The New York Times bestselling author of the Lords of the Underworld series transports readers to a new and dark world in this sexy, paranormal novella…
Rose Pascal is swept into a dark, haunting realm every year on her birthday, only to return home the next day. She dreads each visit…even as she craves appearing before the realm’s warrior king, a deliciously maddening man who has spent his life hunting and killing her kind—with good reason. They are supposed to be enemies, but neither can deny the passion sizzling between them. With time running out, can they find a way to be together forever?
Includes a preview of The Hotter You Burn
At the stroke of on your 18th birthday, the walls of your world melt into a terrifying alternate reality, full of monsters who promptly toss you into a cage to offer up to their King….
Who happens to be a complete FOX. I should clarify that I don’t mean literally, since half of the books I have read include shape shifting, moon-worshiping animal-men…so, I do not mean that he was an actual Kitsune (yup, that’s one of the names for a fox-person, if you didn’t already know).
This novella by Showalter is nicely consistent with her other bodies of work. I gave it a shot because I am a sucker for a sci-fi/fantasy cover featuring a gorgeous blonde rocking leather and draped around a tall dark and handsome. *SEE COVER ABOVE LOL*
It was certainly an entertaining and light read…although, sadly, its 85 pages of text leave me with a bad case of character and story development blue balls.
The history is sort of thrown at you, like when you’re trying to quickly update your friend on the new guy you’re seeing so you can get to the juicy bits that happened last night.
That being said, it gives juicy romance scenes and enough sass that it doesn’t leave you wishing that you had put the $1.99 toward a latte.
Rose discovers that she is a mystical human called a “Walker” (nope, not the zombie kind) who can travel between the human world and an “ever-dark” land, (dubbed “Nightmare” by the Walkers). Each birthday the Walkers are unceremoniously pulled into this alternate-reality, where they are chased and hunted by its terrifying natives. At first terrified, Rose soon realizes that she has a strong connection with the dark King, Vasili.
Worth the read if you are looking for a short foray into another world, a nice romance between a dark king and a feisty lady, and some spank bank fodder.