ARC Review & Giveaway – Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell

Posted September 22, 2016 by DiDi in #Giveaway, GLBT, Historical, M/M, Purest Delight, Rosalie Belle, UF / Sci Fi / 12 Comments


This book has it all! The Medieval theme, mixed with magic, and some sexy men on a quest will have you riveted to the edge of your seat! ~ Rosalie, Guilty Pleasures 

Outrunning a winter storm in the north, Captain Faran of the King’s Guard leads his men and a young mage named Meric to shelter at Bitterwood Manor, the ancestral home of the Daenes. Faran and his troops have been searching for weeks for a mysterious, lion-like beast that reportedly haunts the uncharted northern woods. For Meric, finding that prophesied cat is a matter of life and death.

Though Faran is deeply focused on their mission, the enigmatic Joss Daene, Lord of Bitterwood, fascinates him. Strong and proud, Joss is everything Faran wants in a lover. More, if he were honest. But Joss belongs to Bitterwood, and Faran to his duty.

Together they will need to brave the oldest, darkest part of the Bitterwood in the coldest, deepest snows of winter to find the legendary cat. But time is running out—for Meric, for the kingdom, and for Faran and Joss’s fledgling love.

Review copy provided for an honest review

Rosalie-Belle-Avatar---Box I LOVE anything Medieval! And Bitterwood definitely did not fail to deliver! Something else this purestdelightawardbook had that I adore is dual POV’s. The POV’s in this read are from Meric and Farran. We get to explore both of these characters, as well as their sexy relationships, through the alternating POV’s.

Faran and Meric are on a journey to find a magical cat that has been stated to help Meric get over the illness he has. Along the way, Faran ends up, with his army and Meric, at Joss’ door, asking to seek shelter from a story. From the beginning, it was attraction to the highest power. Faran and Joss’ relationship is one that really was rocky. At times, it seemed like it was almost too much to try to work for. Joss’ son, Eissa, and Meric also end up having a relationship (but both are super young, and the read really does a good job of keeping their intimacies age appropriate).

On top of all the amazing aspects that make up this book, there is also mystery that will keep you on the edge of your seat. I loved this book and it was definitely one I’m glad I received! I will be coming back to this one for rereads for sure!


4.5 stars

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About Rowan Speedwell
An unrepentant biblioholic, Rowan Speedwell spends half her time pretending to be a law librarian, half her time pretending to be a database manager, half her time pretending to be a fifteenth-century Aragonese noblewoman, half her time . . . wait a minute . . .  Hmm.  Well, one thing she doesn’t pretend to be is good at math.  She is good at pretending, though.

In her copious spare time (hah) she does needlework, calligraphy and illumination, and makes jewelry.  She has a master’s degree in history from the University of Chicago, is a member of the Society for Creative Anachronism, and lives in a Chicago suburb with the obligatory Writer’s Cat and way too many books.

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To celebrate the release of Bitterwood, one lucky winner will receive a $15 Amazon Gift Card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 24, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

Posted September 22, 2016 by DiDi in #Giveaway, GLBT, Historical, M/M, Purest Delight, Rosalie Belle, UF / Sci Fi / 12 Comments

12 responses to “ARC Review & Giveaway – Bitterwood by Rowan Speedwell

  1. Caitlin

    Bitterwood sounds really good. I’ve never read anything like that before, but I think maybe I should. I, too, love medieval stuff.

  2. Ami

    I didn’t read the first publication of Bitterwood so I was happy when I could read the second edition. And I enjoyed it!!


  3. Lisa

    I’ve enjoyed everything I’ve read from Rowan Speedwell as well. Thanks for your review.

  4. Diane Sallans

    I’ve loved Medieval romances since I first saw some of those old movies like Robin Hood, Prince Valiant & Ivanhoe – wish there were more!
    sallans d at yahoo dot com

  5. Ree Dee

    I loved that the review was so positive and just reinforces my determination to read the book soon!
    Thank you.
    ree.dee.2014 (at) gmail (dot) com

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