Monday, February 5, 2018

Book Review: 'How to Seduce a Queen' by Stella Marie Alden and Chantel Seabrook

New Jersey author Stella Marie Alden, often teamed with Canadian author Chantel Seabrook, steps out on her own to offer this medieval tale, rich in adventure, romance and erotica. It aims to satisfy the Chick Lit group as well as the young male heavy breathing clan!

The author distills the action of this medieval fantasy, making the sprawling story make sense for the readers new to the genre. ‘Year of our Lord 1283. In the light of the early dawn, Lady Fay traverses her parapet wall and waits with bow drawn taut. Only when she realizes the group of men who exit the Saxon rowboat are tonsured does she allow herself to breathe. She need not shoot another of King Alexander’s suitors. At least not today. With a wicked grin, she lets go the bowstring, and the arrow makes a perfect arc to land directly in front of the one in the lead. She isn’t so fond of priests, either. Nicholas Bruce jumps when the barb lands within inches of his sandaled feet. The former queen of the Isle of Man is just as beautiful and deadly as he remembers. Suddenly, he is not so certain that this holy disguise will work. Surely she’ll remember him, the bastard grandson of the mighty Earl of Annandale. But what choice does he have? If he wants to survive, he needs to bed her, and soon.’

Few authors could get away with an erotica affair with a monk, but Stella Marie makes that additive to the story. As she has stated, ‘in this Romance, the (fictional) daughter of the last king of the Isle of Man becomes a pawn in the game of 'who would be king.' Like all my books, she is a strong heroine, the perfect match for the man who would try to seduce her. It was a lot of fun to write, as our hero is disguised as a monk. Certainly, not your normal plot.’

Stay tuned for Stella Marie’s next book – whether solo or in partner ship. She has this genre down pat (or, um, stroked!). Grady Harp, July 16

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