The Royal Cleaner #7: Torn Review

Torn: A F/F/F Snowverse Novel (The Royal Cleaner, #7)

Caroline, Seph, and Mina have finally started to accept their feelings for one another, and have begun to live as a polyamorous couple. Nothing can ever go perfectly for this group though, and Seph has to get used to being diagnosed as Litcorde and to her new powers as an Oracle while still being in the honeymoon stage of her new relationships. Also, Gregor and Mina’s ex-husband are getting along quite well, but Gregor is struggling with dating someone so new to discovering himself.

I was so so so so happy to see Seph happy (at least somewhat) with Mina and Caroline! I felt bad for her in the previous novel as she kept pining after the married couple while they were oblivious to her advances. She has put herself to the side for so many books, and now she gets the chance to work on herself. Even though Uther is still a threat, she has to work on her powers before she can take him on properly. I was happy to see the book focus on her and her own issues for a bit without having Caroline or Mina or Gregor to worry about. Seph was so used to putting on a brave face to protect her brother that she had suppressed her feelings and had ignored the signs of her being Litcorde.

Speaking of Gregor, I am also happy that he was able to find happiness in this book! He spent most of his time protecting Caroline in their fake marriage and hadn’t pursued any romantic interests of his own in many years, so to see him have an interest in someone was a pleasant change. I wasn’t expecting Arjun to be his love interest, but I am glad that Diya’s father is somehow included in this world of magic.

This book again focuses on the more domestic side of the characters, which I truly enjoy. Since the series is intertwined so closely with the Freya Snow books, most of the action ends up occurring in the main series. These characters of floating in the aftermath of those books, which is an interesting and unique way to tell the story. You can see how the Demon World is working behind the scenes, as Freya has larger issues to worry about than the somewhat smaller issues of the Royal Cleaners.

Overall this was another great installment in this novella series, and I can’t wait to see what happens to these characters next! I would recommend this series to anyone looking for an adult romance novel with a polyamorous and LGBT+ couples.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 books

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The Royal Cleaner #6: Exiled Review

Exiled (The Royal Cleaner, #6)

Seph, Gregor, and Caroline have been exiled from the Demon World. Persephone or Seph has to get used to life in the human world, where she doesn’t have the position of queen that she has prepared for since she was born. This gives her time to deal with feelings that she has been pushing away for years, and face the fact that she might have a crush on someone. Gregor and Caroline no longer have to be fake married, which gives Mina and Caroline the chance to marry one another. Gregor is also free to pursue his own romantic interests, and he might have his eyes on a certain man on Earth.

I am interested in the new couples that were introduced in this installment of the series. I knew that Mina and Caroline would always be together, but I was worried that Gregor would never get the chance to be happy as he didn’t have a secret boyfriend on the side of his political marriage to Caroline, but he had his chance in this book! I also thought that Seph would be important, but I just didn’t see how she fit into the Royal Cleaner series until this book. Without spoiling anything, I am happy with how her story turned out as well.

Honestly, this felt like the shortest Royal Cleaner book I have read so far. I loved it so much that I finished it all in one morning on my way to work and then switched directly to the next book in the series. I think that it was the lack of action that truly drew me into this book. I feel like I never got the chance to get close to the characters in the Royal Cleaner series in this way because the books were so packed with action. This slower-paced story focused more on the domestic side of the characters as Mina and Caroline are still spending time with their children including the young twins while Gregor and Seph have to get used to living like humans rather than Demon royalty.

I can’t wait to review the next book in this series to discuss more spoilers about these characters! Just know that things really start to heat up towards the end of this book.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for an adult fantasy novel with LGBT+ and neurodiverse characters.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 6 out of 5 books.

