Review: The Naked Moon by Nicole Kelleher (2022)

Heart and Hand, Book #3

Heat Factor: She’s a slowwwww burn folks

Character Chemistry: They’re fated mates, but they spend the majority of the book at odds

Plot: Princess Anwyl is on a quest to bring pijala trees and pihaberries to different lords in order to protect the people from brainwashing. She’s also on a quest to find a husband—but she’s already learned that she’s destined to be with a dark haired man with blue eyes who affects her like no other. Warin is that man, she’s pretty sure; but he acts like he can’t stand her. Plus, a LOT of other stuff.

Overall: This book is an epic quest in a series, and it is LONG and complex.

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My First Smut

My First Smut: A Goodly Amount of Canoodling

My First Smut is a recurring feature where we talk about our formative smut experiences. These short confessionals may include such details as: What book did you read? How old were you? Were there other people involved? What made the experience special? What role does smut play in your life?

This week, author Nicole E Kelleher talks about the eye-opening experience of reading Princess Daisy.

First romance novel you read

Princess Daisy by Judith Krantz

How old were you?

Way too young for Princess Daisy…12

How’d you get your hands on the book?

My mom and dad were avid readers. They were members of BOMC and they never paid attention to what my four sisters and I were reading, as long as we were reading something.

What was the reading experience like?

Eye-opening to say the least. I’m sure that I probably read some other romance novel before, but this is the one that I remember. There was just so much dark in the book. If you haven’t read it yet, be warned—there’s rape and incest. Sheesh…I was 12!

What made the experience special?

My parents left things to me and my four sisters and public education to teach us about the birds and the bees. Something had to fill that gap! And as a terribly shy GenX-er, a lot of what I learned was self-taught…sex education inevitably came from books. Romance novels explained a lot!

What role does smut play in your life?

I don’t think that I would be the feminist that I am today without romance novels. Where else in this world can a woman be an executive, a warrior, a kick-ass single mom, anything really, AND find happily ever after? And now that I’m a writer as well as a reader, I make sure that my female main characters discover their own strengths first, and only after are they free to rescue their heroes. Of course, I add in a goodly amount of canoodling along the way.

About Nicole

I love connecting with readers and other authors. You can find my social media links, details about my books, and more on my website: Happy reading!

Thanks Nicole! Our review of Nicole’s third book, The Naked Moon, is dropping tomorrow!

Have an early smut experience you’d like to share with us? If you’d like to see your story featured, send us an email or fill out our questionnaire and we’ll post it in an upcoming week.