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Published by St. Martin's Paperbacks on August 29, 2017
Genres: Paranormal/Fantasy Romance
DESTINED FOR DOOM—OR DESIRE?
Growing up on the Isle of Moon, Brigitta knew that she was born with the magical powers of the Embraced—even if she did not know how to wield them. But she has finally learned the truth: Brigitta is the lost princess of the kingdom of Tourin. She was sent into hiding as an infant to escape the wrath of her half-brother, the king. And now he knows just where to find her. . .
Rupert is a notorious pirate and sorcerer who can harness the wind with his hands. He’s spent most of his life plotting revenge on the evil king—and Rupert believes that Brigitta could be the key to finally destroying his enemy. But what begins as a kidnapping of the innocent beauty escalates into something deeper, and more passionate, than either captor or captive could have imagined. Rupert soon vows to protect Brigitta against the king—but will they survive long enough to find their happily-ever-after. . .or does fate have something else in store?
So I Married a Sorcerer
(The Embraced #2)
By Kerrelyn Sparks
A mask won’t hide his secrets
First off, I really enjoyed So I Married a Sorcerer. Now, while I really enjoyed it, I think the title is a wee bit misleading. Married? Bloody hell!! I don’t know about you, but when I see Married in the title, I automatically think that the couple is married throughout most of the book. Maybe, deep down, I’m also wishing and hoping that it’s going to be a story where the couple connects early and fight the evil forces as a team. In reality, So I Married a Sorcerer is a slow burn of epic proportions. They’re on opposites sides at first, then they struggle to trust each other and then they have conflict. Look, I’m not overly disappointed, as like I said, I enjoyed it. I’m just a wee bit disappointed because I didn’t get what I expected.
We start the story with Brigitta and her sisters on board a ship heading to their other sister Queen Luciana, who is about to give birth. They are not sisters by blood but they are connected because they are all Embraced. By being Embraced you hold special abilities. Unfortunately, even though it’s a gift you have from birth, it is seen as wrong. Most Embraced have to hide their abilities or they will be hunted down and killed for it.
The Embraced series sees each of the ladies heading out into the world and finding their fate. It seems fate has been at play for a wee while. Brigitta knows that her fate is coming and she’s had a few hints on what is coming to her and for her. She never guessed that her fate would lie with a pirate and that all along she was the lost princess of Tourin.
Rupert, the pirate, has revenge on his mind and will stop at nothing to obtain it. When Princess Brigitta sails into his life, it seems like all his plans will come to fruition. What he wasn’t planning on, was being swept off his feet. See, Rupert plays the pirate in disguise by wearing a mask. If anyone was to find out who he really is, revenge would have to take a backseat because his life would be in jeopardy.
Rupert’s got more secrets under his mask than Brigitta could ever guess and she’s determined to work them all out. See, Brigitta’s Embraced gift is the ability to determine if a person is keeping secrets and also being able to “see” where lost items are. One of the secrets she unearths is that they are connected…maybe Rupert’s the man she’s fated to marry.
I enjoyed So I Married a Sorcerer. The characters were interesting and the world building original and easy to follow. The action and adventure portions kept my heart pumping and I loved when we get to see the Embraced use their powers. We get to meet up with characters from How To Tame a Beast in Seven Days. Brody, the shape-shifter, and the Nuns who protected the girls while they were growing up are back. We also get to meet some very interesting new characters, especially the army dude who lives with the dragons (sorry, can’t remember his name). I have a feeling I’ll get to know his name very, very soon.
I really do love this series. While, So I Married a Sorcerer wasn’t exactly what I expected, it was still pretty awesome. I am a big fan of paranormal romance with bossy alpha heroes and their women, who won’t sit back and be saved (like their told). I will definitely be going on in the series, and recommend other readers to give it a try. Best to start at the very beginning…a very good place to start.