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Addison never asked to become a king among the mages in his society. Now he protects the fragile balance between the mundane and supernatural realms. The job is easier said than done, even with the aid of a sultry half-dryad who possesses unique talents of her own. Crumbling truces test boundaries of the new ruler and his elite wizards as they are swept into a treacherousAddison never asked to become a king among the mages in his society. Now he protects the fragile balance between the mundane and supernatural realms. The job is easier said than done, even with the aid of a sultry half-dryad who possesses unique talents of her own. Crumbling truces test boundaries of the new ruler and his elite wizards as they are swept into a treacherous game of loyalty and betrayal. A sinister enemy forges deadly plans for the city of New York, and it will stop at nothing to achieve its wicked desires. In a world where demons whisper seductions into mortal ears and fae prey upon the desperate with underhanded deals, fate thrusts an ordinary young woman and her child into the center of a building storm. In Manhattan, trolls lurk under more than bridges, gentle nature spirits become killers overnight, and necromancers raise the dead to benefit their insidious plots. To save New York City from ruin, the lives of four strangers must intertwine. If they cannot defeat their own inner demons, then all is lost and the forces of Hell will triumph.WARNINGAdult content and mature situations. Not recommended for readers under 18....

Title : The Regent's Gamble
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ISBN : 22060784
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Number of Pages : 600 Pages
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The Regent's Gamble Reviews

  • Hazel *Craves the Angst Reviews*
    2018-11-14 16:45

    Find This and Other Reviews At Craves The Angst.I received this eCopy from the authors in exchange for an honest review.4 Fun, Fantastical, Fabulous Stars!An Enjoyable Read With Adventure, Magic, Mythology and Great Characters!The Review:I'm a big lover of urban fantasy with its wonderful world of magic and unique and interesting characters, story lines and the situations it can inspire. This was very much that kind of read.Right from the start we are thrown into a dangerous and almost tragic situation as the main character, Addison Rhydderch, is on a seemingly innocent date and out on the town for a night of fun. But soon, things turn deadly as he finds himself surrounded by wraiths and a menacing foe who wants to steal his body. This is just the tip of the iceberg as that one moment throws Addison into a new position as Regent, in his world of magic users. But something is definitely not right in the magic world and it seems his position might be a ruse as someone or something keeps getting in his way. There is a war brewing, murders are happening and things are getting way out of hand.Regent Addison encounters all kinds of situations, creatures and foes as well as a wonderful, steamy romance between himself and Saraia, who is a dryad, thats interwoven into all the fantastical adventures these characters find themselves on.Addison is a wonderful hero. His intelligence, cunning and bravery help him as he fumbles around trying to figure out the mystery surrounding these crimes and even though he gets caught in situations you have no idea how he’s going to get out of, he prevails... most of the time. I also loved the well written dialogue in this book. And the passion between Addison and Saraia was a lot of fun!But what I enjoyed most about this read was the excellent storytelling! The scenes were vibrant in their detail and the imagery created was amazing and fun. This book had a beautiful tale with so many unique things thrown in to really make this story stand out. I loved all the mythology poured into this one book with its creative and thrilling plot, intelligent writing and interesting characters.And Then There’s The But...My only real complaint was I did feel the story dragged in a few places. It seemed overly long during a few scenes and though I enjoyed the detailed writing immensely, I did feel sometimes it went beyond what was needed in the scene and sometimes I felt it took me out of the moment. The Wrap Up:This 600+ page book had everything you could want out of an urban fantasy, paranormal romance/adventure. It was cleverly written with a lot of action, suspense, great characters that were enthralling and sexy and there was an abundant of creature and magic action to keep you highly entertained along with some intense danger while the world they live in turns into a labyrinth of twist and turns as this story plays out. I’d definitely read this one again and I can’t wait to see what these authors come up with next!

