Captivated By The Winter King

November 30, 2015
Votes: 24
Audience Adult, X Rated
Type Myth Based
Word Count 100-120k (average/long)

Editing, Production, Marketing & Sales

Workshopped with Author-4-Author
Edited by Michaela Goebel
Published Through Amazon Createspace – KDP
Marketed by Author Promo Co-op
Distributed by Amazon

The Rundown

Kate, a terrified woman who is on the run from her abusive fiancé, crashes her car on the side of the road. When she wakes, she is no longer in Florida. Instead, she stumbles into deep snow and the arms of Ankou, the King of the troubled Winter Court of the Fae. She has, it turns out, accidentally passed through a portal. As a bonus, Ankou is fine to look at, and it turns out Kate is his magical soulmate. Kate, being human, can’t feel the Fae soulmate bond. No problem—Ankou has lived for thousands of millennia. He can be patient. After all, Kate is not only to be his wife, she is to be his Queen.

This should have been a great set up for a paranormal romance, but the book has some struggles. It is cursed by pages and pages—and pages—of exposition. The first chapter of the book is rarely in scene after opening with Kate driving her car. The second chapter of the book, which opens in Ankou’s point of view, spends pages and pages in exposition as well. The author needs to have a little more faith in her reader: we don’t need to have so much explained to us, or explained to us so quickly. A slower reveal would have worked better.

This is a romance novel—indeed, its genre is BDSM romance, or even erotica. That’s great. The book suffers from a dissonance problem though: would a Fae King use the terms “sadism” and “masochism” or even “dominate” and “sub”? The Marquis de Sade and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch never resided in Fairie. These are human terms of recent origin. The acts, however, are not. When building worlds parallel to our own, using terms so closely tied to our particular cultural moment rings false, even if the acts are millennia old.

The book shines brightest when the author builds scenes—scenes full of dialogue, conflict, setting, and yes, even eroticism. Her scenes come alive, especially when compared to the exposition, or “processing,” as the heroine often refers to it. With more lively scenes, and less processing, this darkly erotic book would have rated much higher.

The Recommendation

This book will appeal to readers who enjoy erotic paranormal fantasy, even if it isn’t backed by a terribly exciting story. 

The Rating Reviewer Rating: 3 Stars

3 Stars (out of 5): Pretty good. Sure, there were some issues, but it was still worth the read.

The Reviewer

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Author’s Summary

Kate is a woman on the run. After years of being physically and emotionally abused by her fiance, she’s finally had enough. But leaving might be even more dangerous than staying, so she needs to get as far away as she can as fast as possible. A late night, desperate drive through the pouring rain ends suddenly when a cat appears in the middle of the road. While trying to avoid the half-drowned creature, Kate loses control of her car and crashes through a portal to Fairie.
Ankou is a fallen God of Death and the king of the Winter Court of Fairie, and he’s facing pressure from every direction. The magic of the Court is out of balance due to the centuries-long lack of a queen. He is harried constantly by the Court nobles who want him to either step down or take a mate. All the duties of a ruling pair rest squarely on his shoulders. And added to all this is a soul-crushing loneliness. His existence stretches back hundreds of millennia, and in all that time he has never found the one person who could warm his lonely heart. He is exhausted and discouraged, and the last thing he needs is to go tearing off into the night on a fool’s errand. But one of his lingering god powers is the ability to sense the right course of action to follow, and his instincts are screaming at him to go to a particular place in the forest of the Winter kingdom and wait. Imagine his surprise when he finds the one he has been waiting for his whole life!
Using a careful blend of patience, seduction, and domination, the Winter king tries to win his soulmate’s love. Feeling safe and valued for the first time in her memory, Kate explores her new freedom by agreeing to try the BDSM games her lover suggests. As she experiments with both domination and submission, she learns just how liberating surrender can be. Will Ankou be able to convince Kate that she can trust him with her feelings as well as her body? Will Kate find a way to overcome the trauma of her past and open up her heart to accept the love that is offered to her? Can these two broken people find a way to fit all their disparate pieces together into a stronger, united whole? You’ll have to read to find out!

Short Description

Kate, a frightened, desperate woman on the run, and Ankou, a lonely, fallen God of Death, are united in a magical soulmate bond. Can these two broken people find a way to fit all their disparate pieces together into a stronger, united whole?


Taste the ecstasy of surrender!


First place in the erotic fantasy romance category.


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