Please allow me to introduce the marvelous mistress of paranormal romance, Mistral Dawn
Mistral Dawn is a thirty-something gal who has lived on both coasts of the US, but somehow never in the middle. She currently resides in the Southeast US with her kitty cats (please spay or neuter! :-)). She has written three full-length novels in the Spellbound Hearts series, Taken By The Huntsman, Bound By The Summer Prince, and Captivated By The Winter King, as well as Intrigue In The Summer Court, a novella in the Spellbound Hearts series.
To read my review of Taken by the Hunstman, click here.
The official blurb:
Discarded and ignored by those around her for most of her life, Cassie is a lonely human woman struggling to find her place in the world and meaning in her life. Cadeyrn is the Erlking, the leader of the Wild Hunt, a hundreds of thousands of years old Fae who has always known his purpose. He has spent his entire long existence tracking the criminals of Fairie and punishing them for their crimes.
While hunting for the murderer of a child who has escaped to Earth Cadeyrn comes across Cassie and realizes that she is the one that the great mother goddess has designated as his soul mate. He kidnaps her and takes her to his fortress in Fairie to protect her from his many enemies. He knows she will be angry and that he’ll have to work to earn her trust, but he finds his task to be even more challenging than he had thought it would be due to Cassie’s difficulty in opening her heart.
Will Cadeyrn be able to convince Cassie that the bond between them is real and earn her love?
What other reviewers are saying:
“‘Taken By The Hunstman’ was engaging, well written and thought provoking while remaining entertaining and erotic. That combination is often rare in books standing out in the genre of fantasy romance. The author does a terrific job of keeping your attention and walking the reader through the magical realm of the Fae with enough backstory and description to introduce the characters, their language, their history and their culture to those who love fantasy and those without prior experience to this world. “-Sharon Peterson
“This is one of the best spins on the ancient folk myth of the Wild Hunt and the Huntsmen I have read. This is Mistral Dawn’s debut novel which is such a shock because she nailed it!”-The Book Quarry
“This is a sexy love story with enough underlying scheming and plotting to keep the reader’s attention.
I recommend this book to anyone who likes a spicy love story and is fascinated by the world of the Fae.”-Elizabeth Horton-Newton, Author
The official blurb:
The Summer Court is in an uproar. The king has just been executed for unpardonable crimes, and the queen is prostrate with grief over his loss. This leaves the Summer kingdom bereft of true leadership; a problem which is compounded by the fact that the laws of Fairie require balance to be maintained by having a male and a female ruler for both Season Courts at all times. Uaine, the Summer prince, is the only one who can put things right, but he is without a mate. Knowing that he must take a bride quickly, for the sake of his people, even though he is struggling with his own feelings of pain and anger over his father’s treachery, he goes for a walk in a forest near the palace to try to clear his head and determine how best to choose a female to rule beside him.
While walking Uaine discovers a human female running loose in Fairie, which is against the most basic tenets of Fae law. Furious at one more problem he must deal with, he takes her prisoner and locks her in the dungeon; only to discover later that she is his soul-mate. The magical bond between them means they are meant to be together forever, but humans can’t feel the magic of Fairie. Will Uaine be able to win her heart and convince her that she can trust him to keep her safe from all the dangers of Fairie…including himself?
Roni is a human con woman and petty thief. Having run afoul of the local crime syndicate in the city where she is staying, she finds herself running for her life. Trouble is no stranger to her, but when she falls through a hole in a wall and finds herself in a world with carnivorous trees and rocks that eat people she realizes she may have found more of it than she can deal with. Rescued/arrested by the prince of the Summer Court, it doesn’t take long for her to formulate a plan to use him to get herself home. Unfortunately for her, she soon finds that her heart, which she had thought long ago turned to stone, has begun to feel the love she has been playing at. Will she be able to overcome a lifetime of caution and allow herself to follow her heart? Can a criminal love a cop?
What reviewers are saying:
“I read this book in one sitting, staying up until the wee hours of the morning to finish it. When a book can keep me engaged in such a way that I don’t want to put it down, I know it’s a good one.”-Mary Kirkland
“Mistrial Dawn takes a sassy con artist with an agenda and matches her to a heart-of-gold Prince. They both take their time learning the meaning of true partnership, but when they do finally get it, it is clear that they both complement each other’s strengths and weaknesses perfectly. The story is filled with internal narrative just as you would expect from this author and will draw you into the minds and hearts of her characters.”-Pygmy Amazon Reviews
“This is Mistral Dawn’s second book set in the world of Fairie, and is a smashing follow-up to Taken By the Huntsman! She gives the reader beautiful descriptions of the world her characters live in, describes the cultural differences between humans and Fae, and gives us a romance story that is filled with thought provoking social concepts, a range of emotion, and steamy love scenes.”-Michaela Goebel
The official blurb:
Kate is a woman on the run. After years of being physically and emotionally abused by her fiance, she’s finally had enough. But leaving might be even more dangerous than staying, so she needs to get as far away as she can as fast as possible. A late night, desperate drive through the pouring rain ends suddenly when a cat appears in the middle of the road. While trying to avoid the half-drowned creature, Kate loses control of her car and crashes through a portal to Fairie.