  • Amber
    2018-11-10 19:59

    I came back because some people thought I had put some spoilers in here. I'm not really sure which are the spoilers and which aren't so I'm just gonna say: SPOILERS!!!!Ok folks so I just finished this 29 chapter book and I must say I have all sorts of feelings about it.It starts off with this amazing prologue that sets up an epic battle between a male witch (or mage) and a Lich. Right off the bat I was very excited because how often do you get to read a book where the magical character is a man? The battle, which is happening in Central Park, goes on and we see a fight with a wraith AND a dragon even makes an appearance. It was very exciting to read...then chapter one comes in and it's all downhill from there.This book has got to be one of the most convoluted stories I have ever read! The book picks up a year after Addison Rhydderch's (very cool name) death dealing battle with the Lich and then for almost 20 chapters of book there is no real explanation of that battle at all. I kept thinking this will all make sense eventually but it never really did. Meanwhile we have two separate love stories going on simultaneously, and at least three other subplots that really just made the story all the more confusing. I mean seriously there's like a plot about a centuries old family curse, a shade or a Planeswalker (capital P), a little girl with powers, a hidden love child, and all this hoopla about building a better relationship between humans and Fae (capital F). Throw in random time jumps and so many characters that I didn't even realize who some of the bad guys were even though they were there all along. There were literally characters that were introduced for one or two paragraphs and then never mentioned again. This is a clear indication that this book is part of a future series but I wish I would have known that when I started the book. I'm still not quite sure who the real villain of this first installment is if I'm being honest :-).Now it wasn't all bad. I must say that every main character introduced, and there were several, is someone that I enjoyed reading about. The authors went on to describe their physical characteristics so many times that it was like Addison and crew were sitting right in front of me. I could envision them that clearly. The love story between Addison and Saraia is a typical one and I felt like the conflict between them was forced but then again that reminded me a lot of real life. The love story between Noah and Liv is so syrupy sweet it made my teeth hurt. I am not a fan of sappy love but the scenes were very well written and that's what counts.I am giving this book three stars for the sheer amount of detail these two authors used in this story. I can't imagine how they kept it all straight. I also loved the fact that they pulled in different types of folklore than what we normally see. Spriggans, Dryads, Magi, Griffins, even Hellhounds flooded the pages of this book and I enjoyed reading about them. Overall I think the book could use some restructuring but the basic story is there and I can see people really enjoying the story.

  • Lexee Toste
    2018-11-29 21:06

    I really enjoyed this story. It is very well written. The story is complex and follows many characters but it never feels overwhelming because of that. The world was extremely well written and felt very real. It is a long story but it never feels like it drags on. There is plenty of action and twists that keep the reader engaged. The characters were well written. You get to know a lot of characters and the secondary characters are vibrant and complex just like the main characters. There were times and places in the story that I had wished for a little more explanation but it was never anything that detracted too much from the story or made it so that I couldn't follow along. I really enjoyed entering this world. It was different than anything I've read before but very vibrant and I easily felt like I was there too. I will definitely be reading the next. And don't worry...there isn't a cliff hanger lol.

  • Teresa Gomez
    2018-11-24 18:40

    **I was given an ARC of Regents Gamble for a review**This book was pretty good but I am giving it a 4 stars because parts of the book were a little confusing. At the very beginning of the book (prologue) I was a little lost because it just jumped right into the story. I had no idea what was going on. By the second chapter I knew pretty much what was going on. I was able to move along with the story and I really enjoyed it. I really liked the main characters Addison (Magi-magic user) and Saraia (dryad). I really liked how they react towards each other and all of the sexual chemistry.If you are able to catch onto the story the book is really good and a definite must read.

  • Angela
    2018-11-11 17:53

    I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I was thoroughly intrigued by the synopsis for this book. It sounded like something that I would enjoy immensely and I did. It is a fantasy of sorts in that there are a lot of creatures in this book. The story is also very complicated so it takes a lot for it to be told (560+ pages!!). There is back story that needs to be told, but it needs to happen in a way that is not confusing and is pertinent to the story. I think the authors do a good job of this. I was able to fully follow the story and understand everything that was happening. The authors are very descriptive as well and it takes a great imagination to be able to come up with these worlds and characters that are in this book. There was one down-side of the book for me.....the sexy bits. I could've done without the descriptive scenes of copulation. Mainly, because of some of the adjectives used to describe the body parts. I loathe that type of writing. But, I am in the minority so I am sure that others will not mind that part at all.The book was a wee long, however, a lot did happen. Was all of it necessary? Was there too much? It's hard to say yes or no to either of these questions. I think that maybe some of the dialogue (and sexy bits) could've been cut out and it wouldn't have necessarily detracted from the story. But, it was not as if I felt like it dragged on and on.

  • Rose Montague
    2018-11-13 15:58

    I was drawn in to purchase this book because it sounded so Dresden like and that is a series I really enjoy. This one turned out to be so much more. Great character detail and world building, this book has everything I enjoy. I usually avoid books of this length because I like to be able to finish a good book in just a day or two. I may have to rethink that after reading this one. Magic, mystery, intrigue, and romance. The magic scenes were awesome in detail and imagination and the action was terrific. Despite the length I liked every part of this book and I look forward to next one, The Collector's Treasure. It is definitely a book for adults but I did not feel the sex was over the top or gratuitous in any way. Just a wonderful start from a great team.

