Saturday, January 9, 2016

Dark and Stormy Knight by Nina Mason

Title: Dark and Stormy Knight
Author: Nina Mason

Series and Order: The Knights of Avalon, #2
Genres: Paranormal/Urban Fantasy/Erotica
Release Date: January 5, 2016
Publisher: Lyrical Press
Heat level: Very steamy with light BDSM

Formats: E-book and paperback
Online Retailers: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo & Google Play

She’ll risk everything for their love—even her life.

Aspiring screenwriter Gwyn Morland is ready for her big break. That means securing the film rights to elusive author Lady Ruthven’s acclaimed novel—which means traveling to Scotland. It’s a trip timid Gwyn isn’t prepared for, and her fears seem justified when her tour bus careens over a cliff outside of Castle Glenarvon. But the plot thickens when Gwyn is rescued from the brink of death by a handsome and mysterious stranger…

Leith MacQuill is not only the writer behind Lady Ruthven’s novel, but a shape-shifting faery knight bearing a tragic curse: the woman he gives his heart to will die. Saving Gwyn proves to be a dangerous choice when he finds himself falling for her the longer she stays in the castle. Not even his usual BDSM role-playing games are enough to thwart the intense desire they feel for each other. But to stay together, Gwyn and Leith must embark on a dangerous mission into Avalon, the realm of the faeries. Will their love be strong enough to conquer the curse? Or will Gwyn’s new life be stolen from her before it’s even begun?



Here's a little bit about The Knights of Avalon series in Nina's own words:

The Knights of Avalon, the four-part erotic PNR/UF series, was born of a simple idea: to write a series incorporating different forms of divination. From that kernel grew the far more complex world of the series. The “knights” of Avalon, the enchanted otherworld isle featured in Arthurian and Celtic legend, were Scottish noblemen who, after falling in battle, were taken by the fairies to serve as breeding drones to their queen. Each of the four books in the series tells the story of a particular knight and the heroine whose love saves him from his unhappy existence.

Each knight in the series grapples with a different relationship with Morgan Le Fay, the cruel and selfish queen of Avalon. Callum Lyon, the hero of STARRY KNIGHT (book one), is free of Morgan’s influence, having escaped enslavement by faking his own death. Leith MacQuill, the hero of DARK AND STORMY KNIGHT (book two), was expelled from Avalon after the queen discovered his affair with one of her scouts. In book three, KNIGHT OF ENCHANTMENT, Axel Lochlann, a Scottish runemaster of Viking descent, guards the portal between Hitherworld (our realm) and Thitherworld (the otherworldly realm). The fourth knight, Finn MacKnight, doesn’t know what he is or that he’s destined to fulfill an ancient prophecy telling of the queen’s overthrow by a “natural-born” drone. Because of this prophecy, Morgan kills all the male children she bears and punishes the knights who father them

Avalonian knights are vampire-like, but not vampires per se. Members of the Unseelie Fae, they drink blood and can assume the form of any creature they choose, but generally take the form of a particular animal to hunt. Callum’s preferred form is a lion, Leith’s is a Kellas Cat (a cross between a wild cat and a domestic cat found only in Scotland), Axel’s is a gyrfalcon, and Finn’s will be a jaguar.





Oh, the curse of a kiss. A fantasy tale steeped in mythology, composed of depth and layers.

A tale of never-ending contrasts. Atmospheric, dangerous and romantic. With a prophesy...

She wanted to be a screenwriter, she had to become a role-player.
She was extremely shy and inhibited, she wished to be bold and adventurous.
Her stepmother inflicted pain with her cruelty and torture.
He taught her her how fine the line is between pain and pleasure.

He was a warrior, a leader, a risk taker. Now he is a recluse, sharing his company and secrets only with others of his kind and only as necessary.
He is a man afraid to love. He suffered great loss and can not bear to risk his heart again.
Even if you have not read the first amazing book in this series, and I strongly recommend you do not miss it, this book reads well as a stand alone fantasy adventure.
How thin is the veil between Hitherworld and Thitherworld? What keeps the populations apart?
What role does an enchanted chalice play?
A doormat no longer, she will risk everything to break his curse.
She has no idea how daunting her task will become. Her predecessor's eyes had been burnt out.

Roles again reversed, he is the one overcome with fear and doubt. 
Can he leave her to the task alone? Can he live with the guilt if he loses another love?
Written with masterful description and creativity. You can skip the adventure if all you are after are blisteringly HOT sex scenes. You can skip the BDSM if you appreciate a heart-pounding adventure with incredible world building and excellent research.

I did receive a copy from Netgalley to review. I am anxious to see where the series goes from here.

A couple of my favorite quotes:

"The man has an ass worthy of a sonnet."

"The gods don't die just because people stop believing in them."

"Worry is a senseless destroyer of inner peace."

About the author

Nina Mason is a hopeful romantic with strong affinities for history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and enlighten. When not writing, Nina works as a communications consultant, doll maker, and home stager. Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with her husband, teenage daughter, two rescue cats, and a Westie named Robert.

In addition to Dark and Stormy Knight, she is the author of the following books: Starry Knight (Knights of Avalon #1), Devil in Duke's Clothing (Royal Pains #1), The Duke's Bedeviled Bride (Royal Pains #2), The Devil's Masquerade (Royal Pains #3), The Queen of Swords, and The Tin Man.

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Check out Starry Knight, Knights of Avalon #1

http://www.amazon.com/Starry-Knight-Knights-Of-Avalon-ebook/dp/B00PEOIYZ0
 

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