Flora Reviews: Dark and Stormy Knight (Knights of Avalon #2) by Nina Mason

Knights of Avalon 2 - Dark and Stormy Knight by Nina Mason

Flora Reviews… Dark and Stormy Knight (Knights of Avalon #2) by Nina Mason. Although this title is not officially published until 5th January 2016, I was lucky enough to be given this book for free from the publisher (Kensington Books) via in exchange for a fair review.

2016 Update from Nina Mason: My publisher dropped the books without warning. I am working on getting them ready to republish myself. They will be somewhat different, however, and will have different titles. Starry Knight will be published as Knight of Wands, Dark and Stormy Knight as Knight of Cups, etc. I’m calling the republished series Knights of the Tarot, to avoid confusion with the old versions.

…So what’s Dark and Stormy Knight about? 

This is an erotic paranormal romance featuring faeries, druids, gods, goddesses, vampires and a screenwriter. Although this is the second book in Ms Mason’s Knights of Avalon series, it works well as a stand-alone novel. 

The official blurb says:

She’ll risk everything for their love—even her life.


Aspiring screenwriter Gwyn Morland is ready for her big break. That means securing the film rights to elusive author Lady Ruthven’s acclaimed novel—which means traveling to Scotland. It’s a trip timid Gwyn isn’t prepared for, and her fears seem justified when her tour bus careens over a cliff outside of Castle Glenarvon. But the plot thickens when Gwyn is rescued from the brink of death by a handsome and mysterious stranger…

Leith MacQuill is not only the writer behind Lady Ruthven’s novel, but a shape-shifting faery knight bearing a tragic curse: the woman he gives his heart to will die. Saving Gwyn proves to be a dangerous choice when he finds himself falling for her the longer she stays in the castle. Not even his usual BDSM role-playing games are enough to thwart the intense desire they feel for each other. But to stay together, Gwyn and Leith must embark on a dangerous mission into Avalon, the realm of the faeries. Will their love be strong enough to conquer the curse? Or will Gwyn’s new life be stolen from her before it’s even begun?

Read: 15th– 23rd November 2015

My Goodreads Rating:  4 Stars


…So, what did I like about Dark and Stormy Knight?

Nina Mason is a new to me author and I must say I am impressed. I found her writing style very easy to read and really liked the way she built her fantasy world and how it interacted with ours; the mix of historic fact, Celtic mythology and her own imagination creating a world that I enjoyed visiting (her take of vampires was refreshingly different).
I like my female leads to be intelligent and possess a strength that refuses to let them be doormats (even if they don’t realise at the start) but without losing their feminine capacity to love; Gwyneth Moorland was perfect. My male leads need to be alphas, emotionally damaged, but with a soft side buried deep within just waiting for the right woman to walk into their lives and make them whole again; Leith MacQuill doesn’t disappoint.
I loved the fact that just when I thought that Gwyn and Leith’s adventure was coming to an end, another twist (quest) pops into the fray and off we go again. Don’t let the fact that it took me 8 days to finish this book fool you that the story wasn’t gripping – it’s a real page turner. Yes, we get our happy ever after but the background story arc is left with enough of a potential danger that you just know we’ll meet Gwyn and Leith in a future book.

…So, um, was there anything I didn’t like?

OK, so confession time – I must admit to being a bit weary of starting this book; I’m not comfortable with BDSM (both in real life and in the stories I read) but I was impressed with how it was written here, it’s far from brutal or grotesquely graphic and I found myself getting swept along with the passion and romance.
My only other little niggle was near the start of the story and Gwyn’s instant assumption that the elusive Leith MacQuill was a Faery. Really? You wouldn’t assume other more rational explanations first? However, I quickly decided that Gwyn’s unerring belief in Faeries allowed the story to progress more quickly. It is a work of fiction after all!

…So, basically what I’m saying is…

I enjoyed this book more than I was expecting, in fact, I really liked it.  Yes it has some very erotic sex scenes but it’s also a wonderful romantic tale with a great mix of action and adventure. I will be looking out for more of Ms Mason’s books!

So, have I sparked an interest for DARK AND STORMY KNIGHT in you? Keep reading to find out more about Nina Mason and check out her website for more information.

About Nina Mason

Author - Nina Mason

Nina Mason is an incurable romantic with strong affinities for history, mythology, and the metaphysical. She strives to write the same kind of books she loves to read: those that entertain, edify, educate, and enlighten. Her genres include erotic paranormal and historical romance. She also has written a political thriller.

Born and raised in Southern California, she now lives in Woodstock, Georgia, with her husband, youngest daughter, two cats, and a Westie named Robert.

About Me

I'm in my late forties, my interests are varied but since menopause hit a few years ago, I find myself becoming a "grumpy old woman" all too frequently - where has my infinite patience gone!?! Lol!
I bought a Kindle in the summer of 2013 and haven't stopped reading since. If you want to know more about me, check out my blog -

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