  • Jim Goforth
    2018-11-22 19:00

    There’s nothing quite like reading a big book, getting hold of something one can really get themselves immersed and involved in, and in this day and age where the short work, the novella, the pieces to cater for short attention spans are all the rage, it’s always refreshing to encounter something like The Regents Gamble (A Spellbound Consortium).By the same token, lengthy books can be on the other end of the spectrum, if they don’t captivate and enthrall or manage to hold the attention of the reader, but that most certainly isn’t the case here.Co-authors N. Taylor and A. Payne have definitely made the most of the six hundred odd pages that comprise The Regents Gamble, which categorically is a deft blend of fantasy with romance, and while I will be prone to say those genres are not generally my chosen area of reading, it is hard not to get swept up in the stories of central figures Addison Rhydderch, who finds himself as the Regent of the title after a relatively ordinary evening turns into so much more), Saraia the magical half-dryad woman and towering Texan private security operative Noah Hunter.These characters, and indeed, all additional or secondary characters, are developed superbly and myriad plotlines are woven with skill throughout the spread of this as we segue through scenes of action liberally laced with the supernatural to more poignant romantic overtures, even some steamy encounters, all detailed with lush description that has the power to make the reader feel as if they too are ensconced in this world of magic and mystery.All manner of spectacular mystical creatures are introduced as the tales of the protagonists unfold, faeries, pixies and the like, and what’s not to like about a ferocious Minotaur launching a savage attack on hordes of pedestrians in a subway tunnel. As a horror aficionado, this appealed to me immensely, but this is just one of many many great scenes which as a whole constitute The Regents Gamble and there’s nothing here that makes the momentum or flow of the book lag at all.Like I mentioned earlier, fantasy and things of these nature aren’t exactly my forte, but I can definitely appreciate a brilliant and intelligent story, and I can say that this will be the type of thing that will vastly appeal to fans of shows such as Lost Girl and The Dresden Files (though I can’t personally say I’m familiar with the books from which that series is derived), as well as just about anybody who digs a great action packed romantic phantasmagorical adventure with captivating characters and solid storylines.The word epic might be so overused these days to describe something thoroughly awe-inspiring and on a grand scale that it loses some of its impact, but I can truly say this is an epic work without the superlatives being diluted in anyway.

  • Regina Morris
    2018-12-04 17:47

    This book has it ALL!!! :-)From an exciting story line, to well developed characters, to wonderful descriptions and a beautiful story telling ... this book is a winner all the way around! Magic, paranormal creatures, great plot ... truly an epic adventure. The sexy scenes were hot, the fight scenes fast and furious ... great pacing.I don't read to much urban fantasy, although I like fantasy and I love paranormal romances. This book just hooked me from the start. I think if you love a well written story that you'd enjoy this book. The length of the story was a bit daunting. However, every scene was well written and led into the next. There was no scene that I'd take out to shorten the book. Plus, the descriptions were well done without being overbearing and lengthy. The authors gave enough details for people like me (who may not be familiar with all the mythical creatures) to people who are very well versed with all the creatures that blessed this book. The subplots mixing with the main plot and the complex world makes each page worthy of your time.I was also concerned that there were two authors. It intrigued me, but at the same time I was worried that I would be able to tell when one author wrote and when the other took over. Not at all. The writing is seamless and you can tell this book went through a lot of editing and a lot of love by these two authors.

  • Miriam
    2018-12-09 22:49

    ***Received from Mad In Wonderland Reviews for an honest review***Magic, mystery, and mayhem. Now, what’s not to like about that combination?Urban fantasy isn’t exactly my cup of tea, and I’ll be the first to admit the length of this story was a bit intimidating, but I’m glad I took a chance and read it. It’s a beautifully written, detail-oriented, action-packed adventure with enough romance to compliment all that without detracting from it. And, truthfully, the more I read, the more I felt like a little kid seeing Star Wars for the first time. A story of this kind isn’t the meant to just be read; it’s meant to be experienced.Addison’s a delightful hero to read about. His intelligence shows as he works out the mystery surrounding him. His strength comes through when he battles. His tender heart is evident in his relationship with Saraia. I liked that he, as well as the other characters, were created with so much depth. Each one brings so much that I never felt like any were unnecessary.I liked that the authors put so much into crafting this world that exists in our own. I’ve heard that stories are only limited by the author’s imagination. If this is a foretelling of what the other books in this series will be like, I hope the authors continue to let their imaginations run wild. It’ll make this one series I’d definitely read again.

