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One key, one door, one man, one leap.

Alison Wescot inherited the antique store the day her mother died. It was nothing she wanted, but she couldn't part with it. The antiques inside were all she had left of her mother. She thought she knew every piece in the store, until one day she discovered a box with a key inside, along with a letter from her mother. A key to a door she never knew existed.

Lucas Azure is the leader of the kingdom's elite guard, a group of men whose sole purpose was to protect their territory and people. The youngest of the king's four children, he was also the deadliest. The men in his group followed him faithfully, never questioning his orders. When Alison appeared, he knew he had to protect her at all costs.

The day Alison walked through the door, her recurring dream became a reality. The man who always remained a mystery was standing before her. There were dragons flying overhead and a castle in the distance. She was now in the Azure Kingdom.

©2016 Michelle Dare (P)2017 Michelle Dare

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Enjoyable Fantasy Romance

After Alison's mother passes away, Alison finds an ornate skeleton key and a letter tucked away in an unused dresser. In the letter, her mother explains that she came from a different world, a world that can be accessed through a door with the key. She left that world when she was pregnant with Alison, and her father still lives in that world. But if Alison walks through the door into another realm, she might not ever be able to return.

Alison has no family left, and the thought that her father might be alive persuades her to use the key. She emerges in a beautiful land carpeted with flowers, a land she recognizes from her recurring dreams. And then she comes face to face with the man that had been starring in those dreams.

The author created an interesting world with the Azure Kingdom. A medieval kingdom with dragons, castles, dungeons, knights, and feuding kings. But the kingdom also had electricity, plumbing, and modern clothing, it made an interesting contrast. The descriptions of the kingdom and the dragons were vividly done and I could picture everything just as it happened.

I'd describe this as more of a romance than a fantasy, a lot of the focus is on Alison and Lucas and their instant attraction to each other. For Alison it's insta-lust, and for Lucas it's insta-love. I do prefer my romance to develop naturally, but insta-love can work if the characters are fleshed out enough for me to see why they're attracted to each other. There's some steamy scenes, but it's not overdone.

The narration was done well, Sarah Puckett's voice fit my image of Alison perfectly. She brought the story to life. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review.

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So much potential in this fantasy romance...

The story starts so strong and intriguing with loss, suspense, adventure, a brand new realm to explore. I really enjoyed the story but the beginning indicates that this would be more of an adventure and it turns out to be more of a fantasy romance.

I wanted to know more about the Azure kingdom. The characters were not as well developed as I expected them. Because of how strong the first few chapters were, I expected more detailed story & Character development. There is so much potential and I truly enjoyed this book. I’m hoping the next book will have more descriptions and lots of details. There is so much left unexplored.

The narration was well done and brought the story to life.

If you like a light fantasy romance with main characters being fated to each other and a bit of adventure you should give this book a try. I’m looking forward to the next book. The concept is excellent and with more character development and descriptions of the Azure kingdom this could be a great fantasy series.

I’m so glad there are no major cliffhangers.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."


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I'm in Love...

I LOVE LOVE LOVED this book! I was so entertaining, i could not put it down. I was so invested in the characters and world the author created. I highly recommend this book! There was the perfect amount of story, love, romance, and drama. I can't wait to read more!

**Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest and unbiased review. It in no way affected my opinion of the book.

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