E-Originals, February 1, 2019 | Xpress Reviews

The story line is full of intrigue and will be a hit for those who enjoy slow-burn romances; this classic romance conundrum of opposites attracting keeps readers rooting for that bad-boy QB to throw the Hail Mary and score the ultimate touchdown

Week ending February 1, 2019

Holland, Nancy. Felyn’s Curse. Tule. (Witch King Trilogy, Bk. 2). Mar. 2019. 295p. ebk. ISBN 9781949707632. $3.99. PARANORMAL ROMANCE
Varz, new leader of his people, knows he must form an alliance if he is going to abolish the slave trade between his people and those to the south. Although reluctant, he agrees to marry the sister-in-law of Thalgor, leader of neighboring lands, to seal the deal. He knows that his new bride Felyn is a cursed witch, destined to join the Sea Witches after one year of marriage. Believing that her curse forces her to transform into some kind of monster each full moon, Varz easily refrains from consummating the bond; however, as time goes on, her beauty, power, kindness, and spirited nature make that promise more difficult to keep. With enemies both outside and within his own clan, Varz proves himself to be a strong and humble ruler. He grows to love and respect Felyn, but will their love be strong enough to shatter her unbreakable curse?
VERDICT Although initially a bit difficult to follow, this second title in “The Witch King Trilogy” (after Thalgor’s Witch) reads well as a stand-alone. The story line is full of intrigue and will be a hit for those who enjoy slow-burn romances.—Vicky Coffin, Salem Free P.L., CT

White, Sarah. Rookie in Love. Tule. (Love Offsides, Bk. 1). Mar. 2019. 129p. ebk. ISBN 9781949707564. $3.99. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Madeline Stone is preparing for her college graduation and a lifetime married to her boyfriend Greg while working in the family business—until one wild rooftop night of stargazing with quarterback Jackson Rider throws her whole world off-kilter. Jackson has a long string of girls he never bothered to care about, his only concerns being the next big game. A single starry night with Maddy and his whole world shifts, as she becomes the one girl he can’t get out of his head. But Maddy is caught in her family’s web of judgment and expectations, which include marriage and children with respectable Greg. Like modern-day Shakespearean lovers, Madeline and Jackson are torn between worlds that seem destined to separate them. Will they be star-crossed lovers or suffer life’s ultimate loss?
VERDICT White’s (Let Me List the Ways) classic romance conundrum of opposites attracting keeps readers rooting for that bad-boy QB to throw the Hail Mary and score the ultimate touchdown—with his lovely rookie by his side!—Judy Taylor Garner, Strayer Univ., Glen Allen, VA

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