  • Jessica
    2018-12-08 21:55

    An interesting mix of high fantasy and paranormal romance. The writing was clean and very detailed.The reader is taken on a wandering journey following Addison Rhydderch on his ascent to Regent of New York and through his trials and tribulations throughout. I found that the storyline was a little extensive. The conflict and story progression is not clearly identified so at points it seemed like the story was drifting a bit. The descriptions of the surroundings and environment were varied and interesting.There were two main couples that were featured in the story with very different progressions. Noah and Liv were syrupy sweet while Addison and Saraia had a lot of misunderstanding throughout their relationship. I appreciated the detail of both relationships.I wished that the conflict of the novel was a bit clearer. (view spoiler)[ Until I was mostly through the book I didn't really get more than very random glimpses of an underlying evil. Even after finishing the novel there were some allusions to some sort of villain but it is still very unclear to me.(hide spoiler)]Overall, a very well written book that was a bit longer and more reading intensive than I was expecting. I took some time to finish this one despite all that was good about it.

  • Nicole
    2018-12-07 19:07

    Book provided in exchange for an honest review.I really enjoyed this book, it's got a lot of PNR elements going on. There are quite a few characters throughout the book and with the various subplots the book can get to be a bit complex, but with the world building and interspersed with all the action that takes place makes this an enjoyable ride. Addison is a great character; smart, brave and stealthy serve him well as he tries to figure out his new role as Regent as well as the mysteries that take place in the story. Great chemistry between Addison and Saraia; nothing can put a damper on a good story like a lack of chemistry between the MCs; luckily this isn't one of those books. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

  • Blythe Kuykendall
    2018-12-05 19:48

    Let me just say wow! I was very, very pleased with this book! When I was messaged about doing a review I jumped on it because it was an urban fantasy. I haven't read many fantasy books before so I found this book fantastic! Let me just say I love Addison! He is a character that you just have to love! It was easy to follow and I was captured from the very first page. Just pointing out it is a very long book 500+ pages so it's definitely not a quick read by any means but it is a wonderful book and is so worth it to read. But now don't be scared that it's a long book, I know some books that are really long drag on but this one flowed perfectly! Definitely a 5 star book! Now there is a little steamy bits but I think it's just enough,so I would not worry about that at all!

  • Darby
    2018-11-15 14:44

    Congratulations ladies. I appreciate you sharing your fantastic imagination with me. I am a little in love with Addison and Noah. This was a mammoth undertaking that I have no idea how you found time for in your busy lives.This book was well thought out and the charters were unique and lovable. I liked the political dynamics and the fanciful characters.I love the world in alternate planes that were created. The detailed descriptions definitely gave me feel for actually roaming through that world.Tell me more about Lachlan! I am in love with Lachlan too!

