RELEASE BLITZ with REVIEW: The Dark Kingdom Anthology (+Giveaway)

Dear book-lovers,

Welcome to release blitz organized by Give Me Books Promotions for a dark romance anthology of fairy tale retellings – The Dark Kingdom Anthology. This blitz includes some details about the book and author, link for a giveaway, and a review. So, here is the book 😊

the dark kingdom anthology

Title: The Dark Kingdom Anthology
Authors: Alice La Roux, Anna Edwards, Brooke Summers, Gemini Jensen, Isabel Lucero, Karen Frances, Krissy V, Leah Negron, Logan Fox, P.T. Macias, Raven Amor, Samantha Fontien, Sean Azinsalt, Taylor Porter
Genre: Dark Romance/Taboo
Release date: March 24th 2020

Blurb

In The Dark Kingdom, villains reign supreme.

Fourteen authors come together to turn your childhood stories into dark and sinful pleasures.

Step into a world where everything you loved just got a lot darker.

Where the line between love and taboo crosses without a second thought.

Are you prepared to enter The Dark Kingdom?


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Alice La Roux

Anna Edwards

Brooke Summers

Gemini Jensen

Isabel Lucero

Karen Frances

Krissy V

Leah Negron

Logan Fox

P.T. Macias

Raven Amor

Samantha Fontien

Sean Azinsalt

Taylor Porter


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2stars

Review

the dark kingdom anthologyTitle: The Dark Kingdom Anthology
Authors: Alice La Roux, Anna Edwards, Brooke Summers, Gemini Jensen, Isabel Lucero, Karen Frances, Krissy V, Leah Negron, Logan Fox, P.T. Macias, Raven Amor, Samantha Fontien, Sean Azinsalt, Taylor Porter
Genre: Fairy Tale Rettelings as Dark Contemporary Romances
Publication 2020
Source: eARC via Give Me Books Promotions
Rating: 2.25 Stars
Recommendation: Recommended only for readers who enjoy short stories and dark even taboo contemporary romances with triggers, but be warned that I didn’t really enjoy most of this anthology. Only for mature readers (18+)

My Thoughts

Let’s start with my main feelings about this book – I was very much, oh, so incredibly disappointed. Even though these were fairy tale retellings there was no magic nor atmosphere of fairy tales. These were dark contemporary romances vaguely based on fairy tales.

There were 14 short stories by 14 different authors – I very much liked only 1 of them, liked 3 retellings, was kind of OK with 5 stories, and didn’t like at all 5 novellas. So  I didn’t enjoy most of these tales.

I will start this review from the best and then slowly move to the worst stories.

*Note. These stories will not be in the order that they had in the book itself.


King by Raven Amor – 4 stars

A contemporary motorcycle club dark romance and retelling of Lion King. This was the best story in this anthology. At the end of this story there was a promise of ‘to be continued’, so the ending had a tiny cliffhanger. So I can’t wait to read what happens next.

Every story has two sides, you’ve heard his before.

Now it’s time for mine.

It’s not pretty, and it’s no fairy-tale.

Full of blood-soaked betrayal, it will break open your chest and pull your beating heart.

We will find love and lose it.

Blood will be shed, lives lost.

We will be brought to our knees, to rise once again.

This was emotionally charged, triggering and so very dark as this story completely shredded my heart into hundreds of jagged and bloody pieces that can never be put back together without never heeling scars. It captivated me from the very beginning and never let me go till the very last words. It made my blood freeze in my veins and feel so much pain that it was hard to breath at some points of time. It was hard to read, but it gave me the thing that I always look for in a dark romanceit made me feel very deeply and experience fear and pain without actually being in any real danger.


Osbourne by Anna Edwards – 3 stars

A contemporary mafia romance and retelling of Robin Hood. It was intriguing, entertaining and steamy romance. It wasn’t that dark, however, there was action and bloodshed as it was a mafia romance.

“Trust me, Marry. I won’t hurt you no matter what my reputation is. I’m not that much of a monster.”


Innocence Lost by Taylor Porter – 3 stars

A dark contemporary mafia romance and Peter Pen retelling. It was dark, suspenseful and triggering romance with some secrets and bloody scenes.

I mean, look at me. I was abandoned on the steps of an orphanage as a newborn; that’s where love got me.


In to Deep by Karen Frances – 3 stars

A contemporary romance of Lady and the Tramp retelling. An intense read with some suspense and danger, also could be triggering to some readers as most of these stories.

Jo was no longer my best friend. She became my sister overnight and I hated that she stole my parents away from me.

The weren’t hers.

