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Fantasy Romance Anthology Review: Amid The Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter & Jeffe Kennedy

Amid The Winter Snow by Grace Draven, Thea Harrison, Elizabeth Hunter & Jeffe Kennedy

copy thanks to Elizabeth Hunter & Grace Draven

Synopsis from Goodreads
As the snows fall and hearths burn, four stories of Midwinter beginnings prove that love can fight its way through the chillest night...

The mark Jahna Ulfrida was born with has made her a target of the cruel and idle all her life. During the long, crowded festivities of Deyalda, there’s nowhere to escape. Until a handsome stranger promises to teach her to save herself…

THE CHOSEN, by Thea Harrison
In her visions, Lily sees two men fighting for her tiny country’s allegiance: the wolf and the tiger, each deadly, each cunning. One will bring Ys chaos and death, one a gentler path—but she’s destined to love whichever she chooses. The midwinter Masque is upon them, and the wolf is at her door…

THE STORM, by Elizabeth Hunter
When her soul mate died in a massacre of the half-angelic Irin people, Renata thought she’d never feel happiness again. She’s retreated to the snowy Dolomites to remember her hurts—until determined, irrepressible Maxim arrives to insist on joy, too. And before she can throw him out, they discover a secret the Irin have to know…

As a blizzard threatens their mountain keep, the new Queen Amelia of the Twelve Kingdoms and her unofficial consort Ash face their own storm. Ash knows a scarred, jumpy ex-convict isn’t the companion his queen needs. But when a surprise attack confines them together in their isolated sanctuary, the feast of midwinter might tempt even Ash into childlike hope…

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THE DARKEST MIDNIGHT by Grace Draven was one of my favourites in the anthology, full of Christmas spirit and magical possibilities. The reader follows progress of Jahna, a young girl with a very low self-esteem and sees her blossoming into a confident, vibrant young woman thanks to her fencing teacher whom she secretly loves.

Beautifully written and very atmospheric, this short story like everything else in this format Mrs Draven writes, begged to be fleshed out into a longer novel. Alas, the only consolation prize is that it was written in the universe of Radiance and we had a brief crossover. An absolute joy to read!

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ТЕМНЕЙШАЯ ПОЛНОЧЬ была одним из моих фаворитов этого сборника. Она была полна рождественского духа и волшебных возможностей. Читатель следует за ростом и прогрессом Джанны, юной девушки с большим комплексом неполноценности, которая вырастает в яркую, уверенную в себе молодую женщину благодаря своему учителю по фехтованию, в которого она тайно влюблена. Очень нежно и красиво написано, и как все остальные повести от Мисс Дрэйвен, так и просится в поноценный роман. Увы, единственное утешение в том, что она написана в мире Радианс, и мы пересекаемся со знакомыми нам персонажами. Рекомендую.

Another unexpected surprise which fans of Warprize will absolutely adore is THE CHOSEN by Thea Harrison. This will be right up their alley!

Repeating famous words of Jacqueline Carey: "That which yields is not always weak" , and The Chosen is all that. Soft and unassuming, she hides her sharp wit and stubborn will from the conqueror despite their mutual spontaneous heat and affection. I LOVED IT, and dearly want to read more about this charismatic couple. A fantastic read.

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 Еще одним неожиданным подарком, особенно для фанатов Военного Приза оказалась ИЗБРАННАЯ от Тэи Гаррисон.

Повторяя слова Жакелин Кэри: "То, что гнется, не всегда слабо", и Избранная как раз такова. Под неприметной мягкой внешностью она прячет острый ум и непоколебимую волю от Завоевателя, несмотря на неожиданно вспыхнувшие между ними жар и симпатию. Эта повесть покорила меня своей яркостью, и я хочу узнать побольше об этой харизматичной паре. Рекомедую.

THE STORM by Elizabeth Hunter finally gives us a love story between Renata and Maxim of Irin Chronicles. It's a moody, bittersweet and poetic piece, and I couldn't help but soak in its lovely atmosphere. There is an interesting twist in the end, which will certainly lead to the new interesting development in this series in the future. A lovely read. 

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В ШТОРМУ Элизабет Хантер наконец-то рассказывает любовную историю Ренаты и Максима из Хроник Ирина. Это горько-сладкая, штормовая и поэтичная повесть, атмосферой которой мне было легко проникнуться. Неожиданный поворот сюжета под конец открывает новые возможности для всей серии в будущем, так что не следует эту повесть пропускать. Советую.

At last, I simply skimmed through THE SNOWS OF WINDROWEN by Jeffe Kennedy, folks. In no way it reflects the quality of this read, I just clash with the writing style of this author, and me and her books never get along, which is why I leave them alone. Please, read someone else's review or this story.

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 Наконец, я просто пролистала СНЕГА УИНДРОВЕНА от Джефф Кеннеди, ребята. Это ни в коем случае не отражает качество этой повести, просто мне совершенно не нравится авторский стиль Мисс Кеннеди и никогда не удается ее книги дочитать, так что я и не пытаюсь. Ищите рецензию у кого-нибудь еще.
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