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Taerak's Void
by M. R. Mathias

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Taerak's Void
(Book One of Fantastica)
A new series by multiple award winning author, M. R. Mathias

After finding a strange medallion and some maps with markings that no one in his village can understand, Braxton Bray decides to take it all to the Hall of Scholars in the kingdom's capital. But greed is everywhere. Braxton and a tough young female caravan guard named Nixy are forced to run for their lives, for someone else wants what Braxton found and is willing to go to great lengths to take it from him.

With a hefty, kingdom wide, bounty on their heads, not even the great wizards of the Sorcerious can help them. Left with nothing but each other, Braxton and Nixy have no choice but to get on a ship and go on an adventure that will take them places they would have otherwise never imagined. Elves, dwarves, giant gothicans, and trolls, treacherous forests on distant shores, love, death, terror, and magic all await...

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Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« Reply #4900 on: July 25, 2017, 09:23:22 AM »
So: you can judge a book by it's cover. If it has the blue dress lady, don't buy it because it's crap. Works for me. :D

I'll buy the tip and pass on the blue dress 😂 My first prejudice will remain as from the days of my youth (alas!), an antipathy to books with aristocratic titles, e.g. (and I'm making these up), "The Duke's Rash of Love" "The Reforming of the Earl" "The Passionate Viscount."

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« Reply #4901 on: July 25, 2017, 09:33:14 AM »
I'll buy the tip and pass on the blue dress 😂 My first prejudice will remain as from the days of my youth (alas!), an antipathy to books with aristocratic titles, e.g. (and I'm making these up), "The Duke's Rash of Love" "The Reforming of the Earl" "The Passionate Viscount."
Going to be tough and a bit odd not having books with aristocratic titles in the HR genre.  8)
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It was a 3 star for me. I can't really put my finger on what I didn't like about this book. All I know it was a 3 star read for me. There was just something, maybe the plot? Connection to characters? I have no clue. But considering I have Heath reads I totally loved, I know I didn't love this one. I guess I say it was ok.

Now I am on to a KU read I can't recall now why it was in my KU wishlist. Someone somewhere must have recommended it at some point as I do not browse in the store anymore due to scammers. Its also possible this was a goodreads recs on my kindle, or a KU rec. No clue. It does have catnip themes of St. Giles and rookery hero and sad neglegted waif heroine.  ;D. I am very very early in, so no clue yet how it will be. I'll follow up when I am done.

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« Reply #4902 on: July 25, 2017, 09:53:11 AM »
Going to be tough and a bit odd not having books with aristocratic titles in the HR genre.
Completely irrational and I've probably robbed myself of quite a lot of otherwise stellar reads. Now men in kilts or any type of tartan on the cover --- How can anyone resist?

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« Reply #4903 on: July 25, 2017, 10:02:24 AM »
Completely irrational and I've probably robbed myself of quite a lot of otherwise stellar reads. Now men in kilts or any type of tartan on the cover --- How can anyone resist?
I am with you on that. Although many of them are also lordlings.  ;D

Which reminds me, its been a while I read a kilted HR. I think I read most of the good ones already it seems. So many are not satisfying to me anymore. Especially newer stuff.

Gonna have to dig into my wishlists and collections a bit.

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« Reply #4904 on: July 27, 2017, 06:37:32 AM »



So I am dnf'ing this one. I had started it, made it to 30% for some reason, but I have had enough. I didn't look that author up before, I don't recall why I had this in my wishlist. But she usually writes paranormal novellas which I assume are erotica and some other stuff. I don't see another HR in the lists. Calls herself a writer of dark. Now I read dark stuff, in HR just fine. After all, a lot of the older stuff is quite dark and at times brutal. So that is not it. This one though is just stupid to me. Trigger warnings out the gate for those having triggers. The words used and just the plot is so stupid. I don't get a sense of time either. Oh well. I don't stop reading often, but I don't want to waste any more time on this. Its in KU.

Off to find what to read next.

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Re: Anyone a Historical Romance Fan?
« Reply #4905 on: July 27, 2017, 02:17:39 PM »
So I am dnf'ing this one. I had started it, made it to 30% for some reason, but I have had enough. I didn't look that author up before, I don't recall why I had this in my wishlist.

You made me curious enough to read the blurb and the first review, which was one of those that details the plot step by step and leaves you with no need to read the book. I don't read hero-kidnapped-her plots or anything else that makes the hero scum, but what amazed me about what I read of this one is how some readers define a strong woman. My definition doesn't include anyone who would forgive all that stuff. Strong would kill him him in his sleep.

