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How to Love Your Elf by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #4
Published by Kensington Books on March 1, 2020
Genres: Fantasy Romance
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FLAME AND FORTUNE
Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother’s kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border . . . well, treachery seemed at least as likely as true peace. But to support her sister, Sorcha would brave far more than the underhanded ways of the elves. Or so she thought, before she was taken hostage.
Of course, her captors didn’t count on her particular abilities—or on the help of the Woodsman, the mysterious thief who made his home in the forest. He saw the battle from the trees, saw the soldier attacking against incredible odds to save a comrade—and then saw the valiant fighter revealed as Princess Sorcha of Norveshka. He can’t tell if he wants to kidnap her or kiss her. But despite Sorcha’s stubbornness, his inconvenient honor, and a rebellion on the cusp of full war, something burns between them that neither can let go . . .
I love the people, the sisters of the Embraced series . The series had a delay and a new series name, Embraced by Magic with a change in publisher. I felt a little bit lost, at first, with the time lag. While the male and the kingdom are new, each book focuses on one new couple, so it wasn’t hard to read. The sisters are always part of the story and it’s great to get updates on what is happening with them.
How to Love Your Elf is about the elves. There are actually two factions of elves: the river elves and the wood elves. I enjoyed learning about them. The King is Gwennore’s grandfather. They’ve been at war with the dragons for a long time. Gwennore almost met her mother but it didn’t work out. View Spoiler »Her mother has made some bad choices and chose to double down on them. « Hide Spoiler
The couple here is Sorcha, whose brother, Silas, is the King of Dragons and Gwennore’s husband. She’s smart and strong but inexperienced and rather silly about relationships. The Woodsman is a mystery, with no name but a legend with his comrades. He is an elf of integrity and rather a Robin Hood sort. I found the romance and sex scenes to not be very realistic, but it is fiction.
So far all the sisters have turned out to have royal connections and have ended up married to kings. The mysteries of the series ties in with the hidden stories of the sisters’ pasts and the five kingdoms. We did see the continuing villainery of the Chameleon but the Circle of Five took some hits! There are still many concerns with them, though.
I have really enjoyed this series! They are fun and interesting as we learn about each kingdom and the mystery of the sister who turns out to be from the kingdom. The books all follow this similar pattern. The feel is fantasy with romance, mystery, and suspense. I love the bits of humor! There is one more book for the final unmarried sister, Maeve, A Siren and the Deep Blue Sea, planned for this August. I can’t wait to know about all the kingdoms and mysteries!
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