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by Kristen Ashley
Released: 27 December 2013
Series: Fantasyland #4
Published by Self Published
This was a good book and although I might not have liked it as much as the previous installments in this series I still lapped it up! ~ Under the Covers
Apollo Ulfr lost his wife Ilsa years ago, but the grieve has never stopped. As he learns of the parallel world containing the twin of his wife and of himself, he is determined to bring her to him. However, Apollo’s twin isn’t the same man he is, Ilsa has been on the run from him and his abuse for years and doesn’t intend on ever going back. But when she is taken to the parallel world she begins to learn just how different the two men are
I do love a Kristen Ashley book, but I admit I was worried about Apollo’s story, it doesn’t seem healthy to be chasing a woman who is literally the spitting image of the dead wife you loved so deeply. Maybe that is why I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I have enjoyed previous books in this series and her others. I didn’t completely connect with the romance and at times it seemed like she was putting dead Ilsa down a little so that the surviving Ilsa- renamed Maddie- looked better. Also, I really like Maddie with one of Apollo’s men Derrick, I was hoping that the book would shock me and she fell for him.
But, once I got over my little disappointment and Apollo and Maddie fell more in love, I was eating this book up. The sex scenes were especially good, Kristen Ashley has introduced a little bit of kink and it did spice things up and ratchet up the heat level. Also, like in all Kristen Ashley books, it was an emotional roller coaster as we go through the highs and lows of their building relationship and deal with the damage done to them in the past, it is especially heartbreaking but lovely watching Maddie deal with Apollo’s children, children that could have potentially been hers.
In the midst of Apollo and Maddie’s romance though, there is a war going on and it looks like Maddie and the other women who have traveled across from this world are in the cross hairs. This lends a different kind of excitement and tension to the books as you become aware of how much danger they are in. It was also great to see the couples from the previous books pop up, I am pretty certain I have fallen in love with Dax Lahn all over again!
This was a good book and although I might not have liked it as much as the previous installments in this series I still lapped it up! I can’t wait to read the next book in the series.
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Annnnnd I will stop myself there, before I start waxing lyrical about my love of historical romance and fantasy as well; no one needs to know about my elf fantasies. As you can tell, I adore and day dream about most romance genres, and my three big loves are 1) reading about romance 2) writing about romance and 3) talking about romance with my gals. Which, is why I love Under the Covers so much, I get all my bookish needs satisfied and don’t get judged when I talk about my favourite characters like they are real people. Which they are right?