Author: K.D. Friedrich
Genre/Age: Paranormal Romance/Adult
Series: A Wicked Series (Book One)
Format: ebook via The Romance Reviews
Synopsis: In a few weeks, Summer Leery will be mated. For most witches, it's a time to celebrate, but Summer isn't smiling. Her upcoming union is one of convenience, not love, contracted between her family and one of the most powerful families in the coven. As always, Summer's loyalty remains with her kin and the traditions she's expected to follow. No matter how much she detests her future husband. With her parents off to secure her nuptials, Summer is eager to enjoy her last moments of freedom.
Kian Lancaster's relationship with his father is volatile. So finding himself at the bastard's mercy is the last place Kian wants to be. Unfortunately, he has no choice. His mother is suffering from an unknown illness and needs constant care. Care that costs money. Money Kian doesn't have. With little options, he lets his father pay his mother's mounting medical bills, knowing the offer comes with a heavy price. Kian must work for his father's ruthless company. Looking to forget his bleak future, he plans a nostalgic night of liquor and fun in the local woods. Unaware his destiny lurks in the shadows of towering pine.
Summer is shocked to find a human trespassing on her family's land. More surprising is that the Goddess to all witches demands Summer welcome the cursed intruder. Summer has no time to waste playing host to a foolish human. No matter how handsome. With her wedding weeks away, Kian's a temptation she can't afford to entertain. But when her deity makes a decree to bring the male into the supernatural world... what's a witch to do?
Kian's about to find out. For the first time in his life, a woman didn't fall to her knees to please him. Summer's apathy shackled his lust and refused to let go. Kian knows he should stay away from Summer, but when it comes to this woman, he can't get enough.
Their attraction is instant, their desire intense. Two hearts forced together by the will of a Goddess. Is Summer strong enough to resist Kian's charm? Or will she risk it all to taste the power of love?
Wow, wow, wow! I was not prepared for this magical ride!
This book blew me away. I easily became immersed in this parallel supernatural world with all sorts of paranormal creatures in hiding. This story was mostly about witches but there were dashes of other mystical beings and plenty of magic, itself.
It's almost time for Summer to marry the man her parents have chosen for her. The pairing is a result of duty to carrying on their witch bloodline and not one of love. In fact, Summer can't stand the fact that she is about to be bound to a man she doesn't like, who will strip her of her fierce independence.
But when Summer comes across Kian, a human, her world begins to shift. A visit from a goddess sets in motion a drastic change of destiny for both Summer and Kian as they discover their true place in the world and with each other. As our couple realize the truth of their connection, ruthless villains threaten their whirlwind romance and the future of the supernatural world hangs in the balance.
I'm not even sure where to begin. I loved everything about this story. The characters were so real that I could almost reach out and touch them. Summer's struggle to convince herself that she couldn't stray from her predetermined fate was just as fulfilling to witness as Kian's battle within himself to overcome his demons and realize his true purpose in life.
Every word added to the story and I rarely find myself as glued to a digital page as I did with this book. There is a little history of the supernatural, a lot of vivid imagery as we learn how magic is woven into nature, and a whole lot of passionate romance to liven up the story. It was steadily paced and filled with magical elements, along with a fantastic pairing in Summer and Kian. Their chemistry was scorching hot and entirely what I was hoping for.
I will be impatiently tapping my foot as I wait for the next book to be released. I need to know what happens with Winter and the new direction that the paranormal creatures are headed in. Five amazing suns!