Everything Isadora Starling wants is right there in front of her, but Toryn is off limits. He’s her best friend. She’s been denying her heart all these years, afraid to lose him.
Toryn Flame has a long past full of secrets. None of which he can share with Isadora, the only person who truly matters to him. She’s the one woman who has never shown a hint of lust toward him, but even if she did, pursuing her is forbidden.
That all changes when the family Isa doesn’t know decides it’s time to reveal who and what she is. After Isa’s recent attack, their motives are unclear.
His only goal is protecting Isa. Toryn will do everything in his power to keep her safe, including going against orders from his king.
Toryn’s only fear is losing Isa’s trust. Once the truth is revealed, can she forgive him for years of misdirection and omissions? Can she come to terms with a world she doesn’t want or know?
Isadora has never had it easy but sometimes life just seems determined to kick her in the teeth. She has her own bar, good friends and yet something is missing. Well not exactly missing as Isa knows what it is she wants, but that or rather he is strictly off limits! Toryn is probably her best friend and he is everything Isa wants in a guy but he just doesn't see her that way and besides he is obviously already involved so that makes him definitely off limits. Still Isa can dream and fantasize but would never do anything to jeopardise their friendship, but events are about to dramatically change her life forever!
Toryn is a man full of secrets and not all are his own. Toryn knows more about Isa’s past then she does, but his biggest secret is that both he and Isa are Fae!! Isa does not know it, but plans are afoot to awaken her dormant powers but it's intended to use her as a pawn. Toryn was placed close to Isa in order to protect her but the more he sees her, the more Toryn knows he wants Isa for himself. A devious plot to seduce Isa has Toryn seeing red. The one thing he won't do is stand by and watch Isa get hurt but admitting who and what he is means that Toryn reveals his true feelings for Isa. Isa is no shrinking violet though and more than prepared to take all that Toryn offers, but there's trickery at work and those hungry for power will stop at nothing to get Isa under their spell!
I will be honest and say I wasn't sure at first if I really liked Isa as a heroine. From the first page she is written as a tough cookie that is very strong and confident and I was unsure if I would find her to be likable. Luckily, her loyal nature quickly asserted itself and I found myself empathising with her as she watched the man she loved in the arms of another. I'm not sure I particularly liked the heroine’s attitude to sexual encounters but what really won me over was the fact she turned out to be very choosey. As for her choice of Toryn, well I do understand the friendship was precious, but did feel these two characters should have had their heads banged together a lot sooner. Toryn is very sexy, but so sweet and bravely trusts Isa to do the right thing. Luckily, love finds a way, but it's still a long road before Isa and Toryn can finally just enjoy being a couple.
As I mentioned, Storm Mistress has a completely different feel to the author's Edenton series and for me seemed more gritty. There's a wealth of characters and indeed creatures for the author to explore and I personally loved the dragons and sincerely hope that one in particular will get his own story told. This is essentially a story about the Fae though, and dear lord what a complex and twisted lot they are. The heroine truly has the family from Hell and it's such a surprising plot as it's revealed just who her greatest nemesis is!
So I really enjoyed Storm Mistress and loved this new world Ms Rivers has created. It was fun and action packed, but still contained enough heat to make it a romance. What really impressed me though is the author’s ability to showcase dark and twisted villains whilst making them believable and not caricatures. Another great story and I can't wait to find out what happens next!