Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Published by: Red Sage Publishing on March 1, 2011
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Mystical, magical and mysterious.
She’s every mortal’s dream and every mortal’s nightmare. She will slip into your sleep and entice you, take you to heights you’ve never dreamed but beware, do not cross over without her call, because if you do she will …
Queen Scorpathia is tired. Many years have gone by since she sought a mate. Ten decades. It may be anger. It may be fear but the time has come. She has entered another’s dream state one last time. Now she will have to fight more than her fear of losing yet another. She will have to fight the passion, lust and desires that are plaguing her mind, body and soul. No one has ever given and taken as much as this warrior and no one will ever again. But will his strength and love be enough to fight the battles raging around her. Will the powers of her land be enough to bring forth yet another day? Only time will tell.
Gabriel has travels far and long searching for the woman who enters his dreams. The things she does to him are only minor to what he plans to do in person once he finds her. Such passion should not be shackled to only the night, the sleep. Twelve full moons have passed and he will not give up until she is his. He knows together they will harvest a power that will be unstoppable. A power that can only be harvested with the bonding of their two lives and hearts.
However, this battle comes with many foes, some familiar, some strangers. He will not only have to fight her and her fears but also the myths adding mortar to the walls she has built around her. It will take more than any battle skill he’s even known to chip away at her stone façade and bring her to the life that is truly hers. But will she allow it? Will she allow her heart to open to what could be more lies, more torment?
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
My high hopes for this story fell flat.
Gabriel has been searching for the mysterious woman that invades his dreams every night and tempts him with her wild ways, for a long while to no avail. When he finally comes across his mystery woman in his waking life, Gabriel is determined to have her at any cost. What he doesn’t know is that in order to attain Queen Scorpathia, he will be forced into a battle like no other, that will test his body, mind and his very soul.
When I first read the description of this story I couldn’t wait to read it, who could say no to a female version of The Scorpion King? That being said, while I found the premise of this story to be quite engaging, there are parts that are a bit underdeveloped. There isn’t much of a back story and some key elements were not fully explained. The hero, Gabriel, is my favorite character, his determination and sex appeal is prevalent throughout the story, but there are more layers to him that aren’t explored that I would have liked to have seen. Queen Scorpathia comes off as strong on the battlefield, but turns into a woe is me heroine that I just couldn’t connect with. There are a few steamy scenes that made the story a little more enjoyable for me in the midst of all the chaos.
Overall, The Scorpion Queen is a great and fresh idea that didn’t live up to my expectations due to all its loose ends. The ending is a bit abrupt and even then, I was left with plenty of questions. I think a prequel with a bit more background on the characters and the infamous “prophecy” would have made this read more enjoyable for me.