book review, New Book

The Fae King’s Curse

I’m back to chat about The Fae King’s Curse, the second book in the Between Dawn and Dusk series. If you remember, I actually read and reviewed Between Dawn and Dusk already and it got my fantasy romance seal of approval!

  • Genre: Fantasy Romance
  • Heat Level: ❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Overall Rating: 6/6 Glass Slippers

The firstborn children of all Fae king are blind and can only regain their sight when they meets their fated mate, or soul mate. If they do much as kiss someone else, they will remain blind forever. Kirian, the prince of the Night Realm is no exception. Though he wishes he were as soon as he meets Quinn, a human girl who saves his life when he’s just a child.

Quinn is twelve when she meets Kirian, an odd boy she fishes out of the water. He promises to come back through the timed portal and see her the next day, but a day in the human world is a year for a Fae and she nearly doesn’t recognize him. This continues for years of daily meetings for her and centuries of yearly meetings for him until Quinn is eighteen.

Quinn’s loved him since childhood and fears one day he won’t appear in the woods near her house and he’ll be off with his true fated mate. Before she’s set to leave for college, she tells him she can’t meet him anymore. Loving him and knowing he will one day leave her forever kills her. Then, Kirian does the worst thing possible…he kisses her.

With one kiss, the pair is woven into a tapestry of curses, stardust, and fate.

This is what I was missing in Between Dawn and Dusk. I adore first meetings and Schlosser gave me a good one when a lavender eyed Fae prince and a small town girl in overalls met beside the river and felt sparks. The slow burn was perfect.

I love, love, loved this book and I’m not a huge fantasy romance fan, usually steering more towards the JRR Tolkien vein of elves and dwarves. But the way Quinn and Kirian’s relationship developed and the small quirks they each have had me swooning. I literally read it it one siting with a single break to make whipped coffee and turn on a light. It was funny and heartwarming, but steamy and dark all at the same time.

Congrats, Jamie Schlosser, you just created a fantasy romance fan.

Product Review, review

Buona Caffe

It’s no secret I feel coffee is basically a food group. Iced, hot, whipped, I’ll drink however, whenever. I’ve been busy social distancing, so I’ve been brewing my coffee at home. Julie Sturgeon is an editor at Tule Publishing and she was lovely enough to send me a bag of coffee from artisanal roaster and coffee bar Buona Caffe in Augusta, Georgia. In business since 2010 and with their own cafe since 2013, Buona Caffe has a backstory as rich as their blend.

John and Pat Curry started roasting their own coffee beans in their kitchen, jumping into a new hobby that first caught the attention of friends. Soon, they were bagging their blends and selling it to the public in 2010. But as they were setting sail on their new dream of having a brick and mortar cafe, the couple received some news that shook their world.

In 2013, just as they were planning on opening their first location, John was diagnosed with stage III colorectal cancer. Between chemotherapy treatment, he received a temporary ileostomy, all while he and Pat kept working on Buona Caffe and the dream they held on to. Now cancer free and going strong, John and Pat are proud to say their coffee is not just served at their cafe, but sold wholesale, served locally, and now available online.

I have the Brazilian blend, which is a full bodied, organic blend that has a smooth flavor. There’s no acidic undertones to ruin it, if you enjoy your coffee black, and it has a nutty sort of taste I found delightful. Overall, I really enjoyed this coffee and as I read more into this small company, I enjoy their vibes even more. And I saw they even have a Stars Hollow blend for all the lovely Gilmore Girls fans out there!

John surviving colorectal cancer is also something that truly hits close to home with me. My mother-in-law also had stage III colorectal cancer and has been given a clean bill of health. Knowing first hand how colorectal cancer and having an ostomy appliance can really impact people’s lives and outlooks. While John dove into his coffee company and my mother-in-law started a nonprofit (The No You Cant’cer Foundation) not every cancer story has a happy ending. It really thrills me to see another cancer survivor living their best lives!

On their website it’s clear Buona Caffe is a community player. When you go to their homepage, the first thing you see is a way to purchase gift cards for heath professionals and first responders with 10% of those sales going to the Golden Harvest Food Bank. They even have a special First Responder’s blend you can purchase that has $2 of all sales going to the Covid-19 Emergency Response Team in Augusta, Georgia.

You can shop their coffee, gift cards, and merchandise on their homepage HERE. And don’t forget to check them out on all their social media platforms:

book review

Between Dawn and Dusk

It’s been a long time since I’ve read a fantasy romance with true magical elements. But when I saw the gorgeous cover for Between Dawn and Dusk by Jamie Schlosser, I knew I had to take a chance.

  • Genre: Paranormal Romance
  • Heat Level: ❤️❤️❤️❤️
  • Overall Rating: 5/6 Glass Slippers

In a far off world, fated mates are vital to survival, and if a pair is separated, they’ll slowly go mad until both are dead. Zella, the princess of the Day Realm, fears this may happen to her, as while she’s already met her fated mate, her father has sworn him to be their enemy. He wants Zella to marry someone in their kingdom, but she refuses to accept anything less than true love with the man she’s adored for years.

King Keryth of the Night Realm has been waiting for Zella for ages. He knew it was a fated match when he first saw her, and has been patient for the king of the Day Realm to allow them to marry. But when a wedding is planned between Zella and a man who certainly isn’t him, Keryth knows the time for waiting is long gone.

The Day Realm is dark with kidnappings and ruled with an iron fist, something Zella can no longer live with. The Night Realm promises peace and a chance at happiness. But first, Zella and Keryth will have to survive the wedding.

I enjoyed the book and look forward to reading the second, The Fae King’s Curse. But I do feel like I was missing a lot of delicious details that would have made the book all the better. I wish I could have seen the couple meet, read more about the mysterious illness that killed the women, really get a sense of the world they live in before being thrust into the heart of action. The premise is fantastic and the characters have such deep feelings, I just wish there was more!

Overall, this brief and easy read was a cute story that I truly hope will be further delved into in The Fae King’s Curse!

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What Happens in the Highlands – FREE

For today and tomorrow the first book in The What Happens Series, What Happens in the Highlands, is free on iBooks and Kindle!

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Match made in heaven or maid of dishonor?

Tight-laced Rose Hensel arrives in Scotland for her best friend’s wedding with a plan—to be the greatest maid of honor ever, let loose for the first time in years, and find out what Scottish guys really wear under their kilts. After meeting the best man, she thinks she found the man who checks all the boxes for a no-strings-attached romp among the heather.

Lachlan Calder-Mackinnon knows how to show a girl a good time. Gourmet dinners in castle ruins, picnics among rolling hills, and a seaside escape create some unforgettable dates. But as the fling begins to morph into something more, an unexpected wedding guest threatens to ruin Rose and Lachlan’s new romance.

With a plane ticket in one hand and her broken heart in the other, Rose prepares to head home to reality. However, she’s about to learn that what happens in the Highlands doesn’t always stay there.

If you’ve already read What Happens in the Highlands, the rest of The What Happens Series is now available. Continue your journey through Scotland with What Happens in the Ruins and What Happens in the Castle.