Publisher: Siren-Bookstrand Publishing
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Heat Rating: 2
Banished as a child, Lucan Hawk has grown to be a bitter warlord with a bad reputation. Now someone is killing the king's heirs. King Patton wants him named heir, assuming a shifter lord trained by black elves will be a harder target for an assassin. But Luc can't forgive his uncle for allowing the banishment ten years ago. Then he's offered a boon he can't refuse--the right to marry the only woman he ever loved!
Caitriona, a human-born cat shifter, was orphaned as a young child and brought to Aintoch to be raised by the captain of the guard. Feisty and beautiful, Cait was Luc's childhood best friend and teen sweetheart. Though she knew she could never marry her elfin lover, she never forgot him. The night Luc comes for her, she thinks she's dreaming. But the dream turns to a nightmare when the assassin targets her!
Lucan and Caitriona have been best friends since they were little. Their friendship grew into more when they were teenagers, until Luc was banished from the castle for what Cait believes is her fault. Luc never forgot Cait, even as 10 years have passed and he has grown to become a very powerful shifter warlord. The king wants Luc for his heir but knows that Luc won’t take the job unless he can make him an offer he can’t refuse; the chance to marry any female in his castle. Luc knows exactly who he wants, but does she still remember and want him?
The synopsis of this story sounded very promising and there were so many unique elements that had been added; shifters, elves, warlords, the Wild Hunt, but the first half of the story wasn’t quite as interesting as I would have liked. It became sort of confusing and I would have liked it better if the author had focused on what happened to both Luc and Cait in their separate lives since the 10 years had passed. The second half is where the story really comes to life and the action and reunion of the two main characters keeps you reading. The ending actually stunned me, and I wanted it to keep going. Overall, this was a very quick, light read.
2 Tea Cups!