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Book Review: A Royal Craving – Elaine White [ARC]

a-royal-cravingRELEASE DATE: Feb 08, 2016
Format: Novel
Genre: Romance / Historical / Dystopian
Length: 323 pages, ebook
Publisher: Encompass Ink
Cover Artist:Rue Volley
Ebook ASIN: 323 pages
Characters: Spencer, Prosper, Perry, Davian

I’ve been reading a lot of MPREG* books these past few months and I’ve to say this has one of the most unique premises so far and I just loved it! The story was told from multiple POVs where each character has unique voices throughout the book (so it doesn’t get confusing.) There are two main sub-plot involving royal twin vamps and two “human” companions but the story of Prosper (vampire king) and his human companion, Spencer is the focus of the story.

Spencer is deaf and has adoptive parents. When he was fourteen, he went to the prophetess to have his fate read. He was given two choices – a path to death and that of love.  His dark and bleak world turned for the better when the vampire king Prosper took him as its companion. Prosper became horribly disfigured after his father’s failed experiments and lives in the shadow until he stumbled upon Spencer who became a beacon for change not only about himself but everything around them.

This one isn’t exactly a short novel – it is rather long but it reads fairly quick because everything in it happens so fast. It may sound a bit odd to say that it’s not historical but it does sound like one based on their speech but there’s a reason behind it and I think it’s a promising plot to explore if ever the author ventured more into this world. It was a bit dystopian-ish but not quite.

I loved all of the characters in it even the evil sister of the vampire twins. Sienna’s a great character but well underdeveloped if I may say. The only reason I’m docking a star off this book is because I was waiting for the big reveal, a twist or some major conflict that will stir shit up which I thought will be caused by Sienna. Alas, it didn’t happen. I mean, I liked that Elaine didn’t see the need to venture into that but I wished it wasn’t just all smooth flowing for our characters.

To finish this off, I’d just like to say (again) that the setting of this story is truly wonderful and I’d love to see more of these characters in the future. Again, wonderful writing from Elaine who gave us The Cellist (one of my favorite reads from last year) and this one will surely tickle the readers who loved their sexy-broody-bloodsuckers! Recommended!

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

*Mpreg is the term for a genre of art and literature where a man is pregnant

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About The Author
Elaine White was born and raised in the small town of Haddington, Scotland. She began writing from an early age when she thought that she would have written passages from the books she was reading differently.

At the age of 14, she tweaked existing stories to experiment with various writing styles. Eventually, this led to her taking a Creative Writing course and writing her own stories from scratch. Now, she finds inspiration everywhere, which has lead to numerous novels and series ranging from college romance and crime to the supernatural world of witches and vampires.

Elaine currently lives at home in Scotland with her parents and boisterous poodle. She is a full time student and full time writer.

You can find Elaine on the following sites:
Wattpad – http://smarturl.it/ElleLainey
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YouTube –http://smarturl.it/ElainesYouTube
Tumblr – http://smarturl.it/ElainesTumblr
Linkedin –http://smarturl.it/ElainesLinkedIn
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ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest and impartial review.

Book Review: Clef Notes – Elaine White

Clef NotesI was very much in love with The Cellist and having the characters’ stories continue with Clef Notes was a total blast! In general, this collection of stories based on the characters from The Cellist may give you answers about the actions of most of its characters . There are four more stories from four other couple aside from our beautiful boys – Roman, my book boyfriend Ben and there’s of course, Jaxton.

Here are my individual reviews for each couple’s story.

Captivate Me:  Jalen + Piper

I didn’t get the deal with Piper’s change in demeanor at first. At least it was insta-lust for them and not some sort of “im-so-glad-i-found-you-because-youre-my-soulmate” kind of thing.

@10% I was a bit wondering about their “ten months of lingering kisses, careful caresses and lots of dates in public places…” 10 months with no sex – like all the way – at all?! And one of the main reasons is because HE IS TOO BIG. Smirk. And that’s according to Jalen himself.

