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Monday, November 4, 2013

{Blog Tour with Reviews} ROGUE'S POSSESSION, Book 2 in Covenant of Thorns series, by Jeffe Kennedy


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Publication Date: October 7, 2013
Publisher: Carina Press
Series: Covenant of Thorns #2
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Book Description:
A human trapped in the world of Faerie, in possession of magic I could not control, I made a bargain for my life: to let the dangerously sensual fae noble known as Rogue sire my firstborn. And one does not break an oath with a fae. But no matter how greatly I desire him, I will not succumb. Not until I know what will happen to the child.
Though unable-or unwilling-to reveal the fate of human-fae offspring himself, Rogue accompanies me on my quest for answers. Along the way he agrees to teach me to harness my power, in exchange for a single kiss each day and sleeping by my side each night. Just as I am about to yield to temptation, I find myself in a deadly game of cat and mouse with an insane goddess. Now my search for the truth will lead me to the darkest of all Faerie secrets.
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Picking up right where we left off with Rogue's Pawn, Gwynn is delving deeper, not just looking for a way out of her bargain, but worried over the whys and wherefors about her deal with Rogue. Her nicknames continue to amuse, even when she's facing dreadful danger and she's making more friends (and more enemies) as her talents and powers develop, as she tries to skate the fine line between breaking and keeping bargains.

What is a magical tale without a quest? Gwynn learns more and more about firstborns, remembering stories of changelings, has a run in with the Queen Bi---, Titania, herself, and is now on a quest to help determine what happened to Blackbird and Fergus's baby, Brody, and what it means for Gwynn and her firstborn, which will be Rogue's if she fulfills her bargain with him.

And she should because oathbreaking in Faerie can have dire consequences...

There is so much detail in these novels, delicious, lush detail of this world Jeffe Kennedy has created for us. Well-written, well-paced, and in a world built to dine on, I devoured the pages. Another Kindle Bruiser book. I stabbed and swiped, eagerly gobbling up page after page in my own quest to find out "WHAT NEXT?!"

I love Gwynn's gumption, innovations, and morals. I loved reading the relationship build between her and Rogue, her and Starling, her and her friends as she developed them. I'd recommend this and the first book to anyone who loves paranormal, fantasy, and tales revolving around the Fae!


Other Books in the Series:

Rogue'sPawn
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: July 16, 2012
Series: Covenant of Thorns
Where to Purchase: Amazon, Barnes & Noble
Goodreads Description:
This is no fairy tale…
Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancĂ©, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…
With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…

Be careful what you wish for...
 
While you can read many, many books, it is only a few where you find yourself falling into the rabbit hole of the author's making. That is how I felt while reading Rogue's Pawn - utterly enthralled, enchanted, and seduced. Gwynn is a person whose modern, snarky wit, intelligence,  compassion, and ... American-ness is someone you can easily relate to. We Americans are a hardy bunch; arrogant yet compassionate, sexual yet prudish, total survivors. And this is what you have in Gwynn's character.

You completely side with her throughout this novel, cheer when she succeeds, and sympathize with her when she trips. Jeffe Kennedy's Gwynn and her nicknames for where she's found herself in Faerie are hilarious. I don't quite think I'll read another faery story without thinking of it as Disney Ireland. The Fae are just as malicious, cruel, and semantic wizards as in many tales of them, which makes them creepy and the things that go bump in the night. Disney may have taught you to fear the ugly things, but the true faery tales teach you that it's the prettiest of things you need to watch out for.

While it isn't called Faerie when Gwynn first arrives, it's understood that that is exactly where we are. And Gwynn, well-educated and well-read, knows not to eat or drink in the land of Faerie. She denies herself those things as long as she is able while stumbling her way around bargaining for her very life.

Ultimately, she bargains servitude for seven years and then her first born to Lord Rogue. After enduring a horrifying, torturous training by Lord Scourge, she is passed to Lord Puck and Lord Falcon to continue her training and use her magic in Falcon's wars; skirmishes using humans to satisfy the nobles' whims. This sounds horrific, but if you think of the history of mankind, is it any different? Yes, still horrific however. I really enjoyed the first use of Gwynn as the Lady Sorceress for the battles. You'll find yourself singing along and admiring how she is trying to circumvent the violence of war.

As Gwynn learns more and more of Faerie, more of herself, and thinks more on Rogue, you find yourself fully enraptured. I am so happy to have Rogue's Possession waiting for me so that I may continue this story!

About the Author:

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Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, originally published under the pen name Jennifer Paris, has won several reader awards. Sapphire, the first book in Facets of Passion has placed first in multiple romance contests and the follow-up, Platinum, is climbing the charts. Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency. 
Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.
She is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.
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