Kidnapped on his wedding day in the 12th century and forced into a thousand years of servitude by a cold-hearted faery princess, rugged blacksmith Aidan dreams of nothing but revenge on his captor. Then the spell of a beautiful witch awakens him to the present day - and a passionate desire. But to build a future, he must first confront his past....
Modern witch and magic-shop owner Brooke doesn't think her life is missing anything, until a wayward enchantment lands a brooding medieval blacksmith in her spell room - and in her arms. Yet even after their passion proves to be truly magical, Aidan's first commitment is to vengeance. Now Brooke must team up with friends and ancient warriors alike - and push her own powers to their limits - to save her love from the wrath of an evil fae.
From the best-selling author of Changeling Moon, this thrilling and sensual novel adds a new chapter to Dani Harper's Celtic folklore-themed Grim Series.
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"A MYTHICAL REALM, MAGIC & MAGNETIC CHEMISTRY"
What really blows you away with this new series is the fantastical world-building ability that Dani Harper has when she created this Fae Kingdom deep beneath the Welsh Hills with it's characters, creatures, myths, human prisoners and it's hidden enemies all held within. But worst of all is the innocent blacksmith Aidan who, in 1124, was kidnapped then cruelly turned into a Grim on the whim of a spoilt beautiful but evil Princess for not bedding her even though she tried to sexually lure him every time she saw him.
Brooke is a good witch who nearly brought her house down when she unexpectedly summoned Aidan during his desperate bid to escape his heartbreaking captivity that had spanned decades. There was a Hubble bubbling of sexual chemistry, plenty of toil as they tried to protect themselves, and their friends, from the wicked Fae Princess and yes trouble when they underestimated her reach. Brooke has three cats who nearly stole the show but so too did the sub story that involved Laurien The Lord Of The Hunt.
Aidan and Brooke don't get together until there's been plenty of back history referring to Aidan's kidnapping, his blacksmith's life and his awful transformation into a Grim (a big black frightening dog who are summoned when someone is about to die). And also how Brooke is struggling with her magic and what good close friends she has around her to support her..... who are going to be needed when Aidan 'drops' in from nowhere
Worth a credit? Mainly dual POV's but there is extra input from other characters too, a good well known and liked narrator but she didn't quite get to grips with all the male voices, romance, tender times leading to a few nice sex scenes, suspense, humor and a bit of a predictable twist. Pure fantastical fantasy at it's best with a downtrodden handsome hunky hero and a feisty witch who came to his aid and together they made some powerful magic. If you like the genre, IMO, you can't go wrong with this series and yes, it's a creditworthy listen.
"Officially in LOve with this series!!!"
I have such big love for this book and can not wait to see the series progress!!! This is such a wonderful blend of modern urban fantasy and Celtic myth! These are not sweet fairy stories, they are based on the traditional tales where the fae are beautiful but cruel. From my youth I recall being fascinated with the Tylwyth Teg, Sidhe and all the the dark Welsh myths. This is a terrific adult revisit of those myths that held me enthralled.
I really liked Brooke from the start, she is so loving and aware of herself. When she meets smexy Aiden, sparks fly, well that and a very well placed punch! I love their dynamic and really felt them connect. The romance is quick but the feeling ring true. I am willing to believe in love/lust at first sight. Sometimes your heart just knows before the head has a chance to catch up.
The smexy stuff is delicious!! Aiden is definitely the Alpha kind of guy I love. He is dominant in all the right ways!! The bedroom door is open and the smexiness happens a couple times!! Loads of steam detail, but not quite as far as a full erotic romance. I am all for the mainstream hotness this book dishes out!
The story this time is very involved, this progress at a steady pace and then speed up in the end. The twist wasn't much of a surprise, but no less enjoyable. Great pacing in the story, it really flowed as the details were revealed.
The narration bounces between the POV of the two leads, but there is a bonus when we see POV of some supporting characters. It makes for a more rounded story and you really get insights into all, especially the villains of the tale. You really get to understand the fae better, I may now have a little crush on the Lord of the Hunt, is it too much to hope he will get a HEA?
I love the way this book connects with the other, I did worry at first there would be no connection. It takes time and you will have to be patient, but when it reveals itself, it is wonderful! I loved the first meeting of Aiden and Rhys, classic!
I listened to the audiobook narrated by Justine Eyre, who is fabulous!! She has a delicious way with the smexy Welsh accents, never could resist a brogue! I loved her energy in the read, she had a real feel for the story and just when speed things up to match the action. I am all about finding more of her reads!! She had quite the task with several male voices and the accents. Terrific match for this series!
Overall, I am in love! I am totally hooked and can not wait for the next book. The concept and myth carry this romance over to a real winner in my book! Ms. Harper certainly has a way of crafting engaging characters into a dynamic story. I am totally hooks. The only negative her is I have to wait until 2015 for the next book!!!
This was a good story but, as a lot of authors are wont to do, there was just too many pages without anyone saying anything, just on and on, telling a story without really letting the characters be involved. Which is too bad, IMO..The story was very good, however. The secondary characters, George, Olivia, Morgan and Rhys were all wonderful. And I really liked Lurien. Celynnen was simply insane, disgusting and more than a little whacked. As much as I enjoyed this book I think I liked Storm Warrior a little more. AND I will read any more of the Grim Series that comes from Dani Harper.
As to the narrator: Over all I enjoy Ms. Eyre's narrating. She does male voices, even though all the men sound the same, just fine. BUT sounding the same is much, much better than some narrators who don't even bother to lower their voices for men, which leaves you always wondering who's talking, the hero or the heroine?
I would also like to say that the description tells us what the book is about or we can zip over to Amazon and look at reviews. This is AUDIBLE! What we need to review is the narrator. Does he or she suck? Why? Is he or she too nasal-y, too sweet for the kind of book he or she is reading, to gruff, too bland, too robotic, lacks emotion. Is he or she doing nothing but reading the book? Not changing his or her voice for the male and female voices? Is the narrator sounding the same whether she or he is reading a whisper spoken?
Most of us on AUDIBLE don't really care what the book is about. We want to know about the narrator! This IS AUDIBLE, after all.
I really dislike the narrator's voice. She reads the words well, but I don't like the sound of her voice. It might not bother anyone else, it's just my opinion.
The story itself was ok, although I liked the 1st book in the series better. Hopefully the last book will bring all the threads together for a grand finale.
"Another fantastic edition"
Another great addition to the grim series. I'm hoping to get more Lorian and the Queen in the next book but wow, this one was great. I loved the story and when I got to the end found that I wasn't quite ready to leave the world behind. I love the plot that is
slowly starting to pop up and I'm looking forward to seeing where it ends up!
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