I was not digging the beginning of this book, but it did get better. The story takes place on a planet of panther shifters and dragons. Ulyssa is kidnapped and held captive in as a potential concubine for a barbaric King. Fortunately the kind is killed due to political conflict between the var and the dragons, and his son, Kirill, who is a bit nicer, takes over.
The part I thought was ridiculous was that Ulyssa tries to escape after drinking an elixir that puts her into a cat-like heat. I’m not irritated that she drank it; she didn’t know what it was. Or that she tried escape; I would try to escape to if I got the chance. What irritated me was the trite storyline. She drinks the elixir and then the first person she sees is the king, who she subsequently throws herself at. It was just a little ridiculous and I don’t enjoy when woman are turned into sexoholics by some drug for the purpose of plot progression. Call me old fashioned.
Once we got past that, the story got better. In a second escape attempt while not under the influence, Ulyssa declares herself the king’s mate in order to get past some guards. When she’s caught and brought to the Kirill, he must accept her claim or have her killed for the traitorous lie.
He takes her as a half mate, because, of course, he and all his prince brothers have a terrible problem with commitment—due to their raunchy fathers influence—which is the reoccurring them in the entire series, and, to be honest, most other romance novels.
Ultimately, I liked this book and it caused met to want to continue the series, unlike Pillow’s Dragon Lords series.
Charlotte Bennett’s father hated the fae with a vengeance and, as with anyone who is prejudice, raised her to loath them as well. She was told terrible story after terrible story since she was born. Ah, but what is the real reason her father hated the fae? Dun, dun, da. That is the question, isn’t it?
Anyhew, by this time in the series the fae have real hope of escaping the walls of Piefferburg, and they need Charlotte’s help. Kieran is an Unseelie who can use his magic to control Charlotte and he literally forces her to get to him by any means possible. Charlotte is of course afraid of what will become of her. Who wouldn’t when you’re reduced to a puppet?
When she meets Kieran, she instantly hates him, and her attraction to him is more than irritating. After a few escape attempts Charlotte agrees to help the fae in return for her freedom.
Through their journey Kieran systematically breaks down all of Charlotte’s preconceived notions about the fae and he inadvertently falls for her. But a terrible curse forces them apart. Kieran cannot ever fall in love without both of them dying.
I enjoyed the story, but some pats stated to lag and I did a bit of skipping when the yawning started. The end was a cliffhanger, which isn’t unexpected, but this particular cliffhanger left me feeling like they were about to get their asses handed to them by the evil Phaendir.
The fae have been rounded up and relocated to what I can only compare to as a reservation called Piefferburg. Emmaline, who used to be the summer queens evil assassin, escaped the roundup, and lives outside the fae reservation as free woman. She is spectacular with glamour, and that is how she’s been able to hide who she is all this time.
Emmaline is legendary among the fae and is feared and loathed for the acts she carried out in the name of the summer queen. In the past, one of her assignments went terribly wrong and she murdered Aeric’s beloved (but ultimately fucked up) lady love. As a result, Aeric vows revenge on Emmaline, and this brings us to the fun parts.
Emmaline used to be head over heels in love with Aeric, and didn’t hide it very well, so of course everyone knew. This open attraction leads Aeric to believe that Emmaline murdered his woman out of spite, which turns out to be a falsehood, but it’s fun getting to that conclusion.
When Emmaline returns to Piefferburg, under the guise of someone else and on a mission to free the fae from their prison, Aeric is instantly alerted by a magic spell that she is within his reach. He thus captures her and holds her captive for weeks, while he decides his revenge. During this time his attraction for her disturbs him. Let the internal conflicts ensue.
I enjoyed the plot and journey of this story. Emmaline turns out to be a pretty vulnerable chick and we find that she was never happy being the summer queens pit-bull, we also discover some dark thing in her past and how truly messed up the summer queen is. She is one evil chick.