A seduction-gone-wrong leaves vampire Parker Hollis with a new vegetarian lifestyle and on the run from a vengeful witch. Moving to small-town Maggie’s Grove, Parker meets a redheaded dryad with green, leafy blood that draws him in a way he hasn’t experienced in decades. His new neighbor smells divine, and it isn’t long before craving gives in to need.
In a unique community of supernaturals, tree-loving outcast Amara Schwedler has never quite fit in. She’s scarred by a traumatic incident and feared by the local townsfolk. She’s convinced Parker will look elsewhere for a mate once he discovers she’s not one of the O-positive set, and can’t believe it when Parker finds her irresistible.
When the witch who’s been plaguing Parker’s life discovers the newfound attraction between Parker and Amara, she takes out her anger on the town. Can the supernaturals of Maggie’s Grove accept Amara and band together in time to withstand the assaults of the enraged witch?
The cover art is absolutely beautiful. I wished they would have a paperback instead of just the ebook. I can only imagine how nice it would have looked in person instead of on the computer.
This is romance with a dark twist. The characters were well drawn out. They really popped off the page. It was interesting to see a vegetarian vampire.
The author did spend quite a bit of time on developing the world. However, she did it so well that you can envision everything about it.
I really enjoyed this book. It was a nice quick read. I can’t wait until the next in the series.
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Suspected of witchcraft, Gwendolyn MacSween has been condemned to being burned at the stake at the hands of her own clan. Yet rescue comes from a most unlikely source. Mad Alex MacDunn, laird of the mighty rival clan MacDunn, is a man whose past is scarred with tragedy and loss. His last hope lies in capturing the witch of the MacSweens–and using her magic to heal his dying son. He expects to find an old hag… Instead he finds a young woman of unearthly beauty. There’s only one problem: Gwendolyn has no power to bewitch or to heal. Now she must pretend to be a sorceress – or herself perish. But can she use her common sense to save Alex’s son, and her natural powers as a woman to enchant a fierce and handsome Highland warrior – before a dangerous enemy destroys them both?
My sister gave me a bunch of books on Wednesday when I went to visit her. This was one of the ones in the bag.
This was the first book that I have read by this author. I definitely have to say that I will be searching out more of her books.
The story starts out with Gwendolyn being carted out of prison and dragged to the stake that she was to be burned upon. As she stands there while they read the charges brought against her, she notices a visitor amongst her clan. She had heard that Mad MacDunn, the laird of the MacDunn clan was visiting. He seems to be rather bored with the proceedings. That is until they attempt to light the pyre. MacDunn and his men leap into action to save her from her fate.
The action and suspense just keeps building from there. This was one of those books that I had trouble putting down. I ended up reading it all in one sitting. The pace was lively. The dialog was excellent.
And of course, the imagery… who wouldn’t want to have a gorgeous highlander in a kilt running around in your imagination?
About The Author:
Karyn Monk has been writing since she was a girl. In university she discovered a love for history. After several years working in the highly charged world of advertising, she turned to writing historical romance. She is married to a wonderfully romantic husband, Phillip, whom she allows to believe is the model for her heroes.
This book was read for Into The Old World Reading Challenge, 2011 Fantasy Reading Challenge, and The Highlander Reading Challenge.