Love's Elixir

Lady Faire series, #1

Love's Elixir introduces readers to Rafe and Kyra. After some unfortunate events Rafe and Kyra suddenly traveled back in time to the court of Henry VIII. They are at an advantage because they practice living in 1513 for the Faire back home, but there are a multitude of problems going on during Henry's reign that can spell trouble for Kyra and Rafe.

Kyra is unsure if she can trust Rafe with her safety and with her heart. The book is short and ends in a cliff hanger that definitely makes readers want to grab the next book in the trilogy. Even though Kyra and Rafe are likable and there is intrigue in finding out what happens on their adventure, there was not enough romance. It is easy to see that Rafe and Kyra are falling for each other but because of the way the book ends there seems to be no resolution. Will Kyra and Rafe survive living in 1513? Will they ever find a way home?

Book Blurb for Love's Elixir

Kyra Morgan always wanted to live in the past, and now she’s found a way to do just that. Whether she likes it or not. Wrapping herself in black velvet under the sweltering Southern sun, Kyra spends her summers working at the Tudor Rose Renaissance Festival, a Lady in an imaginary royal court. She hasn’t had much luck with men either and has little interest in handing her heart over again, so she immerses herself in her scholarship and the local faire where she can escape into the past and ignore the problems of the present day.

Rafe Harrison is hard to ignore, however. Handsome, confident and boorish, he is beloved by most everyone at the faire, particularly the women. Even Kyra’s best friend is quick to champion him, much to Kyra’s dismay. Kyra knows little about Rafe, but wisely despises his bravado, his appeal and his slipshod reenactment methods. And when Rafe is implicated in her best friend’s riding accident, she cannot forgive him for his neglect or herself for the unwelcomed sensations he stirs within her.

After tampering with a gypsy potion, Kyra suddenly finds herself and Rafe transported back to sixteenth-century England, and it is nothing like the 1500s back home. It is a dangerous time of court intrigue, French wars and Scottish insurrection. Kyra soon finds that she must learn to trust the courage and heart of the man she reviles if they are to survive. And more importantly, she must learn to trust her own heart as she fights for both her own and Rafe’s survival upon one of the bloodiest battlefields in England: Flodden. 

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2011 3.25