Darius Santiago is the King's most trusted man, a master spy and assassin. He is handsome, charming, and ruthless, but he has one weakness - the stunning Princess Serafina. She is all he has ever wanted and everything he cannot have. Serafina has worshipped Darius from afar her whole life, knowing that deep in the reaches of her soul-where she is not royalty but a flesh-and-blood woman-she belongs to this dangerous, untouchable man. Unable to suppress their desire any longer, they are swept into a daring dance of passion destined to consume them both until a deadly enemy threatens to destroy their new love.
©1999 Gaelen Foley (P)2014 Tantor Media
"Once more Gaelen Foley has created a breathtaking, emotionally powerful story to be treasured." (RT Book Reviews)
I really enjoyed this story. And truly no one writes a love scene as beautifully as Gaelen Foley. As in the first book, I found myself disappointed with narrator's male voices and accents - very distracting -- but her reading/acting is done well and not a reason to pass this by. The story line was full of highs and lows for this star-crossed pair and Darius' love for Serafina was heart-breaking.
This is a well written book with an interesting plot and engaging characters. In my opinion a bit more editing would have made it a five star story - I found it a bit repetitious. The narrator was good but could have been better.
I will most probably listen to it again in a few months, but I will be fast forwarding through some parts.
There is some steamy sex. I put this in my review as information for listeners who like or don't like this kind of book.
Once again I became engrossed in Foley's quality writing and Wiley's superb performance. I believe I enjoyed this story more than the first. I think there was less high mindedness and self suffering in the hero this time. Never one to be a spoiler I won't comment further on the actual events, but these two characters are my favorites so far. I actually listened twice. Again Wiley does an excellent job with both male and female voices and her Italian accents are top of the line! I am a little wary of the third story, I see there is a different narrator, but we will see. In the meantime, this one is definitely worth a credit!
I enjoyed the book but by the time I was 75% through I was tired of hearing how the hero was not good enough because of his terrible child hood and his brutal way of making a living. Then the ending drew me right back in. When the heroine finally stopped being scared and took control.
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