Sunday, March 15

Book Review: Confessions of a Sheba Queen by Autumn Bardot

Confessions of a Sheba QueenAuthor: Autumn Bardot
Title: Confessions of a Sheba Queen
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy, Erotica
Format: Paperback
Pages: 384 
Published: March 10th 2020 
Where I Got It: My shelf (Given to me by the author/publisher for my honest and unbiased opinion)

During a raging sandstorm along a riverbed in the ancient lands of Saba, a powerful jinni born of smokeless fire gives birth to a half-human daughter. Bilqis does not inherit her mother’s magical abilities, but the fire of her jinni blood does imbue her with other powerful gifts.  As she undergoes her rites of womanhood and her insatiable sexual hunger is awakened, it becomes clear—this is the key to her “great destiny” prophesized at her birth. But it could also lead to her total undoing.

Bilqis comes to understand that her supernatural talents have the power to make men, and women, and nations prostrate themselves in utter devotion to her. When tragedy strikes, she leaves her home to seek revenge against the tyrannical god-king whose reign is a plague upon his land and people. Armed with only her body, courage, and wits, she quickly masters the art of seduction, all the while resisting the mind-consuming call to stay locked in an endless cycle of carnal passion.

Destiny soon intervenes, and what began as a quest for vengeance becomes a mission to heal the land of Saba from a twisted, corrupt regime and to see it become the wealthiest kingdom in all the land. Yet, it is only after meeting the already legendary and wildly attractive King Solomon that Bilqis discovers her greatest battle is not with others, but with herself

This cover is simply beautiful. Honestly...a contender for best cover of the year. 

The story follows Bilqis who is the daughter of a powerful jinni and a human. She destined for a great destiny which was prophesized at her birth. When tragedy strikes, she leaves her home to seek revenge and complete her destiny. Armed with only her body, courage and wits she must master the art of seduction and the art of revenge. Eventually, her quest for revenge will turn to a mission to heal the land and lead her people to prosperity. 

I really enjoyed this. Yes, it is erotica so there is a LOT of smexy scenes. And when I say a LOT times that by two. Bilqis is half-jinni and she likes to do the deed...a lot. Which I applaud her. She had no shame! YOU DO YOU GIRL!

Minus the sexy scenes, the story was really good. I did enjoy watching Bilqis grow into a woman and take the reigns of life. She was a strong character and she was not perfect and that made me like her more. She realizes her flaws and tries her best. 

There was SOME romance near the end there, but I'm glad that was not the main focus of the story so that made me happy. It took the majority of the book to get that romance anyways. I was meh about him, so if the romance never blossomed I would not have cared to be honest. Not that he was bad or anything. I didn't fully trust him and...I liked her being a wild spirit and having smexy time with whomever she wanted. haha. She didn't let the romance dominate her life though, so I was content with the romance because she is still an independent woman in the end and the story is about her journey to her destiny not about him. 

I LOVED HER PETS! The camel was cute and that leopard cub! Awww. They were adorable. They were fun!

My only hang-up, I guess, was the use of modern words and terms here and there, especially during the smexy times. I got used to it after a while and it no longer bugged me. I could be wrong and the words/terms were used, but it felt modern. But yea - again, I got used to it and it didn't hurt the story or characters.  

In the end, I really liked this book. Lots of smexy scenes (which I expected) and they were hot but they didn't diminish the story. The story was there and strong and our main heroine was awesome. I'll stamp this with 4 stars.  


Melliane said...

I didn't know about this one but I'm glad you had a good time

Passages to the Past said...

Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed Confessions of a Sheba Queen! Thank you for the great review!

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Carole Rae said...

Melliane, :D

Amy, thanks so much for including me!

Blodeuedd said...

I am a smex skimmer so maybe not lol

Carole Rae said...

Hahahaha, I won't lie but I do skim after a while. xD

Sophia Rose said...

Half jinni on a revenge quest and ends up saving the world between sexy times. What could be more fun. :)

Carole Rae said...