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~FREE E-PUB ☰ Silk & Steel ⚈ The Dragon Queen s reign is one of darkness and death Humans have vanished under the rubble of their world and if the queen has her way, elves will be nextEroan, one of the last elven assassins, lives for one purpose kill the queen He would have succeeded if not for her last line of defense Prince Lysander Now, captured and forced into the queen s harem, Eroan sees another opportunity Why kill just the queen when he can kill them all It would be simple, if not for the troubled and alluring prince A warrior, a killer, and something else , something Eroan finds himself inexplicably drawn toTrapped in a life he despises, Lysander knows his time is running out If the queen doesn t kill him for his failures, her enemies will There s nothing left to live for, until an elf assassin almost kills him A stubborn, prideful, fool of an elf who doesn t know when to quit An elf who sparks a violent, forbidden desire in Lysander If Lysander can t save himself, maybe he can save the elf and maybe, just maybe one stubborn elf will be enough to bring down the queen before she kills them all Duty demands they fight for their people Love has other plans Warning Reader Advisory Silk Steel is not a romance This series is a DARK FANTASY intended for mature readers While Silk Steel is a love story, it is not for everyone It is not categorized on , and not sold as m m romance It DOES feature a strong m m LOVE STORY that develops over three books Silk Steel features a gay dragon shifter, a bisexual elf, and adult themes There is triggering content that some readers may find distressing, including implied incest, abuse, violence, dubious consent, and on page sex None of these instances are gratuitous There is heterosexual sex and gay sex The intense and star crossed relationship between the two male leads develops over three books Silk Steel series Book 0.5 Sealed With A Kiss Book 1 Silk Steel Book 2 Iron Fire Book 3 Blood Ice Book 3.5 Lost Found Book 4 The Black Prince Update 6 23 20 This book has left quite a lasting impression on me and was an amazing start to this series so I will bumping up the rating to 5 stars 4 5 until it was doneIf tomorrow was the end, then what was a kiss today What a thrilling and fascinating adventure was this I have never read a book Silk Steel series Book 0.5 Sealed With A Kiss Book 1 Silk Steel Book 2 Iron Fire Book 3 Blood Ice Book 3.5 Lost Found Book 4 The Black Prince Update 6 23 20 This book has left quite a lasting impression on me and was an amazing start to this series so I will bumping up the rating to 5 stars 4 5 until it was doneIf tomorrow was the end, then what was a kiss today What a thrilling and fascinating adventure was this I have never read a book like this one nor do I think will I ever read one The elements and the creativity that it combined were top notch and made for a compelling dark readSilk Steelwas evendark than I was expecting it to be and it would be a very wise decision to heed the trigger warnings if you are a sensitive readerA dragon chatting with an elf By the nights It was unheard of Eroan is an elf assassin dedicated to killing the brutal dragon queen and it was on this mission that he met Lysander, the broken dragon prince Lysander captured Eroan moments before he would have succeeded in killing the dragon queen, a decision that Lysander would come to regret Elves and dragons are sworn enemies and this sparks the animosity between the arrogant elf and the broken princeLysander is a diamond in the rough Even broken, he is worth a thousand amethyst Lysander rises like ember from the ashes in this book because despite all the mental and sexual abuse that he has went through at the hands of the queen, his own mother, he still shines and is capable of being tenderYou were ore, rough and unwieldy, until she forced you to survive There, you forged yourself into a weapon with a heart of steelLysander is called broken by his homophobic clan for his sexual preferences, but he stills stands headstrong for what he believes inYou know what I think is funny, the prince grinned, that the two most foolish creatures on this earth somehow found one another I immensely enjoyed this dark fantasy M M romance and the only reason that the romance is in quotes is because it was uber slow burn that it hasn t even properly developed in this book The writing was beautiful and easy to get into and the characters were successful in pulling out all the emotions from me My only complain is that the plot lacked sometimes, but it was easy to overlook in favor of the characters Immediately jumping into the next 5Where has this book been all my lifestars Being a survivor, living with the pain, healing from it, it makes you strong This book is bloody brilliant and I have no idea how is it possible that I haven t come across it sooner I might be repeating myself since I was already gushing about plenty of things in my review for the prequel novella but I have to say it again I absolutely love the worldbuilding The lands are dominated by dragon shifters metal and jeweled kind who are fight 5Where has this book been all my lifestars Being a survivor, living with the pain, healing from it, it makes you strong This book is bloody brilliant and I have no idea how is it possible that I haven t come across it sooner I might be repeating myself since I was already gushing about plenty of