Series: Handmaid’s Seduction #1
Published by Entangled
Pub Date: October 4th 2011
Format: ARC | Source: NetGalley
Genres: Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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The object of every man’s fantasy just lost her wings...
Kaia Verde is one of the four Faerie Handmaids of Zafira, Queen of the Fey. To redress an ancient wrong done to Zafira by a human king, the Handmaids make sport of mortal men, seducing and humiliating them. When Kaia sets out to seduce Garrett Jameson, but ends up being the one surrendering to pleasure, Zafira is furious. Kaia’s punishment is simple: make Garrett fall in love with her by the summer solstice, then break his heart, or face eternity without her wings—or her soul. To make the task harder, Zafira tells Kaia she cannot use her faerie magic or charm to lure Garrett into her bed.
...and now she’s losing her heart...
Kaia thinks her task will be relatively easy—as a faerie, she understands lust, and can love be much different? But once she is living among the humans, Kaia discovers the race she once disparaged is far more complex and beautiful than she imagined. She learns before she can break Garrett’s heart, she must find a way to heal it. And eventually, discovers that losing her wings may be a far easier price to pay than losing her heart.
I must say, this was an enjoyable fey romance! I don’t think I’ve read one before so that was cool. I thought Kaia was a really compelling character. I loved watching her transform throughout the book from someone a bit superficial to a caring, loving human. Garrett played his part perfectly. He was sexy, but really rough around the edges. Outside of the bedroom he was cold and untrusting.
Their relationship really relied on their attraction to each other for a while in the story because, 1.) Kaia had to lie to him about a lot of things and 2.) Garrett was fine with not really talking much. They did have a good connection though, it just couldn’t last the way they were carrying on. When it came down to the moments where they realized they loved each other, I kind of felt there was no substance and so it didn’t feel really genuine to me. Even then, I was happy with their happy ending.
I did enjoy Inara Scott’s writing style though. And I also really liked the way all the lives of these characters, both fey and human, were intertwined somehow. I think I will give the rest of the series a try when it’s released. I doesn’t appear to have one set yet, but I imagine there will be soon.