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« Reply #4906 on: July 27, 2017, 02:38:55 PM »
You made me curious enough to read the blurb and the first review, which was one of those that details the plot step by step and leaves you with no need to read the book. I don't read hero-kidnapped-her plots or anything else that makes the hero scum, but what amazed me about what I read of this one is how some readers define a strong woman. My definition doesn't include anyone who would forgive all that stuff. Strong would kill him him in his sleep.
Yep. I'll spoiler quote what happens to her like in the first couple of chapters.

they kidnap her, hero is the gangleader to gain a vote from her father. A vote that wont tear down the devil's acre which is where his crime nest is. They get one of the crew with them they know is scum, called carver. *eyeroll.
 Then they leave her alone all day for that scum to go in there, rape her brutally, carve up her belly all while she has a hood on. Then the "hero" kills the guy right there. They bring her back home and now she is "ruined".
So the "hero" comes to her house, he is also a gambling and whorehouse owner and offers to marry her. She does not know it was him, she didn't see them cause of the hood. He tells her he wants respectability. *eyeroll.
So she agrees, they marry, she feels something pooling between her legs when he kisses her after the wedding.
 Ugh, we are talking like couple of weeks after she is brutally raped and tortured.

Another thing what was odd. She is the daughter of a lord and she is called lady such and such in the book Unmarried. It was said she took the title from her dead mother. I never heard of anything like that.
It was all just stupid and some of the words used in this book are more for porn and erotica. Like the Q word.
 You know to describe down, um there. It was just nasty and not really a historical. Like the author wanted to write another one of her "dark" titles but set in the past. Oh well. On to better pastures

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« Reply #4907 on: July 28, 2017, 11:44:25 AM »
You made me curious enough to read the blurb and the first review, which was one of those that details the plot step by step and leaves you with no need to read the book. I don't read hero-kidnapped-her plots or anything else that makes the hero scum, but what amazed me about what I read of this one is how some readers define a strong woman. My definition doesn't include anyone who would forgive all that stuff. Strong would kill him him in his sleep.
The confusion of a victimized mentality with "strength" is horrifying. I saw the Goodreads blurb for "Rescued by the Buccaneer" and then saw more than one review describing the heroine as strong!!! Can't. Even.

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« Reply #4908 on: July 28, 2017, 04:37:42 PM »
It's a lot like the old rape romances of the 80's, isn't it? Except the "hero" isn't the rapist - physically.

One of the many things I hate in fiction is how female characters just bounce back from rape by the time the bruises heal. Or she's healed by a rousing romp with the hero. So realistic.

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« Reply #4909 on: July 30, 2017, 10:22:48 AM »
Waiting for the 3rd Rachael Miles to hit Overdrive, but lately I haven't had good luck with that! :(

While Tempting the Earl

still hasn't hit Overdrive, it is 99 pennies today. :)


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« Reply #4910 on: July 30, 2017, 12:14:38 PM »
While Tempting the Earl

still hasn't hit Overdrive, it is 99 pennies today. :)


I am reading the 2nd right now and since I like these, I might as well just snatch up the third to read right through. Thanks for the deal.  ;D

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« Reply #4911 on: August 04, 2017, 08:41:46 AM »
So I finished the 2nd Miles and enjoyed it a lot


I like that there is stuff happening in those books. You know, interesting stuff besides the couple, or well with the couple. Some mystery and all that. But I think I finally figured out what it is about some authors I like. Like this one and many other great HR authors. When you start "seeing" a character smile say while sitting in a carriage while they have a conversation, but there wasn't anything written about a smile. You just know that character smiles at that moment. Is that magic space in between the words that makes a book something I like reading. I can't put it better than that. But in this book there was such a moment while they were riding and its the best way I can put it. It means to me the characters have become real. They make choices within the words and outside of them.
This author also makes choices that are not always predictable. Characters that is. I don't always know how they are going to react to something and I am often surprised. Little things.

