She’s on the run, but doesn’t know it…
Raised in the security of the king’s castle, Lady Elissa Durroc remembers nothing of the death of her family or how she survived it. As an elemental mage with control over all four elements, her powers are rare. And coveted by dark magic. None darker than the mage who killed her parents.
When the king learns the mage knows Elissa is alive, he orders her to Greenwald under the guise of choosing a husband. Her protection falls to Sir Alasdair Kearney, a knight whose prowess on the battlefield is rivaled only by his appetite for women.
Alasdair’s not sure what to make of being a glorified nursemaid, despite Elissa’s beauty and intriguing magic. The rogue has rules. Rules that don’t involve being tempted by his noble charge.
Elissa is drawn to the knight, even though he’s not on her list of suitors. Can she guard her heart and her magic? And when the dark mage comes after her, will it be too late to matter?
I don't read an awful lot of fantasy romance as quite often they can have terribly complicated world building and sometimes end up too wordy. I'm happy to say that wasn't the case here and I easily sank into the story which was good, although I'm not quite sure about just how quickly an unexpected hero did a complete about face. What works beautifully is the romance angle and it has a very grown up feel to it, so not for younger readers. If honest, I thought Ms Czarek gave quite lavish descriptions at times which took me away from the plot, but it's clear this is written with love. I'm still a little in the dark about certain aspects but as it's part of a series that's probably my own fault.
Two stubborn people, who the reader knows are meant to be together. I really enjoyed reading about the supporting characters and although a certain Duke in this story stood out, there's an half elf that is very intriguing. Our hero does not possess magic, but clearly had talents and he is well.... heroic! As for the heroine's magic, I really wanted her to actually use it! I was quite sad to come to the end but there's a delightful epilogue which left me smiling.
I was gifted a copy in exchange for an honest review.