Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Review: ARC of Wicked Enchantment by Anya Bast

Wicked Enchantment
Berkley Sensation
A Dark Magic Novel
ISBN-10: 0425232018
ISBN-13: 978-0425232019
Release Date: January 5, 2010

The Blurb:

When you’re a half incubus, your reputation precedes you…

All eyes are on Gabriel Mac Braire the day he makes his first appearance in the Seelie Court, including those of Aislinn Finvarra. Despite deep bitterness over her last failed relationship, Aislinn cannot help but be curious about the half incubus who is known to possess dark magick, both lethal and sexual in nature. Rumors abound of the women who have become enslaved to his irresistible charms.
So when the Summer Queen of the fae orders Aislinn herself to act as his guide in the court, she is understandably on guard. She’s fallen under the spell of far less persuasive men before. In addition, Gabriel might be more than he seems and his true mission is far from innocent.
This time, Aislinn must protect not only her heart, but her very life…
All this information was obtained from Ms. Bast's site --->> here.

This book was given to me by Ms Bast for a review. The thoughts below are all my own.

Going into this review, I read her short story in Hot For The Holiday's - Sweet Enchantment.
You do not HAVE to read this one first, but it did set the stage for the characters and the world I was fixing to step in.
Ms. Bast has created an amazing world; one I have not found myself diving into yet. This story was a pleasure to read and I easily slipped away to the world of the Seelie Court. I have to admit thought that I had a lot to learn of this world.

Let's start this off...

Please meet, Aislinn Christiana Guinevere Finvarra.
Aislinn, is a woman who is thought to have pure Seelie blood. She resides pretty high in the Summer Queen's Rose Tower. Enjoying all of life's luxuries, going to balls and parties. Not having to work, shopping all day if she wanted. She had money in the bank - from her family and from court. The higher you reside, the higher your status in the Rose community.

Her father died years ago and her mother's only care is about their social status.
Her best friend, Bella, the only one she truly ever trusted, was banished to the Shadow King's court with her lover, Ronan. She is kind of alone in this world. She does have a couple of friends, but no one to really count on. So imagine living in a world where you really do not have anyone you can lean on, talk to, share with and all everyone wants to do is party and gossip.

Aislinn is a real woman, honest to the core and guarded with her deepest secrets. After being publicly dumped by an ass of a guy, Kendal, who just used her to climb the social ladder, she made sure to keep her heart off limits too. Remember, in the Rose Tower, social status is everything. So, after him, she swore off men.

As far as Aislinn's secret that she kept guarded, if the Summer Queen would have found out what she was capable of, she would have been kicked out of the Rose Tower a long time ago. I can not tell you what the secret is, but I will tell you this ~ she freaking rocks when she learns her full powers.

But Aislinn discovers another secret about her life and she owes it all to one man...

Please meet Gabriel Cionaodh Marcus Mac Braire.
Oh my Danu (The primary goddess of the Tuatha De' Danann)...
Gabriel is a freaking walking talking live ~ Sex on a Stick man!!! He is half incubus and half Unseelie. That made him even more dangerous. His reputation proceeded him where ever he went. "The rumors went that he was catnip to females and - when his special magick was wielded at full force between the sheets - he possessed the power to enslave a woman."
Wow, can you imagine catnip for women... That is powerful.
But do not forget he belonged to the Black Tower.

Gabriel was seeking permanent resident in the Rose Tower and to do that he had to petition for the Summer Queen's approval. The Summer Queen love taking from the Shadow King and to have a delicious man candy around her side of town... well, what's not to want. The queen would give him her decision in a week and while he waited to hear of the queen's decision, Aislinn was chosen to be his "tour guide" while he was there. These two got off on the wrong foot, but the chemistry was well played between them. Being half incubus has its plus side, which he was hoping would pay off with Aislinn... But as we discover, Aislinn is just not that into him. At least that is how it is in the beginning.
The story takes a turn... Gabriel makes Aislinn feel things she hasn't felt. He makes her think about what her life has truly become or where does she truly want to go.
Aislinn in return, makes Gabriel realize that sometimes people actually do say what is on their mind. She also makes Gabriel realize what it is that is missing in his life.
The two of these have secrets they try to hide from each other - but how long can they keep their secrets. And what will happen when they come to light.

