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Silk & Steel

(Silk and Steel #1)

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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 next.

Eroan, 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 s
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Kindle Edition, 380 pages
Published January 18th 2019 by Crazy Ace Publishing
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Kiki
Oct 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was so fucking good but please, for the love of GOD, don’t read this without fully digesting the content warnings in the synopsis. People are not joking when they say this book is full of torture, sexual assault, physical assault, emotional torment, pain, blood, grotesque incest and just tons of insane suffering that rivals Game Of Thrones. Jesus christ, some parts of this (namely the dick-chopping scene) made my vagina jump right up into my body and hide like a fucking pine marten.

I
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Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
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!! xx

It’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
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Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ Campbell
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Nenia ⚔️ Queen of Villainy ⚔️ by: Maraya21 (The Reading Dragon)

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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
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Monique
5 'Where has this book been all my life!?!' stars

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
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Princess under cover
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Princess under cover by: Monique
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. https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

In fact, compared to this bo
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Rachel (LoverofTBR)
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 done’ 🌟

If tomorrow was the end, then what was a kiss today?

What a thrilling and fascinating adventure was this!! I have never read a book
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Starr (AKA Bam Bam) Rivers
So... after some debate, I decided to take PUC's rec and give this a try. I see Monique likes this author's books too, and since I'm on a MM binge, let's see where it goes!

I don't know how I feel yet... This is a tough one.

OK, here are my thoughts:

THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE! Lots of trigger warnings - so do your research-- LOTS AND LOTS OF RAPE!!

That being said...

1) 5 stars for the world building

What can I say, I LOVE dragons!! Gotta be my fave shifters out of all shifters out there. Any author w
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Melanie A.
*** An epic series!! ***
Book 1: 5 STARS
Book 2: 4.5 STARS
Book 3: 5 STARS

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5 STARS!!
If tomorrow was the end, then what was a kiss today?
Wow! A dark, twisted, and fast-paced fantasy adventure. SO my cup of tea.

First, a warning: TRIGGERS GALORE . . . if you're the kind of reader who worries about questionable content, avoid this one at all costs.

If you're not, READ THIS BOOK!
The need to own, to hoard, to have. The dragons' curse.
Plot : Both humans
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Sarah
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 ...more
~**Anna**~ A Romance Reader
Loved it!!

I need to read the next one asap!! I need Lysander and Eroan to reunite! I need them to be together.
Gabi
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
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Maria Dimitrova
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OUT NOW!

TRIGGER WARNING! ATTEMPTED SEXUAL ASSAULT AND DUBIOUS CONSENT!

When Ariana Nash first said she is planning on writing a dark M/M fantasy/romance book I was really worried. First because I'm not all that into M/M. Usually the story has to be really good for me to ignore the fact that the sex scenes make me uncomfortable and most often than not manage to turn me completely off. I know this is a bias and that if it's a conventional romance I would let a lot more slide plot-wise than when I'm
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Al *the semi serial series skipper*
Ok, I'm going in. Spoilers ahead.


This book was just alright. Giving it 3 stars is me being generous.

It starts with Eroan being captured while attempting to assassinate the Dragon Queen. He is starved and tortured until the queen discovers that her son, Lysander, seems very interested in Eroan. The queen decides to add Eroan to her harem despite Eroan batting for the other team. She has some magnetism thing going on that enthralls the males to her that is never really explained. Lysander, wh
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Eugenia
Dark and Thrilling Fantasy!!

This post-apocalyptic fantasy left me craving for more! Lucky girl that I am, I’ve got it in the next two books of this devilish series!! 😱😱

This was dark and, as the author states, not a romance. What it is is DEPRAVED, SCINTILLATING, and ADDICTIVE!! ❤️❤️❤️

This is also not solely MM since the two MC’s barely touch each other and we see more of them with women and other men than with each other.

What to expect? A badass elven assassin seeking to murder the dragon queen
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Christine
Sweet-baby-Jesus!!!

Why the hell did I wait so long to read this??? Oh, I remember: because I hate long separations between mc’s, and I typically like more romance than plot, or at least a 50/50 split.

Well, I realize that I underestimated what great story telling and world building could do. I thought for sure I would be skimming just to get to the romancey bits, but nope! I read every word, sometimes twice.

This shit was amaze-balls!!! On to the next...
✩ Mira ✩
Jun 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to ✩ Mira ✩ by: Rachel (LoverofTBR)
4.5 stars and a prayer for some happiness for Lysander



me, reading Silk & Steel and going through constant pain for 380 pages straight:


Oof, this book is not for the faint of heart, but it was such an enthralling read. I can't say that I enjoyed myself exactly because honestly there is nothing to bring you joy in this book (except one short scene). This is a full on stop-it-please-it-hurts fest. Like, you know how books usually have action and then some light and fun moments and then some m
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Lisazj1
This is an amazing fantasy. When I read the blurb, I was hooked. Elves and dragons? Yes please. But I couldn't have imagined how merciless and painful this world is, how inhumanly brutal. I don't do angst all that well and good Lord did I mess up here, because I couldn't stop reading, no matter how terrible things were for Eroan and Lysander.

The blurb warns this is not a romance and it isn't. Eroan and Lysander never got the chance for it to be anything, besides the fact that an Elf assassin and
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Ariana
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Ariana by: Lisazj1
Dragons and elves.
Sworn enemies.
In a harsh and brutal world.

