The Queen’s Temptation by Elliott Rose Book Review

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He’s her bodyguard, and she’s committed to her crown.

Charmer. Rogue. Protector.

In his three hundred years Niall of Nocturne had never pretended to be a good man–or Witch for that matter.

It was meant to be a moment of hedonistic pleasure, until the beautiful Fae he met in the tavern that night ran away after just one kiss.

It should have been simple. Pure pleasure. No emotions attached.

No matter how gorgeous or captivating she was, he shouldn’t be thinking of her still. The mysterious woman he now can’t get out of his mind no matter how hard he tries.

The one who just walked into the room wearing a crown.

His mission was supposed to be simple: act as personal bodyguard and magical escort to the soon-to-be crowned Queen of the Fae.

The problem is… now that he’s had a taste of the forbidden, can he bring himself to let her go?


Fierce. Duty-bound. Queen.

Ruby inherited a crown dripping with the blood of her lineage. A royal bloodline bound for eons by an ancient curse.

She was never meant to sit on the Fae throne.

While the alluring, roguish Witch might have easily seduced her that night, she came to her senses the moment their kiss was interrupted.

It was meant to be one last night of personal freedom before fulfilling her duty. A future sacrificed indefinitely to the crown and bound to an unwanted political betrothal.

Discovering her fated mate was never part of the plan.

Neither was finding her handsome stranger waiting for her in the Fae Court. The Witch now entrusted with being her round the clock protection as Queen.
Now temptation has left her no choice… the curse placed on Fae Royals will always claim its victims. She’ll do everything in her power to ensure her mate never discovers the truth.

Sensitive Content

Here is some of the sensitive content I observed while reading:

  • Alcohol
  • Blood
  • Murder
  • Profanity
  • Sexually explicit scenes
  • Violence


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There are possible **SPOILERS** beyond this point!

Overall Rating

5/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

The Queen’s Temptation is a story about forbidden love between a future queen and her bodyguard. These strangers are instantly drawn to each other one night at a bar and their attraction is evident! When the new fae queen, Ruby, comes to meet her witch bodyguard for her realmwide tour, Niall is shocked to find it’s the mysterious woman from the bar. Both bound by their duty to the realm, they agree to spend the time Ruby has left—before she assumes power and marries a suitable Royal— to explore the attraction between them. When it’s all said and done, will Niall and Ruby be able to walk away from what they have for the good of the realm?

Listen, I loved this story from beginning to end! It’s fast paced and spicy! I loved the main and supporting characters so much. This book is told mostly from Niall’s perspective. It is third person POV but switches perspectives between both main characters. I loved Niall and had no objections to his hilarious inner monologue or dirty thoughts about Ruby lol. The world building was very easy to digest and I appreciated the fact that the action starts right away! I like paranormal/fantasy books best when I can just be a part of their world immediately and figure everything else out later. The Queen’s Temptation is book three in the Nocturnal Hearts series but can definitely be read as a complete standalone if you have not read the previous books.

These two sneak around and steal moments with each other as much as they can in the time they have together. Each time they are together you can feel how much closer they’re growing and how they learn more and fall harder. It was sweet and spicy! I mentioned the high stress Ruby caused me and the end of the tour was the biggest cause! Will Ruby and Niall survive—no, will Zaji survive these characters separated?! Short answer is yes. I’m writing the review because this book does have the sweetest HEA!

I highly recommend this spicy paranormal romance to all my witch and fae lovers! Forbidden romance and bdsm lovers will enjoy this one quite a bit as well!

A big thank you to Elliott Rose for the advanced copy of this book for review! I loved Nial and Ruby!

Spice Rating

4/5 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️

This book is very, very spicy! Innuendo and sexual language throughout. Plus… Chapter 27 🤭 mature audiences onlyyyyy

Main Characters

Female Main Character

Our FMC Ruby is deadly—Badass and stabby! *heart eyes* I loved Ruby’s magic as well! She can literally make blades appear out of thin air. I mean does it get more bad ass than that?! Like it said, heart eyes! She can do more than that but I was continually impressed by the magic system here. She was brave and selfless in so many ways! Her whole life had been about giving all she could to others long before she’s forced to take the throne. I could not believe how much Ruby was willing to sacrifice in order to protect the people she loves! She caused me high stress and I was completely ripped apart by her choice with the ancient curse that has affected her family! I am so happy she found Niall so he could tell her all about how perfect she is! But she is my lil subby baby! Her and Niall have so much trust in each other and their chemistry is so high from their first meeting! I wanted Ruby to fess up about her mate but I could also understand why she didn’t.

Male Main Character

Back to our MMC! Niall is so charming and funny lol He can’t help himself when it comes to Ruby. He is very protective of her. But he really loves to praise and worship her. The way he sees her and thus his narration about her was sweet and adoring and very, very hott! Niall and that dirty talk—secured the bag! I loved Niall’s humor and energy. His empath magic allows him to sense and alter others’ emotions. Niall’s magic is also some of my favorite shadow magic I have seen! I mean… if the magic needs a safeword it gets a stamp of approval from me! 😏

Genre & Tropes


Paranormal Romance


  • Forbidden romance
  • Age gap romance
  • Bodyguard romance
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Favorite Quotes

“Since you walked into this room it has taken every inch of my self control not to pin you to the floor.”

“I want to finish what we started the other night. And I want to give you everything I promised. In fact, I’d happily burn just to have one taste right now.”

“You might be trying to convince yourself otherwise, but I can sense every moment you think of me. I can tell exactly what your body wants me to do to you…”

“Sneaky fucking witch.” “And I promise to never change.”

“Yes, sweetheart. You fucking distract me no end.”

“Good girls get their rewards.”

“When it comes to you, princess… I’m always paying attention.”

“You’re my greatest temptation and my endless obsession.”


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