A Harvest of Dreams and Embers by Belinda Burke

Belinda Burke - A Harvest of Dreams & Embers CoverTitle: A Harvest of Dreams and Embers

Series: Eight Kingdoms # 5 

Author: Belinda Burke

Genre: Erotic Romance, Fantasy

Length: Novel (196 pages)

Publisher: Pride Publishing (February 7, 2017)

Heat Level: Moderate

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts

Blurb: What the fire has learned, the ashes will remember…forever.

For the first time in ten thousand years, Myrddin has what he wants—Kas for his lover again. Now that the Black King is his once more, Myrddin is desperate to make sure he keeps him. The vision that came to him in the Spring madness is beginning to come true, and the terrifying loss at the blank end of that vision drives Myrddin to do anything that might prevent it.

He will even live among mortals for a while. Even help the High King of Britain, Uther Pendragon, win the woman he wants.

While Myrddin plots and Kas worries over him, Macsen and Bran have decided to put their own concerns to rest. Macsen is hungry for Dealla’s life and Bran will no longer deny his lover what he wants. Only Dealla herself still stands in their way. To save herself, and make one last attempt on the Red King’s life, she has forged stolen Summer weapons into golden chains.

With Macsen captive, this time it is Bran who must rescue his lover…but the cost may be too much for him to bear.

Is love really worth any price? 

ISBN: 978-1-78651-524-7

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/a-harvest-of-dreams-and-embers

Reviewer: Shorty 

Review: This complex yet riveting addition to the Eight Kingdom series is about two couples who strive to banish the darkness they all face. Myrddin makes many changes to keep Kas with him after so long apart. I worried for him as it seemed he was taking on so much at times that he left Kas constantly. 

On the other side we have Macsen and Bran along with the always evil Daella who I am thankful to say finally gets whats coming to her. Bran showed remarkable determination when their plans go awry and Macsen is captured. I loved that Bran came to Macsen’s rescue.

This story will not be for everyone. It is dark at times and complicated at others. I found myself frustrated a couple of times but stuck with it. I love the world this story is revolved around. The characters all have their roles to play to make this story pop.

Great read.

Deathless by Belinda Burke

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Series:  This book is linked to the Eight Kingdoms series.

Author: Belinda Burke

Genre: Erotic Romance/ Fantasy/ Historical/Paranormal

Length: 64 pages

Publisher: Pride Publishing (March 29, 2016)

Heat Level: Explicit

Heart Rating: ♥♥♥3 Hearts

Blurb: Sweeter than strawberry, darker than blackberry, better than please.

Son of the Wood God, son of a mortal woman, Myrddin has lived a carefree life for sixty years. Now, with his mother dead, the wilderness that has sustained him is an overflowing well of powers he can no longer control. Sent by his father to seek someone who can help him, the one Myrddin finds is a nameless stranger, whom he calls Kas.

Kas, so named, is still what his nature demands he be. He is Death—its essence and its king…its master, and its open gate. Since the first death that came into this world, he has been alone, essential and solitary—until Myrddin. For his sake, Kas aids in building the Rite of Spring, and in the process learns love…and loneliness.

Between life and death, want and need, there is just enough space for a new beginning. The question is how it continues—and whether it ends.

Publisher’s Note: This book is linked to the Eight Kingdoms series.

ISBN: 978-1-78651-393-9

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/deathless

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This book part of a series that I enjoy. However, this book confused me. It hard to tell exactly what was going on. As a result, I was totally lost by the end of it.

The only thing I did understand is that Myrridan meets Kas. Knows he’s what he needs and that Kas had a hard time expressing things in words.

I honestly did not enjoy this book.


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The Shadow Road by Belinda Burke

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Series: Eight Kingdoms, #4
Author: Belinda Burke
Genre: Fantasy/ Paranormal/ Werewolves
Length: 156 pages
Publisher: Pride Publishing (December 15, 2015)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4 Hearts
Blurb: Spring is dead. Summer is divided. Autumn has its darkness…and Winter waits.

