Bewitching Book Tours Presents: Serenya's Song

 Title:  Serenya's Song
(Tallenmere #1)
Author:  Mysti Parker
Format:  E-galley
Length  286 pages
Publisher:  Melange Books

***Available now at www.melange-books.com***

In the fantasy world of Tallenmere, no one ever said love was easy...

Serenya Crowe may be a half-elf commoner, but she's no ordinary woman. With the ability to interpret dreams, and a birth defect that forces her to wear gloves, she’s endured small-town gossip and the cruelty of her husband, Sebastian, The Earl of Summerwind. All she's ever wanted is to live a quiet life and raise a family. When she meets the new stranger in town, her world and her heart, are turned upside down.

Wood-elf Jayden Ravenwing is an ex-secret agent who wants nothing more than to forget matters of the heart. He left the bustle of Leogard and his failed marriage to make a fresh start in Summerwind. He never planned to fall in love again, especially with the enchanting Serenya Crowe.

When a strange portal opens on the Crowe property at the edge of town, Jayden is thrown into an investigation, knowing that if he fails, Serenya and everyone in Summerwind may die.

Together, he and Serenya must overcome an ancient evil, and their own inner demons, to save Summerwind and find the love they've always dreamed of.


My Thoughts

 The Damsel
Serenya Crowe is the perfect damsel in distress.  Not only  is she trapped in a marriage so bad that it would make perfect talk show fodder.  She also has to deal with the fact that she was a product of rape, she has  no idea of the identity of her father, and she has claw-like fingers that cause her to have to wear gloves.
 
Her Knight
Jayden Ravenwing is everything that Serenya needs:  warm, artistic, loving, heroic, and ohhhhh sooo sexy.
The problem...
Well, besides the fact that Serenya is married to a tyranical Earl who refuses to let her out of his sight.  He is also getting over the loss of his wife, and trying to solve the mystery of the strange portal that lies at the edge of the Earl's property.

The Foil

Earl Sabastian Crowe has the world, or at least Summerwind by the tail and her knows it.  He is a handsome, charismatic, rich, liar?
That's right!
No typos here.
Sabastian Crowe, Earl of Summerwind is a tyrant and a liar who will do anything to get and keep what he wants.
What he wants most?
Serenya...and the lies that he and his friends tell to keep her are deadly.

Though this book is the second in the Tallenmere series, it reads like a stand alone.  The story hooks readers from the first page and pulls him or her along at a nice pace throughout.  Readers will be happy to note that though this read would be considered fantasy on par with Tolkien; there is a surprising lack of confusing name or language jargon that seems a hallmark of the genre.  This reader-friendly tale is a treasure trove of sex, lies, and monsters.
The love triangle involving Serenya, Jayden, and Sabastian is steamy enough to stand alone as a reason to read this; but when paired with all of the other elements of  this captivating  read...it proves to be part of a saga not to be missed.
Serenya's Song is a deliciously decadent dip in the ever-deepening waters of Romantic High Fantasy.

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2 comments:

Mysti said...

Frishawn,

Thanks so much for hosting me and for reading and such a lovely review! I'll be sharing it all over the place :)

~Mysti

Stefanie J Pristavu said...

Yay! Congrats, Mysti! The review is well deserved. And thank you Frishawn for hosting :)

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