things in my review for the prequel novella but I have to say it again I absolutely love the worldbuilding The lands are dominated by dragon shifters metal and jeweled kind who are fighting for power The only force brave enough or foolish is the elven assassins of The Order but their numbers are rapidly decreasing Dragon bastards are almost impossible to kill.Enter Eroan, the most daring and stubborn elf to ever live He s prepared to fight tooth and nail until the job is done and who would rather die than failMy name is Eroan Ilanea, he breathed, setting his name free I was forged in the fires of Ifreann, quenched in Alumn s maelstrom, for a single purpose to kill the Dragon QueenWe already met him in Sealed with a Kiss but he slethal now and evendetermined to end the dragons reign no matter what But he was not prepared to be faced with a dragon prince who is not at all what he seems.Lysander is a perfect prince but for one thing He s a deadly warrior There s no one who could match his sword fighting skills He acts like a privileged aristocrat with all the time in the world But his only crime in the eyes of his mother is that he s not willing to lie with a woman and be sold like a breeding stallion And earning Queen Elissandra s wrath equals almost a death sentence So, Lysander is basically a dead man dragon walking.When Lysander s and Eroan s paths cross neither of them imagined that this will change their lives Dragons and elves hate each other, right But what if it didn t need to be like that What if they could work together, help each other And that s how they start an unlikely alliance Warily saving each other s lives but never positively sure when the fragile truce will come to an end.Before I reveal too much, I think that a little fangirling is now in order I already liked Eroan from the prequel and when I started reading this book I was wondering if I m gonna like Lysander the same Well, absolutely no worries were needed because I fell in love with him the moment he showed up My beautiful, heartbroken, tortured dragon prince He really doesn t deserve how everyone is treating him just because he dares to be who he is and not pretends I wish I could steal him away and hide him somewhere safe so nobody could harm him ever againSo, why are you helping me Why are you different she asked.He shrugged and dragged a smile out of nowhere I ve no idea If you figure it out, let me know, won t you He offered his hand again This time, she took itThe author warned that this is not a romance and it is really not However, in the midst of orgies, forced sex, rape, torture and all crazy fuckery you can imagine, there s this start of something beautiful, something not tainted with hate and war I m living for the moment when Eroan and Lysander will finally get a chance to explore this connection between themFear held Lysander rooted to the spot and kept his hands locked at his sides Fear that if he took a single step closer, if he lifted his hand and tucked that stray curl of white hair back behind Eroan s tipped ear, it wouldn t stop there He d turn the elf s face toward him, and if Eroan didn t stop him, he d taste those soft lips like he d ached to since he d first seen the elf in chains And if he still wasn t stopped, he d explore that mouth, and when he was done there, he d sweep the elf s hair back and taste the curve of his neckBR with Melanie I m so happy that we started this series and that it turned out to be amazing Thank you for discussing dragon politics with meMy original non review right after finishing RTC ASAP If I write a review now, it would only consist of OMGs all over LOL Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterest Ever since I read C.S Pacat s CAPTIVE PRINCE, I ve been looking for other dark fantasy books that have that same fantasy bodice ripper vibe SILK STEEL comes the closest of all the other books I ve read to capturing that same balance of unapologetic smut and court intrigue, kind of like if GAME OF THRONES was written for the female gaze Honestly, though, it had me at angsty dragon prince and arrogant warrior elf.Prince Lysander is t Instagram Twitter FacebookPinterest Ever since I read C.S Pacat s CAPTIVE PRINCE, I ve been looking for other dark fantasy books that have that same fantasy bodice ripper vibe SILK STEEL comes the closest of all the other books I ve read to capturing that same balance of unapologetic smut and court intrigue, kind of like if GAME OF THRONES was written for the female gaze Honestly, though, it had me at angsty dragon prince and arrogant warrior elf.Prince Lysander is the younger son of a sadistic dragon queen who has physically and sexually abused him his whole life He s treated as broken because of his attraction to men, and now she s trying to sell him and breed him with one of the other dragon clans, one that revels in violent orgies Oh, boy Eroan, on the other hand, is an elven assassin charged with the murder of Lysander s mother he would have succeeded were it not for Lysander himself, who was the only one able to cut him down in battle Now he s a prisoner in the dragons tower, and finds himself perplexed by the silent, brooding dragon prince who has taken it upon himself to be his gaoler.I think the most crucial point to mention for this book is that it is NOT for the faint of heart It has all of the same triggers that CAPTIVE PRINCE did, and a lot of the world building centers around rape or sexual violence