In the wake of Dealla’s latest atrocity, Macsen has learned a lesson he will never forget. To love is to fear, and he intends to make sure that his fear never comes to pass. Bran is less than pleased with being left behind while Macsen hunts Dealla, but he has trouble of his own to distract him. An unknown ability is growing in him—magic that has nothing of Summer in it. Disturbed, Bran convinces Macsen to come with him to question his mother. Only she knows who Bran’s father is, and the secret half of his bloodline is the most likely source of his new power.

Elenn agrees to Bran’s request, but for her own reasons. Faelan, one of the gancanagh, is to be Bran’s guide to his father, and she has ordered him to seduce the Red King and prove his love false. Faelan has no desire to follow through, but also no choice. His queen has commanded, and he must obey.

Macsen and Bran aren’t the only lovers whose feelings are being put to the test. After five thousand years of separation, Myrddin has no choice but to accept Kas’ help in restoring the spring and its rite to the mortal world. The difficulty is that he wants Kas to desire him for himself, not out of necessity, and the whole of reality is standing in his way.

Where is the line that divides determination from desire? Love is power—but is it enough?

ISBN: 978-1-78430-941-1

Product Link: https://www.pride-publishing.com/book/the-shadow-road

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: This is the fourth book in the Eight Kingdoms series.

This is a wonderfully written book that draws you into a fantasy world where all is not as it seems. Evil comes in many forms and forces work against those with the best of intentions.

Mascen is still on the hunt for Dealla after what she did in the last book. Though I understood his need to find the evil woman I was concerned for Bran being left behind seeing as how she hated Bran.
Myriddan and Kas’ situation truly broke my heart.

These two have loved each other for a very long time and have to wait and watch while the other was with someone else. I was glad they were in a book for more than a couple of sentences because I felt they truly needed something more.

Great characters and details lead the reader further into the Eight Kingdoms series.
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The Burning Season by Belinda Burke

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Series: Eight Kingdoms # 3
Author: Belinda Burke
Genre: Paranormal/ Vampires
Length: Novel (159 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (April 24, 2015)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½ Hearts
Blurb: Winter’s love is blood and chaos…but fire isn’t all that smolders at Summer’s heart.

To claim Bran forever, Macsen has begun the ancient ritual of Sidhe courtship—but such a rite is a trial in more ways than one. Tradition requires that Macsen seek Bran’s favor in his own country, and a Summer courtship is teasing and promising. More than that, Summer’s Queen will come between Macsen and her son however she can.

Despite his mother’s disapproval, Bran’s will is bent to the same purpose as Macsen’s—the achievement of four proofs of love. Proofs that only Bran can determine or acknowledge. One step at a time, they come closer to a day when nothing will be able to separate them—but a familiar foe is more than willing to try.

In the mortal world, the year has continued to pass without a hint of green. The Green King has prevented the spring, and thus all seasons but winter. Still, it’s Macsen whom Dealla blames, and all her plans for violent retribution are directed at him. Failure may cost her everything, but that is a price she has long been willing to pay.

In the wake of her invasion, Macsen is left with a dilemma that might not be easy to solve. Love, or vengeance—which should he choose? Can they live together in the same heart?

ISBN: 9781784305567

Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/the-burning-season

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Third book in the Eight Kingdoms series and a great addition. Well written with a lot of details and many things happening throughout. Macsen decides to court Bran according to the Sidhe tradition. Bran’s mother causes a fuss about it even though I thought it was sweet that he wanted to prove his love that way.

Dealla is still up to her evil ways. I honestly thought she would have been taken out in the second book but she escaped. I personally don’t like her at all. She’s mean, evil, and cruel and only cares about herself and what she wants.

Great story with some violence, loss of life and adventure to magical lands. I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Great read.

