Review: Enchanted Dreams

Review: Enchanted Dreams by Nancy Madore

The clever mind behind the Enchanted series is back, crafting more of the fiercely erotic and darkly sensual stories that have become synonymous with her name. In this most recent collection, bestselling author Nancy Madore offers up the peculiar and fantastic world of the paranormal, where erotic fantasies know no bounds.

Within these seven arousing stories you'll discover how wildly promiscuous fairies react when a flesh-and-blood woman stumbles into their midst...why a werewolf with a sadistic streak finally succumbs to unexpectedly dangerous desire...a monster hunt that turns into a darkened night of terror and delight...and how a couple manipulates magic to dominate and stimulate....

Don't close your eyes...you won't want to miss a single moment!

I was delightfully surprised and impressed with Nancy Madore's 'Enchanted Dreams'. While I had prepared myself to be shocked, and I was, it was in a way that was wholly unexpected. Ready for anything and filled with anticipation for some very erotic and perhaps uncomfortable scenarios that would blow open my developed boundaries, none of Madore's novellas approached or surpassed my limits as a reader of erotic novels. On the contrary, my opinion is that the contents, while superbly arousing, consisted mostly of light erotica combined with rampant emotional intensity and a spattering of paranormal elements.

Each novella in Madore's collection set its hooks in me astonishingly fast and before I knew it I had devoured the book's entire contents. Some novella's invoke an eerie feeling while others had me gasping in sudden surprise. I found myself anticipating the ending of each tale knowing that something was going to happen that would take me completely, yet pleasantly, off guard.

One novella in particular prompted me to really think about human nature in the realm of relationships. I was awe struck by the simple truth that was spoken by the characters and while it's somewhat depressing, the details were familiar while still being enlightening. I've yet to determine if I agree or if I merely accept that this is in fact some people's rational. Either way, Madore's characters challenged me and I found that immensely enjoyable.

While 'Enchanted Dreams' is an Erotic Novel, there is romance to be had. There's romance in Madore's words, in the description of her scenes. She is a beautiful, if not an elegant writer whereby transcending the reader into her fairy tales with magical and flowing prose. A good many of her novella's embody romantic plots as well whether it's again with the beauty of Madore's words or the characters themselves and their actions. There is an especially romantic novella at the very end of the collection. The relationship that one woman embarks upon with three other men was beautifully romantic and I found myself falling for each man right along with their collective heroine. Another novella proved that love can be powerful enough to conquer a nasty and determined incubus. But don't expect a "Happily Ever After" in all or any of these tales. While some tales ended with an HEA-esque conclusion, others ended abruptly and in some cases with subtle terror.

Which leads me to the paranormal elements. While interesting, the elements didn't overshadow the characters or their journeys but rather they enhanced them. Some novella's are highly paranormal in plot while others are only subtly so. Madore breathes new life into the vampire myth as well as the fierce cunning of the incubus. In one novella, even aliens make an erotic appearance. Or do they? That question can be argued both ways I believe. Then there is the power of hypnosis, a revolutionary scientific program with the ability to see the future, and a woman who feeds on the flesh of men. One novella even features an enchanted forest filled with erotic delights but there's also an eerie undertone and an ending that will give you goosebumps.

I rather found myself enchanted with 'Enchanted Dreams'. Interestingly enough, these stories are based on actual "real-life" research. Yet despite being rooted in fact, Madore really provides something refreshingly original to an otherwise gluttoned market (paranormal wise). The fantasies that she pens are uniquely feminine and easily identifiable. I challenge any woman to read this novel of shorts and walk away without finding at least one novella that didn't bring to life some inner desire, thought, or fantasy. Combined with the paranormal thrills, this novel was a fascinating read and I'm genuinely motivated to check out Nancy Madore's other collections with the expectation of being enchanted.

Hussy Approved Reading Material!

B+

17 comments:

Leontine said...

This sounds like a not your run of the mill paranormal erotica. I am not a fan of novella's but really find myself compelled to read this. Thanks for you intriguing review VFG :)

VampFanGirl said...

Hey Leontine!

I really enjoyed this collection of shorts and I think many will feel the same way. And you're right, this isn't your run of the mill paranormal erotic and horray for that!

I hope you give it a try.

;) VFG

Blodeuedd said...

I like it, the tone sounds a bit like these collection of stories I read. Some were modern takes on fairytales, and there was nothing sweet about them

Barbara said...

Skimming....skimming....still reading it, lol. I'll be back....

VampFanGirl said...

Hi Blodeuedd!

LOL! There's definitely nothing sweet about this collection. Yowzaa!

;) VFG

Hey Barbara! I can't wait to read what you think!!

;) VFG

Stephanie said...

This sounds really different and interesting!

Lea said...

Hey VFG:

I'm delighted you enjoyed Ms. Madore's book. I read her previous book about a year ago? (can't remember - lol) It was very good too and unique.

The cover art is beautiful, almost tells a story in itself, which I think is very appropriate to the tone of her books. (I'm judging from your lovely review..)

Thanks VFG for sharing your thoughts..

Best
L

VampFanGirl said...

Hi Stephanie!

Thanks for reading my review. If you get the chance to read 'Enchanted Dreams', let me know what you think of it.

;) VFG

Hey Lea!

I'm really curious about Madore's other collections. Now I'm kicking myself for everytime I passed them by at the bookstore.

The cover art reminds of one novella in particular from 'Enchanted Dreams' and that's the one about the enchanted forest. The colors that Madore inspires in her writing are just as vibrant as the cover. If you liked her other novel, you're sure to enjoy this one.

;) VFG

Sophie Renwick said...

I'm reading as fast as I can!!!!! And wow, I'm pleasantly surprised I must say.

Give me another night. I swear I'll be done!

VampFanGirl said...

LOL, Sophie! You're likin' it huh? I can't wait to read what both you and Barbara think.

;) VFG

Cecile said...

Oh VampFanGirl, what a wonderful review. And what a very intriguing novella concept! Like that.. different!
Great job!
Have a great night!

VampFanGirl said...

Thanks Cecile!! Different was definitely refreshing. ;)

(((hugs))) VFG

My Blog 2.0 (Dottie) said...

Hi VFG!

Excellent review my friend! I am so intrigued by this cover art. I can see this is a must have, just so I can look at it and say 'Pretty'

The paranormal aspects sound intriguing as well, I just going to have to buy this one.

Dottie :)

Barbara said...

Okay, I'm done!! It was really well written and this author has an amazing imagination. However, it wasn't for me, but I can definitely see why you enjoyed the book so much, and I'm with you in recommending it to fans of Erotic Paranormal/Supernatural tales!

BTW, great review!

VampFanGirl said...

Thanks Dottie! Sigh...the cover art is beautiful. I must have stared at it a zillion times during my read. It really projects the tone and the feel of the collection.

I really, really enjoyed the paranormal elements. Be prepared to be caught completely off guard.

;) VFG

Hey Barbara!

Sorry that 'Enchanted Dreams' wasn't your cup of tea. And I agree, Madore has a beautiful voice.

LOL! Yeah, its definitely my kind of reading material.

(((hugs))) VFG

Tricia said...

Amazing review! I've seen her books before but never knew quite what to expect. Now I have to check them out!

VampFanGirl said...

Thanks Tricia! 'Enchanted Dreams' is a fun and surprising read. Endjoy!

;) VFG

 
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