Review: Queen of Jastain by Kary Radar

April 29, 2013 Review 23

Review: Queen of Jastain by Kary Radar

The Light brought her to him, but does he have the faith to make her his queen?

For twenty years, Avant plotted revenge against the dark king, but when a mysterious woman suddenly appears, everything changes. Although his prophetic Gift reveals she's the Seed of Light chosen to restore the Crown, his overwhelming attraction to the women threatens his long-held plan for revenge and two decades of fidelity.

Abby Randall is inexplicably transported from Dallas to the medieval land of Jastain. There she meets Avant, who claims she's the foretold champion of his people. While the hot guy has her hormones pumping, his crazy talk of defeating an evil king leaves questions to his sanity. Through his supernatural Gift, Avant transplants his memories into her, but neither are prepared for how their hearts intertwine.

Together they embark on their quest, but when Abby and Avant come face to face with destiny, will they sacrifice what matters most to provide a happily-ever-after for the people of Jastain?


Title: Queen of Jastain
Author: Kary Radar
Published by Cresent Moon Press
Source: Author
Published: April 15, 2013
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Pages: 399
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Purchase your copy: Visit the Author's Website

Stars: four-stars
Flames: three-flames


Avant has been waiting years to seek his revenge against the dark king. His goal: restore the Crown and to bring peace to the people of Jastain. First, he must find the Seed of Light. In walks Abigail…or shall I say drive. Abby is having the worst day of her life. She finds her ex-boyfriend with her best friend as they go to make an important announcement. As she flees away in her beloved X-terra, she suddenly finds herself in a meadow with a strange man running towards her. Together they embark on their quest to provide peace for the people of Jastain.  However, can they do it without sacrificing what matters most – their love?

Abigail is the perfect heroine for this story. She has a sass about her that makes her a completely likeable character. “Sir Hots-A-Lot” Avant is just that…HOT and way too honorable for their raging hormones. The story line is presented from both of their points of view, which allows the reader to experience both their frustrations, passions and emotions. The secondary characters are all wonderful additions and supply interesting surprises to the over-all story.

I like how the story feels medieval without being too historical. With no set time period, I have the freedom to enjoy the story without having to analyze for time period accuracies. There is an underlying, not religious per se, but a spiritual quality that combined with the supernatural, adds a depth to the story. Author Kary Rader did a great job of explain everything but occasionally I found the plot dragging a bit. I personally would have preferred a little more romance and a little less adventure. Overall, Queen of Jastain is a real good book. If you are looking for a great read to while away the afternoon then look no further

I was provided a copy of the book for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review in any way and the opinions of this review are all mine.

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What’s Better the Foreplay or the Sex by Kary Rader

Vanessa and wonderful Divas – thank you so much for having me on your blog! I always love being here with you and your great readers.

Today I’m asking for your input and preferences about the timing of sex in your favorite romances. I’m also giving away a beautiful charm necklace to one lucky reader.

As romance readers we all wait with baited breath for that one moment when the hero and heroine finally consummate their relationship. For myself, as a romance reader, I’m always disappointed when the couple jumps into bed too early, but I’m equally disappointed if they never do. Some people love sweet romance and it’s a great sub-genre. I’m just not one of those. Conversely, while it’s great to read an early sex scene, I find it’s difficult for an author to regain the same amount of chemistry and tension after the characters hook up than they did before. Now that’s not to say it can’t be done, but it’s just much more difficult to do effectively. And I personally enjoy stories where the author teases me and makes me wait in excruciating agony for the couple to find they belong together and consummate their relationship.

The lead up and the act itself should build tension and romantic chemistry. A well-crafted sex scene that grows out of the character’s genuine motivation and the plot of the story is cause to celebrate, hold our breaths, and exhale with a satisfied sigh. In my current release, Queen of Jastain, Abby and Avant, the hero and heroine, have an intimate moment that leads to a vital turning point in the story, but they don’t actually end up in the sack…until later in the story.  The scene, which begins as an innocent afternoon, quickly becomes an act of intimacy where the characters convey things with their bodies that they aren’t prepared to verbalized for many more chapters.

Here is an exclusive excerpt of Abby and Avant’s kissing scene from Queen of Jastain. The scene is from Abby’s Point of View in a secluded cave behind a waterfall. I hope you hold your breath and enjoy.

The secret places of his heart were known to her, but to have him openly share this touched her deeply. Before she knew what had happened, her heart hinged opened like a golden locket. An unstoppable desire flowed from the depths of her. She wanted him. Right here. Right now.

Without a word, she took his hand and led him to the spring.