Ms. Bast knows how to turn up the heat in her story.
This story is full of twist and turns. Some I did not even see coming. The change of heart, the putting yourself out there, finding out who your real friends are, having someone stab you in the back and the omgosh... hot sex !!! Ms. Bast really put her characters through the loop in this book. Oh what a ride this was to read. And you must not forget... this story is also packed with some action as well!!!

This is an amazing story. You have Aislinn, who is trying to figuring out "where do I fit in" in this world; of which side do I belong? Then you have Gabriel, who is fighting his own personal demons. The two come together and explode on the pages before you. The side characters are just as awesome as the main two characters. Especially in the latter scenes of battle. One of the elements I found refreshing was that you will notice is true friendship. Now don't let me lead you to believe that this story is just a friendship story... Ohhh no **shaking my finger**.... This story is freaking smoking hot with romance and sex... but the aspect of the friendship touched my heart. And the hot scenes were enough to leave this Hussy very purrrrsatisfied!!!
Ms. Bast did a brilliant job with have the right amount of angst within the characters to make the story hot and believable. I am looking forward to more of this series... (crossing my fingers that there is more **please please please**)!

My only blah feeling was that the world building was a little much, but I understood why the process was a bit much because it was needed for me to know the who and what of this story.

Berkley Sensation
ISBN-10: 0515147001
ISBN-13: 978-0515147001
Release Date: September 29, 2009

Anya’s novella is titled Sweet Enchantment. It provides a first taste of the world in which my new Dark Magick series is set.

This is Bella & Ronan's story... It is a sweet, passionate read!
I suggest reading this one first. Just to get familiar with the wonderful world of the Dark Magic! You will not regret it!

For more information, please visit Ms. Anya Bast's web site --->>> here.
You will find a lot of thing there... Her blog is there. She has some FREE Reads there too!!

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  1. Great review girl! I haven't tried any of Ms. Bast's writing yet but it sure sounds like she has a created a very interesting and hot world! And if it left you "purrrrsatisfied" I'm positive it will the rest of us as well! :)

  2. Hi Cecile,

    Great review and Anya's book are quite spicy and hot!

    I haven't had a chance to read this one but hoping to soon!

    Really liking the new header!

  3. I love great world building so would love that, and the story sounds amazing, and hot ;)

  4. What a review hon and you so push all my buttons, I love world building so that is a plus for me too. I have an EC novella by Anya Bast - Winter Pleasure and I just bumped it up my TBR pile lol

    PS: I see that Elaine has provided you with an ab-fab header again ;) Enjoy the last days of 2009 girl!

  5. Cecile,
    you know I have wanted to read this story for awhile, but after reading that review I reeeeeally want to read it now :) Great review,hurry up Jan 5.
    I read the novella too and even without reading WE I am glad I read the short story,it explained the world pretty good in it.

  6. I picked this book up yesterday and was planning on diving in today. I'm glad I came across your review because it's totally revved up my excitement! I really like Anya's writing and I'm anxious to get into this new world of hers!!

    great review, and Cecile, have a wonderful new year!!!

  7. I've never read Anya Bast but this one sounds sooo good!! I want to meet Gabriel!! What a fun world she has built (even if it is a little much)

    Great review!!!!

  8. Oh, dear. Sounds good, but I just haven't found it in me to deal with extensive world building recently.

  9. @Jenn! Hey honey! Thank you! Oh, I must say that if you have not tried her writing yet... You must!
    Yes, my hussy was puuurrrrrsatisfied! The banter between the characters was awesome and like I said... I even loved the side characters too. This was a great book!

    @Razlover! Hey hon! Thank you. Oh yes, Ms. Bast's book are quiet the spicy hot books a hussy likes! I can not wait to see what you think of this book!

    @Blodeuedd!!! Oh honey, I thought of you for this book, you will love this world that Ms. Bast has created. It is fascinating!!! And hot... OH YEA!!!!

    @Host! Hey honey!!! Thank you so much for coming over! I hope this book piqued your interest! I know you have a lot going on... if you do give this book a chance, you must let me know!

    @Leontine! Hey honey! Thank you! I do try to push buttons and open up people to see a different angel of the story. I mean that is what we are here for... to give a glimpse of what we see. And I do pour my heart in my reviews - only because I want people to know my true thoughts. And yes, you love world building - so you will definitely love this one. And the point about the world building is that Ms. Bast did an awesome job at building it!
    PS... what header you looking at?? I still have the one you did for me hon! Little confused, lol!! That is easy to do to me, lol!!

