A human trapped in the world of Faerie, in possession of magic I could not control, I made a bargain for my life: to let the dangerously sensual fae noble known as Rogue sire my firstborn. And one does not break an oath with a fae. But no matter how greatly I desire him, I will not succumb. Not until I know what will happen to the child.
Though unable—or unwilling—to reveal the fate of human-fae offspring himself, Rogue accompanies me on my quest for answers. Along the way he agrees to teach me to harness my power, in exchange for a single kiss each day and sleeping by my side each night. Just as I am about to yield to temptation, I find myself in a deadly game of cat and mouse with an insane goddess. Now my search for the truth will lead me to the darkest of all Faerie secrets.
~ Bewitching BT
Worldbuilding: Absolutely amazing high fantasy world of Faerie (fae, wizards, sorceresses, fairies, brownies, dragons)
Characters: Gwynn is a tough cookie and a definite survivor. After what she went through in the first book, Rogue’s Pawn, she’s a powerful and respected sorceress and mainly kicks ass. She’s also vulnerable and fighting with herself to not give in to Rogue’s merciless seduction tactics. I loved Gwynn in Rogue’s Pawn and I adored her in Rogue’s Possession. Though she’s caught in a whirlwind of fantasy and magic, she does her best to stick to her principles especially when it would be easier for her to let them go. She’s a role model in fact, and some of the other female characters around her (whom I might deem sidekicks, maybe) look up to her and try to follow her example.
Rogue was, as usual, irresistible. I don’t know how Gwynn manages to resist his insidious tactics, lol, but she has very good reason (which makes her character all the stronger). Though you could cast him in a sort-of-villain role as the story progresses, the fae noble does reach the reader’s heart with his seemingly infinite tenderness and care for Gwynn. I had faith in him from the very start, and he didn’t disappoint me in the end.
Their chemistry is absolutely explosive, though the actual one on one doesn’t really happen (well, you’ll find out by the end of the story this one detail I am not giving away so not to ruin your reading experience), what happens between them is this endless courting dance, tender, intense, heartbreaking since it seems to be a doomed love/attraction. Epic, epic relationship-building, and I feel like I should add a special category for it aside the Worldbuilding to my romance reviews, because Jeffe Kennedy makes art out of it for sure.
Plot: The romantic arc entwines with an active action arc and delivers an eventful, fast paced read that kept me on the edge of my seat and biting my nails and occasionally squealing/squirming/cursing (Titania was mentioned, lol).
Writing: Awesome first person narrative with an air of epic fantasy-ness about it that totally fits the worldbuilding and atmosphere of the novel, but keeps the playful awesome voice that I’ve come to call the ‘Jeffe Effect’ xD
Curb Appeal: Epic cover, epic blurb, epic author – total impulsive buy material.
All in all, I highly recommend this read if you like good worldbuilding, fantasy worlds and masterful atmosphere building and storytelling. You need to read the first novel in the series first, and you’ll most likely love it, and I am definitely reading the next one(s) – who am I kidding, I geekily fangirl over everything Jeffe writes, ain’t like I’d miss out on reading anything she writes, really.
Jeffe’s Top Ten Guilty Pleasures
by Jeffe Kennedy
Livia asked me about my top ten guilty pleasures. Actually, she asked about Rogue’s, but he’s not much into guilt. I’m not sure he takes pleasure in much, either, but Gwynn is working on that.
But me? While I’m not a fan of guilt either, I am a hedonist. What do I love that isn’t really good for me?
I love beer. I love it with all the fervency of my Irish ancestors. Unfortunately, I also inherited their ability to retain every calorie I put into my body. I could survive ten potato famines. Thus, no beer for me – except maybe on beach vacation.
Dirty or lemon drop are my preferences these days. But they hit me hard and I sometimes regret them in the morning. So I have to go very carefully.
I am allowed to drink wine, but I should probably drink less of it than I do.
Jameson. Neat. Thank you.
5) Is it bad my top four are all alcohol?
I love sweets. Keep your potato chips – I don’t care. I can eat one and walk away. But brownies and cookies? Nom nom nom. I have to watch this consumption, too. (*see potato famine reference)
It’s not bad for me, but I can sometimes read to the exclusion of all other *ahem* more productive activities.
8) Eating out
I live in a city with more 5-star restaurants per capita than any other US city. I love to dress-up and eat-out. But, it’s expensive, both monetarily and calorically (*see potato famine reference)
9) Wine at lunch
I love a long, boozy lunch that leaves me a little buzzed for the afternoon. Reserved for birthdays and vacations.
10) Is it bad that I had to add one more alcohol-related one?
About the Author & Links:
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, originally published under the pen name Jennifer Paris, has won several reader awards. Sapphire, the first book in Facets of Passion has placed first in multiple romance contests and the follow-up, Platinum, is climbing the charts. Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency.
Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.
She is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.
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