When the team from the new SFFRomCast Podcast, a fabulous new podcast for Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance novel addicts and writers, asked me to blog about one of my favourite fantasy romance books from 2021, I squealed with joy.
Fantasy Romance is a genre which appeals to me as a reader. These books allow me to access an escape portal to wonderful worlds of magic, adventure and colour. I have a fantastic quote on the subject of reading fantasy:
Fantasy is silver and scarlet, indigo and azure, obsidian veined with gold. Reality is plywood and plastic.Unknown
Fantasy Romance, for me, has an unbeatable and undenieable charm. These stories always contain an intense form of love which always leaves me breathless and gasping.
My all time favourite fantasy romance is The Winter King by C.L Wilson. I adored the Ice King and his wolf companions so much. I loved how the heroine softens him.
The book I am talking about below is one which I enjoyed so much in 2021 – I experienced a creative yearning to dive into this genre myself as a writer. Enough of my creative urges, here’s the blurb:
The elves come for two things: war and wives. In both cases, they come for death.
Three-thousand years ago, humans were hunted by powerful races with wild magic until the treaty was formed. Now, for centuries, the elves have taken a young woman from Luella’s village to be their Human Queen.
To be chosen is seen as a mark of death by the townsfolk. A mark nineteen-year-old Luella is grateful to have escaped as a girl. Instead, she’s dedicated her life to studying herbology and becoming the town’s only healer.
That is, until the Elf King unexpectedly arrives… for her.
Everything Luella had thought she’d known about her life, and herself, was a lie. Taken to a land filled with wild magic, Luella is forced to be the new queen to a cold yet blisteringly handsome Elf King. Once there, she learns about a dying world that only she can save.
The magical land of Midscape pulls on one corner of her heart, her home and people tug on another… but what will truly break her is a passion she never wanted.
A Deal with the Elf King is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Hades and Persephone, as well as Beauty and the Beast, with a “happily ever after” ending. It’s perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.
Here’s my review
I loved this enchanting and fascinating story about Luella, a strong and brave magical healer, with a ‘no-nonsense’ attitude, who is forced to marry Eldas, the reclusive Elf King. Initially sparks fly between them but duty brings them together and they have a world saving mission on their hands.
I adored Luella’s plucky nature and how she refused to do what Eldas wanted her to do. She believed in helping others, always put the needs of her people first and stood up for what she believed in. Luella is one of my favourite heroines.
King Eldas is a total fictional crush. He’s so sexy, he draws ‘constellations on Luella’s clothing’, he kisses her ‘like the creatue of darkness he is’, he ‘growls’ her name and he says things like how he would never dream of leaving her unsatisfied.’ All I could do was shout YES, YES, YES and YES again from my armchair.
Added to this is the glow Luella and King Eldas make when they are getting passionate. Their ‘powers are radiating together’. Another big yes from me.
This is a great example of a fantastic enemies to lovers story. A delicious slow burn.
The world building is exceptional. It was detailed I was able to picture both Luella’s and King Eldas’s worlds in my mind.
Such a great book!
The next book on my reading list is this author’s book A Dance With The Fae Prince.
I can’t wait for the new SFFRomCast Podcast to begin on 12 October. Every week I am going to be able to listen to writers and readers talk about their love of Science Fiction and Fantasy Romance.