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Monday, September 24, 2012

Beauty: A Faery Story 3 by Sophie Oak

Beauty: A Faery Story 3 by Sophie Oak
Publisher: Siren Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (326 pgs)
Other: mild BDSM, M/F, M/F/M, Ménage, Anal Play, Spanking
Rating: Best Book
Reviewed by Honeysuckle

In one horrifying night, Bronwyn Finn lost her family, her kingdom, and the princes who had haunted her dreams for years. Left alone, years pass as she fights for survival and craves revenge against the uncle who took everything from her. But she’s never forgotten her Dark Ones.

A tragedy marred Lach and Shim McIver’s future. The future kings of the Unseelie Fae are obsessed with finding their promised wife—Bronwyn. Lach and Shim have never stopped believing that Bronwyn is their mate. She is the bond that connects the halves of their shared soul.

With the blessing of the renegade kings, Beck and Cian Finn, Lach and Shim begin a dangerous quest to find their bride before Torin and his hags take her life.

Across two planes, a war will rage. Lives will be lost. Love will be found. And the Seelie Fae will welcome their true kings home.

Happily Ever After…that sense of eternal completeness is so sought after but it can be elusive and yet men will kill to achieve it as well as die to preserve it.

Contemporary romance stories often center their plots around the journey to a HEA for the heroine and her hero (or heroes). It’s necessary and expected but, in my mind, the true beginnings of a cosmic and stellar HEA originated within the pages of fairy tales. There’s something that calls to the romantic inside me when the story involves a princess who’s lost her throne and the knights who work to win it back along with heart.

After reading all three parts of author Sophie Oak’s A Faery Story, a single word comes to mind: Epic. The elements are all there to create a story that spans time and several planes and the writing made it flow like a cascading mountain brook, smooth on the surface but teaming with so much life and vitality underneath. Beauty rounded out this trilogy with perfect timing and characterization. The heroes grew stronger as they came to understand the strength in their mate. The bad guys got what was coming to them and the secondary characters that had made wrong decisions for the right reasons were redeemed.

For a while I thought the final battle would happen in the remote village of Aoibhneas. It seemed appropriate. This quirky, and yet somehow blissful, little mountain hideaway had been a thorn in Tiron’s side since he stole the throne. If anyone could aide the Seelie and Unseelie kings and their queens in reclaiming their rightful kingdoms it was these people. They know family. I’m intentionally being a little vague here in case someone isn’t familiar with Ms. Oaks other books. But if you love her contemporary stories as much as I do, prepare to shed a few tears. No she doesn’t kill off any of the beloved counterparts but she expands on their lives beyond what we knew and personally my heart quickened in more than one place.

One of my favorite characters of the entire trilogy actually had her story in Book 2: Beast. I just adore Kaja. She proved her cleverness and devotion to her new family and those she loves over and again. I was proud to see the part she played in Beauty. She in no way overwhelms or takes over the story but it would have been less without her.

I have to think Ms. Oak has plans to continue writing stories on the Faery plane. She begins a sub-story within Beauty that simply must be told.

This is an easy recommend to anyone who loves romance, strength, growth, redemption and of course, happily ever afters. I highly recommend the stories be read in order for the most enjoyment but most of all I simply recommend they be read. These are not stories you simply read, these are stories you experience.

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