    @Elaing8! Thanks for making it here! You it is because of you that I got this! So thank you! And you willlllll want to get this book. Especially since you read Sweet Enchantment - Bella's story, you are going to reeallly want this one! I hope you enjoy!

    @Sophie Renwick! Thank you very much for coming over! I am excited to see that you picked this one up!! You must at least come back here and let me know what you think!!! Please! I have to say, now that I have given it a try, I do love Ms. Bast' writing style! I can not wait to see what she has in store for us with this series and I am off to explore what she has already written! And I wish you a very Blessed, Healthy and Happy New Year too!

    @Mandi!! Hey honey!! Oh, thanks for coming over! Oh... the pimping lady has never read an Anya book.. All the books you pimp to me, I have to pimp this one to you!!! You must get!!! And oh.. Gabriel... You will want to eat him up!!!

    @Chris!! Hey honey! Thanks for coming over! The world building is there, but once you get pass it, you understand that it is necessary to storyline and the books to come. I do hope you give it a chance one day. It really was a worth while read! Let me know if you change your mind hon!

  10. I've been waiting for this to come out! I really liked her witch series and I've been drooling over all the teasers for this new fae series!! Great Review and Hope you have a Happy New Year!!

  11. I have been dying to read some of her books. I have a few on my To Buy list for when I go to Borders next week! Thanks for a great review!

  12. Happy New Year my sweet friend.
    Also today work until evening but I'll write you soon ^-^.

  13. @Cecile - I meant your Happy New Year button/pic I assume Elaing8 created for you :) Here i am already counting down the hours till new year. I'm 2 sec away from baking an apple pie but wanted to wish you a blessed, happy and magical 2010

    I hope we get to talk lots and lots more!

  14. Hey sweetie, sorry that it toke me so long to get here!! But I really had to go sit down and take the time to read your fabulous review. Now I finally did :) Loved it, hon! I'm not sure if this is a book for me though, with all the world building going on... but than again the heat level is verrry appealing! :)
    Have a Happy New Year, hon!

  15. @Tricia! Hey honey! Thanks for coming over! Girl, if you have been waiting for this one - then I implore you to run to the store and stalk till you get it!!!! I really enjoyed reading this book and getting acquainted with Ms. Anya's world... and the men... OH MY!!!!

    @Amy J! Hey honey! When you go to Borders, make sure her name is the first one you get... this is a wonderful story and I can not wait to see what comes next in this mystical world! I enjoyed this review!

    @Veronica Bennet!!! Ciao honey!!! So glad that you made it! Oh dear, you know that I wish you a very Blessed, Healthy and Happy New Year! I will be looking forward to your email soon hon!!

    @Leontine ~ **Headdesk** DUH!! LOL!!! Oh yea... Isn't is wonderful!! Elaine rocks!
    Oh fresh Baked Apple Pie!! Girl, I am catching the next plane to ya house!!! I can smell it from here.... I will be there!!!
    I hope you and hubby have a wonderful New Year Night!

    @ErotRomReader (Janna)!!! Hey honey! I am just glad that you made it! Do not worry about time... I am just glad that you came over! **awww shucks, thank you** The world building is necessary to understand the world Ms. Bast is creating. And it sets up perfectly for future books that she is going to have! And believe me, the heat level alone (and Gabriel being a Sex on a Stick Man) sold me!!!!

  16. Hi Cecile!

    Great review, I too love world building and also love the Seelie and Unseelie courts, I've read lots of books portraying these worlds, so I'm also interested in finding a new one. I'll be checking this one out!

    Thanks for a great recommendation sweetie!

    Dottie :)

  17. I'm an Anya Bast virgin, I'm hoping to rectify this ASAP. Psst your new header is so sexy.

  18. Happy New Year Cecile! I hope all is well with you.


  19. awesome review =) another one for the TBR hehe

    btw... your Mr. Smut Hussy is a brazilian actor that is soooo damn hot LOL =)))

    (im from Brazil originally) hehe

  20. I was sooo going to say how much I like Anya Bast...her writing and as an aquaintance, but I got so sidetracked by the Gerad Butler Video below the comments, I almost forgot what I was going to say.

    If anyone ever wants to give me a gift, I'll love you forever if you send me anything Gerard!
    LOL :-}

    Great review BTW...

  21. Great review Cecile! I have this one for review for TBB and will be reading is soon. Thanks for getting me a little more interested in it. :)

  22. Thank you guys for still coming by this review. I have to say that this book will hold a special place, I really enjoyed Aislinn's world and I am looking for more!!


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