Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.
Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.
Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?
Vail was hideously used and held captive by a witch for more than four thousand years and is believed to be completely evil and insane. He is a being capable of great cruelty but as this story starts he is truly suffering. Vail is no longer sure of his own sanity and fears just what he is capable of but of one thing he is certain and that is his fervent hatred of all witches. Stumbling through the hell realms, he is taken prisoner by demons. They see him as a means to get revenge on his brother, Loren, but Vail is a wily elf and capable of great deception and trickery and woe betide any who gets in his way!
Rosalind is a witch but thanks to powerful magic her powers are all but useless to her. Held captive by cruel demons, she is constantly forced to use her healing abilities on those the demon king wishes to interrogate. When she was young, it was foretold an elf prince would bring about her death; so although she has sought to aid the elves during the recent war, she has always tried to avoid direct contact with them. When she is sent into the cell of the newest prisoner, it starts a chain of events with Rosalind confronting her greatest fear. The injured male is not what he seems and yet Rosalind finds him strangely compelling. Vail's hatred of witches puts Rosalind in danger as his bouts of insanity increasingly steal his mind. Forced into his presence Rosalind does her utmost to save him, but is it too late?
Oh Vail, you poor wounded male! This is one elf who has truly suffered and Ms Heaton describes incredibly well just how twisted and tortured he feels. Vail cannot control his anger and his frequent blackouts are so shocking to read about. For such a powerful man to be totally out of control is truly dangerous for any around him, but he is determined to escape and punish all those who threaten him. No one is safe from him but his madness is both a blessing and a curse. His hatred of all witches is at complete odds with the bond he feels for Rosalind but his journey to redemption will only be complete when he faces the truth and embraces his feelings. Rosalind is a truly worthy heroine and her compassion enables her to see the greater good in Vail. In fact, she seems more able to grant him forgiveness than she does herself! In war, actions take place we are not always comfortable with and these two characters carry an awful lot of emotional baggage, but acceptance and forgiveness are only the starting point for them.
Tempted By A Rogue Prince is another great installment in this series with such a broken hero! I love the world building that goes into these stories and it's a very descriptive book with lots of images imprinting themselves as I read. There's no instant love and indeed, the pacing for the romance was quite leisurely and drawn out, which made it feel far more realistic in my opinion. The torture these characters go through is truly brutal and quite unpleasant to read which is a testament to Ms Heaton’s skill at descriptive writing. It was wonderful to reconnect with characters from previous books and indeed there's a certain incubus who I'm sure we will read much more about when Ms Heaton gets the time. For now, it's all about the Elves and boy are they hot!