  • Becca
    2018-11-23 19:56

    So those would probably be the most accurate GIFs that show my feelings on finishing this. So if you take a gander down there at my status updates you will see this took me awhile...sort of I marked it as currently reading it when I thought I would have time to read it... I did not, I had beta, ARCs, and books to write. So while I haven't technically reading this for two months, I feel like I have because it just took me so long to give it the time it deserved. So personal victory. Now i bet you want to read more about the book and my thoughts on it verses my crazy....Song Choice: "Hold Me" by Weezer, "Explosions" by Ellie Goulding, "One and Only" by AdeleFirst Thoughts: This is a beast of sophisticated writing, engaging, well-develop characters, and original plot. This was...epic. It was insane, while the story takes a while to unfold, things felt a little muddle here and there, I thought this was a detailed, entrancing read that will not only have you walk into the world, but clasp hands with you and pull you right in. There is no denying the world-building here. I felt at the beginning the book assumed we knew things, but we did learn, while I wouldn't readily recommend this for first time paranormal readers because this was a very urban fantasy/paranormal read, I think its fantastic for those paranormal lovers who want to be really immersed in a world of paranormal, and be taken on a new journey. Thoughts on Plot: So I think i am going to break this up a little bit between the two main couples because with the couples I felt we were dealing with almost a different plot line (until they came together in a super epic way that even I didn't see coming) but I mean they were always "together" ugh you know what if you want to understand my babbling just read the book, there :pAddison & Saraia So going into this book I originally thought this was going to be strictly about them, (i was wrong - as I usually am). I am not going to lie, I was incredibly confused at the prologue (maybe or was it the first chapter) but I quickly forgot about it as the book went on, then it came back around in the end. A lot of this story line does, it always comes back around in the full circle, in a way. Which if you think about it, is insanely cool. The book was very well planned out, it definitely never felt to me like, OH HEY let's go this way with it, I felt like while at times I wasn't sure where the book was going, I wasn't entirely sure what they were "up against" I think though it was being unveiled for us as it was being unveiled for the characters, we never knew more than them, which I think worked well with how they decided to write the book which was limited third person(ish) I felt like the narrator had almost had its own distinctive voice. okay so back to the story while there were times i felt like we were moving slowly, there were other times it was moving fast, lots of action, well written fight scenes, well described creatures. Adds, and Saraia's relationship to me started off a little odd, i felt the sexual tension right away, and they (foolishly) tried to deny it, and be friends (silly peoples) anyways a lot of their relationship started off through adventures and trying to bridge their worlds together. I found that I liked how real their relationship felt, it wasn't automatic love, sure there was lust, but they grew together, we got to see them on dates, see them fight, and ultimately see them as they plainly are. Noah and LivvieThey're adventures were tamer. I think personally Noah was one of the best characters ever written, ever. I will get to that in a bit though. I enjoyed the development of their relationship as well, i thought it was beyond adorable and surprisingly different from Adds and Rai's. Which honestly is beyond awesome. So anyways back to their story-lines Liv has a little secret, secret even she doesn't know about ;) there is a lot that I can't talk about for them because of spoilers but make sure you got your "awwww" face on when reading their parts because Okay so then all the other characters plotlines - i felt we were dipping our toes in a lot of them, can't wait to see what they have in store for us. *cough Lachlan cough, cough, cough* Characters: Addison: He was...complex. He was different than i was expecting, he was full of contradictions that i found endearing and intriguing, while he was a womanizer, he cared more for saving his money then sending it. I guess stereo-typically i think when a richer man, who is a womanizer would be flashy and spend money like it was well nothing because for him it really wasn't. But he wasn't like that, well he was a womanizer but i think that he went into relationships having the other person know that it wasn't meant to be more than a few good rolls around the sheets then leave before I wake sort of thing. It didn't make him a bad guy at all because he truly did care for the people he was looking after, and while he repeatedly said he didn't care much for his title nor did he want it, he worked hard to fix the mistakes of the old regent. Anyways moving on from that, he was an animal lover!!! no man who is an animal lover can be a bad guy! I think he was a very complex character, and very well writtenSaraia (i seriously hope i have been spelling that right): She has a little secret, secret of her own, don't worry you find out pretty quick. At first i thought she was going to be a passing character, she didn't really turn out how I originally thought she was going to be. I don't know why i thought she was this dainty little flower, I really, really don't know. Anyways don't think she is because she isn't. She is tough as nails, totally kickass, and totally kicks ass, she is strong and very awesome. I enjoyed her character. I think she was a good match for the serious-ness that Adds exudes. I think they were somewhat opposite but they were both passionate and willing to fight in what they believed in. Noah: Omgosh, seriously? One of the best characters i have ever read. Not because of his totally bad-assery as a fucking cowboy in the city, but no he was so well written I just can't get over it. So amazing ladies, so amazing. He had an adorable stutter that only showed up sometimes, he was just really well written out. I think it might be because its rare to see a male character like him, one that is sweet, willing to take things slow <--- enforcing the slowness, he was just awesome. I really can't get over it. So if for no other reason, please read this just to read about Noah Liv: she was funny, sweet, and tough but not that overly annoying tough you know? The I can't do anything on my own even though you can't and you will get over your head tough, or the I don't need anyone but me tough either. Okay enough about the toughness of her. XD Lachlan: I'm not obsessed. Not at all. Jean-Luc (is that right? I hope so) SO INTRIGUED!!! The ending: Okay this is going to be a bit longer than usual. I felt like things really started to open up at the end, if that makes any sense. I felt like this is were most of the action really happened, and where we were really growing into the world, and exploring a whole new place. I think that these ladies are going to do amazing with the rest of the series and I am excited to move forward. Note on writing: Two authors wrote this --> you are going to have to remember that because I don't even know how they did it. I can't even fathom that, at all. Seriously utterly seamless and just amazing. For more becca-ness check me out here: http://theviolethourbookreviews.wordp...