I didn t feel like the rape was romanticized, and the relationship between the two heroes isn t based on rape, but it is very much present in this book and committed by both men and women alike There s also incest, which is gross Nash also doesn t shy away from violence the fight scenes in this book are really well done, but part of what makes them so is no small amount of gore.One thing I really liked is that this isn t GFY Eroan is bisexual and has had relationships with women Lysander, on the other hand, is gay and identifies as such it s a huge problem for him as a prince in a homophobic dragon court that keeps trying to breed him with women He s subjected to a lot of abuse because of that not just from his mother, but also from one of the other dragon clans that ends up drugging him into a stupor so that he ll be too blitzed out of his mind to realize that he s having sex with a woman I think these scenes might be really hard for some people to read.On the other hand, I liked that this book was so dark and didn t shy away from getting down and dirty in order to tell the story the way the author intended It really did remind me of a bodice ripper, not just because of the darkness, but also because of the globe trotting adventures, alliances, betrayals, and fight scenes that made a lot of those 1970s bodice rippers so much fun to read This book is decently long, and yet the pages just flew by I was never bored and was always wondering what happened next, and I wasn t even too mad when the cliffhanger I totally predicted happened because I had the other book in the series on stand by, which I m going to be buddy reading with a friend.If you enjoy dark fantasy novels or bodice rippers and don t mind books with lots of trigger warnings, I think you ll really, really like this especially if you re familiar with Pippa DaCosta s other work and want to see her try her hand at something different ON TO BOOK TWO.4 to 4.5 stars An epic series Book 1 5 STARSBook 2 4.5 STARSBook 3 5 STARS 5 STARSIf tomorrow was the end, then what was a kiss todayWow A dark, twisted, and fast paced fantasy adventure SO my cup of tea.First, a warning TRIGGERS GALOREif you re the kind of reader who worries about questionable content, avoid this one at all costs.If you re not, READ THIS BOOKThe need to own, to hoard, to have The dragons cursePlot Both humans An epic series Book 1 5 STARSBook 2 4.5 STARSBook 3 5 STARS 5 STARSIf tomorrow was the end, then what was a kiss todayWow A dark, twisted, and fast paced fantasy adventure SO my cup of tea.First, a warning TRIGGERS GALOREif you re the kind of reader who worries about questionable content, avoid this one at all costs.If you re not, READ THIS BOOKThe need to own, to hoard, to have The dragons cursePlot Both humans and elves are near extinction at the hands or teeth of dragons In its latest attempt to kill the Queen, the Elven Order of Assassins has sent its best to the dragon stronghold There, Eroan is captured, imprisoned and torturedand meets the dragon prince, LysanderEroan could almost believe this prince with his half smile and haunted silences was something other than the monsterAnd so begins Lysander and Eroan s impossible love hate relationshipThere was a great dealto this elf than the fleeting glimpses he d revealed so far Lysander found himself wanting to peel back those layers to discover what secrets lay beneathBe prepared for an incredible ride I loved every moment of this one I mean, who doesn t love dragons Especially these cute and cuddly typesHer kind a dragonkin who cared for others were rare As far as he knew, they didn t fix their weak, they ate themLOL, good stuff There were times that I wanted a bitbackground to flesh out the world building, but overall, the writing was fabulous I ll leave you with my favorite sentenceThe deep, luscious sound rumbled through his chest and sank into Lysander s bones stoking the fires hotter, brighter, luring the beast in him out of its hiding place and spilling its needs and wants through his veinsA HUGE thank you to MONIQUE for inviting me to read this one with her Without you, Moni, I would have put this off for who knows how long Thanks for the buddy read Also, thank you to LYN for bringing this one to my attention in the first place Love it Dark fantasy adventure romance There are two hot men, an elf and a dragon What s not to like Lots of twisted dark, rapey stuff But somehow, this particular author does it right Like, the capture, torture, rape scenes aren t just devices for titillation, but they have a purpose, to move the plot along, to show the workings of a character s mind, and that s why I don t mind them.Unlike another book in the same genre fact, compared to this bo Love it Dark fantasy adventure romance There are two hot men, an elf and a dragon What s not to like Lots of twisted dark, rapey stuff But somehow, this particular author does it right Like, the capture, torture, rape scenes aren t just devices for titillation, but they have a purpose, to move the plot along, to show the workings of a character s mind, and that s why I don t mind them.Unlike another book in the same genre fact, compared to this book, I m tempted to give Grace Draven s Phoenix Unbound 2 stars instead of 3 Anyway, both Eoran and Lysander are strong characters I like Lysander better He s always had a soft spot for Eoran and his loyalty, at cost to himself, just makes me love him He s such a strong