A Rare Gem
Believing in the kind of true love her parents have, Lady Beryl Dunstan is disheartened when none of her potential suitors shows the least interest in learning anything about her personality. Nor her desires. Let alone her passions. Unless she will ‘give up the goods’ if an offer of marriage is made. Which she won’t even consider. Until she meets a kindred spirit in Henry Bloodstone. Alas, Henry is only the fourth son of a duke, and his future fortune is controlled by an overbearing brother who insists Henry’s bride must come with a substantial dowry.
The outspoken Lady Beryl ignites a desire in Henry that surpasses even his devotion to the study of, well...rocks. But with a wealthy rival also vying for Beryl’s hand, Henry must decide whether he can settle for a financially-secure life with a woman he’ll never care for, or risk everything in an attempt to earn the freedom to marry the woman he loves.
Discovering the Woodsman
In the beautiful and peaceable kingdom of Evgenia, it is rumored that mysterious creatures still survive long after the secrets of magic have been lost. Lady Heather Bloodstone’s headstrong nature impels her to discover whether the creatures known as Woodsmen truly exist outside of the fairy tales she adored as a child. When she meets Jasper—a handsome Woodsman with deep blue eyes, wild grass-colored hair, and a cocky smile—she is nearly overwhelmed by his kiss.
Jasper the Woodsman’s life consists of fulfilling requests from the maidens and ladies of the castle—be it for a healing potion, a kiss, or to become lovers. When the lovely Lady Heather refuses his offer of the latter, he is nevertheless intrigued by her request to become friends. A dangerous situation arises when their friendship deepens, because those who cross noble bloodlines with a commoner’s are banished from Evgenia forever.
Praise for Discovering the Woodsman
I read the book cover to cover in 2 days! I love the magical and mystical feel of Evgenia. I thoroughly enjoyed the characters as well, and can’t wait to read the next book!
I'm not usually a romance person, but I absolutely fell in love with the world and the old-world fantasy feeling of Evgenia. I feel like the old "nobility/commoner" and "star-crossed lover" ideas are pretty rare these days, and it's nice to see a story that relies more on internal conflict and less on violence and rescues from evil villains (although this story's villain is pretty evil). I can't wait to see how the rest of the trilogy plays out!
4 out of 5 stars
I found the story quite intriguing and I needed to know how Lady Heather's story unfolded and I ended up finishing this book in one day. I may have been a little hesitant at picking this book up to read, I now find myself keen to read the rest of the books in this trilogy.