A paranormal romance that’s notable for its Fae protagonist’s honest examination of what loving a mortal will cost her.
When Emrys Léoflic is sent to London to guard the partying British prince Richard, she considers her reassignment to be a punishment from Queen Mab. What she doesn’t expect—though readers may—is her swift fall for the attractive, good-hearted Richard. Graudin sidesteps complete predictability with Emrys’ inner thoughts, which reveal her gradual acknowledgement of her true feelings for Richard and, later, her growing understanding of what a commitment to him will mean: the loss of her immortality and magic. Meanwhile, an ancient power threatens the safety of the entire royal family, desirous of the powerful blood magic they unwittingly possess. Emrys’ metaphor-heavy first-person narration chronicles the agony she endures in both deciding her own fate and attempting to protect Richard and his family from a veiled but powerful threat. While much of the story is run-of-the-mill, the intense emotional upheaval Emrys experiences as she chooses between the life she has known and the man she loves will feel achingly real to empathetic readers.
Paranormal romance fans will come away with a heroine they can both root and care for. (Paranormal romance. 14-18)