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Bound By Honor-Colette Gale

Great Story Hijacked Somewhere in Sherwood Forest.....
Bound By Honor, is the time old tale of Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Prince John, and the Sheriff of Nottingham with a fresh twist.  Told primarily from Marian's perspective, Gale begins the odd and seductive dance between Robin, Marian, and  Will (our Sheriff of Nottingham), triangulating the characters ably.  (I would throw Prince John into the mix...but I'm not sure "quadrangulating" could pass for a real word....lol)

Sent to the court of Prince John by Queen Eleanor as a spy, Marian is thrust into a world of court intrigue more dangerous and costly than she imagined.  Immediately, she is caught between the playful persual of Robin Hood, the outlaw, and the provocative protection of the Sheriff of Nottingham, who seeks to keep Lady Marian from the clutches of the vile Prince John.  As Marian maneuvers in the court, she begins to see something more behind the cold, uncaring facade the Sheriff projects, …

Zipporah, Wife of Moses-Marek Halter

Behind Every Great Man.......
Marek Halter takes the little information found in Deuteronomy about Zipporah and creates a wonderful novel which is not difficult to read, but is, in fact, well written.  Halter tells the story from Zipporah's perspective, showing the Biblical events that lead to the Exodus in a new light.  Wholly fictional, none should balk at the "liberties" taken by the author, in his re-creation of those time honored events.  Having Zipporah be different from those around her worked well in the story, as it gave Moses a common experience with her.  This broad certainly appreciated the strength and dignity Halter wrote into Zipporah.  She was wise, faithful, humble, modest, and full of love, which are qualities to love in a heroine.  That Zipporah was a real woman caught up in the other-worldly events unfolding around her family only furthered my appreciation of Halter's willingness to develop her character and story.  Also, quite intere…

Till We Have Faces: A Myth Retold-C.S. Lewis

One Cannot Be Seen True Until The Soul is Bare.
Poignant and thought provoking, Lewis, in his altered retelling of the classical myth involving Cupid, Psyche, and Orual, unearths the sweet and terrible mysteries between mortal and divine, which each man ardently reaches for yet at the same time,  contemptuously shuns.

Three sisters born to the King of Glome, a barbaric kingdom preceding the advent of Christianity, Orual, Redival, and Psyche are ensnared by the reality and superstitions of the day, and from which the myth is born.  Orual, the oldest sister, ugly and spurned by their father sets all her love and attention upon her youngest sister, Psyche, whose beauty is revered by all.  Superstitions and pagan worship practices of the day demand a human sacrifice when drought and famine descend upon the community, with the lot falling to pure and lovely Psyche, who is left for the Shadowbrute to be both loved and devoured.  Having a doubter's heart, Orual is devastated b…

Darkness Burning-Delilah Devlin

Raw Sex With Vampires In The Big Easy

Darkness Burning is a vampire novel set in New Orleans.  It's sensual in its style and full on, no holds barred erotica.  This book isn't your average vampire romance.  Stories like  those in Christine Feehan's Carpathian vampire series and J.R. Ward's Brotherhood vampire series read like children's literature compared to Darkness Burning.  Delilah Devlin's vampires and supporting characters are wild, particularly when it comes to sex.  This book is steamy and then some.  If you're looking for some funky, let your freak hair fly, down and dirty erotic vampire story, this is one to read.

The leading lady in Darkness Burning is a young journalist named Mikaela Jones.  Mikaela is a mysterious young lady who can't remember her past.  That works in romance/erotica novels; there are no pesky family members for any potential romantic hero/erotic sex partner to have to contend with.  The hero of the story is a va…