I loved Kerrilyn Sparks' other series, Love at Stake. I was very sad to see it end, actually still sad. I saw this and was so hopeful, but sadly for me it is not as good. I do see that there is a possibility for awesomeness with the series though and hope the author nails the next installment.
This didn't have the slow building romance I expect from Sparks. Her characters usually spend a lot of time together before the big L comes into the story. Not in this one. There is a lot of looking at each other, a lot of thinking about each other, but not a lot of them actually together.
There is a large amount of world building going on, this is the first book in a new series so it was expected. I do like this world and it's characters. I hope to see Pirate's book next.
In this we have people who are "embraced." They have have gifts like being able to see ghosts (the main female character), able to harness lightening (our male), turn into an animal (another character, etc. They are feared by others and are often hidden at birth in order to protect them.
Review copy provided through Netgalley.
Just starting. It was a random freebie on amazon from an author I actually read.
Getting a kick out of hapless heroine adopting a werewolf from the animal shelter and naming him "Fluffy."
Kinda cute, moving fast, some funny bits but uneven. I know it's one of her older books that has since been worked into others but it seems to unexpectedly chop in some sex fantasies and actual sex scenes that are a completely different atmosphere and overlong.
I don't care about the explicitness or whether sex is or isn't in a book (so long as works/flows with the story) -- but, I think I'll be skimming over quite a few pages where I may or may not feel I read enough to review it.
Fluffy. Ha! Ha!
This book was a surprise to me. I wasn't expecting quite as much romance. I think part of that is that a good friend of mine really loved these books and she's not so much of a romance nor a fantasy reader.
The first half of the book tells the fantasy tale of Fawn, a young woman farmer, who is running away from her home and family, and Dag, a veteran Lakewalker patroller possessed of some very interesting magic. They have adventures fighting the malice - bad, awful, deadly, gross horrors that threaten their world.
Then, close to the middle of the book, we turn to the more romantic side of the tale as the two begin to get to know each other and fall in love. Of course, their vastly different cultures hold myriads of pitfalls and difficulties, never mind their big difference in age. But it's really a fun romance, I thought. I enjoyed it alot and I also enjoyed how Dag was able to be Fawn's protector with her family and how he encouraged her to be her own woman.
I only gave the book 3.5 stars because it felt rather unfinished. It seems, as I discovered near the end of my reading, that Beguilement is actually the first half of a full book, The second book, Legacy, is the other part of the volume. Beguilement is about Fawn's people and how they react to the could and it seems that Legacy will be about how Dag's people will react. And you know... I've grown to kind of resent books that do this. I tend to feel tricked. In retrospect, I wish I'd maybe waited to read this until I had book 2 in hand - but now I shall wait until it goes on sale. :)