Title: Heart of Fire
Author: Mary Lennox
Genre: Historical Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: January 31, 2015
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review.
Series or Stand Alone: Stand Alone
King Nicholas Rostov vows to protect his beloved country from both Napoleon’s troops and the Brotherhood, a band of terrorists threatening his borders. When the mysterious slave, Sera, saves him from an assassination attempt, Nicholas brings her home with him, ostensibly to protect her. Little does Nicholas know that Sera is a princess in disguise. On the run from Anatole Galerien, who is determined to kill her, she is on a desperate quest to retrieve the stolen Heart of Fire, the magnificent ruby that hides her magical kingdom from the outside world. Now, a pampered prisoner in Nicholas’s castle, Sera feels her magical powers growing at an alarming rate. Without her grandfather’s help, she must learn to understand and control them before she shakes the very foundations of Nicholas’s castle.
In this frightening land of strangers, war looms and danger lurks everywhere. As Sera struggles to keep her secrets, find the ruby, and master the magic inside her, she instinctively turns to the compelling captor who overwhelms her with his strength and confounds her with his comfort.
But what good can come from loving an outlander when her very survival depends upon her fleeing this brutal world and returning home?
Nicholas is a king who wants to protect his country from Napoleon. When a slave girl saves his life, he demands her ownership papers and takes her with him. Sera is just trying to find the Heart of Fire, a magnificent ruby that hides her magical kingdom of Arkadia from the rest of the world. Some people look down on her for being a “Hill person” and don’t realize that she holds the key to saving the kingdom. Her powers are growing alarmingly fast and she doesn’t know how to control them without her grandfather. Nicholas realizes that she is no ordinary slave and gives her a title and some land so that he can keep her close to him in the castle. Before long they start to fall for each other without realizing the danger that lies ahead.
This book was absolutely incredible. I didn’t want to put it down and ended up staying up until 2 am to finish it. It was worth it though since it did not disappoint. The romance is very subtle when it needs to be and there is an excellent story line to follow.
Rating: 5 stars