Genre: Paranormal Romance,
Paranormal Element: Werewolves, Witches
Series: And The Beast (Book One)
Order Online: Amazon.com
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SAYURIs QUICKIE POV:
This new novella from writing duo Moira Rogers (Bree & Donna) is a curious fusion of fairytale and shifter paranormal romance. It switches between erotic and heartbreaking at break-neck speed and is over before it’s begun. So much so I was it was just a tad longer. Who am I kidding? I wanted it to be 5 times longer. I felt that we had only just begun to scratch the surface of the characters and while I enjoyed it immensely, there was a feeling of ‘Huh? Is that it?’ at the end. I felt like I had only gotten a nibble at the cookie when I wanted to devour the whole thing. (I’m greedy like that!)
Sabine is a wild woman, living alone in the woods. Forgotten by everyone almost instantly, due to a spell cast upon her by her lover’s mother, she is alone in the truest sense of the word. Every friend, every enemy, even her family, no longer remember her. Her former lover, Ciar, left to fight in the war and Sabine has come to except that he has forgotten her too and that she will be alone for the rest of her life.
Ciar, High Lord of the Forest, has come home from the war to find his lover, Sabine, gone. Angry and confused as to why she would leave, he goes in search of her. He finds her and discovers his mother and her witch cast a spell upon Sabine. Cair is frustrated that Sabine won’t let him touch her as the spell acts quicker through touch and she is deathly afraid that he will forget her now he is home and within the spell’s reach. All he wants to do is claim her as his mate and go home and live happily ever after. Instead they have to race against the spell and find a way to rid Sabine of it.
I really enjoyed this story. It was short and there was so much in here that it could have been a full length novel with no problem. (I think I mentioned that before, right?? Also it’s selling at Samhain for only $1.75 this week so I felt like there was value for money.) That said the authors did a great job of conveying the desperate loneliness of Sabine and when Cair found and remembered her the bittersweet realization that he too would forget was heartbreaking. I shed a wee tear at the end it was so good. I liked the mix of fairytale and shifter myths. They combined to make a new and interesting world to me and, even with the constraints of the format, one I would visit again. Lucky for me as there is a follow –up novella coming in June named Kisri
Although there are fairytale elements there are also paranormal romance elements and there are some hawt love scenes therefore this is for the adults in the room. Fans of Dana Marie Bell, Vivi Andrews and Jeigh Lynn will enjoy this.