by Lloyd A. Meeker
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Publisher: Wild Rose Press
February 26, 2015
Print ISBN 978-1-5092-0606-3
Digital ISBN 978-1-5092-0607-0
Number of pages: 333
Word Count: 85k
Cover Artist: Debbie Taylor
Struggling artist Eva Milaras is in the midst of buying groceries when a bomb blast tears the store apart. A handsome man with mysterious powers saves her life and stuffs her into a limo without a steering wheel—while treating her like royalty. Caught in a deadly web of magic and murder, Eva faces an aristocratic destiny she didn’t know about and doesn't want. Now in a strange world she has to survive the deadly schemes of her new-found relatives as they maneuver for advantage in a murderous royal court.
Talak has loved Eva long before he saved her life, but that love is doomed. She must marry a man from a royal bloodline, and Talak is duty-bound to protect her until she marries—regardless of his torn heart. Together they battle intrigue and betrayal, only to discover they must choose between letting go of each other...or certain death for treason. A choice Eva refuses to make.
Talk about being swept off your feet! Imaging shopping for fresh fruit at a local modern market and then being literally picked up and swept to a dimension you only read about in fantasy books. (See what I did there? A little life imitating art type of thing...). Well, for Eva, that is exactly what happens. She finds herself the center of a family situation that requires her participation for continuing their blood line. Of course that blood line just happens to be "Royal" and the atmosphere mimics the era of Royal courts, feudal lands and "arranged" marriages! A little problem here with unlimited wealth but no real freedom! I thought a really cute storyline.
Trying to get out of her commitment to a family she was totally unaware of and return to her struggling artist's life, meets with a firm denial from the queen and warnings of possible dire retribution. Not only from the rival clans but her own family as well.
Resigned to her fate, Eva decides to proceed with choosing a suitor and this is where her big complications arise. Out of 4 "chosen" finalists she decides on "E: none of the above" and almost certainly signs a death warrant for herself and the man she has fallen in love with. (Hmmm...wonder who "swept her off her feet?". She makes an enemy of the most powerful person in this land of the in-between and needs to be very creative when trying to escape this land of Royals and magicians.
I really enjoyed the tale of Eva and her newfound identity. The love story was heartwarming and the plots for her demise creative. Which would you choose: a life of luxury fraught with danger with the man you love? Or a struggling artists life in today's world trying to make it on your own? Check out Eva's decision and solution in this enjoyable read.
I give this 4 "proper" sheep
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About the Author:
Lloyd A. Meeker credits Walter de la Mare’s “The Listeners” as the first poem to steal both his heart and his imagination. That was in seventh grade, and he’s never been the same since. At university he devoured Lord of the Rings in a single weekend. Then came Bradbury’s Something Wicked This Way Comes, and Le Guin’s A Wizard of Earthsea. Fantasy became his home turf.
He’s led what can only be described as an eventful life, and he’s grateful for all of it. He’s been a minister, a pilot, a janitor, a drinker, a cancer survivor, and a software developer on his way to becoming a writer. His work includes five novels, two books of poetry, a few essays, and several short stories.
He’s happily entangled in a life-long love affair with metaphor and the potent mystery of the Hero’s Journey, especially in its metaphysical and psychological aspects. He lives in southern Florida among friends and family with his husband, working on his next novel, practicing subtle energy healing, reading, wallowing in classical music and celebrating a very active retirement.
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