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A Torch In His Heart Review

A Torch in His Heart (The Wanderer #1)
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Helle never believed in reincarnation until she met Jason. For some reason, her heart remembers Jason. He claims that they were lovers in a past life thousands of years ago and that he has been searching for her in every single one of his lives since then. This life was the first one since their original life that he was successful in finding her. They have such deep chemistry with one another that Helle believes that Jason could be telling the truth. When he shows her his powers, she believes him even more. But then Jason explains to her that someone else has been looking for her for thousands of years as well and has managed to find her at the same time.

Sam Woolf is Helle’s boss. She wanted the job originally because it paid well, and she knew she had the chance to start her career. Then, Woolf starts to make her uncomfortable. Whenever Helle looks into his eyes, shivers run down her spine. She forgets how to think, and can’t seem to say no to him, no matter how hard she tries. When Jason says that he is the one coming after her, everything begins to make sense. But there is only one person that Woolf has hated in all his lives, and that was the Wanderer Jason. Now, he has the chance to get rid of the Wanderer once and for all, and to take Helle back to be his own.

I loved how this story seamlessly flowed between Jason and Helle’s past and current lives together. As you read along, you learn more and more about their life thousands of years ago. Reincarnation is such an interesting topic, and this book shows how this theme can work very well in a romance novel. They were younger in their past lives, but they were just as madly in love. Jason remembers all his past lives, including the ones spent alone without Helle. Helle only remembers bits and pieces from her life thousands of years ago, but she doesn’t seem to remember any lives before that. As Jason explains the lives to Helle, Helle has dreams every night that can be read where the previous life is shown. That is something that Belfrage does excellently, even though a character may “tell” another character something, that same event is also “shown” in a dream sequence. There were no long montages of Jason rambling about past lives, everything was also vibrantly shown through Helle’s fragmented dreams.

The only thing that I truly didn’t like in this story was when Helle’s friend Alison was hurt. She goes to discuss it with Helle, and Helle’s response was “You’ll get over it.” They were having an argument at the time, so I can understand why Helle might be a bit upset. But telling your friend who is clearly suffering that she will “get over it” is not the best of advice. This scene was quickly over, but it is just one example of how Helle can be a bit blunt and even cruel at times to people who do care about her in the grand scheme of things. I did like that Helle wasn’t perfect, but this is an awfully cruel flaw to have.

Other than that short scene, the book was amazing overall. This is a steamy romance, but I liked that the characters weren’t just blindly having sex. They truly cared for one another, and this was just how they showed their love for one another. It made them feel more like true lovers than most “true loves” in romance novels. This again tied into the well-thought-out plot of reincarnation.

Overall, this was a lovely novel. I would recommend it to anyone looking for a new adult fantasy romance book to indulge in.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 books

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Blessings of the Firebird’s Light (Firebird’s Blessings Saga #1)

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Blessings of the Firebird's Light: The Firebird's Blessings Saga: Book 1Audry Duvessa knows something about dark forces. She has been given the moniker “Dark Beauty” for her role in her mother’s coven of sorcerers. Audry is destined to take over and continue her mother’s work, but a surprising ally opens her eyes to the possibility of redemption.

When Audry’s mother tasks her to find a firebird, she meets Roei Shurwud, a hunter who follows the word of God. Roei hunts dark creatures and sorcerers like Audry and her family, but something about the young woman fascinates him.

These two very different people find their paths aligning time and again during Audry’s quest for the firebird, and Roei’s faith is tested by several calamities. He ends up partnering with Audry for his own reasons, and the two discover a conspiracy that could destroy both their homes.

Audry has a reason to hate hunters, but she’s surprised by Roei’s gentle faith and devotion. Even in the midst of destruction and disaster, Roei must decide whether this imperious young witch is ready for redemption—or whether her lack of faith will lead her ever further away from the path toward God.

I have read a few Christian fantasy novels, and each one seems to be different. This one has to be my favorite one yet!

