The Outcast Prince
by Shona Husk Series: Court of Annwyn #1 Genres: Paranormal Romance
, SciFi Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
on July 02, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages:
320 Source: NetGalley
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Caspian Mort can feel the history in anything he touches, a gift he inherited from his father, the Crown Prince of Annwyn. Devastated over his ex-wife's infidelity, Caspian has withdrawn from human contact except when working as an antiques dealer.
While assessing the contents of the historic Callaway House he encounters the beautiful Lydia Callaway and senses that her home is haunted by a banished fairy. But what does the dangerous exile want? Unbeknownst to Lydia, she's the owner of the last remaining portal to Annwyn—a mirror hidden somewhere in the house. To keep Lydia safe, Caspian will have to divulge the secrets of his heritage, and risk losing his heart again.
Caspian Mort is at a garage sale. He’s purchased a mirror. Lydia Callaway is in the process of deciding if she needs to sell her grandmother’s home. It’s a home with quite a history to it. But there’s also a mystery that surrounds it. It will be interesting to see if Caspian can solve it.
Shona writes of brownies, and not the chocolate variety, at Caspian’s house. I wonder if they could come to my house – I could use their help. I had a book that was a childhood favorite about brownies but cannot remember the title. I’ll have to do some research. We also learn more about the fairy world – those to like and those to stay away from. There also appears to be another mystery and Caspian seems to be at the center of it.
Shona makes Lydia both shy and strong. She just met Caspian but she knows that if she wants something to happen, she can’t wait for him to make the first move. Several years ago, it would have been that the female character would do nothing until the male made the first move.
Shona is one of those great authors that gives you just the right amount of sex, falling in love even though some things seem unbelievable, and a mystery waiting to be solved. What’s great is that the mystery doesn’t overtake the story either – this way we get to see the relationship between Caspian and Lydia blossom. Nothing is rushed and then you realize the story is over. It will leave you wondering what book two will have in store for you.
If you have read Shona’s Goblin series, you will love this new one. If you haven’t gone to her web site, http://www.shonahusk.com/, stop over and check out her bookshelf that will show you what the other books in this series are. Book two is titled The Lord of the Hunt and is due out January 2014. (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast).
For the Love of a Goblin Warrior
by Shona Husk Series: Shadowlands #3 Genres: Paranormal Romance Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
on January 01, 2013 Format: Ebook Pages:
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Centuries ago, Meryn was thought to be utterly lost--all traces of his soul given up to the ravening goblin horde. But with the curse that enslaved him now broken, he must once again learn to walk in the realm of men.
Nurse Nadine Gilbert likes working the night shift to avoid her disturbing dreams, but her mysterious new patient looks hauntingly familiar. Meryn knows he doesn't deserve a second chance, but Nadine brings out his long-buried human side. Telling her the truth about his violent past could destroy their fragile trust. Could she ever believe in the love of a Goblin Warrior?
Nadine Gilbert works in the emergency room at the local hospital. I would have loved to be in the waiting room watching as Nadine first interacts with Meryn. They don’t understand each other because of a language barrier. But it also doesn’t stop them from becoming friends and more.
I found it interesting that Meryn speaks a language that used to be taught when I was in high school. The year that I was supposed to take the class they decided that it was no longer required – can we say that was a close call? Shona shows her readers how having a language barrier can make people vulnerable. This is something that people tend not to think about when they come in contact with a person that doesn’t speak English.
Shona shows her readers what it is that goblins crave. It also shows to what lengths a person will go to in order to get what they want. Sometimes we don’t quite understand why some people steal but she gives us some insight into what drives a person to do what they do. Plus, we have to remember that we don’t always know a person’s background and what would force them to go to such extremes.
Shona also reminds us that if you believe in something strongly enough you can overcome just about anything. What I love about her is that she builds the relationships with her characters. Nothing is rushed and you don’t realize how quickly the pages go by. We also get some life lessons that we sometimes forget about but she hides it in the form of a great story. If you have read her other Goblin stories, you will also want to read this one. If you haven’t gone to her web site, http://www.shonahusk.com/, stop over and check out her bookshelf which will show you what the other books in the series are. (Reviewed by Lynn from Romance Reader Enthusiast).
Rating: 4 Flowers, Sensuality Rating: 3 Flames
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