Gustav, the enigmatic owner of the Levi Gallery, and she soon feels an irresistible pull of attraction. The interest is mutual, and Gustav promises to launch Serena’s photographic career at his gallery, but only if Serena agrees to become his exclusive companion.

To mark their agreement, Gustav gives Serena a bracelet to wear at all times. Attached to it is a silver chain of which he is the keeper. With the chain Gustav controls Serena physically and symbolically – a sign that she is under his power.

As their passionate relationship intensifies, Gustav’s hold on the silver chain grows stronger. But will Gustav’s dark past tear them apart?

This was the third book I had read by this author and I feel this is more of an erotic romance than just straight-forward erotica. At first I wasn’t quite sure what I thought, it seems to start off slowly but by the end I was right there with the characters. I cried, laughed, gasped……and yes got that fun tingly feeling at the ‘sparky’ parts.

The story’s tension builds perfectly, I felt a strong connection to Serena almost immediately, and as the story progresses you really see her character develop.  When we first meet Serena she seems fragile and almost innocent….or maybe more naive than innocent, and as the book continues we don’t see her character change we just see more of her that was hidden at the beginning, we get glimpses into why she behaves the way she does. While Gustav’s character seems to be a bundle of contradictions wrapped up in a very controlling package, it is only as the story goes on, we find that he is not at all what he seems, and like Serena is very much a product of his past.

That was one of the things I loved about this book, the characters were very believable, they were so well-developed that you felt they could be people you knew, and as the story progressed you truly wanted to know what happened to them, to find out how their lives continued. I was very glad when I came to the end of The Silver Chain that I already had the second book in the series, because I really wanted to keep reading.  If you’re thinking of a purchase would definitely suggest you buy the whole trilogy at the same time.

There will probably be comparisons to the Fifty Shades books, however I feel it is a comparison that does THIS trilogy a disservice; these books are smart, well-written, carefully thought-out, and show a master-slave relationship as a mutual relationship involving trust and respect. I can only hope they become even half as popular.

 

If you would like to purchase these books (or any others by this author) they can be found on Amazon.com  or on Amazon.co.uk

 

*Disclaimer – I received this book for free from the author but was under no obligation to review it here.