I love high-conflict romances. Y’all know this. Enemies to lovers tropes are usually a big win for me, but I also can get swept up in a good star-crossed lovers tale. Kristina Pérez brings the swoon in her Sweet Black Waves series with a retelling of Tristan and Iseult (told from Branwen’s perspective).

The first book Sweet Black Waves is out now, and you should probably glom it. The sequel will hit stores (and Kindles) next week on Aug. 27, and you’re going to want Wild Savage Stars immediately.

Wild Savage Stars by Kristina Perez


Inspired by the legend of Tristan and Iseult, Wild Savage Stars is the spellbinding sequel to Sweet Black Waves.

Branwen has a secret powerful enough to destroy two kingdoms.

Her ancient magic led to a terrible betrayal by both her best friend, the princess Essy, and her first love, Tristan. Now this same magic is changing Branwen. Adrift in a rival court, Branwen must hide the truth from the enemy king by protecting the lovers who broke her heart―and finds herself considering a darker path.

Not everyone wants the alliance with Branwen’s kingdom to succeed―peace is balanced on a knife’s edge, and her only chance may be to embrace the darkness within…

All the cool kids are pre-ordering: Amazon | B&N | IndieBound


I spent some time with Kristina while I was in Dublin this last week for WorldCon. Here’s an adorable picture of our windswept selves next to the River Liffey. (Compliments to Kristina’s husband for bringing A-game framing to this photo.)

Authors Chelsea Mueller and Kristina Pérez at Worldcon 2019 in Dublin, Ireland.

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