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Fall of the Stars

(In Love and War #2)

4.34  ·  Rating details ·  256 ratings  ·  117 reviews
England is bleeding.

And there isn’t a thing I can do about it.

I am once again a prisoner to Wessex, captured by King Egbert because holding me hostage will bring them to him—my two Vikings who will risk heaven and earth to save me.

But I don’t need saving.

I am Princess Emeline, and I was taught by the best, and his name…Skarth the Godless.

The man whom I love more than an
Published April 11th 2022
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Carla Bulian
Apr 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
This book was a great surprise, with amazing characters and story.
I only didn’t agree with the direction in one part of the book! I thought unnecessary!
It’s worth the reading.
Kodie Mackay
At this point I don't even know what to fucking say.



What even is this woman doing with my damn emotions.

Book two came in packing an almighty punch and slaughtered me.

Emeline was everything I thought she'd be. Bloody thirsty, fierce and loyal to a fault, this woman was nobody's fool and despite the horror show that was her life.. she took the best parts of it all and THRIVED. Now that's not to say it was easy. This woman went through hell, literally. S
Lager Lefse Book Blog

Monica James has done it yet again. She has eviscerated me with another all-in, ball-busting, heart-stopping, action-packed, out-of-the-box romance read. The battle between England and the Scandinavians, life vs love, good versus bad, and the battle of herstory vs history are alive and well.

Emaline and Skarth are in love and out for revenge. Skarth’s old best friend, Ulf, is more prominent than ever, and where does England reside in all of this? These are just some of the questions we get answer
Book Surfing Reviews
Mar 17, 2022 rated it it was amazing
“Love is a complicated beast. It doesn’t make sense because it shouldn’t. Matters of the heart never do.”

Skarth, Emeline, and Ulf are back for the war they were intended to fight. Lives will be lost, revenge will be had and love will be tested. But all’s fair in Love and War. . .

My mind is at war with itself.
Decisions, Decisions. . .



I can’t decide!!!

Well Monica has done it again taking an unexpected romance to an all time next level. If you didn’t love Skarth and Ulf in “North Of Th
The Romantic Rush Blog
Apr 19, 2022 rated it really liked it
Monica James is certainly a jack of all trades- various genres, themes, tropes, and she dove into this VIking duet with all the zealousness and intensity I’ve come to expect from her. This epic conclusion wraps up the story after the turbulent beginnings and jaw dropping cliffhanger. And, I think many will find this finale satisfying. Ultimately, the finale focused a lot on the journey of revenge and a broader Viking world view, though I love the character journey of a Viking princess. I’m not q ...more
Andi Isack
Apr 14, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This story is going to blow your mind and capture your soul for real! It's captiving! It's unpredictable, it's original, it's magnetic, it's all that you can ask for and more, so much more.
Monica's talent never stop to amaze me. She writes masterpieces every time she gets a plot on her mind. Now this is a historical romance, but even if your not a big fan of this trope, give it a try. If there's an author who can change your mind about something, that's for sure, Monica James. Every single word
Apr 15, 2022 rated it liked it
If you’ve read Monica before, you know when you pick up any book by her not only will the story keep you at the edge of your seat, it’s going to drive to crazy (and I’m talking about to throw your reading device crazy!) and Fall of The Stars was no different!

Fall of The Stars is a beautiful story with so many twists and turns I literally felt like my heart would burst out of my chest. Emeline and Skarth have my heart, and Emeline’s character was a pleasant surprise to say the least. However, the
Lyndsey Vande Velde
May 18, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dual-pov
4.25⭐️ This book was very high-stakes, full of romance, action-packed, and so much more. I was not let down by this book, and I am so glad I picked this duology up! I will say, this one had me stressed and on the edge of my seat, but there were so many twists and turns that made me keep flipping pages. The chaos was all worth it in the end! If you love fantasy romance, go read this duo please. Spice 3/5
Ria  | Abstract ♥ Books



Star Rating : 4/5 Stars

POV : Dual

Pace of the story : Moderate

Angst Rating : 4/10

Heat Rating : 5/10

Overall Opinion :
The sequel is finally here!! Monica killed in this genre as I saw in the first book of this series and I have been waiting for this second book in this series forever. The characters are amazing and the storyline just hooks you in from the start.

