"an engaging and very erotic fantasy"

In the land of Sari, Sapphire has enjoyed her status as not only a royal concubine, but also that of a karimai, the most prized of all the concubines. But despite having grown up in a world where concubines were highly respected, such a mundane life is not suited for one who is feisty and determined. When Sapphire suddenly finds herself retired after just five years as a royal concubine -- complete with a house and concubines of her own -- she can hardly believe her good fortune. What Sapphire doesn't count on is finding a wounded -- and very handsome -- man within the healing chamber of her home. She doesn't know who or from where he came, but she cannot deny the instant and profound attraction to the handsome stranger.

When Wulfric, Crown Prince of D'Ashier, suddenly finds himself wounded from a mercenary attack and held captive in an enemy country, he's not sure what to make of his circumstances. Then he notices the beautiful woman staring at him through the glass of the healing chamber. Aware that he is perfectly capable of escaping his situation, Wulf decides to stay in order to seduce his new master. However, the seductive Sapphire is intent on dismissing Wulf's numerous advances, convinced that despite their obvious mutual attraction nothing good could possibly come out of having an affair with the heir to not only her country, but also her father's greatest enemy. As the General of the Sarian army, Sapphire's father has had past experience fighting the younger Crown Prince and Sapphire has no doubt of the explosive outcome should the two men ever encounter each other off the battlefield. Soon Sapphire can't deny her attraction to Wulf any longer and they agree on spending one night together before she agrees to release him, but what Sapphire doesn't count on is waking to find herself transported to Wulf's homeland against her will.

Can Wulf and Sapphire's burgeoning love for each other survive their family's inherent distrust of "the enemy"? And what of Sapphire's determination to track down who set the mercenaries onto Wulf in the first place?

In the Flesh , the first in the Sapphire Trilogy, was an engaging and very erotic fantasy. Wulf and Sapphire's smoldering attraction toward one another set the pages on fire and it kept this reader eagerly turning the page to read more. I also thought their characters worked well together in that they were both warriors at heart and yet they were both looking for that someone whom they could truly love. If you are looking for an engaging and erotic fantasy romance, I would most definitely recommend this book.

Reviewed by Mippy Carlson
Posted May 26, 2009



For five years, Sapphire has been the king of Sari’s most treasured concubine. Independent at last, she refuses to put herself in anyone’s control again. But now another’s meddling has led her into the path of proud, arrogant Wulfric, Crown Prince of the rival kingdom of D’Ashier. . . a man who is dangerous to her in every way.


The daughter of Wulfric’s fiercest opponent, Sapphire is a prized warrior in her own right and highly skilled in the sensual arts—in short, Wulfric’s perfect match. A lasting union is unthinkable, but the bargain they strike—to spend one night together, and then part—proves impossible in the face of a desire powerful enough to bring two countries to the brink of war, and two hearts to the point of surrender. . .

Genre: Erotic Romance, Fantasy

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In the Flesh
(Sapphire: Book 1)
by Livia Dare

Kensington Publishing (Zebra)
June 1, 2008
Available: June 2, 2009
ISBN #1420100904
EAN #9781420100907
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