KING OF THE OTHERWORLD
The race is on to find the true heir to the faerie crown before the evil king Moncoya returns from exile. Mercenary necromancer Jethro de Loix will find the challenger to Moncoya’s crown…for a price. One million mortal dollars. Outraged at Jethro’s audacity, Princess Vashti, Moncoya’s daughter, arranges to accompany him on his mission.
Jethro doesn’t want company, especially not from Moncoya’s belligerent, pampered daughter. But as their journey pits them against evil forces, their animosity soon gives way to an overwhelming physical attraction. When the trail ends on the legendary Isle of Avalon, can the pair face down the evil sorceress Morgan le Fay to claim a future they’d long denied themselves?
Worldbuilding: Really good mix of fantasy, paranormal, and mythological elements – Arthurian, to be specific – in a tense, exciting political intrigue.
Characters: Vashti and Jethro were a nice, fun mix. I liked them apart and I liked them all the more together, they had great chemistry and were very hot together. I liked how they each had solid priorities and a moral code that they followed regardless of risk or opportunity.
Plot: The apparent enemies to lovers couples with the virgin trope made the romance a slow, delicious burn sort. The story outside the romance was also interesting, a very nice mix of some mystery, some legend, some political intrigue, and topped off with good doses of action without becoming too agitated.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my PNR moods.
I loved the mix of paranormal, fantasy, and mythological elements most of all, I think – all with a slightly new angle and a creative take. I recommend Otherworld Challenger to fans of paranormal romance, to fans of Arthurian elements too, and certainly to fans of good, banter-y, hot romance.