Guest Post with Jeffe Kennedy
A lot of us waited a long time for Rogue and Gwynn to consummate their relationship, which finally occurs in Rogue’s Paradise, the culmination of the Covenant of Thorns trilogy. I include myself in that group because I knew from the beginning that their path would never be a straightforward one. Much as I rooted for Gwynn to relent and give in to Rogue – because, hello, he seriously does it for me, too – I also knew she wouldn’t be able to until her doubts were resolved.
After all, she’s no dummy. I never wanted her to fall into the trap of making a bad choice out of emotion or sexual desire.
So I anticipated having fun getting to “be there” when they finally got to enjoy each other fully, but I was surprised how much I enjoyed their growing intimacy and the daily conversations around getting along with each other.
Fans of the first two books – Rogue’s Pawn and Rogue’s Paradise –know that circumstances have conspired to keep Rogue and Gwynn separated a great deal. And, when they do manage to be in the same place at the same time, they’re rarely on the same page about what that means. By this book, however, they’re living together and figuring out how to make that work.
In between fighting off magical attacks, of course.
But I always wanted this series to focus on what a modern woman – Gwynn is a scientist and professor from this era – would do trapped in a place like Faerie and dealing with a lover who isn’t human. Some of my favorite moments come from that perspective. Like:
I wound my fingers together. So odd how I could feel totally at home with Rogue one moment and tentative the next. “So…I’m going to do some planning. Get my act together on several fronts. What are you up to this afternoon?” Catch up on email? Maybe some pickup basketball and a beer with the guys?
He’d started shaking his head before I finished talking. “It’s not safe for you to leave the castle until we’re married. And don’t get that look on your face like you get when you start talking about how I want to lock you up. You know full well how tempting you are—for Fafnir’s ilk and others like them. It’s only for a few days.”
“Fine.” I tried to make it sound calm and not irritated.
“Is it fine?” Rogue’s thoughts brushed mine. “Or will you be frustrated by it and brood with your mind hidden?”
“Welcome to marriage with a human woman. How about if we agree I get to stew about it a little bit, but I’ll make an effort to be gracious overall and look forward to increased freedom in the future—will that suffice?”
He smiled, very slightly. “I would also ‘stew’ in your position. We are not so different in that way.”
“You don’t have to solve every problem this moment. But do you understand now that if we have any hope of defeating her, then I must do everything I can to protect you?”
“Yes.” I did see. It wasn’t romantic, but the reasons were good ones. More, I believed he’d told me the truth. “But I feel like I’m marrying you for your health insurance or something.”
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by Jeffe Kennedy
Covenant of Thorns Series, Book #3
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Published September 8th 2014 by Carina Press
Format: Paperback/eBook, 280 pages
Pregnant, possessed, and in love with a man I don’t dare to trust-those are the consequences of the risks I took to save my life. But Faerie, the land of blood and magic, is filled with bitter ironies, and the bargains I made now threaten me and my unborn child.
The darkly sensual fae noble Rogue still tempts me to danger and desire. As we await the birth of our child, I’ve been forced to question whether our offspring is part of a bargain Rogue once made to save himself. He can’t tell me the truth due to a spell the vicious Queen Titania has him under. Would he betray our family against his will? Could I ever forgive him if he does?
Rogue insists on an eternal commitment from me, even as Titania’s forces close in on us. I don’t know if Rogue and I can withstand her onslaught, or that of the beast within me. But I will not stop looking for answers-even if it brings the walls of Faerie crashing down.