  • Seregon BookWorm
    2018-11-13 21:41

    4.5 stars. *Warning: This does have spoilers!!*I am in love with the world building and the secret keeping of the magical realms. I've always loved fantasy and the idea of a secret world only a select few know/are allowed to know about. I love the messages and theme that humans are destroying way too much of the planet way too fast for their/our own selfish needs. We humans really are a pestilence to nature. In this world, a new Regent (president) is failing miserably. Magical folk are dying, almost no one trusts his abilities to lead, and secrets are abound in almost everyone.Saraia is supposed to mean Bright Tree, but she isn't very bright. And for being part oak tree, she isn't very strong, either. I mean, one one hand I'd have been grateful for being treated equally as everyone else. On the other hand have been upset for being thrown an obligatory assignment I didn't ask for. What bothered me about Saraia is that she constantly second guesses herself. She dates Addison even after finding out he fucked her employee at her store. She also never asks who Madeline is or why Addison is getting texts from her, then when Addison is in the hospital she is sorry that she didn't trust him. He kept you in the dark about a LOT of things, one of them being a kid. Ladies, I don't care how much you like a guy, if he hides a kid from you and doesn't tell you the whole truth about his life, he'll hide a lot more from you in the future. If after 3 month of dating- THREE whole months you finally find out there's a kid watch yourself. I get secrets take time and trust needs to be earned, especially where there's a kid. But that's a big ticket, and it is something that needs to come out right away. As a woman if I JUST find out a guy has a kid after sticking their dick in me for three.fucking.months I'd feel some serious betrayal.I don't like Addison on a personal level. He's cool on the professional level, as in he does what's best for the magical community, but he's a whore. OK so he only had w/ 2 women in the book, However, 1 of those 2 is the employee of the other one! Plus, His sexual history is often. Now normally I'm not so judgmental. However, considering how Guys talk about women being whores all the time well guess what guys- women don't want men who stick it in everything that moves! Women aren't beer, guys; be more selective with your choices!He hides big secrets from a woman he supposedly loves, then goes out on a date with someone else! Then that date stabs him btw. All I could think when that happened was 'good. I hope he dies. He deserves it'. If you're going to go to Hell to save someone, you can tell them you have a kid.Even at the end when she knows everything, she still apologizes to him "for being an idiot" when it should be the other way around: HE was being an idiot (well, I'd use a different word, but you get the point).I really wanted Saraia with Lochlan. He's hot, honest (well Fae so can't lie, but still LOL), and the sex was way better!If i could change anything about TRG, I'd let Addison be aware that Saraia and Lochlan slept together. Fair is fair.I found myself cheering more for Noah and Liv. Noah is a real man: honest, patient, not a man whore, but respectful and loves Liv's daughter. The kind of man all women deserve. I read the parts with Noah much slower. He seemed more interesting, down to earth, and more sweet. Plus,a guy that raises a kid that isn't his gets way more kudos than the average guy. that takes a lot of courage! Plus, free smut (I won't tell you why though ;) )I gave this a 4.5 instead of a 4 b/c of the secondary characters (including and in addition to Noah and Liv). They all seemed more 3 dimensional and interesting. Their back-stories and the way they fought together showed a great example of teamwork. Also, as previously stated, I love the world building and worlds that exist beyond the human one. The various creatures and interactions of them all really held my interests, and I'm looking forward to stories from some of the other characters. Another message: Don't keep secrets, at least not for too long. It might be too late once you finally grow a pair...

  • Trish R.
    2018-12-09 21:47

    At page 247 I quit..Wow, wow, wow! I’m only at 28% and I’ll bet you there’ve been 30 or more characters introduced in this book. I have no idea who I should remember and who’s just there for a minute. And it’s really confusing, too. I know there are 2 authors for this story but I don’t think they were together doing the writing. Maybe they emailed their chapters to each other then put the book together. I just hate when I get confused when reading a book AND I really hate when there’s soooo many people in the storyline. I’m going to try to finish it but I’m not really sure I can.There are some things you just can’t unread no matter how hard you try, nor can you forget it. At around page 145 Saraia (the heroine) got drunk with Lachlan but it was Addison (the hero) who took her home and put her drunken ass to bed. Then 2 or 3 days later Saraia went to Lachlan’s antique store and proceeded to have sex with him. THEN on about page 245 she has sex with Addison. You know what? That’s not my kind of heroine. So, I’m done with this book. I don’t know how this book got 50 four and five star reviews when the heroine was nothing was such a slut, as far as I’m concerned. I guess some reviewers don’t care if the heroine sleeps around, but I do.There was descriptive sex in this book and the F-bomb was used 40 times. As to the narrator: What can I say about Will M. Watt? He was absolutely, positively phenomenal. I mean to tell you he had a different voice for everyone. Addison had a Welsh accent and Noah spoke was a fantastic southern accent. There's men that were young and old and every one of them sounded wonderful. He laughed and whispered and yelled, and talked with food in his mouth, which I thought was incredible. I believe his was the best narration I’ve heard in the 360+ audible books I’ve listened to. Keep up the great work Will.

