Book Review: The Scorpion’s Empress by Yoshiyuki Ly

The Scorpion's EmpressTitle: The Scorpion’s Empress
Author: Yoshiyuki Ly
Genre: Erotic Romance
Age Group: Adult (18+)
Rating: 4 stars
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

After years of serving a corrupt government, Ser Videl, an idealistic paladin, learns that her younger sister is tangled in a dark scheme against Raj Mangala, the compassionate yet troubled empress of the city’s oppressed lowtown; the two women meet and are deeply drawn to one another, finding a shared sanctuary in their violently-divided city. The Scorpion’s Empress is intimately written through the eyes of both twenty-seven year old women.

Videl’s loving devotion is just what Raj craves, but Raj is wary of letting her guard down while protecting her throne. Determined to prove her worth, Videl chases after Raj and works to unravel the mystery of the plots against the empress. Raj wants Videl to serve her emotional and sexual needs, and the two explore a meaningful relationship of dominance and submission that delves fully into their deepest wants. When the conspiracy against Raj comes to a head, Videl’s loyalties are tested when she is forced to choose between her past and her empress.

The Scorpion’s Empress is a lesbian erotic romance about the sizzling hot romance between Raj Mangala, and Ser Videl. Ser Videl is a paladin, and Raj Mangala is the empress of the city’s oppressed lowtown. The two of them are almost immediately drawn to each other, and the book focuses on their relationship against the backdrop of conspiracies and political struggles.

Raj is wary of letting her guard down, and she has trouble trusting anyone, including Videl. Videl, on the other hand, has trouble deciding where her loyalties lie, and who she can and should trust, especially when she’s forced into a difficult choice.

The romance between both women has a BDSM aspect – dominant/submissive, which adds another interesting touch to the book. I also liked how the conspiracy/politics played an important part too. It wasn’t just romance, a lot was going on. The protagonists were interesting, and I must say, I liked Videl the most. Something about her personality just made her sound very realistic. Raj was all right too, I just liked Videl more.

An intriguing, sizzling erotic romance. I look forward to reading more books by this author.

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