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Series: Tales of Enchantment #3
Published by Amazon on November 17th 2014
Genres: Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Young Adult
Source: ARC from publisher
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Protecting the princess is his duty
Especially from himself…
Giselda of Mithirien is a fake, and she knows it. When Prince Michael of Ermont offers for her hand, she’s overjoyed. Michael can give her everything her heart desires—wealth, security, status. So why is she attracted to Rodin, son of the palace gardener?
What if she proves irresistible…
Rodin knows he’s nothing and no one in Giselda’s eyes, but he can’t help hungering for her. Brought together by a desperate mission, Rodin can't resist awakening his princess to the sensual arts. Much as he loves her luscious body, he wants her heart even more.
And he didn’t want to resist?
Their desperate quest is fraught with peril—from monstrous beasts and rough terrain to the wild longings and forbidden hopes of their unsuspecting hearts. It may bring them destruction...or their greatest prize.
This was really good! It was a great story of how a woman—a princess—realizes that her life is not about riches and power but more about love. It goes kinda predictably until about the last 30%—then suddenly talking animals and enchantments and more quests are introduced and it becomes more like a fairy tale. But then at the end it gets really intense and comes back to the main theme.
Actually, the quests at the end were tests to make Giselda realize what her flaws were, but they weren’t necessary. Rodin was already making her realize that. So it just felt like a bit much. It was interesting but superfluous, and just felt all crammed in at the end.
But the love story between Giselda and Rodin was great, filled with a good mix of pain and love and doubt. The whole mystery surrounding Michael was really good too, and that’s what got really intense at the end. In fact, the ending was not what I expected at all, but it was really good. It wasn’t necessarily like a fairy tale at all. It felt more real that than—historically, anyway.
Giselda herself was an interesting character. She was a bit frustrated and naive at times, but it was clear that she was slowly changing. I liked Rodin better. He knew what he wanted and was patient and appropriate.
This was a fun, intense, intriguing story. It had some wonderful intimate moments and some really tender ones. It had a complicated plot with a central love story. I couldn’t put it down, really. I loved it.
reaction upon finishing
Ohhh that’s so great! <3
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