  • Angie Martin
    2018-11-22 17:54

    “The Regent’s Gamble” by A Payne & ND Taylor… What can I say? This is one of the best paranormal books I’ve ever read! I loved everything about it. The book starts out with a kick-butt scene involving Addison, the main character, versus some very scary entities. I knew from that beginning that it would be one hell of a ride in a unique world of magic.Throughout the book, I loved the rich description and the pictures the authors painted for readers. I could visualize each of the creatures as if they were standing right there, and that makes them even scarier. Addison is an incredible and mysterious hero that I loved reading about. The chemistry between Saraia and Addison was wonderfully built and I kept rooting for them to get together, which is what I want to feel when it comes to romance in a book. The scenery was rich as well, characters full of depth (loved Noah!), and the book was incredibly well-written. I felt as if this world could truly exist and I think that’s the most important thing for a writer to accomplish.More than that, this book was written by two authors, but the writing was so seamless and cohesive that I couldn’t tell that two people worked on the book. I never felt jarred out of place by anything, which is huge kudos to this author duo. I can see why they write together and hopefully they won’t ever stop!I do have to mention the new cover, as well. I really liked the old cover, but when I first saw that the cover had changed, I fell in love with it. It was a smart decision on the part of the authors to make a switch!I have Primal Legacy on my TBR and I cannot wait to dive into it!

  • Lita Burke
    2018-11-22 22:45

    The Regent’s Gamble by A. Payne and N. D. Taylor is a fantasy about the twenty-something mage Addison Rhydderch, and his efforts to unravel the magical mysteries infecting New York.Addison is the Regent of a magical police force called the Manhattan Vault. Like its counterparts around the globe, the organization’s job is to protect the city from nefarious magicians and misbehaving fantastical creatures. The confirmed bachelor meets his romantic match with a dryad named Saraia Lewis. They join forces to discover the source of disturbing magical mayhem that threatens to bring down both sides of their mundane and fantastical world.Enjoyable descriptions of magical creatures, desperate melees, and a satisfying romance filled the pages of The Regent’s Gamble. The plot delivered many twists, and it riveted me until the satisfying conclusion. I especially liked the contrast of Addison’s powerful magic tempered with his human weaknesses. The authors created an immersive magical world. I could all but smell Manhattan’s reek, and feel the fizzy magic-fused air of faerie land against my skin. Fans of immersive fantasy stories populated with believable creatures, and a mage hero worth cheering for, would enjoy The Regent’s Gamble. The frowned-upon liaison between human and dryad gave the story a spicy flavor. The Regent’s Gamble is filled with not-to-be-missed fantasy fun.

  • Jana Petken
    2018-11-29 22:56

    I've never read an urban fantasy, as they are so called. When the story began I was thrown into chaos due to the fast paced action and thought that the hero was going to die on the first couple of pages.The mixture of characters and "race" of different magical beings were fascinating and illuminating. Who knew there were so many of these creatures, good and bad?. The murders and plots with Addison holding on whilst loving a Dryad only added to the huge landscaped story, which was written in a detailed and often captivating way. The politics were also interesting, as were rules and regulations, turf wars and attacks.It was a long book but I thought it was smooth and well written, allowing me the pleasure of diving into it without ever tiring. I stayed up until the wee small hours and devoured the pages, a sign that all is well with this fabulous taleA great story with many colourful characters who will remain with me for a while to come. I loved this book. Well done, A Payne and ND Taylor

  • Jacquelyn Smith
    2018-11-14 21:41

    I have been waiting on you !!! A story that will taking you places that you can only dream about! I am a lover of Unban fantasy with a mixture of magic. The characters in the story was not going to be left out, I was blown away by each character as their story came to live on paper. From the start of this book the action had me on the edge of my seat, I was floored with emotions. Addison Rhyderch night out on the town turn into something menacing with a foe that wanted to steal his body. And this is only the beginning of the story, the magic world is not right and a war is brewing, the icing on the cake Addison is now the Regent in the magic world. Wait! We are not done things are about to get hot, this is where he meet Saraia and if things wasn't hot enough or crazy enough his world just got turned inside out.This is a great fantasy, drama and romance all mixed up in one story. I recommend to anyone who loves to dream....I was given this book in exchange for my honest review.Love it !!!