The best thing about this author is her heroes and their arrogance,
Apr 09, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs
This was a masterpiece. Emaline is such a strong heroine. The book is part of a duet and Oh my. The book, like the first one, is dark, gritty and raw. The love story is amazing, of course and I fell in love with both Skarth and Ulf.
The book is dark, so beware before you go in. The author did an amazing job with this story. It's one of my top favorites and one that I will reread! I highly recommend it.
Apr 10, 2022 rated it really liked it
Wow- This was an action packed conclusion to Emmeline's story. A dark viking romance with a heroine that I loved! I really loved the pace of the story and the element of surprise that kept me on my toes. I don't want to give away spoilers but I will just say that the love triangle is definitely addressed. If you love a dark historical story - then this one is for you! ...more
PP's Bookshelf
Fall of the Stars by Monica James was an exhilarating ride. This dark historical viking romance was so twisted and complex. The plot is full of dizzying turns and I don't think I have processed it all yet. Emeline is one of the most fierce heroine I have ever read and she will rule with help of her viking warriors but not before she suffers pain, heartbreak, death and violence. The story was a glorious collage of deviant passion, sweet love and hard core action.

I am not doing a plot summary as i
The Lushy Reader
Apr 04, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Five gloriously bright stars for Emeline and her Viking!

From the ashes of a burning England, we find a Princess and the Viking(s) who will stop at nothing for those they love. They fight wars in and outside the castle walls. They fight wars that stain the soil red. They fight for love, for revenge, for freedom.

Monica James delivers an epic story of one of the most independent and strong heroines I’ve read in a long time. She is fearless and powerful and many times completely underestimated. Emel
Apr 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
WOW! This was a real rollercoaster of brutal emotions.
I love Monica's books, whatever genre she writes in, but this duet is definitely something pleasantly surprising different.

The first book was like a tsunami of actions and emotions, but this book was just WOW!
Incredible fascinating adventure in a brutal and sinful world of Emeline's "hugrekki" the warrior Queen of England and her Vikings 😍🔥😍

I don't even know how to describe it without spoilers, but holy shit, this book is an unbelievable g
Apr 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2022-favs
Be prepared to be unprepared when reading Fall of the Stars! Monica James has once again delivered an amazing read that had me on this rollercoaster ride full of emotions.

This story is full of ups and downs with jaw-dropping twists and some of her HOTTEST scenes!

Monica put her all into this book! From start to finish, I felt like I was holding my breath because I knew something was going to happen. I just didn't know what or when.

This book is gritty, it's raw, and quite graphic at times. Yet,
Apr 15, 2022 rated it really liked it
After reading and loving the first book in this duet, I could not wait to get my hands on the second half of the story. As with the first, there are some darkish and a bit disturbing things that Emeline goes through on her path to the throne. There was a little bit of a twist in this one. Ulf, I was cheering for this character so hard….I think I actually liked him a bit more than Scarth. The epilogue….it ended their story fine but I’m really interested in Ulf….what happened to him, did he pursue ...more
Sarah  (Cruel Existence Books)
Skarth & His Hugrekki — What A Mind-blowing pair.
I was tongue-tied at the end of book 1, but with book 2, I had no choice but to sign over my soul to these characters
Fall Of The Stars is gory, filled with bloodshed, loss, love and a fight for freedom.
( okay, let's not forget SMUTTY AF, it was 🔥🥵 )
I was left speechless.
Emeline's story was not one that I expected. Monica James, the mastermind that she is, weaved magic into every line and I was enraptured by this fie
Apr 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
I received an arc for a honest review.

OMG!!!! MY HEART!!! I was at the edge of my seat throughout the whole book. COULDN'T PUT IT DOWN. I NEEDED to know what's going to happen. Monica had my aniexty through the roof!!! I was this close to read the ending first, but I didn't. LOL

What a battle!!! I'm just going to leave it at that because I don't want to spoil anything, but there were things that happened that I tend not to like in books. BUT oh man. Monica makes it WORK. She's always pushing me o
Mandy’s Book Reviews
Apr 12, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes what a epic conclusion! This story was amazing it’s unique and different from what I’m used to reading but I couldn’t put it down this author is a favorite of mine for a reason and this story just proves she’s amazing in everything she writes! Unforgettable characters crazy twists and turns awesome story I can’t recommend it enough! Wow what a ride!
Apr 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
As much as I didn't want Emeline, Skarth and Ulf‘s story to end, I'm glad that it's a duet and we don't have to wait for another book. Because their story ended with a bang! I don't think I could fall in love even more with their story. But Monica did a damn great job at keeping my attention because I couldn't put it down. I loved Emeline. She's even better than she was in the first book. You can see so much growth in her character, how much stronger and resilient she has become. I admired her s ...more
Apr 20, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Stars! I wanted a HEA, not a happy for now, but I will still that it. This was a good duet.
Ria Alexander  - Reading Is Our Satisfaction
Unforgettable Emeline & her swoonworthy Vikings


"Love is a complicated beast. It doesn't make sense because it shouldn't. Matters of the heart never do."