Rating: 3/5

A Case Of The Ex: Stanton + Barry

I totally loved this one! I thought this could even be a full length novel but yeah – case closed. I just loved the whole thing about Stanton finally realizing his mistake when Barry asked him to be his “boyfriend.” It was just all so sweet in the end. My heart just melts with boys crying for lost love “)

Rating: 5/5

Off The Record: Bruno + Lyon

Yay at this development! Finally the “lyon” has settled down! I thought it was very short though and of course, Lyon was such a dick over Jaxton in the first book so it’s good that he finally has moved on.

Rating: 4/5

Cinnamon Kiss: Thayer + Castel

I honestly didn’t expect Thayer to get a space here. At least everything got cleared from Thayer’s perspective. I thought the whole thing with Castel was a bit rushed but I still enjoyed it more than Jalen’s and Lyon’s story.

Rating: 4.5/5

From The Heart: Roman + Ben + Jaxton

I’m still in love with these three! They have such explosive chemistry and it’s such a pleasure getting some insights on the progress of their relationship!

Rating: 5/5

So to sum this up, my total rating would be 4.3 stars! I was pleasantly surprised that I enjoyed Thayer’s story that much since everybody seems to hate him in the first book. Then there’s Stanton whom I didn’t seem to connect with before but his story ought to be a full-on novel in my opinion. And the ample sex scenes here are just oohh-I-think-Im-Gonna-Need-Some-Cold-Splash-Asap kind of thing because damn, they’re super freaking hot! This is a must-read for those who enjoyed The Cellist and if you haven’t picked it up – aarrrggghhh, do it now!

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars

Published May 7th 2015 by Encompass Ink/Hot Ink Press

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About The Author
Elaine White grew up in a small town on the east coast of Scotland. She is an author of paranormal romance, crime and MM romance.

Fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, while living comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle.

A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with the research linked with her novels. The more obscure the better. She has recently delved into reading and writing MM romance/erotica and is now a happy addict of the genre.

Book Review: The Cellist – Elaine White

The CellistBlurb: After six years, cellist Roman returns home with boyfriend Ben, in search of more than just international fame. There’s one complication he didn’t count on. His high school crush, the straight, untouchable, Jaxton is there when he arrives.

One performance at local club Crimson 8, stirs emotions that were better left forgotten.

With prior warning that the club is a gay man’s fantasy come true, where anything and everything can happen, Jaxton is dragged along with a group of his friends, to see Roman play.

What happens next, will change the course of all their lives forever.

Review: This is probably my favorite if not the strongest story I’ve read involving a polyamorous relationship in this genre. For male to male ménage stories, it’s always difficult to separate the sex from the “actual story” – that’s just dumb I know since they should go hand in hand but you get the drill right?

The chemistry between Roman, Ben and Jaxton was just off the chart I feel like combusting and that was just the effect of the sexual tension between these guys. At the beginning, I thought it would be better if Roman will just end up with Ben because the latter was just perfect and it hurts that he’s hurting. Initially, I thought Roman was being stupid for even thinking about Jaxton when he’s got the most perfect guy waiting for him at home. But then, this was supposed to be a ménage right?

Along with Roman’s backstory as a sixteen year old cello player unloved by his parents, we also got to know Jaxton as his first love. In Roman’s case, first love never dies and luckily for him, he was also Jaxton’s first love. Their bittersweet history was all we need to know why they can’t seem to let go of each other.

And we have the handsome and ever-helpful Ben. This guy was just perfect in every sense! I loved that he accepted Jaxton wholeheartedly into their relationship. That is true love he’s got there for Roman. Although I find their first get together and the decision making a bit too fast, I thought it was just too sweet at the same time.

The conclusion was just as perfect as the trio and I’d definitely love to read more from them because it feels like there’s more to their story that they need to share.

Miss White, this was a truly masterful piece! Congratulations!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars                                                       

Published April 10th 2015 by Hot Ink Press

Buy now:
Amazon US| Amazon UK | Barnes & Noble

About The Author
Elaine White grew up in a small town on the east coast of Scotland. She is an author of paranormal romance, crime and MM romance.

Fighting cancer in her early teens taught her that life is short and dreams should be pursued. She lives vicariously through her independent, and often hellion characters, while living comfortably at home with a pack of wolves cleverly disguised as one standard poodle.

A self-professed geek, Elaine has fallen in love with the research linked with her novels. The more obscure the better. She has recently delved into reading and writing MM romance/erotica and is now a happy addict of the genre.