For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon’s in for a shock.
Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood — the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.
Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he’s bound to serve?
Ever After is told from the point of view of Gideon, who some refer to as Little John and yes, there is a Robin Hood in this story but Robin is most definitely all woman and the love of Gideon’s life. Robin whose real name is Arabella was cruelly torn away from Gideon five hundred years ago and now he's living in the Here and Now and serving the Seelie King but someone is stealing precious fairy dust which is a drug like substance and it's Gideon's job to catch them.
Gideon follows a lead to the museum but what he senses there should not be possible and when he captures the person sneaking around he can't quite believe his eyes; Robin is not only alive and well but appears to be the thief! Beyond thrilled to hold the woman he loves again, Gideon is not quite so happy to realise he will have to apprehend her, but Arabella convinces him that there's something strange is going on and the legend of King Arthur is only the tip of the iceberg! It's Gideon’s sacred duty to turn Arabella in but can they get to the bottom of the recent thefts before it's too late? Plus where has Arabella been all this time and just what secrets are really being kept from Gideon? He lost his love once and is desperate that this time they get their ever after!
Oo Gideon is such a brute of a male and yet so modest and unassuming. He has amazing abilities as an Unseelie warrior and yet does not see himself as worthy. I wasn't as convinced by the quick reconciliation between the two particularly when faced with Gideon’s recent romantic past, but there are so many secrets and untruths flying around that I guess we need a focal point. I'm not sure I really liked Arabella and feel she kept Gideon in the dark far too much even before recent events, but for him there's no doubt it's Arabella he wants.
I really do enjoy this twist Ms SeRine puts in traditional fairy tales and she throws so much into the mix it reads like a veritable who's who! Fun, refreshing and always something to wonder at. I really liked that characters from previous books got to appear here and there are new ones too with quite clearly still more to come. If you are in the mood for a paranormal romance with a difference, then Ever After and indeed this series will clearly be a huge hit. As for that cover, well whoever designs the covers for all these books should take a well deserved bow!
Engaging, original, and recommended! I received a copy of Ever After from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review