Have you ever read a standalone, a duet, a series, and thought... WOW, that really needs to be a movie? Monica James' In Love And War duet is one such read. North Of The Stars, book #1, set the expectations high for the c
Apr 10, 2022 rated it it was amazing

Let me preface this review with the fact that the covers for this duet are sublime. They always are (hello Lochie) but for this series? Yeah, these books, totally encompass Skarth and the setting of the whole story. I said it in the first book review, and I will say it again, this author has managed to make me, a non-historical book reader, a fan of historical romance but with a spin on it. It is depraved, gruesome, and unforgiving. These weren't easy times, yet, she still made it feel aut
Felicity 'Flick'
Apr 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness…. Where do I begin??

Monica has kept me on my toes during this book. So many twists and turns, highs and lows but worth the anxiety. I didn’t know what was going to happen next, but I had to find out. The more you read, the more you fall in love and enjoy every moment. But Monica knows how to pull at your love and hate strings of emotion, that you can’t seem to put the book down for second without wanting to know more!!!

The love of a Northman is so intense.

“North of the stars is
Apr 06, 2022 rated it it was amazing
With my heart racing and my mind trying to gather thoughts I am completely left breathless. This wasn’t just a story of love, but one of strength and becoming more than a memory becoming something epic. After the cliffhanger of book one I knew we would be in for a wild ride with both Vikings fighting for the one that captured their hearts and the woman who refuses to bow to no man fighting to survive. Emeline is the strongest person that there is, she fights for justice, fights for vengeance, an ...more
Apr 25, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
mix of history and love

Fall of the Stars by @authormonicajames
“Nothing compares to this—nothing. And I want to feel this way for the rest of my life. I want Skarth forever, which is why we make the sacrifices we do.”
I love a good historical type story and the old English and Vikings tales are one of my favorite. I loved that the author used the names of the territories and characters that I recognize from actual history but spun a fictional tale of love and war.
“Your pain is mine
Book Maniac Forever
Apr 09, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
⭐️ 4.5 "True Warrior" Stars ⭐️
I couldn't wait to get my hands on Fall of the Stars and finally discover the future of Emeline, Skarth and Ulf. Monica James once again wrote a novel packed with surprises, violence and emotion. I loved this final installment in the In Love and War Duet that had me gasping from all the action and shocking moments.

Emeline showed herself more than ever as a true fearless leader. She's selfless and devoted to better her country. She fights for her people and creat
Siobhan (Bookish Vibes)
Apr 13, 2022 rated it really liked it
Well hell! This book did not go at all how I thought it was going to and I love that about it! Now the problem is, I can't explain why without giving away some major details 😂 so let me try to ramble my way through a review that will hopefully make sense without spoiling the story!

After the way book one ended, I have been desperately waiting for this book to arrive and it did not disappoint! Emeline is even more fierce and more determined to seek her revenge than ever before and she will not be
Apr 14, 2022 rated it really liked it
I loved the beginning of this as we encountered the strength and fire of Emeline once again. She is a magnet for trouble so it isn’t long before she finds herself fighting for her freedom again and meeting some wonderful new characters along the way.

I felt, however, that it got a bit lost in the middle as there was almost too much going on….I wanted more of the humour and light touch from the first book. I also wanted more from the new interesting characters that were introduced.
But one thing yo
Amy [Book Addict Reviews]
Fall of the Stars picks up where things left off in North of the Stars and from the starts there are twists, turns, and plenty of action.

Emeline is a BA! She is a warrior and can really take care of herself. She has been through a lot, but she used that to fight. She is fierce and loyal to those she can truly trust. I loved seeing how much she grew throughout the course of the first book and this book. She is a true Queen. Skarth and Ulf….I don’t even know if there are words to describe these t
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Monica James spent her youth devouring the works of Anne Rice, William Shakespeare, and Emily Dickinson.
When she is not writing, Monica is busy running her own business, but she always finds a balance between the two. She enjoys writing honest, heartfelt, and turbulent stories, hoping to leave an imprint on her readers. She draws her inspiration from life.
She is a bestselling author in the U.S.,

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