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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Book Review: To Love a King (Court of Annwyn #3) by Shona Husk

To Love a King (Court of Annwyn #3)
by Shona Husk
Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
October 7th 2014

by Sourcebooks Casablanca
HE'S TRYING TO RECLAIM THE PAST

To keep the balance between good and evil at the court of Annwyn, Prince Felan ap Gwyn has two weeks to marry and take the crown. But he wants more than just power—he wants love; a love he once had but was too stubborn to hold on to.

SHE'S STRUGGLING TO FACE THE FUTURE

It took years for Jacqueline Ara to put her life back together after Felan abandoned her. She's moved on, even if her heart still burns for him. But with war in Annwyn looming and death bleeding into the mortal world, Felan and Jacquie will need to heal old wounds and rekindle the passion that once welled between them . . . or face losing everything
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Shona Husk’s Court of Annwyn series is a nice mix of paranormal romance and urban fantasy. I’ve read the first two books and have been waiting to read Price Falen’s story. We learn bits and pieces about him and his predicament in the first two books. Now the fate of Annwyn (Fairy realm) depends on every decision he makes from this point on. His father, the King, is dying and if Falen wants to claim the throne he must present a human queen carrying his child. He knows who he wants to be his queen but there are a few hurdles he must overcome.

The first problem is he screwed her over pretty freaking bad seven human years ago, but for Falen it has only been months. And by screwed over I mean she got pregnant so he had to tell her he is a fairy then gave her the ability to see fairies, even the bad ones. He disappeared for 6 human weeks, during which she lost the pregnancy. He thought she terminated it and went back to Annwyn without talking to her. She thought he abandoned her and then her family committed her to a hospital for a while because she was talking about fairies. It has been seven years since she last saw Falen and she has her life back together and moved on, but she still sees the occasional monster.

The second problem is he only has two weeks to get her to agree to be his queen and get pregnant. Yeah, I honestly didn’t know how Husk was going to pull this one off. How could Jacqui ever forgive Falen? While some of their problems were due to miscommunication, some are because he puts Annwyn first.

The third problem is there is another fairy wanting the crown and she is already pregnant with a human consort. All she has to do is get Annwyn to back her and officially challenge Falen. She isn’t a nice person…at all. And won’t hesitate to kill any human woman Falen intends to make his queen.

I really enjoyed this story. Everything from the fairy politics to the heart breaking choices the characters had to make along the way. The romance has some angst, but it isn’t a clich├ęd type. There is also plenty of suspense. You can read this as a stand-alone paranormal romance or you can enjoy the urban fantasy world building elements by starting with book one. I suggest the latter.

4.25 “Summer is coming” Sheep




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About the Author: 
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Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn't looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she weaves new worlds and writes heroes who aren't afraid to get hurt while falling in love.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Ellora's Cave, Samhain Publishing, Carina Press and Sourcebooks. She is represented by the Ruben Agency.


2 comments:

  1. Whewboy. That is definitely a LOT to overcome. Goodness. I have her on my author TBR pile so hopefully one day I'll get to them :)

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  2. How have I not heard of this author? I need to check these out. Sounds like the right mix of the PNR I love and UF done right. Great review Sharon, you sold me!

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