Fiction / Urban Fantasy
335 pages / 3751 KB
Legalities first: I received an Advance Readers Copy in exchange for an honest review.
I must begin this review with a very serious warning: It is a one-sit read! Do not start unless you know you're going to forego dishes, diapers, and drudgery for a romp on the wild side.
Sophie has problems. Among them, she is an orphan, and can't find out anything about her birth parents. She receives a communication from a woman on the other coast, in New York, and after putting her off, decides to meet, face to face. The woman can give her some information, just not what she wants, but she also tells Sophie she has inherited a cottage, and an annual stipend, in England. The only catch is (admit it, you knew there would be a catch) she has to send proof she's actually gotten inside the house. Key in hand, Sophie sets out on her adventure.
One of Sophie's problems is that she shuts off electrical motors (fortunately, not jet engines), and just a few miles from her new home, if she can claim it, her car dies. While walking down the road, toward the village near her cottage, she rescues a 'dog' who is filthy, starving, and near choked with a silver collar. Because she is also a magical being, the silver burns her hands, but she removes the collar, shares her water, saves the dog and runs into people who would steal the dog, do her harm, oh, and along the way she runs smack dab into romance.
The dog, obviously, is not a dog, but another magical being, and is wanted by those who would rescue it, and those who would enslave it. The 'cursed' cottage sits on a bit of a time shift, which is why people can't get into it. The fairies she meets are stuck in this realm, because the ways home have been blocked and lost.
There are the now and then f-bombs, some sex, some violence. None of it is gratuitous, all if it fits, but if any of those bother you, you may want to pass. Of course, you'll be missing a fun read, but it's your choice. If you're a fan of Trish Owens, Anne Bishop, or Patricia Briggs, check this book out. I can hardly wait for the next installment.