Ankou is a fallen God of Death and the king of the Winter Court of Fairie, and he’s facing pressure from every direction. The magic of the Court is out of balance due to the centuries-long lack of a queen. He is harried constantly by the Court nobles who want him to either step down or take a mate. All the duties of a ruling pair rest squarely on his shoulders. And added to all this is a soul-crushing loneliness. His existence stretches back hundreds of millennia, and in all that time he has never found the one person who could warm his lonely heart. He is exhausted and discouraged, and the last thing he needs is to go tearing off into the night on a fool’s errand. But one of his lingering god powers is the ability to sense the right course of action to follow, and his instincts are screaming at him to go to a particular place in the forest of the Winter kingdom and wait. Imagine his surprise when he finds the one he has been waiting for his whole life!
Using a careful blend of patience, seduction, and domination, the Winter king tries to win his soulmate’s love. Feeling safe and valued for the first time in her memory, Kate explores her new freedom by agreeing to try the BDSM games her lover suggests. As she experiments with both domination and submission, she learns just how liberating surrender can be. Will Ankou be able to convince Kate that she can trust him with her feelings as well as her body? Will Kate find a way to overcome the trauma of her past and open up her heart to accept the love that is offered to her? Can these two broken people find a way to fit all their disparate pieces together into a stronger, united whole? You’ll have to read to find out!
What reviewers are saying:
“This is my favorite of the books in the Spellbound Hearts series by Ms. Dawn. As with the others, there are fascinating descriptions of Fairy that enhance the story, but the emphasis is on Ankou and Kate.”-Barbara Chioffi
“A steamy romance with an actual plot, good character development, and a wonderful fantasy setting? I don’t normally read books with this much heat, mainly because I want an actual story to go with the romance. I was not disappointed in this one.”_Rose Montague
“Mistral Dawn does a great job of presenting Kate consistently throughout despite her falling through the portals into a magical world, practically into the arms of the Winter King. This book is detailed, powerful, erotica with a very strong story, including the complicated politics of the Winter Court. Beneath it all is a subtle message; tolerance, kindness and care for the planet are needed if Earth is to survive.”-Sarah Stuart
The official blurb:
Jillian knows something bad is going to happen! She has been a loyal adviser to the throne and friend of the queen, Briallen, for thousands of years, and now Roni and Uaine’s wedding and coronation are to take place in just a couple days. The Summer Court will have a new king and queen, who, it is hoped, can repair the damage and heal the schism the late king created.
But Jillian can’t shake the feeling that trouble is brewing. Many of the Summer nobles aren’t happy about the changes that are taking place in the Summer Court, and many of the other Fae just aren’t too sure about having a human on the throne…even if she has been blessed by the goddess. When Angelica, the leader of the Pixies, comes to her with news of a plot to murder the prince and princess, Jillian’s suspicions are confirmed. Will the two of them be able to unravel this conspiracy in time to save the royal couple? Or will prejudice prevail, and the hope for peace in Fairie be lost forever?
What reviewers are saying:
“I was enthralled at how the author used words to paint the different scenes in the story, and how, although the book is not the first in the series, it told a complete story. I am also amazed at the author’s knowledge of ancient European mythology”-Joy Nwosu Lo-Barnijoko
“Another great story by Mistral Dawn. I loved that this one is from Jillian’s perspective – and gives further insight into the world of the Fae.”-Ch’Kara SilverWolf
“It is a quick read with a little bit of the “adult” rated stuff that can be expected from Mistral and also a bit of the story building and intrigue that can be expected as well! Over-all, a very worth while purchase to go along with the other two full length novels she’s so far written”-Robert Clevidence
To get in touch with Mistral Dawn:
- On Amazon:http://www.amazon.com/Mistral-Dawn/e/B00NGXETSM/ref=dp_byline_cont_ebooks_1
- By email: [email protected]
- On Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/MistralKDawn/?__mref=message_bubble
- On Twitter: @MistralKDawn
- On her website: http://www.mistralkdawn.blogspot.com/
- On Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/8549061.Mistral_Dawn