He climbed down into the bubbling water and lifted her in. Submerged to mid-chest, he sat on a rock that formed a natural bench. The heated bubbles tingled against her skin and stimulated the craving that coursed through strategic locations in her body. Liquid need pooled between her legs.

She stared into his unguarded eyes, and without hesitation climbed astride him, resting her knees on the rock at either side of his thighs. Tilting his head up, she lightly kissed his lips, running her fingers through his wet hair. You feel like heaven. She drew in the sweet flesh of his bottom lip. He softly growled. Waves of want washed over her.

Trailing his hands up her sides, under her arms, and around her back, he caused her body to throb. Oh God. She placed her lips flush with his and opened her mouth. His tongue needed no further invitation but slid inside, discovering the backside of her lips and the straight edge of her teeth. The ache between her legs became more intense. Moving their mouths in rhythm to the softly drumming current, they explored, teased and tasted in a sensual experience that Abby drank in like spiced wine.

He grasped her hips, and pulled them down, settling his erection at the juncture in between. Moaning into his mouth, she encouraged him on, grinding against him. Her heart sought that union with his, and her body searched for intimate release. His arousal pulsed. He wanted her just as much. She smiled against his lips. Her aching desire would be realized.

Kary Radar

Avant's Sword CharmWhat about you? Where do you like your sex? Leave a comment to win a beautiful charm necklace—an exact replica of Avant’s sword and please pick up a copy of Queen of Jastain at Amazon, Barns and Noble or All Romance eBooks.

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Kary Rader is a part-time Twitter sage, stay-at-home mother of three, and slave to the characters and worlds inside her head. Always creative, she’s drawn to stories with fantastical worlds and creatures. With a little bit of magic and divine guidance, there isn’t anything that can’t be accomplished with words. It’s the power of words that creates and destroys. Vanquishing evil and injustice while finding eternal love in the process is all in a day’s work. With the help of her critique partners and master cartographer imaginary places come to life.

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23 Responses to “Review: Queen of Jastain by Kary Radar”

  1. Meghan Stith

    I like it when it makes sense. Usually if it’s in the beginning of the book, I feel like it doesn’t make sense. I think that the characters need to have an emotional connection to make sense. However, there is always exceptions to the rule. I think of the book ‘Nobody’s Baby but Mine.’ She had to get pregnant in order for the relationship to continue.
    Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

    • Kary Rader

      Meghan, Thanks for sharing. I agree. You can make it work but it’s more difficult and takes true writing talent to build that chemistry and tension back up.

  2. William

    Well, I am definately getting this book for my girlfriend on payday!! Been looking for a good one for her. This is gonna be it!! Great excerpt and nice giveaway!

  3. BookLady

    Probably in the middle of the book, after the characters have made a connection and the plot has been developed. Queen of Jastain sounds like a very interesting book. Enjoyed the excerpt and will be adding this book to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • karyrader

      Thanks. Let me know what you think when you get the chance to read it!

  4. Lori H

    Great review 🙂 This book sounds awesome. I can’t wait to read it.
    I agree that I like the characters to get to know one another before romantic scenarios happen and too much of a good thing ruins it for me.
    lorih824 at yahoo dot com

    • karyrader

      There can be “too much” of a good thing, can’t there? That ruins the story for me too, but when it’s done right…**sigh**. Thanks, Lori!

  5. frllarsson

    I need some kind of connection before the romp =) but that can happen early on, too, if the connection is there.
    Love this and can´t wait for my chance to read!
    Happy Monday!

  6. Jenna Jaxonj

    I actually like the long build upt to the sexual encounter. Both my novel, Only Scandal Will Do and my novella Betrothal, has the love scene at the end of the book. However, I’ve also written another novel, As Long As You’re Mine in which the couple’s first encounter comes in chapter 1. But that encounter drives the rest of the action of the book. So it depends, I think, on the needs of the story. Great post, Kary! And congrats on the review! 🙂 Oh, and I tweeted!

  7. lizaoconnor

    Nice review. I prefer the getting there more than the get it on moment. I used to like the get it on in strange fashions, but honestly, ever sex scene imaginable has been done a million times now. And half of them break my barbie dolls when I try to verify the actions are possible. I cannot tell you how many times Ken’s head has fallen off.

    Thus, I’ve gone retro and like sweet romances where I don’t require Ken’s head to roll.

  8. Donna Murphy

    This review makes this book sound great! Can’t wait to read!!

  9. Josette Schaber

    It really depends on the story and what the author is trying to tell the reader about their characters. I have my books that I want for “steamy” those are usually ones with the sex early on. My “romance” books work up to it typically. Both are good as long as it works for the story and the characters.