They were mine, and I wasn’t used to sharing.

But I would still do anything to protect her and keep her safe, because isn’t that what families do?


Catch Me if You Can by Krissy V – 2.5 stars

A contemporary romance and kind of retelling of Disney movie Princess Protection Program  or  maybe I just couldn’t see the retelling. It started out well enough, but the ending was just too cheesy and the female protagonist didn’t act nor think like a 26 year old. There was some suspense and torture. Just an OK read, nothing special.


The council of Seven by Alice La Roux – 2.5 stars

I close my eyes and try to force a memory. I focus on my breathing. I remember…nothing. Blank. it’s all blank.

A dark sci-fi erotica of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs retelling. This was an intriguing and mysterious story, however, I saw the twist coming quite early on, but still it was a good enough twist. It was kind of steamy and triggering, but I didn’t really feel much of any kind of feelings. Still it was dark and twisted tale, just maybe too sort and without enough of plot. Just an OK read, nothing special or too exciting.

“I’m what?” Something stirs in the back of my head but still no memory, just a feeling, like I’ve been here before. “Snow White? Wasn’t that…a fairy-tale?”


Captured in Underland by Isabel Lucero – 2.5 stars

A dark romance of Alice in Wonderland retelling. This was a bit strange and mysterious as Alice’s tale is suppose to be but with no magic, but there was bloodshed and secrets to unravel. Just an OK read, nothing special or too exciting.


Prince of Ruin by Gemini Jensen – 2.25 stars

A dark contemporary romance of Aladdin retelling. This tale started out very promising, I was intrigued and my attention was captured. However, at the end I was just disappointed because the ending didn’t feel like the ending, which was very frustrating because it felt like a cliffhanger, but there was no promise of extra story.

“You can’t threaten a man who has nothing to lose. You might be the Princess of Araigha, but I’m the Prince of Ruin…”


A Beast by Another Name by Logan Fox – 2.25 stars

A dark contemporary romance of Beauty and the Beast retelling. This was a very dark, twisted and triggering read with some mystery, intrigue, chilliness and morally challenged female MC. It was part of a story, however, there was a link for getting all of this book for free. Just an OK read.


Bound by Sean Azinsalt – 1.75 stars

An LGBT contemporary (MM) romance of gender switched retelling of Rapunzel. It was nothing special, I don’t have any feelings about it whatsoever, not negative nor positive.


Slamberland by Samantha Fontien – 1.5 stars

A contemporary romance, maybe retelling of Sleeping Beauty, but I’m not sure, just couldn’t figure it out. Nothing really happened here, I was bored out of my mind. It had no real plot as basically there was only telling about activities happening in the bedroom and not even in a steamy way. There was no chemistry nor sparks, but just dry telling. And then it ended up being weird, so I’m not sure what to think about it. The ending was the best part of this story, it had potential only the writing style let it down.


Saving Reli by Brooke Summers – 1.25 stars

A dark contemporary romance retelling and Cinderella retelling. It was a romance with a big age gap, however, I didn’t mind that one bit, however, I didn’t really like this novella. I didn’t connect with Reli. Usually I like reading dark fiction even with dark, twisted and cruel romance, however, in my opinion this one just had too much unnecessary details in sexual abuse scenes, they just made me sick. The same time I felt bored as there was not much of a plot. I was discussed at times, rolled my eyes and didn’t care for anything.


Princess and the Capo by P.T. Macias – 1 stars

A contemporary mafia romance and I have no idea of what fairy-tale retelling this was. Writing for this one felt very juvenile and unprofessional. It was just way toooo much showing but in a telling way. (It went something like this – he walked to the stairs, he walked up the stairs, he walked to the door and opened the door, he walked in the room and sat down on the bed.) It was just badly written, so at the end writing was awkward. This novella really has a need for a lot of editing. I was just bored and wanted to DNF this one.


Web of rejection by Leah Negron – 1 star

An LGBT contemporary (FF) romance of Sleeping Beauty or more like Maleficent. It was all telling and no showing. I didn’t feel anything whatsoever just boredom. The writing and dialogue was dry. At some points it felt unrealistic, but that ending… just NO, it was too much. I kind of hated this short story.


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Maybe I’m just not that big of a fan of short stories, so that’s why I recommend this book only to readers who enjoy anthologies, dark romances and don’t have problems with triggering content, otherwise, I would’n border reading it. This was such a disappointing read for me, however, maybe I would recommend this book just for Raven Amor’s story – King.

How do you feel about short stories – hate them, love them or…?

Happy reading,
Lady of Bookland

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