Monday, June 22, 2015

Release Day Blitz + Review: The Emerald Virgin (Gem Apocalypse Book One) by Ravyn Rayne @BlushingRavyn @writeawaybliss

Title: The Emerald Virgin
Series: Gem Apocalypse Book One
Author: Ravyn Rayne
Publisher: Blushing Books
Published: June 19th, 2015
Genre: Dystopian Erotica


Emerald - a girl with green eyes and a rarity after the horrific genocide that slaughtered millions.

After the war, King Gideon rose in power. A lust-filled and greedy king that believed in the power of slavery.

At eighteen, women were required to come before King Gideon and his four sons, to offer themselves as a courtesan. The princes took only those they found most attractive and alluring. The rest were returned to their homes with a brand on their wrist proving they had been through the process and rejected. Ignoring the ritual was punishable by death.

Aria Stone had been kept hidden from the princes and the ceremony, because she was an Emerald. At twenty-three, the royal guards storm her home, murder her mother, and drag her to court. She must face the four princes.

A dystopian erotic adventure.


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  "You are a handful. I should have known that's why Henry walked right on by without so much as a second glance. For a brother that likes gems, he must have known the trouble one would cause."

Aria sneered at James. "Tell me you don't believe it." Emeralds, people with green eyes, are known to be power and money hungry. Does James think that about her? It's not true. No part of the belief system created to destroy the world in genocide was true. How could James think of her like that? She may not be easy or pleasant at times, but she wasn't what the enemy said.

James shifted in his seat. "Of course not, but you are trouble. I can see it in you, the rebellious streak. My father will beat it out of you."

"So what? I'm supposed to pretend it doesn't bother me that he ordered the execution of my mother and dragged me from my home, drugged me, stripped me naked, and stole my freedom? No part of what you and your father are doing is okay."

James grimaced. "I am sorry about your mother. I can't change our world, but I can protect you here."


Four Questions with the Author

The Gem Apocalypse series has quite a bit to do with eye color, what color eyes do you have?
Mine are green. I guess you could say authors always find ways to pull elements of themselves or real life into their stories.

Speaking of real life elements, do you use any true stories in your fiction?
Fiction is that for a reason. My life wouldn't make a great book (at least not a romance novel). With that being said, Dating Wars (Federal Agent Chronicles Book 2) does delve a little into some real dating horror stories that I've experienced. A few are true, some are fictitious. I'll let you be the judge.

First dystopian novel you read and fell in love with?
In college I read The Handmaid's Tale for a Sociology class. I loved the novel and quite honestly it was probably the first book I ever read for school that I went back to read other works by that author. At the time I read it, I thought it more science fiction (and it is). I had no idea there was a category called Dystopian fiction.

Will we get to see more of the other brothers, especially those that have a little less book time?
I would love to do that! The plan is to do a spin-off series featuring Aaron and maybe some time with Henry too, along with more of the courtesans.

teaser3 - Emerald Virgin

My Review

I received a free copy of the book from the author for my honest opinion.

Aria lives in a world where people are judged by the color of their eyes. The color of your eyes determines where you are at or what level in society you live in. Aria has emerald eyes which is very rare in her world. Aria's mother has kept her a secret from the king and the rest of the world her whole life. She didn't want anyone to find out that Aria existed much less what color her eyes were. She didn't want them to take her baby girl from her.

When the women in Aria's world reached the age of eighteen they were taken to the palace to be inspected by the kings four sons. If any of the women were chosen by one of the princes then they got to stay and live at the palace as a courtesan to whichever prince chose them. But if they were not found to be attractive or exciting to one of the four princes then they were branded and sent home. The brand on the wrist of the women told everyone that they were rejected by all of the princes.

Some or maybe most of the women liked living at the palace and being a courtesan to the princes or so they seemed to be content. But who knows what kind of life they lived before becoming a courtesan to a prince. They got to wear real nice clothes and were treated nicely as long as they did any and/or everything that their prince told them too. If they didn't obey the prince then they were punished.

Aria didn't like living at the palace and being a prisoner she had a lot of thinking to do. She had to decide if she was going to be nice and bide her time until the day that her prince got bored with her or if she was going to miss behave so that if she was lucky she would be thrown out of the palace and sent to live somewhere else.

Being a good girl and doing what she was told to do was very hard for her. She didn't like being told what to do as a matter of fact she hated it. Aria was going to be one very hard lady to tame. It was going to be nearly impossible to make her submit to his ruling. Aria was a few years older than the other girls/women and was used to being her own person and doing what she wanted to.

I loved how the author brought two very different genres together as one. The twist in The Emerald Virgin was one I did not see coming. But that is what made it so good. The Emerald Virgin is one of those stories that will take a hold of you from the very first page and will pull you in and keep right on pulling you right on up until the last page and even then it will not let you go. The Emerald Virgin will hold on to you for a very long time after you turn that last page wanting more. I can't wait to read the next book in the Gem Apocalypse series.

About the Author

Ravyn Rayne

Ravyn is a sassy, fun-loving, and adventure-seeking young woman. She loves to travel and can't wait for her next vacation, wherever it might be.

Ravyn writes romantic erotica. She began writing romance novels in college, spending her down time either reading a book or writing fiction. Please don't make her choose between the two, she loves them equally.

Although BURNING DESIRE is her debut romantic erotica novel, it is not her first published book. She has been published professionally since 2013. You can find her other books here.