It's about time! I am so sick and tired of so-called "perfect" heroines running around without even a single hint of a flaw other than their extreme lack of self-confidence! So many heroines these days strut around after having several plastic surgeries and then do humanely good deeds as if to say to many women reading these stories, "Don't you wish you were hot like me?" At long last, I have stumbled upon a heroine with flaws! And she's gorgeous! I don't see her muscular body as boyish like she did and neither did her two, yes TWO, satyr lovers! That in and of itself granted this story 4 Stars because not too many romance authors have the balls to create every day beauty! Many authors instead rely upon the Hollywood definition of perfection and it has been bugging me! So, to read this tale is akin to breathing fresh air instead of the stagnating bog of plastic beauty! Bravo, Theresa Noelle Roberts, Bravo!
The story itself was cute and entertaining although I did have a qualm with the introduction of Laeca and Kallios. Kallios was near death, shaking hands with the bastard, and still Laeca decides to have her way with him! How very irresponsible...but all was forgiven when Laeca made things right in the world!
What a fun and different read! I enjoyed it immensely and I know you will to!
Laeca, Lady of Thermanae, missed out on the incredible good looks that bless the rest of her family--not to mention the talent for healing and sex-magic.
What she has is determination, pride, honor, and an unwavering dedication to the land and people of Thermanae. All its people, both human and satyr. She can't remember the last time she let herself have fun. Sex is something that happens on the erotically charged Soranian holy days--if she actually has time to attend the festivals.
When a sick satyr collapses at her feet on Midwinter's Day, Laeca realizes she'll be passing on the yet another festival in order to nurse him, hoping common sense and herb tea will make up for lack of healing magic. But when she realizes Kallios is at death's door because he wants to follow his murdered beloved, she makes a vow on her family honor to save him. By any means necessary. Including by restoring his will to live by reminding him how much fun sex is.
In the Soranian Empire, though, vows made on holy days have unexpected consequences. Or maybe Kallios' dead lover's ghost understands what the living need better than they do. Before the Longest Night is done, Laeca will find her magic and risk her life. Kallios will learn his dead lover isn't necessarily gone. And all of them, including the dead man, will be changed by the powers of love, magic and the Longest Night.