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Undone by Belinda Burke

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Series: N/A
Author: Belinda Burke
Genre: Fantasy / Fairytales
Length: Novella (64 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (June 2nd 2015) Available for Early Download May 8th 2015
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥ 4 Hearts
Blurb: The first step on the road to addiction is desire…

Tighe is Summer’s prince, the second son of the Summer Queen. The blindness of his mortal father cursed him with eyes that see too much, and now he wanders the woods of immortal Summer alone. He is an outsider in his own country or at best a curiosity—never someone anyone truly wants.

Faelan is gancanagh, one of dark Summer’s most treacherous beings. Beguiling as he is beautiful, he, like all of his kind, was made to incite lust and longing, even as he seeks true love. For anything mortal, anything unprepared, even to be in his presence is dangerous.

When the two meet by chance, Faelan can’t help but be curious about this half-mortal prince—and the prince is more interested in a companion than questioning what kind.

Tighe has never seen anything but the lie behind love. Faelan is love’s lie and knows it. Is the beginning and end of everything between them inevitable? Which is stronger, need—or nature?

Publisher’s Note: This book is associated with the Eight Kingdoms series by Belinda Burke.

ISBN: 978-1-78430-577-2

Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/undone

Reviewer: Leigh

Review: Tighe, as the son of the Summer Queen and a blind mortal, has very special eyes. They saw everything hidden. He considers them a curse since he sees even truths that people had from themselves. This has led to him being alone and lonely. He is looking for something different in a lover, someone who he can actually love.

That comes in the form of Faelan, a being that draws people to himself through lust. But that lust is dangerous and can become addictive. No one sees beyond Faelan’s beauty. He wants someone to love.

These two are opposites, but both looking for the same thing in life. They want to belong and love someone. They also break their normal patterns and set out to give each other what they both need.

I enjoyed this read. The writing is good, and was very descriptive. Not just the sex, but also the surrounding and emotions. It moved along at a comfortable pace for such a short read without feeling rushed.

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Wolf of the West by Belinda Burke

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Series: N/A
Author: Belinda Burke
Genre: Fantasy and Fairytales/ Wereshifters
Length: Novel (304 pages)
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (February 27th, 2015) Available for early download January 30th, 2015
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥3.75Hearts
Blurb: In the hour of the wolf, the dark moon rises…and the night comes alive.

Eire is a land of gold and bronze, bought with fire and blood. Yet for thirty years, there has been peace in the name of the High King. Now, his quest for immortality has unleashed Crom Cruach, the bent one, Crooked King of the void.

The faoladh, wolf-protectors of man, have sought to suppress those that would bring Crom Cruach into the world. It is Marcas, one of those wolves, who will confront darkness in the name of duty—and beside him, Connor, prince of Connacht.

Connor is a wounded warrior, marked with brightness to foil the dark—a mark that means Marcas must protect him. Yet the longer Marcas spends at Connor’s side, the more he finds himself wanting Connor for his own, and from the moment Marcas shows himself to Connor as a man, not a wolf, the attraction between them is obvious.

Connor wants just what Marcas wants, if only he can convince him of that in time, but the same question is before each of them, waiting to be answered. Which must they serve—love or duty? For Marcas, the weight of his service may prove too much—a deadly burden. For Connor, only son of a king, even victory may have its price in separation.

In the end, it may not matter either way. The shadow is already moving…

ISBN: 9781784304287

Product Link: https://www.totallybound.com/wolf-of-the-west

Reviewer: Shorty

Review: Marcas is a guardian wolf bound to his wolf form for seven years, which I found intriguing, as I’ve never read a shifter story where the person couldn’t shift from the beginning. His job is to protect certain humans from an ancient evil, Com Cruach. Conner is one such human thatMarcus is to protect at all costs. Well written.

This book is a good story. However, it is confusing at times. Danger all throughout. Marcas ends up falling for Conner. When his seven years is up and he reverts to human form he is free to be with Conner but his duty is not yet done.
Intense, heart stopping scenes as well as tender moments between Conner and Marcus.

Good versus evil seems to be the theme throughout this story with battles that are bloody and a ritual of sacrifice that lets the evil that confined free to wreak havoc on the world.

Good read.

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