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Unexpected Jewels: Romantic Fantasy

It's been a very long time since I've read romance novels, and to be honest: I haven't really been in the mood to read about other peoples' happy endings for a while. But on an impulse I ordered a romantic fantasy anthology called Lace and Blade from Amazon after it came up in my recommended list.

So far it's delightful. I just finished reading "The Topaz Desert", by Catharine Asaro, whose name I've seen frequently but whose novels I've never read. It was well-writen, romantic, erotic. . . delightful to read.

The other story, "The Beheaded Queen", is about a queen who was beheaded for cuckolding her king-husband and kept alive by magic for ten years, many of those kept in a cupboard. The story of why she is finally brought out, and what she does with her freedom, is also enjoyable.

The book claims to have a swashbuckling theme, but both the stories I've read so far are not swashbucklers at all, just straightforward fantasy. I cherish some hope, however. . .

I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the stories.

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