Silk & Steel

Silk & Steel

by Ariana Nash


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The Dragon Queen's reign is one of darkness and death. Humans have vanished under the rubble of their world and if the queen has her way, elves will be next.

Eroan, one of the last elven assassins, lives for one purpose: kill the queen.

He would have succeeded if not for her last line of defense: Prince Lysander. Now, captured and forced into the queen's harem, Eroan sees another opportunity. Why kill just the queen when he can kill them all? It would be simple, if not for the troubled and alluring prince. A warrior, a killer, and something else..., something Eroan finds himself inexplicably drawn to.

Trapped in a life he despises, Lysander knows his time is running out.

If the queen doesn't kill him for his failures, her enemies will. There's nothing left to live for, until an elf assassin almost kills him. A stubborn, prideful, fool of an elf who doesn't know when to quit. An elf who sparks a violent, forbidden desire in Lysander.

If Lysander can't save himself, maybe he can save the elf and maybe, just maybe... one stubborn elf will be enough to bring down the queen before she kills them all.

Duty demands they fight for their people. Love has other plans.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780995711389
Publisher: Pippa DaCosta
Publication date: 12/29/2018
Series: Silk and Steel , #1
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 546,598
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.84(d)

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Silk & Steel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
amartinez87 10 months ago
Darkly delicious! Wow! I’m stunned absolutely speechless! I need the next book now! This book was dark, deadly and crude. In this new world of dragons and elves two unlikely broken souls struggle to survive against all odds. I loved the characters each fighting their own battle and brought together in the darkest of times. At the end I’m left hungry for more especially with that cliffhanger!
MimsiD 10 months ago
“Silk & Steel” is an incredibly intense novel and not for the faint of heart. It’s dark and twisted and emotionally taxing, especially for people who have had to fight with their own sexuality all their life. Lysander – one of the main characters – is repeatedly told he is broken for desiring other males and abused for it. If you have any morals you will find some of the things that happen to him objectionable. But he survives and doesn’t let it twist him into a sick, sadistic individual. His story more than anything else in this book made me see that if you read between the lines ultimately this is a story of hope. Hope for freedom and love, hope that there’s a way to escape the pain of hiding who you love, hope that there’s a way to right the wrongs done to you and by you. It’s not an easy read and will leave you wrecked but it was worth the feeling of a fist squeezing my throat to be part of Eroan and Lysander’s journey.
Topsues01 10 months ago
I think Ariana Nash just put her name in lights !! This is the first m/m genre I have read. I can honestly say, this was a “beautifully crafted love story between 2 people, who should never be. Between two species that shouldn’t be. But somehow through brutality, Lysander can’t stop thinking of the proud, inspirational Eroan. Something his barbaric abusive mother becomes aware of. Therefore Eroan becomes her tool to purposely tyrannise & persecute the son she thinks of as broken. Everyone has a breaking point, Will either Lysander or Eroan reach theirs. There are supporting characters that make this storyline work, but none as magnetic & intense as these two. There is violation, sexual scenes, torture & barbarity. However what touched me throughout was the spirit & courage these 2 men have. Even in their darkest hours they was encouraged by those feelings & memories. They remind me of the Lyrics to the song “Ships” by Barry Manilow by the songwriter Ian Hunter. You may think that’s an odd choice, but once read I think you will understand. Ariana Nash has a raw power, I felt in every word, scene and world they existed. You will feel every emotion, every breeze through a hairline. My heart pounded between dread & Relief & absolute raw disappointment for these 2. Characters. You can only hurt & abjure so much. Life will never be the same again for them both... This is a powerful, endurance & merciless story. Ariana Nash has hit the ground running, a force to be reckoned with, a writer with true grit. She will shake & shock you, at the same time giving you a sweet vulnerability...Don’t let the m/m prevent you from reading a sweet and sour storyline that would apply to any gender. For me that fell away, all I saw was two people who face adversity & need to survive. If you sign up to Ariana Nash’s newsletter you can get her novella called Sealed with a Kiss which is a bonus story, which shows how Ereon start in life & sexuality came to be. I would give this book a beyond 10 out of 10 review if I could. For now I will have to settle for the full 5 stars available.
LHallett 10 months ago
What is better than a book with a sexy, swoony, moody hero? A book with two sexy, swoony, moody heroes! If you don't already know, Ariana Nash is the darker, more erotic pen name of Pippa DaCosta. So if you're familiar with her work, you'll be pleased to know that this contains just the same amazing world building, deep characters, strong emotions and complex plot that can be found in her previous work. What you get is more, more darkness, more lust, more steam and more heroes. In fact this has two for the price of one, since it's an MM erotic dark fantasy read. The book had me gripped from start to finish, the writing is mesmerising and I totally fell for both Eroan and Lysander. These are two wonderful characters, both with their challenges and imperfections, but in such different ways. Eroan is focused to the point of being blinkered, an aloof man who uses his job as an excuse to avoid getting close to others, rather than face the truth. Lysander is good soul, caught in a world of political machinations and nastiness. Dragged down by others until he no longer sees that goodness inside of him. The story is set, possibly, on an alternative or future Earth, one where dragon shifters have invaded the planet and spread like wildfire. Elves and humans are both threatened species, struggling to survive and always hoping to find a way to fight back against the dragonkin. Eroan is an elf, a trained assassin whose mission is to kill the Dragon Queen. Lysander is the 'broken' dragon, virtually outcast by his kin and a pawn in the games played by his mother, the Queen. He's also a ferocious warrior who got between Eroan and his mission. What ensues is the start of an exciting adventure and shifting glimpses of a great love story. Just as Eroan and Lysander start to forge a connection fate tears them apart. She then continues to keep bringing them within spitting distance of each other but never letting them meet. Woven through this are lots of other plot strands. There is the politicking both within each dragon den and between the different factions, the struggles of the elves and the fledgling alliance between elves and humans. A very fragile alliance given their past history. I can picture the author sitting with a malevolent little grin on her face. See her laughing at the knowledge that she has dangled such tempting treats in front of our eyes, only to cruelly and heartlessly snatch them away at the last second. She needs to get back to writing because I need more Eroan, I need more Lysander and I need them NOW!!!!
PenKay 10 months ago
Wow, just wow! If you are expecting or want fluffy clouds, unicorns, and rainbows, this book is NOT for you! This series is so dark (how dark is it?), if you have triggers, this book probably has one that will set you off, and you should stay far away. As a reader of this author’s other nom de plume, Pippa DaCosta, I knew what to expect. But, wow, it’s dark! However, this book is also full of hope, redemption, strength, attraction, and courage. I love Lysander’s and Eroan’s characters, and they are just perfect for each other as they both complement each other’s perceived weaknesses. Not only that, I love (or love to hate) the other characters that hold them up and tear them down. Ms. Nash’s great writing skill has a way of taking you on a lonely, fearful, and tearful but uplifting reading path and making you love it. At the end, I was ready for a book full of fluffy clouds, unicorns, and rainbows to counteract this one, but I did love every moment I spent immersed in this wonderful, dark book. When is the next coming out?!? I highly recommend this book but only to those than can handle the depths of despair and heights of hope this book can take you on! I was provided the e-book which I voluntarily reviewed.