One that Ariana Nash paints in colourful and highly imaginative detail.
Death, rape and torture are things that seem to a kind of normal for the dragons and their broods.
In case I haven’t made myself clear enough - this is not for the faint-hearted or for those of you who seek a romantic setting in dragon lore.

The violence at times is horrifying, the crude brutality blood-curling and yet – I enjoyed the heck out of this book anyway. A
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ash | novelly rooted
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: boys-love-boys
hmmm... i don't know

description

this is not a mm 'heavy romance' but a slow burn mm 'love story' between prince lysander (gay dragon) and eroan (bisexual elf assassin) in a post apocalyptic dragon infested world, that will develop and evolve over the span of the series. in terms of 'dark' elements, it felt tame and mild.

i want to make sure everyone has that understanding before jumping into this book. think along the lines of 'captive prince sow burn'

i think i will like this series. i am told the 2nd book i
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Marwa Abdulla
Jul 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well! That was ....... interesting, I guess.
Santy
Five Solid Stars!

I am so happy I decided to pick this book as my first read of 2020. It was more than worth it!

First things first, this book is not a romance. Let me repeat, it is not a romance. It is dark, brutal and unforgiving (like the dragons) but, it WILL tug at your heartstrings like nobody's business. It is about two lost and hurting souls who somehow find each other and then get tugged away by uncontrollable forces. They don't form a relationship but you can feel the tangible connectio
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R.A. Steffan
Dec 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Silk & Steel is the first major foray into M/M for author Pippa DaCosta, writing under the pen name Ariana Nash. As the author warned in her readers' group on Facebook, it's an emotional rollercoaster and very, very dark.

Anyone familiar with the author's other works will know to expect AMAZING world-building, and will not be disappointed. Ariana Nash crafts a post-apocalyptic world of dragons and elves, with humans clinging onto the outskirts, battered but not broken.

Our heroes are an unlikely p
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J1B
There is no greater sin in MM fiction than to have your two actually gay main characters engage in heterosexual relations. This offense ranks above even the nearly ubiquitous "bisexual" MM romances--despite being exploitative and low key homophobic, at least those are honest in their heteronormativity. And to actually have the acts committed on stage... unforgivable.
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
3 Stars for the read but +1 for being that combo of fantasy/dystopian/paranormal that I so dearly love and so rarely get.

The setting appears to be either (alternate) reality Earth after a rising up OR in the future but feels more like fantasy and paranormal because humans don't enter the picture until very late on.

I really enjoyed this one, outside of the MM aspect, and read pretty much straight through because I was so interested in the politics and the way the world worked. The descriptions
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Louise H  -  ⭐ Life in the Book Lane Reviews ⭐
What is better than a book with a sexy, swoony, moody hero? A book with two sexy, swoony, moody heroes!

If you don't already know, Ariana Nash is the darker, more erotic pen name of Pippa DaCosta. So if you're familiar with her work, you'll be pleased to know that this contains just the same amazing world building, deep characters, strong emotions and complex plot that can be found in her previous work. What you get is more, more darkness, more lust, more steam and more heroes. In fact this has t
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Andi
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
WARNING: This is a M/M that's DARK.

I've had a book hangover from Silk & Steel for over a week, that's how good Ariana Nash is. Not surprising since Ariana Nash is the alter ego of Pippa DaCosta.

Nash has a warning for this book: This book is brutal! It will chew your heart, spit it out and dance on the broken pieces."

She was more than right. I was actually excited when I heard DaCosta was branching out into this genre, M/M. Not going to lie, I didn't really understand the genre until I read some
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Cat
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We were warned by the author and she was right, my heart was left wrecked after this dark and gritty rollercoaster ride. There is nothing like the thrill of starting a new series and getting chucked into the icy cold deep end of the pool. As expected the world building and back ground story are nothing less than phenomenon. The characters yank, twist, and shatter your heart strings. Forced to choose between what is “right” and what their hearts need, you’ll want nothing more than for Lysander an ...more
Heather *Undercover Goth Queen*
DNF @ 27%

I decided to read this because some friends of mine really loved it. Unfortunately, I didn't read their reviews beforehand, or else I might have changed my mind. I really don't like books with societies built around sex—rapey sex in this case. See Captive Prince and Beyond Shame for other examples of me not liking books with societies where literally everything hinges on TEH SEX. Crazy, because I'm a fan of sex in books and smut.

Also, I don't really care for dragons. I don't even have a
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Ariana Nash
Jan 18, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)


UPDATE:

I'm getting lots of questions which I'll try and answer here. If you have any more, do drop them in the comments below:

1, Book 2 in the Silk & Steel series is due to be published in April. out now!

2, Eroan identifies as bisexual. Lysander is gay. (This isn't explicitly said in book 1 but it is implied by their behavior).

3, There will be three books in the series.

4, If you're looking for gushy romance, this series isn't that but it features two strong male leads who overcome their terrib
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JenMcJ
Feb 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Epic adventure tale. There were a few times that things happened I didn't see coming. Surprises in books like these that aren't convoluted conjobs are rare. But, this is supposed to be a romantic epic tale. So far, it misses that mark...by A LOT. There is no romance or real erotica in this story so far. Some rapey dubcon starts and fits with secondary villains toward an MC but no sexual happenings between the actual MC's that isn't interrupted or completely unfulfilling. In fact, There is more m ...more
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Born to wolves, Ariana Nash only ventures from the Cornish moors when the moon is fat and the night alive with myths and legends. She captures those myths in glass jars and returning home, weaves them into stories filled with forbidden desires, fantasy realms, and wicked delights.

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