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A fantastic second book in the amazing Embraced series! Kerrelyn Sparks captured my heart and soul with her first novel in this exciting new series, and she has thoroughly enchanted me with this book as well. If you read the first book and were blown away, prepare to be blown away again - literally, as our hero's power is control over the wind. We still see our beloved characters from the first book, and we also meet engaging new ones, like Captain Stefan, who does his best to win the heart of our own Sister Fallyn. You may be wishing for multiple Happily-Ever-Afters by the end of the book.
Brigitta is soon to meet the man of her...stones. Telling Stones, that is. Predicted many times over by her sister, Luciana, Brigitta is to meet a tall and handsome stranger, while also fending off seven suitors vying for her hand in marriage. As if that's not alarming enough, she has been taken hostage by the most dreaded pirate on the seas, Rupert, the Wind Sorcerer. Along with Sister Fallyn, a nun from the Isle of Moon, she is being used as ransom against her newfound brother, Gunther, King of Tourin. None too pleased, Brigitta verbally spars with Rupert, hoping to find a way off his ship and back to her sisters. But Rupert's hatred for Gunther is blinding, and he has a secret, one that may change not only Brigitta's future, but that of her kingdom as well.
Both Brigitta and Rupert won over my heart early on, particularly because I guessed Rupert's secret long before Brigitta figured it out. I was bouncing up and down in my seat, just waiting for her to unmask him. Rupert's protective nature with Brigitta was evident almost immediately, and it was funny to watch him attempt (unsuccessfully) to play the dreaded pirate he most definitely was not. Every time he would try to scare Brigitta, she would saucily toss back a retort, and his scowl would turn into a grin. Their banter brought a smile to my face as well! Along with the romance between these two, we are lucky to see an unlikely romance blossom between two other characters - Sister Fallyn and Captain Stefan. Sister Fallyn was hysterical, constantly yelling about being ravished while obviously hiding a secret hope that Captain Stefan would be the one doing the ravishing. It brought a lot of comedic relief, especially when the book would get a bit dark while we learned more about Brigitta and Rupert's tragic past.
I can't tell you how delighted I am that we are looking at, at least, three more books in this series! I know Brody is not getting his book next, but I sincerely hope one of the sisters ends up with him. There's a story there, Kerrelyn! I hope we get to hear it.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**