survivor, and yet capable of so much love Eoran annoys me sometimes with his stubbornness, and I feel like he sselfish than Lysander That Lysander has had such a tough life, always getting fucked over by his mother, his brother, being torn down physically and mentally, that he can still be so giving and forgiving, makes me just love him to pieces.See notes below on some note worthy scenes like the death by cock suffocation.It was very entertaining I m glad Monique s review caught my eye I m a huge fan of Pippa DaCosta s writing so when I found out she was writing a dark fantasy M M story under the pen name of Ariana Nash I immediately added it to my wish list Throw in the fact that the main characters of Silk Steel are an elven assassin and a dragon prince and I just couldn t wait to get started Anyone who has ever read any of Pippa s stories will know that she excels at detailed world building and tortured heroes and she has outdone herself on both of those fronts with thi I m a huge fan of Pippa DaCosta s writing so when I found out she was writing a dark fantasy M M story under the pen name of Ariana Nash I immediately added it to my wish list Throw in the fact that the main characters of Silk Steel are an elven assassin and a dragon prince and I just couldn t wait to get started Anyone who has ever read any of Pippa s stories will know that she excels at detailed world building and tortured heroes and she has outdone herself on both of those fronts with this book.Eroan is one of the few surviving members of the elven assassins, his whole life has been spent training to kill the dragon queen although he has always known that he islikely to die in the attempt than to actually succeed He came so close to achieving his goal but he was captured by the dragon prince Lysander and now he is being held prisoner in their stronghold The only thing keeping Eroan going is his dream of ending the dragon queen once and for all but the longer he spends in captivity being tortured the slimmer his chances appear.Lysander has been his mother s plaything since he was a child, nothing he ever did was good enough to earn her acceptance and the title prince is a mockery when he is just as much a prisoner of his circumstances as Eroan Lysander has given up hope of surviving his mother but there is something about the fierce and proud elf that makes him long for a future he knows is impossible Perhaps if he can just manage to save Eroan then his entire life won t have been wasted but to do that he s going to have to stand up to the woman who has made his entire life a misery.You only need to read the blurb for Silk Steel and the warnings it contains to know that this story is going to be a dark one, it s actually quite uncomfortable to read at times but in that best kind of ways where your heart hurts but you just can t stop reading The characters are complex with believable motives and although there is a great forbidden romance bubbling along in the background it s definitely a slow build which works perfectly in this situation That s not to say there s no heat in this story because there s still plenty of sex happening, both of the M M and M F variety, but Eroan and Lysander have a long road to travel if they want any chance at a happily ever after and they re nowhere near the finish line yet.I m ridiculously excited to see where this series is going to take us, there have already been plenty of unexpected developments and I m sure Ariana Nash is going to throw in a fewcurveballs along the way This is shaping up to be one heck of a ride A not so secret pen name for Pippa DaCosta Hell yes I want to read this one Loved it I need to read the next one asap I need Lysander and Eroan to reunite I need them to be together. Audio 5 stars I m so glad I waited on the audio because the narrator s performance was perfect Story 5 stars Loved, loved, loved Thank you so much for the rec, Achim xxIt s the rare story that I find extended couple separation acceptable This is one the rare stories Firstly, because it s book 1 of a trilogy If the author makes up for the separation in the upcoming books, all will be forgiven Secondly, I felt the connection between the MCs even though they were together for a short Audio 5 stars I m so glad I waited on the audio because the narrator s performance was perfect Story 5 stars Loved, loved, loved Thank you so much for the rec, Achim xxIt s the rare story that I find extended couple separation acceptable This is one the rare stories Firstly, because it s book 1 of a trilogy If the author makes up for the separation in the upcoming books, all will be forgiven Secondly, I felt the connection between the MCs even though they were together for a short while And even though they believe the other dead, I could also feel their longing for the other Thirdly, the story is action packed and fast paced so it kept me engaged and distracted from the lack of romance.I m so ready for book 2 Eight days until the audio comes out DNF 66%I should ve stopped way sooner I really should have.I read the sample, it was awesome, so I bought it on a whim I wanted something not contemporary, and something that s plot driven This fit the bill perfectly.My review is full of spoilers, read it at your own peril.The story starts with Eroan love the name who is an elf, sent to kill the dragon queen The opening scene shows him chained to a wall in the dragonskeep He got captured during the fight But