Afternoon Delight: Braedric’s Bane by AJ Nuest

Afternoon Delight: Braedric’s Bane by AJ NuestBraedric’s Bane by A.J. Nuest

Series: #4 The Golden Key Chronicles
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Published by Harper Impulse on February 13, 2014
Pages: 121
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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four-half-stars  

Grand finales should always be the most impressive book in a series.  As far as the Golden Key Chronicles are concerned, this story did its job and then some.  Things were in a really tight place for the main characters and then it got even worse.  I was pretty engrossed in the book and didn’t pull back until the end when I had a sigh of satisfaction for the lovely fairy tale ending.

As the last book in a serial-like series, this one picks up right where the last one left off with its cliffhanger-style ending.  It has to be read in order with the others.

Caedmon and Rowena go through the wardrobe mirror and back to her future to gain some reprieve and figure out a plan of attack to defeat the powerful dark wizard, Gaelleod and Caedmon’s traitor brother, Braedric.  What they learn leaves Caedmon conflicted.  Historical writings indicate that if Rowena goes back, she will be branded a traitor and burned up in witch fire.  He loves her so much that he would rather her stay in the future where its safe and never see her again than have her face that fate.  Rowena is determined to fulfill her destiny and holds Caedmon to his promise that he will never leave her side.  So back through the wardrobe they go to face a joint destiny.

The plot on this one was action-centered as events culminate in the great epic battle of the two forces.  Choices seem to be the riding factor in this one.  Caedmon and Rowena are forced to make choices and even sacrifice their feelings to do what’s right.  This makes for some intense moments.  That being said, there were some great down time moments when Caedmon and Rowena spend time with her friends, Oliver, Jon and Violet, in the future and a medieval knight experiences the modern world.  There are also some hot sexy times between them that were pretty exciting too.  They were good together and make an all-round great partnering.

All in all, this one more than met expectation for the series finale and left me a bit sad to close the book on Caedmon and Rowena’s adventures.  Lovers of Fantasy Romance, Time-travel romance or even Paranormal Romance should definitely consider this series.

My thanks to the author for providing me a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Delighted Reader Afternoon Delight

About A.J. Nuest

Multi-published, award winning author, AJ Nuest resides in a small farming community in NW Indiana. A wife, mother and freelance editor, she shares her home with a variety of spoiled-rotten pets. She and the cat are currently vying for dictatorship.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • only the second time I have seen this one around, curious about the series now

    • Hi Lily! It’s different in tone and because I don’t read much fantasy so I enjoyed the novelty.

    • ajnuest

      Hi Lily B! This is so funny! My daughter’s name is Lily Belle! How cool is that! I’m happy to answer any questions you may have about the books! Thanks for stopping by the review! x

  • This publisher doesn’t like me, can’t blame them because my NG stats sucks balls! LOL

    This would’ve been a perfect read for me, been busy lately and reading a full length novel gives me anxiety. Serials and short novellas work best. Will try again esp since you love it so much

    • Oh, that stinks! I have a couple that always deny me or leave my request sitting for weeks and I meet all their criteria too. I hope you get it this time around.

    • ajnuest

      I know exactly what you mean, Braine. I have been having trouble finding time to read longer novels as well. Maybe that’s why I’m writing short as well at the moment. 🙂 Thank you so much for stopping by! x

  • Yay glad it went out in a good way for you (even if it was sad closing it in the end I so know that feeling)! That’s always so exciting though when an author really nails the ending 🙂

    • ajnuest

      Thanks for stopping by the review, Anna! Glad to see you again! 😉

    • Yes, it was sad to see it go, but it was complete too so it was the right timing.

  • ajnuest

    Thank you soooooo much for this wonderful review, Sophia! It’s been such a joy looking forward to each of your reviews and your thoughts on my series. I’m thrilled you enjoyed it! But do not despair!!! I’m writing a spin off right now. LOL I have the first installment done to The Golden Key Legacy, another four-part novella series that revisits the characters in The Golden Key Chronicles! Hopefully the first will be released before year’s end! xx

    • That’s delightful news! I’m always curious about what happens after the HEA.