Truly romantic reading: The “Griffin and Sabine” series by Nick Bantock

This isn’t an erotic novel per se. There’s no sexual activity yet there IS such a heartwarming love between the two characters that I’m including it here because there is an erotic element to their story. And if you like erotic fiction as a form of romantic literature because you’re a true romantic at heart, I’m guessing you’ll love this series, even though it contains no “sexual” references. Less than even the most tame romance novel. Because these two characters haven’t met.

Trust me on this one!

Where do I even begin? To say I was highly impressed by this series of seven books by Nick Bantock is an understatement. I’d recommend you check them out simly for the artwork alone but the writing is equally unique and moving. Each title is a beautiful, feel-good read peppered with drama and intrigue that will have you tempted to ditch your social commitments or stay up past your bedtime just so you can find out what happens next and what beautiful artwork it will include. Nick Bantock is THAT GOOD. As a writer and an artist. So bear with me because I’m really gonna dish on this one!

This is a tale of the long-distance romance unfolding between characters Griffin Moss and Sabine Stroham. Griffin is a rather stoic Londoner and Sabine is more of a muse living in the South Pacific. The story is told across two trilogies and another novel which ties the two together.

What’s truly delightful is it’s not a read that contains pages of text but rather letters and postcards which are either present as page graphics or can *actually* be removed from envelopes on the pages! Brilliant. As there’s much exotic travel included, the correspondence includes letters, postcards and stamps with fanciful & whimsical designs.

The entire text of the novels is the private correspondence between these two individuals who are falling deeply in love with one another. In other words, it’s told in “epistolary form” , meaning entirely through correspondence between the characters. You turn a page and are excited to find a beautiful envelope glued to the next, knowing that it contains another heartfelt letter. It’s as if you’re a voyeur intercepting their very private mail.

Wikipedia’s description heightens the intrigue:

“… contains elements of romance, mythology, modern philosophy, and Jungian psychology. The author says the poem “The Second Coming” by William Butler Yeats influenced the book.”

The writing is elegant, emotional. There’s also an ephemeral, almost “gothic romance” vibe to it. It pulls you in deeper & deeper. There’s a mystical bond between Griffin and Sabine. For instance, Sabine inexplicably knows things, senses things about Griffin that should be impossible for her to come by in that day & age. Unless… she’s psychic? Or they share some otherworldy connection? At the very least these two are soulmates. There’s intense love but also drama as their love deepens and circumstances don’t remain easy for the two.

The artwork throughout is eye-candy. Stunning. Exceptionally beautiful, in the way that illustrations in Victorian books and postcards were so romantically designed.

I could go on & on but instead I’ll let you read this great writeup from The Globe and Mail which details the author & the backstory on the series.

All titles are available on Amazon.



Erotic literature

“Viking Thunder” – Emmanuelle de Maupassant

Description from

‘We all struggle. We all desire.’

When the Northmen’s ship is brought ashore in a storm, Elswyth is faced with the prowess of Eirik: a giant of a man who lets nothing stand in his way.

Elswyth struggles to remain independent, but cannot deny her sexual attraction and, ultimately, the satisfaction she finds in Eirik’s bed.

Can Eirik offer her more, and what dark secrets await Elswyth, if she returns with the Northmen to their distant lands?