we haven t actually seen the DNF 66%I should ve stopped way sooner I really should have.I read the sample, it was awesome, so I bought it on a whim I wanted something not contemporary, and something that s plot driven This fit the bill perfectly.My review is full of spoilers, read it at your own peril.The story starts with Eroan love the name who is an elf, sent to kill the dragon queen The opening scene shows him chained to a wall in the dragonskeep He got captured during the fight But we haven t actually seen the fight, unfortunately I would have loved to see that.He s been captured by Lysander, the queen s son, one of the dragon prince If it wasn t clear before, yes, they can shift from a human body to dragon form.Eroan was so fierce and defiant, I liked him immediately.Lysander took a liking to him, but of course they were enemies.The world building is good, though I have some questions, which I might ve got the answers to if I read the whole thing I m not sure how the humans fit into the dragon and elf world, how they lost the war And where did dragons even came from So it started out strongly for me I liked where the story was going, and I liked the slow burning romance But BUT And here it gets tricky, also really spoilerish There are things that just don t make sense to me.The relationships in this book are sooo messed up.First Lysander and his mother, the Queen Elisandra.Lysander as the prince is destined to breed, but he can t perform when it comes to females The Queen however is determined to fix that She says Lysander is broken And she arranges a coupling with a female in the other clan.Lysander is miserable He just wants to be free of the shackles.Through the whole story, there would be examples, when Lysander tries to disobey his mother, and she would punish him Literally tries to kill him, or at least injure him enough that he could really feel it And in some cases Lysander would fight back So their relationship is very aggressive One time she almost kills him Yet, he goes back Whyyyy Why doesn t he just leave Probably the queen would hunt him down, because she needs him to make the connections with other clans stronger So he goes back, battered and bruised He was literally dying And they act like nothing happened between them, like that fight didn t happen Why doesn t Lysander just kill the bitch He could ve He had several opportunities Even before Eroan was captured So I don t get it It probably makessense out of context, but as I was reading, I just didn t get it.And then, after he finally killed his mother, and started a riot in the clan, he decided it would be a good idea to seek help in the other clan, where the Queen originally wanted to send him to breed I guess he thought that the coupling was off the table, now that the Queen was dead Well he thought wrong, he was again forcedorlike persuaded to have sex with the princess, who s name I don t remember.Honestly, Lysander seemed like a lost puppy to me He just drifted from one place to another, without a goal in mind What was he thinking would happen when he got to the Bronze clan Second Eroean and well every other elf.This happened a bit further in the storyline Near where I stopped Again, Spoiler Eroan survived the horrors of the dragonkeep, and went home.He s best friend, Janna, awaited him It turned out Janna was in love with Eroan, but her love was not returned, at least not how she wanted it, because Eroan, just like Lysander, was broken He couldn t be with Janna So I was surprised when he initiated sex with Janna How Wasn t it stated before that he could only be with males Or was that just an assumption by the Queen And just before they had sex, Eroan argued that he can t and won t have children, his life is in the Order, he wants to fight the dragons And then with a flip of a switch he decides that it s a good idea to fuck Janna after all WTF And there was Nye, an elf male, who s been secretly in love with Eroan And there was some sexy times too But then the image of Lysander popped into Eroan s head and the moment was ruined.To me it seemed like the authors were trying to draw sex out of every encounter And it felt forced to me Though there was only one actual sex scene in this book, around where I stopped Before that there were only blowjobs and handjobs forced, in both cases.And one other thing I kind of understood, but not entirely The Queen said Lysander is broken Which meant he wasn t into females So he couldn t breed And as the prince, that was a problem I get that.But it seemed it was only a problem in Lysander s case, because the members of the Bronze clan didn t make it a secret that they reopen minded and free spirited in that regard And that didn t seem to bother the Queen And it didn t bother her either when she forced her harem to brake Eroan s will in a sexual way She even enjoyed watching those males pleasure Eroan.So poor Lysander was the only one the Queen didn t let off the hook That s why I don t understand why he didn t kill her sooner.Aaand there was something else I wanted to say but now I forgot what it was Anyway I think this book was full of minor plotholes I liked the idea of this, an enemies to lovers story, but I think it would have needed a bittweaking.Triggers Orgies, MF sex scenes, non con dub con, and maaaybe incest, but that was only a short scene.It is a dark read, but compared to some of the books my friends are reading, they would say this is mildly dark