Author: M.L. Sparrow
Release Date: December 1, 2015
When a rich gentleman finds a beautiful young woman lying in the snow, on the brink of death, he takes her back to his house and, when she has recovered, employs her as a maid. Immediately Elira realizes that Anthony Luther is no ordinary man and nothing about the house she now lives in is as it seems, for Anthony is a powerful wizard.
Inexplicably drawn together, they begin a tentative romance, but it’s not just Elira’s uncertainties and the rules of upper-class society which drive a wedge between them; rivalries and a precious family heirloom, a priceless necklace of unforeseen power handed down through generations, threaten not only the couple’s happiness, but also their lives and the safety of the people around them.
It's interesting how a book can get you hooked on a genre. This is the second of Sparrow's books that I've read, and I've quite enjoyed them both. I had never read a historical romance before, however. But I find myself wanting to read more.
Elira is stronger than she seems at first. To some, she might just look like the week little girl in need of rescuing. But she got herself out of the bad situation with her previous employer. She got herself through her tough life. And, while she was concerned about what people thought about her and Anthony, she still held her head high, even if she wasn't able to defend herself as easily Anthony was. She wasn't as weak as she appeared. And I appreciated that. So many times the female MC can be just weak or wishy-washy.
I really felt the romance between Elira and Anthony. And, as I said, it made me want to read more historical romance. I also really enjoyed that there was a small fantasy element to the story. The world was well built, feeling a lot like 19th century England.
I liked this a lot and will happily read anything else Sparrow publishes. If you like romance, you should give this a try.
Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, and that in no way sways my opinion of this book.