Aaaand she's back! I have been waiting for this book for such a long time. I love her Love At Stake series, but the last few weren't my favorites. I was beginning to worry that maybe I had reached the end of my journey with her as a reader. But faith has been restored with this new intriguing series! My review is below. :)
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What an exciting new series! I have loved Kerrelyn Sparks' Love At Stake series, but the last few books didn't do it for me. Her earlier books were the best. But when I heard about this book, the first in a brand new series, I was beyond excited. This exceeded my expectations and makes me eager to read the next book.
Luciana lives on the Isle of Moon, hidden away since birth and believing herself an orphan. She's content with her lot in life until one evening, when a Duke comes calling and is introduced as her father. Soon she is whisked away to the mainland, acting as her recently-deceased twin sister, preparing to take her place in a royally decreed marriage in order to save her father's life. Her betrothed, known as the Beast of Benwick, is feared by all, for it is said he killed his mother and anyone who touches him dies a painful death. But what Luciana finds is a brave, lonely man instead of a beast, and his touch is what she longs for the most.
I loved Luciana and Leofric (the Beast's real name)! Luciana is a strong heroine, who embarks on a quest to a land ruled by a king who would destroy her if he learned who she really is. She stands up to others, doesn't mind getting her hands dirty, and treats servants with respect and dignity. Leo is, of course, enthralled from the start, both by her beauty and her character, but he is stricken that he will never be able to touch her. It was wonderful reading about their budding romance and how Luciana stood up for Leo when others would try to hurt him. It was very much a Beauty and the Beast sort of fairy tale in a way, because the Beast really isn't a beast at all, and the Beauty is a woman whose beauty is matched by her big heart.
I can't wait to read more books in this series! Luciana's orphan "sisters" are going to be so much fun to read about. The next book is about Brigitta, and the taste you get at the end of the book of her story helps me to know it is well worth the wait.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**