Now I need to read a historical mystery from the library and I already have the 3rd in the series thanks to readingril sale post.  ;D

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« Reply #4912 on: August 11, 2017, 02:47:32 AM »
I'm sneaking the third Rachael Miles in between a couple of Overdrive non-romance titles I have checked out. Gotta get my romance fix, right? I'm about half way through, and the book isn't quite as good to me as the first two in the series were. I think there's too much cat and mouse for my taste and there's I bit of mistaken identity at the beginning I find a bit hard to swallow. Hope that's vague enough not to be too spoilery. ;)

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« Reply #4913 on: August 13, 2017, 07:38:16 AM »
I'm sneaking the third Rachael Miles in between a couple of Overdrive non-romance titles I have checked out. Gotta get my romance fix, right? I'm about half way through, and the book isn't quite as good to me as the first two in the series were. I think there's too much cat and mouse for my taste and there's I bit of mistaken identity at the beginning I find a bit hard to swallow. Hope that's vague enough not to be too spoilery. ;)
I am getting to that one in a bit. It happens at times where in a series I like some more than others. Sometimes its the theme or plot, sometimes its something else I can't put my finger on.

I am reading this one right now. Its in KU for those that have it. I am always on the lookout for good HR in KU, which isn't so easy to find. This I think came as a rec from a reviewer on amazon I follow who is pretty reliable when it comes to HR.



I am about 50% in and its quite good. Its of the traditional regency way, kind of like Joan Wolf with a touch of Heyer and Austen? I like the characters and there are a lot of them. Its like a assemble cast type of book. It totally works here.
I was just in the mood for something a bit more lighter and a bit of wit. This author is suppose to be some established mystery writer. Who knows.

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« Reply #4914 on: August 14, 2017, 05:22:31 PM »
So I really enjoyed the book I posted just above. Alicia Cameron. It was very entertaining with a nice cast and witty. Loved it. Delightful. There is a second one by this author, also in KU which I will totally read also.

Now I am reading one that is also turning out to be charming
This is a re-release so try to overlook that horrible floating heads cover  :o


Its Carla Kelly so its bound to be good. It has a slightly balding, slightly paunchy hero that was a former soldier and is now a bit lazy as he calls himself. Lost his purpose. A Marquess.

I am on a roll at the moment  ;D

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« Reply #4915 on: August 15, 2017, 02:35:11 PM »

Thanks for this mention, Atunah. Read it and also liked it. Then I read what else she's written along the same line. There isn't a lot, one other novel, a short story and a couple of novellas. The shorts aren't really romances, but I enjoyed those too.

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« Reply #4916 on: August 15, 2017, 02:59:08 PM »
I'll add that to my KU want-to-read list. All the slots are totally full at the moment!

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« Reply #4917 on: August 15, 2017, 03:02:42 PM »
I'll add that to my KU want-to-read list. All the slots are totally full at the moment!
I know that feeling.  ;D

Thanks for this mention, Atunah. Read it and also liked it. Then I read what else she's written along the same line. There isn't a lot, one other novel, a short story and a couple of novellas. The shorts aren't really romances, but I enjoyed those too.
So glad you enjoyed it. I am always glad to find some good stuff in KU.

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« Reply #4918 on: August 16, 2017, 01:41:05 AM »
Daughter of the God King by Anne Cleeland is on sale for $1.99. I'm not sure whether this is more on the romance side, or more on the mystery side. It's set in post-napoleonic Egypt with a young woman who goes on an adventure to find her missing Egyptologist parents.

I'm currently reading a contemporary series by this author (the Acton and Doyle mystery series) that I would describe as police procedural with a strong romance and it's one of my favorites so I know she can write. I have Daughter of the God King on my endless TBR mountain but who knows when I'll get to it.  ;)



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« Reply #4919 on: August 16, 2017, 08:49:16 AM »
I am really enjoying the Acton and Doyle series by Cleeland. I read all of them so far. It was a bit strange at the start to get into how the character talked and how it was written, but that didn't last long. I like quirky weird stuff and its a tad weird.  ;D
I didn't know she does other stuff, I'll have to check out that sale book. Now I see there are a couple of other historical books by her. I can't tell yet if they are related, series or all stand alone. Have to research some more.

On Goodreads daughter of a god king is listed as the 2nd in a series, with Tainted Angel first. then there are a couple of other books so I am still looking into whats what. I have to know order or I'll pull my hair out.  :P
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« Reply #4920 on: August 16, 2017, 09:39:02 AM »
I am really enjoying the Acton and Doyle series by Cleeland.

On Goodreads daughter of a god king is listed as the 2nd in a series, with Tainted Angel first. then there are a couple of other books so I am still looking into whats what. I have to know order or I'll pull my hair out.  :P

I'm not surprised you like them. We have somewhat similar tastes.  ;)

Good to know Tainted Angel is first. It's on my TBR mountain also. For a little while, Sourcebooks was participating in a library program called Totalboox and I was able to download a bunch of their books. Sadly, they appear to have pulled out of that program though.

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