"Wonderful story of love and betrayal!"
The family Aeolian is meeting in their special chamber.
Well, all but one of the family anyway. The one missing is
the reason King Barren, Laird of the Faolchunna, called the
meeting with his wife and all his other children. Turns out
Prince Glade is missing and has been for quite some time.
Of course, his Lady-wife wouldn't contact them with news,
even if she knew anything on his whereabouts. All this just
makes Queen Adelie feel even more guilty. After all, she is
the one who set up the match and unfortunately for the
Faolchunna, there is no such thing as divorce among their
kind. Since they're at a standstill with the situation, a
couple of the princes suggest hiring a Hell Hag, Lauryl
Coedil, a Daughter of the Night from Bandar to find Glade
and bring him home. Once they get over their shock at the
suggestion of hiring a Hell Hag, they all agree, so the
princes take care of it.
Lauryl makes a good living doing what she does. She's good
at it and so can command high fees for her services. Of
course, since she works so hard, she also plays equally as
hard and is quite sexually active. The fact she's beautiful
just makes it easy for her. When the Aeolian princes
approach her about finding Glade, Lauryl takes the case.
Eventually, Lauryl learns Glade is being held in a dungeon
by his Lady-wife, Lady Rolanda des Grieves and her lover,
and they are torturing him. After she finds Glade, she
realizes he's in really bad shape, so as quickly as she
can, she makes for the rendezvous point with his brothers.
When Glade falls off her horse, Lauryl knows she will have
to stop. As soon as she realizes Glade needs sustenance,
she offers him her wrist, not aware of the consequences.
Even though Glade knows it is against Clan law to take the
blood of a living creature, he is too weak to resist, and
he does know what will happen. Just as the rain hits, the
two of them manage to get to a village and can only acquire
one room at the Inn. Not that Lauryl really minds. After
all, Glade is a handsome male specimen and she won't have a
problem sharing a room, or a bed for that matter, with him.
Not surprisingly, the more time the two of them spend
together, the stronger the attraction between them grows,
until it becomes more than that. However, among the
Faolchunna, nothing more can come of their relationship.
Not only is there no divorce among the Faolchunna, but once
they are married, they cannot have sex with anyone other
than their spouse. When Glade took Lauryl's blood, he bound
Lauryl to him so she will not be able to have sex with
anyone other than Glade. Lauryl doesn't really see this as
a problem and is more than happy to do away with Lady
Rolanda. Unfortunately, this is not possible either, for
Glade cannot kill his Lady-wife, nor can Lauryl since she
is now bonded to him.
Will Lady Rolanda get away with her treatment of Prince
Glade? Is there any chance of a relationship between Glade
and Lauryl? What punishment will Glade be forced to endure
for taking Lauryl's blood?
WINDBORN is a frolicking fantasy adventure. Once more,
Charlotte Boyett-Compo pulled me into the story from the
very first page and didn't let go until the last word. Even
then I wanted more. As with all of Charlotte Boyett-Compo's
stories, we have a hero tortured beyond what any man should
have to endure. At one point, I have to admit, I really
didn't like Queen Adelie because of what her son had to go
through due to her actions. But she did redeem herself.
Lauryl is a free spirit and does what she wants, when she
wants, never beholden to anyone, nor does Glade try to
change her. This really is a very good read and one I
Reviewed by Chere Gruver
Posted May 24, 2008
Lauryl Coedil is a Daughter of the Night, a warrior woman known to those who fear her as a Hell-Hag. A ruthless bounty hunter whose sword is even quicker than her sharp tongue, when she goes after a quarry, he is as good as caught. Hired to find the missing son of King Barren Aeolian, Laird of the Faolchúnna, she'll let nothing stand in her way.
Prince Glade Aeolian is in one hell of a sorry predicament. Married to a woman who despises him, he is locked in her dungeon and hidden from his family which is desperately trying to find him. When he is rescued from certain death at the hands of his dangerous spouse, he finds himself staring into the sultry eyes of a woman warrior whose hands he'd love to have all over him.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Genre: Erotic Paranormal Romance
Rating: Carnal. Contains graphic sexual content, adult language, violence.