Tam agreed to join with one of the fairy maids even though the prospect of being with woman left him cold. If this joining took place, his village would prosper. However, he ended up betrothed to Herne the Hunter, leader of the Wild Hunt. Herne had been called to Greenwood Forest but he knew not the purpose. He had led The Wild Hunt for fifteen hundred years, ever since a stunning betrayal by his lover forced him to choose death in order save his people. Changed, Herne has spent centuries wreaking havoc. One wrong move has an horrific outcome. He has performed a betrothal ritual with a beautiful young man. Tam will die if the union is not consummated in five days; but consummating it with Herne will also kill him. Together they must find a way to break the betrothal. But the attraction to each other is strong and each senses the other's needs. Dominance and submission offer Herne and Tam everything they crave even as they fight for survival.
This is the second book I've read by this author and once again she infuses an erotic love story with myth and legends. This story takes place before Bound to the Forest and is just as well written. The details are stunning and paint vivid pictures of this world. Tam and Herne are not your everyday couple. Their chemistry is explosive but it's their journey that makes for great reading. The sex is steamy, graphic and a bit more kinky than the first book. Have to say I loved those horns. There are interesting secondary characters to add drama and depth to the tale. The Wild Hunt are a very gruesome group and the author does a nice job of conveying that. Folklore is woven throughout and it's truly fascinating. My favorite part of this story is the transformation of Herne. I liked him from the beginning and watching him heal was exciting. It's the world building that showcases Ms. Berriford's talent. Her characters come alive in this haunting place. Very nice read.
England, 1588. When a fairy betrothal ritual goes wrong, village lad Tam is bonded to Herne the Hunter. Warrior, legend, and Greenwood spirit, Herne once led the terrifying Wild Hunt, an army of the undead who rode as harbingers of doom. When his passions are stirred and his blood is up, Herne sports the antlers of a mighty stag.
Herne could be the dominant lover Tam secretly craves, but Herne's past makes Tam fear the brooding warrior will enslave or kill him. While Herne admires Tam's toughness and humor, he has rejected love -- as he has sworn off leading the Wild Hunt -- and wishes only for solitude. To break their betrothal, they must travel into the Greenwood, a realm of magic and bondage where their desires for each other grow dangerously irresistible, and the Wild Hunt bays for their blood.
As the threat rises, Herne's mastery and compassion realize Tam's darkest sexual fantasies. Soon he's no longer fighting for his freedom, wishing to be bound to the beast forever. But can Herne's tortured heart be reawakened? And if so, will their love destroy them both, or prove Herne the Hunter's greatest weapon?
Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: BDSM theme and elements (binding, spanking), dubious consent, exhibitionism, male/male sexual practices, violence, voyeurism.