Monday, December 13, 2010

Review: Jeweled by Anya Bast

Author: Anya Bast
Release Date: November 3, 2010
Publisher: Berkley Heat
ISBN: #  9780425236864
Genre: Erotic Romance
Review Copy Source: Author for Honest Review

Defined by magic. Ruled by desire.
In the Court of Edaeii, magic-imbued Evangeline is rewarded for her gift in manipulating emotion with a sapphire stone set into the perfect curve of her lower back. Her greatest rival in the royal court is the enigmatic Anatol, instilled with the power of illusion. He may better her in magic, but he is her absolute equal in passion.
They share something else—they’re both targets of low-born revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the palace of the privileged few. Rescued from the mobs by Gregorio, the brilliant revolutionary mastermind, they’re given sanctuary. But in this warm refuge, Evangeline soon finds herself torn between the magic of one man she has always desired, and the excitingly new and radical moves of another. For her, there is only one choice.
Evangeline, Anatol and Gregorio come together as one to explore the possibilities of love beyond reason, and to indulge in pleasure without limits.

I have been wanting to pick up a copy of Jeweled since its release day but hadn't had the chance so when Anya asked for review sites to review a copy I jumped at the offer. It came in the mail and I immediately started to read it. I was NOT disappointing. Sometimes with Erotic books I tend to find it a little to raunchy and the story not at all satisfying but Ms Bast made all the erotic scenes tasteful and sensual while still making it extremely steamy. I enjoyed the story, It was heartfelt and blended perfectly together with the steamy stuff without throwing sex at you at every turn. The magic elements to the book were fascinating I enjoyed reading about what it is to be Jeweled and the different types of magic they wield. The character and story development wasn't to slow or to fast it all flowed together. Evangeline grows from an emotionally cut off spoiled girl into someone who finds emotion and love with people she never expected it with.

I gave it a 4/5