Monday, March 26, 2012

Review Tour: "Bright Arrow Burning" by Isabo Kelly + Giveaway!

Brightarrow Burning by Isabo Kelly
Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (October 4, 2011)
Genre: Erotica Fantasy (Novella)

Summary (
War tore them apart. Betrayal could bring them together…

Layla Brightarrow’s world fell apart the day the Sorcerers invaded her city, intent on using her fellow humans’ pain to augment their spells. Worse, the neighboring elven kingdom declared neutrality, effectively abandoning her people to struggle for survival.

Then some of the elves break neutrality to trade with the Sorcerers, and Layla is ordered to assassinate Althir, brother of the elf lord she has secretly loved all her life.

When Ulric of Glengowyn uncovers his brother’s plot—and that Layla is one of the assassins sent to stop him—his first instinct is to protect her from all possible harm. He’ll even use seduction, if necessary, to get her into a position to talk some sense into her.

Years of pent-up desire is too much for Layla to resist…and one touch unleashes an unquenchable fire that changes everything. Leaving Layla caught between duty and a love that could be her destruction. Or her salvation.

Warning: This book contains evil sorcerers, a scarred heroine, a sexy elf hero, naughty language, and an intoxicating and addicting pheromone that leads to wildly hot sex. Plus traitors, deadly magic, bespelled baddies, and a really, really rotten brother.

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My Review:

In a fantasy world, not everything is as it seems...Knowing this, can two lovers learn to trust each other, or will their relationship tear them apart—and possibly contribute to the destruction of an entire race?

Layla is a human, fighting for her people, trying to defeat the Sorcerers set on enslaving and killing her entire race. The elves have decided not to take sides, leaving the humans to fight for themselves. But when the Sorcerers manage to bring traitor elves to their side, the scale tips even more—and it is likely that the winner of this war won't be the humans...

Ulric is an elf, one that has known Layla for years—and secretly wanted her the entire time. When she is almost killed, twice, while trying to get rid of traitor elves (including his own brother) he finally realizes that he can't live without her. But Layla doesn't seem to feel the same way—or does she?

Elf-fire, a pheromone that elves produce when deeply, truly, attracted to someone else, only adds to the passion that already burns between them. Can Layla learn to trust Ulric, who has put his heart and body on the line for her? Or will her trust in him lead to heartbreak—not to mention betrayal that could kill her....

Brightarrow Burning is a short novella, well under 100 pages. And yet, while reading it I almost forgot this fact. Usually, novellas feel rushed and incomplete, leaving the reader wanting more before the last page is ever turned. But Brightarrow Burning was nothing like this. I absolutely loved it, and while, obviously, I wouldn't say no to more from this book, it wasn't needed as Isabo Kelly did a wonderful job at telling a complete story in only a matter of pages.

I enjoyed watching Ulric and Layla fall for one another. The loving was spicy hot and so intense that I think I saw some smoke wafting from my NOOK. But, even more important, was the fact that their romance seemed genuine—it was not just lust burning out of control. They were connected, heart, body and soul. I'd love to have my own elf lover, as the elf-fire seems to turn an already hot scene into a real scorcher! Of course, we find out that it only burns that bright when true love is involved—on both of their parts. Without love, eventually the elf-fire sputters out to nothing and can leave the human ill for the rest of their life. So maybe I'll rephrase that: I would love to have my own true-love elf lover. :)

5 STARS! Lush, vivid storytelling filled with fantasy and romance, Brightarrow Burning is a must read! Quick paced and captivating beyond what most full length novels achieve, this novella tells a satisfying story, and one that I will be revisiting again and again. Passionate, intense, romantic—Isabo Kelly gives the reader all of these things and so much more. I will be placing Kelly on my list for future reading, and I highly suggest that you do the same!

I received this e-book from Goddess Fish, in addition to joining the blog tour for this author. In exchange, I agreed to give my honest opinion on the novel.


Isabo will be giving away a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble GC to one (1) randomly drawn commenter during the tour!

How to Enter:

Mandatory: You must leave a comment on this post, with a valid email address^! No email address, no entry!

^If you do not wish to leave you email addy in the comment section, then it must be visible on your Blogger profile (if you have one).

For more chances to win, be sure to follow the rest of the tour! :)


Until Next Time,
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Mary Preston said...

Thank you for your wonderful review - 5 stars WOW!!

I do love elves & then throw in sorcerers & magic & I'm happy.


Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Isabo today.

Vidya Ravi said...

Sounds like an interesting read! and you have a great blog! Thanks for sharing!

Isabo Kelly said...

Thanks so much for hosting me again. And thanks for the wonderful review! That's such a nice way to start my tour.

The_Book_Queen said...

Thanks for stopping by!

Oh yes, 5 stars are always rare, but this one defintiely deserves it! I think this book will definitely be a hit with readers, and if you love elves + magic and a good romance story, then this is the one for you! :)


The_Book_Queen said...

Ah, thanks :)

Believe me, this one is very interesting! I look forward to future books that Isabo may set in this world!


The_Book_Queen said...

:) See, I told you, you are welcome back anytime! ;)

I'm happy to help spread the word, this book was great--and I can't wait to read more of your novels!


Catherine Lee said...

5 stars! What a great review. I like to novella length. Oftentimes, I don't have as much time as I would like to devote to reading. A novella is something wrapped up in a smaller package that I can savor and finish quickly--like a tasty dessert.

catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

The_Book_Queen said...

Thanks! :)

Novellas are great for quickies, and there are plenty of them out there to choose from! What I look for in a novella though (and only rarely find) is a story that despite the short pages still manages to capture my attention, to tug at my heart-strings and to make me seek out a cold shower afterwords! :) This book fits all three perfectly!


Isabo Kelly said...

Ah thanks! That makes me feel like I've done my job :)

Catherine, I love reading novella length too. Time doesn't always allow for that full immersion in a great full length novel. But I can get involved in a novella without it taking an entire day over. I'm so bad when I start reading I don't want to do anything else till I've finished the book. That gets tricky with deadlines looming! :-)

Karen H said...

Hello again, Isabo! It will be nice to follow this week's book tour. I enjoyed this review today. I like novellas but only if the author succeeds in telling a complete story. That's hard to do, but so enjoyable when it is done right! Sounds like you hit a homerun with this book!

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Isabo Kelly said...

Hi Karen! Thanks for stopping in on this tour too! I hope others think I managed a full story. :-) I tried. I do like the novella length, both reading and writing, but it is trickier to get right. I do like the challenge though. ;-)

bn100 said...

I enjoyed your review, especially about the characters. The book sounds very good.


Marlene Harris said...

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