The Pine Forest by Michelle Dare
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A wonderful blend of fantasy and romance…
I was so happy to come back to the Realm in this second of the series. The Pines and Azures have long been at odds but love was going to take that feud head on!
“Within the dark confines of the trees in the Pine Forest is where everything magical happens.”
A princess and a knight. In a mystical kingdom. There are dragons. And hidden secrets. Oh yes, and sweet, sexy love. Sigh… It’s a wonder I ever want to leave my kindle with offerings such as these! Oliver Sage and Addison Azure were forbidden, yet fated, lovers as they both realized the spark between them was something they could not, did not want to, ignore. There were many reasons they shouldn’t be but tell that to their hearts…
“What I don’t want is a man in my life who will either only want to be with me because of what it will do for his status, or a man who will try and control my every move. Neither will do.”
Political intrigue. Interfering family. Possible war. Hmm… Some big reasons why Oliver and Addison shouldn’t be together but as their relationship builds, those pale in comparison to true love and a bond that is sweet and strong, much like these characters. Oliver is a fearsome warrior with Addison matching him in fierceness and love for family and land. Knowing how their romance would be greeted – on both sides of their swords – means they are going to fight their consciences as well as each other. Throw in dragons and battles, shared skirmishes and a desire that builds hotly between them and their courtship is unusual but highly entertaining!
While a simple tale in some respects, the emotions are pure and the storytelling is top-notch as I find myself sucked into a time that I wish were here and now…
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