Roei and Audry start off being mortal enemies. Roei is a respected hunter who has a strong relationship with the other hunters, and with God. He is living an honest life, he protects the people he loves, and he loves what he does. Audry is a witch who he suspects is up to something, but he can’t help but be drawn to her in some ways. Once disaster strikes and he loses almost everything he loves, their paths cross again. Roei must help Audry on her quest to find the feathers that will lead her to the Firebird, and Audry must learn to trust both God and the men who follow Him again.

At first, things seem very black and white in the story. You know that Audry is evil and Roei is good. Audry is a witch, and Roei follows God. There’s no way that there could even possibly be a grey area. That is, until they begin their journey. Roei learns about some fo the things that men like himself have done in the past, and Audry learns that not all people who follow God are the same. Not all people who follow God are the same as those who want to hurt her and other witches like herself.

The journey to the Firebird takes a long time, a few years it seems, and Audry and Roei have to learn to rely on each other more during that time. At first, they are mortal enemies. But the Firebird’s feathers are not going to reveal themselves unless they work together. Once the stakes are heightened and both parties see what they have to lose, they quickly decide that they need to start working together in order to get home as quickly as possible.

This story element of the search for the feathers was such a good way to set these characters on a meaningful journey. I honestly think that it couldn’t have been done any better than it was! And, believe it or not, this book has so much more than just that one journey. That is the main focus, but there are many other storylines weaving in and out of it.

As I got further into the book, the characters just began to unfold in front of me. You learn the truth about the backstories of both Roei and Audry, as they tell each other secrets that no one else knows.  Many, many years pass as the story progresses, and you can see their bond grow stronger and stronger. It’s truly a beautiful book, these two characters come to life as you read the story.

My only small complaint would be how fast the story moves closer to the end. It has a slower and more detailed format at the beginning, which really worked for this sort of novel, and then it had a lot of timeskips closer to the end. It didn’t confuse me in the slightest, but I would have loved a deeper look into the characters’ lives. This didn’t really affect my overall reading experience though, I just really need to know more about these characters! I hope that more information and details about those lives are given in the second book of the Saga.

I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new, wonderful Christian fantasy novel.

I received a copy of this novel, and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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Warden Review (Freya Snow #12)

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Warden (Freya Snow Book 12)

Freya always knew that opening her heart was dangerous, she just didn’t realise how close the danger was.

Settling in as Princess of the Underworld has Freya in the most stable and safe period of her life that she can remember, even with the shadow of Lord Uther still hovering over her.

Damon and Freya are happily married, but then Freya gets a new tutor to help her hone her elemental powers. Isabelle is an elf, and Freya mayyyy have a bit of a crush on her. But it isn’t her fault, every time she goes to practice Isabelle’s Elf magic nearly puts her into a romantic haze! Freya doesn’t want to act on this attraction, as she doesn’t want to upset Damon. But her Shadow Realm counterpart has no problem with flirting with Isabelle.

I have to say, this has been the calmest Freya Snow book in a while! It wasn’t completely devoid of action, which was good, but it definitely wasn’t action-packed throughout. I got to see what was going on with characters that I had missed in the past few installments and see more of how Freya and Damon’s relationship has developed. To be honest, I wish there were small novellas so that I could see how each character’s relationship has developed. I am so addicted to each character that I could fill up a whole book just on my imaginative thoughts about each of their relationships.

I have to say that the ending was a bit sad, especially seeing how things were going in the novel. I won’t spoil anything, I swear, but I had such hopes and they were dashed. I can only read the next book and figure out what happens to the characters.

The only thing that I thought was missing in this novel was the discussion of Damon being autistic. I know that this has been discussed in previous novels, but I don’t think it was resolved? I’m not upset about this, but I hope that this story arc will be revisited in future books.

This was on the longer side for Freya Snow novels, which was nice because it allowed for more conversations between the characters instead of just leaping from action scene to action scene. Nevertheless, I know the next book in the Freya Snow series will be intense, as it is almost 100 pages longer than this one! I can’t wait.

I would recommend this series to anyone looking for a fantasy series with a diverse cast of characters.

I received a copy of this book and this is my voluntary review.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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