Far too young, Apollo Ulfr lost Ilsa, his wife, the love of his life and the mother of his two children. The grief of her loss does not settle in his soul; it solders to it. But when he discovers there is a parallel universe where his wife may have a twin, he feels there's hope and sets about bringing her to his world, so he can have her back.
But Ilsa Ulfr of our world is married to the parallel universe's twin, Pol, who is not a good man. Not in any way. She's on the run from him, and the last thing she wants is to be transported to a fantastical world and be forced to take his side as his wife, even if he is not Pol. And Apollo finds the broken Ilsa nothing like his beloved, and further wants nothing to do with her. But darkness is looming, and evil is amassing. Apollo must protect his land and keep his family safe, including the new Ilsa.
©2013 Kristen Ashley (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
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"AN UNFORGETTABLE EPIC ADULT ONLY FAIRYTALE"
Ok so I've been binge listening to this, and the previous book, for 37.. YES 37 hours - and you may ask if I'm bored yet? Well, I can honestly tell you that I'm not, no way - not even a little bit because Kristen Ashley's Fantasyland series is all kinds of right up my street. From the droolworthy Alpha Heroes, the loving kick ass Heroines, the amazingly described fantastical action-packed plots, the rollercoaster romances, the hot sex and the beautiful words said between two lovers - ALL of it ticked my boxes.
KA weaves a suspense filled colorful story and Tillie Hooper masterfully makes it all come alive with her endless ability of transforming the written word into clear and vivid mental images. Images of a damaged woman and a heartbroken Father of two who both get a second chance to reach for a HEA during a time of grief and confusion.. during a time of compassion, passion and love.. during a time of magic, witches, mayhem and war. A full cast of interesting secondary characters including the sweet, the loveable, the nasty and the downright evil characters. This story was the culmination of the previous 3 books and then it continues the thread as all couples are needed to fight the unpredictable enemy.
Worth a credit? If you want to be transported into an alternate universe where you'll find a fantasy world similar, and yet totally different from our own, hear about a touching and compelling love story and join the battle of good vs. evil - then a million YES'. I was mesmerized from the very first chapter to the last word.. and even then I didn't want to leave.
"Not my fav of the series"
While I am enjoying most of this story line this particular book was definitely not one I loved. Apollo of both worlds were not very nice guys. First the our earth one was a sadistic and criminal ass so of course we hate him. But then the other world one basically kidnaps Maddy knowing she was abused and had been hurt a lot and then treats her horribly throughout the story. He has her doubting herself and blaming herself every time he gets mad at her. He interrupts her and tells her to be quiet all the time. She is verbally abused by him over and over.
He gets angry at her then says something hurtful and nasty then doesn't talk to her for days. It made me a little angry with Kristen Ashley that she made maddy feel responsible and guilty and not able to demand he treat her right or let her go. Even a brief attempt at that was cut off short with a "I know I was a jerk" type comment. Apollo was definitely not a hero in my book. He had some semi moments but over all fell far short for me.
The rest of the storyline was good and the conclusion satisfying but as I said it wasn't my favorite story. If you like or love the others you have to get this to find out what happens but don't expect to love apollo if you do cool but I suspect many will not
"Love this series"
Kristen Ashley has done it again. I have listen to everyone of her books. She hit another home run. I also, must say that Tillie Hopper was amazing. Start from the beginning and you will find your life on hold while you finish. Have fun!!
"book 2 and 4 are the best"
It was great having all the characters come together. it had intrigue, adventure and romance. Book 2 and 4 are the best in the series!
I love KA books and I love this series, but this book got on my last nerve! It was way too long. I have to listen to other stories in the process of listening to this. The female leads in this series all seem like they are the same person. They all use the same words like "Awesome" "Cool" "WOW". Other than that you have to listen to this book to enjoy the series. Book 2 is still my favorite.
"Long but worth the time"
What a fabulous conclusion to this series. Ms Ashley writes with so much detail that I have no problem visualizing each scene. One small issue I had with this book and the one before is how the female characters "spell" their excitement. I think there has to be a better way to convey that in a story. But that is my personal preference and fortunately did not distract from the story. This book is a little long but worth the time!
"So excited these have been made into audiobooks!"
Always love Kristen Ashley. Doesn't matter what she writes, it's always great! Love the Fantasy!
"I can always find something (spoiler alert)"
I really hate to be nit pickey but, the book was great, until the end. Even though this was a long book, I still feel like the end was rushed. Our Heroine had a difficult past, losing two babies, and therefore I thought the birth of their daughter should have been shared, during the story. Oh well, there is no perfection, in the world.
- V from Kansas
"I love Apallo"
The world was not as odvious in this book but the male lwad was awesom. He was much more articulate than the 'me man, you woman " grunting leads of prior books although that character type has its place it was getting old.
"4.5 Broken Dove Stars"
I am loving this series so freaking hard, though that being said it’s not that I didn't like this book because I really did I just found it to be a little long winded, no that, that is or can be a bad thing. Just that I had wished the story would have progressed faster than it did.
What a perfect title for this book, Maddie really was a broken dove when we meet her. But she has fight in her a whole butt load of it. She wouldn't let anything get her down oh no freaking way. She fought with all that she had.
Apollo is a man who was broken himself, granted his was with grief but that’s still a kind of broken. When he saw Maddie his grief consumed him for a time but he learned that just because she looks like his beloved she is not. I really enjoyed hearing about this, getting to see him struggle with his feelings and how they were going to work things through.
Maddie… This woman has strength and courage of plenty but what she didn't have was faith in herself and getting to read how she did was pretty amazing. She really struggled with her own self-worth.
Fantastic book, it’s a story of growth, and learning to love again, for both of them really and the children.
I am sad to be starting book 5 that means we will be ending the series. But what a phenomenal job Tillie did with this narration.. I am stunned and in awe of how she can make everyone’s voices so very unique as they are in the story. I love it.
*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*
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