The first book in a bold new fantasy romance series by New York Times best-selling author Kerrelyn Sparks.
Luciana grew up on the Isle of Moon, hidden away because of her magical powers. But when her father arrives, he offers her a choice: remain on the island or return with him and marry the Beast of Benwick in order to save their legacy - and her father's life.
Lord Leofric, the Beast of Benwick, has not been touched since he was a child. Born with the power to harness lightning, he is a danger to everyone he touches. When he meets his betrothed, he expects a loveless, lonely marriage...until he discovers she's vastly more powerful than he realized. But is she strong enough to withstand his touch?
If they can survive, their love will alter the future of the kingdom. But will their extraordinary powers cost them everything?
©2017 Kerrelyn Sparks (P)2017 Recorded Books
This was such a wonderful book, great, great story. It really deserve five stars. I give it four because the narrator was so bland. Miss Tanner is a very unimaginative narrator. She certainly gets five stars for taking such a wonderful, beautiful book and making it sound as bland as boil potatoes. Since I am a fan of Ms. Kerrelyn Sparks, I decided to suffer my boiled potato and listened to the whole book. It would have been a very fun ride with another narrator, one who will make this book come alive. I sincerely hope that another narrator reads the other upcoming books in this wonderful series. Narrators like Heather Wilds, Hotler Graham and Robert Petkoff, just to mention a few.
This book tells a whirlwind tale that is intriguing and whimsical. The world here is sort of renaissance, and the narrator hits all the accents as I feel they should be. For a bit, I thought it was Dame Judy Dench narrating, lol. The story moves along well, the characters are fully formed, and you can really get into their heads. If you like period pieces, stories that involve mystery around a girl with supernatural overtones, or submersing yourself into a mythical world, I recommend this book. I look forward to the next installment!
I'm not really certain that I've noticed an author using the word "grimaced" quite so often, but for some reason, Ms Sparks uses it at least once or twice in every chapter. And the narrator gave it the most twisted mispronunciation imaginable - gri-MASTE. I could understand if it was an unfamiliar word, but grimace if fairly common. "Tatiana's grin turned into a gri-MASE." He gri-MASTE." Annoying.
Story - not bad, interesting new world - I can see this being worth following, if someone finds a new narrator.
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