  • Janice Spina
    2018-12-04 20:42

    An Exciting Sci-Fi Fantasy!The Regent's Gamble is a fascinating and enthralling book chock full of adventures and interesting characters. From the first page I was hooked. There is a lot more to the story than just sci-fi fantasy. It surprisingly has two love interests going at the same time. The Regent, Addison, is a man of magic, mystery and a roving eye who is in charge of keeping the world safe from evil influences. He falls for a sylvan woman, Saraia, who is more concerned at first about her fellow trees, and the safety of nymphs and dwarves and fae. When strange things begin to happen they join forces and she becomes strongly attracted to Addison. But will they be able to handle their differences and make their relationship work while the world around them is falling apart?This is a well-crafted beginning of a series that will become a favorite of fantasy lovers. I look forward to book 2 by this talented and creative author.

  • James Chalk
    2018-12-01 17:41

    An Epic Urban Fantasy.Yes, I said epic. Until I found this book I didn’t think it was possible to combine epic fantasy with urban supernatural adventure and romance. The authors manage it brilliantly. They are masterful story tellers that have created a complex and consistent magical universe with rich language and vivid imagery. Their characters are likable and believable and the sex is steamy. The book is long and complex. It has a number of subplots and themes that are explored. The length is a good thing. The only reader dissatisfaction will be because the book does eventually end. I’m looking forward to reading the second book whenever it gets released.

  • Sheryl Seal
    2018-11-30 17:48

    The Regent's Gamble (A Spellbound Consortium Book 1) by A. Payne and N. D. Taylor is an exciting book to read! With non-stop action and adventure this book had me from the first page with Addison and the ensuing battle.Very well written with a great story-line, I just loved the descriptive details that the authors put into this book! The world you are brought into is vivid and creative as the authors take you on a wild ride of fantasy and paranormal romance!I found all the characters exciting and fresh and can't wait to read more of this very imaginative writing team! 5 star and thanks for a great read!

  • Eric Michael
    2018-11-13 19:01

    I thoroughly enjoyed Regent's Gamble. I'm a fan of epic tales with multiple plot lines, so this book was right up my alley. I liked the manner in which the authors weaved the plots together to keep the novel interesting. I thought that the characters were captivating and unique. There were some really cool mystic characters - the use of magic was expertly described throughout the book. I also enjoyed having some sexy spice mixed in occasionally. The book was a fun read, but it still made you think and try to guess what was going to happen next. The book is an interesting combo of fantasy and romance; fans of both genres will enjoy this book.

  • Martha Sockel
    2018-11-16 18:53

    Murder - check.Mayhem - checkAnd magic - check.What's not to love?Regent's gamble is a superbly crafted piece of urban fantasy that sucks you in and draws you in an immersive world of treachery, betrayal, and intrigue.Action packed and full of detail, with a shocking love subplot, this made me feel like the first I saw LotRThe Addison is intriguingly flawed hero, and demonstrates all the human principles that we love. Saraia is well described and fleshed out, and the story really takes the time to explain the history of their shared world.Definitely a series to follows.

  • Susan Tarr
    2018-11-13 19:37

    Addison is a brave, witty, and charismatic leader during a dangerous time for Manhattan. This is an adventurous tale of fantasy, magic and urban mystery all rolled into one. I was drawn into his world, and anticipating the ending to discover how he would actually pull through. Despite the length of the novel, I enjoyed reading the budding romance between him and Saraia. The sweet moments and flaws in their relationship gave the story a realistic feeling. This was one book I didn’t want to end.

  • Jodi Vaughn
    2018-12-04 18:46

    This fast paced novel draws you in from page one! The painstaking detail of world building and the amped-up tension had me on edge the entire time. I loved the variety of mythological creatures that were introduced along with their magical abilities and I was amazed at how the plot lines were intertwined throughout the central theme of the story.Rich story telling at its finest!

  • Hunter Jones
    2018-12-07 15:52

    Fantastic & fantastical! At first, I was hesitant to read this book because of it's length. I love novellas and short stories. However, The Regent's Gamble was well worth the time. Fantastic characters in fantastical settings. I really enjoyed this book. A great start for a new writing team and I highly recommend it if you just wish to disappear into a book for a few days.

  • Brandi
    2018-11-25 22:54

    This book is beautifully written. Whereas its size does seem a bit daunting to begin with, it is more than worth the time put in to it. Well developed story line and characters that you find yourself attached to. Follow Addison, Saraia, and all the others on this wonderful journey.

  • Angela Kitchen
    2018-11-21 18:55

    had the potential to be a four star, but some of the writing let it down; with characters swinging from being called various names (first, last or describer) it was a bit difficult to follow. The plot lines were good, but could've done with being woven together a bit better.