Willow’s Review of Rogue’s Pawn by Jeffe Kennedy
Publisher: Carina Press
Publication Date: July 16, 2012
Series: Covenant of Thorns
This is no fairy tale…
Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancé, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself…
With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to…
The moment I saw the cover to this, I knew I had to read this. Yeah, I’ll admit it, I am a cover whore sometimes, and this was one of those moments. Reading the synopsis later only solidified my desire to read it. Talk about a great start to what promises to be an exciting series! I greatly enjoyed this novel. =^.^=
One of the things that made this book so enjoyable were the characters. Every one of them, from main to secondary character, was unique and engaging. There wasn’t a single one that I didn’t either love or love to hate! Jennifer (Gwynn), Rogue, Starling, Darling, Falcon, etc, all came to life before my eyes and threw my emotions into a spin. And speaking of Falcon, can I say that Kennedy certainly knows how to write strong villains. He’s definitely someone I don’t ever want to meet in real life! Truth be told though, Darling stole my heart out of all of them. It’s a shame he didn’t have a bigger part in the story. Want to know why I loved him so much? Read the book! ~purrs~
Another great thing this book had going for it was non-stop action. There was never a dull moment or lag in events. From Gwynn’s “training” to her participation in the war, there’s no real down time for her or the other characters. The plot is always moving, always building, and always engrossing.
The only thing that gave me trouble was the relationship between Rogue and Gwynn. I loved how the two characters interacted with each other, but I found their “love” hard to grasp, especially at the end. Either I completely missed the whole point behind their relationship (more than likely the case), or it wasn’t as well-developed as the rest of the elements in the book. Yes, there’s no denying there is chemistry between the two, but I just couldn’t accept Gwynn readily giving herself to Rogue at the end the way she did. I guess I wanted more build up in their feelings for each other, more romance if you will. And if I’m to be honest, the last two chapters felt rushed to me. I really hope that the second book delves more into the revelation that occurred at the end.
Still, though the ending left me a bit disillusioned shall we say, I found myself not wanting to put this book down once I started reading. I wanted…no, I needed to find out what happened next with each chapter. I definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good paranormal fantasy story. Can’t wait for book two!
I’d like to thank Roxanne of Bewitching Book Tours for letting me participate in this tour event. Purrs and tail waves to you as always!