Sunday, July 26, 2015

Possessed By The Fallen - Sharon Ashwood

Possessed By The Fallen
Sharon Ashwood
Harlequin Nocturne, Jul 1 2015, $5.75
ISBN: 9780373009497

Their peers at the Company of the Dead assume field agents Jessica Lark the fashion designing fey and Jack “Death” Anderson the vampire died fighting the forces of the dark.  Instead the former lovers must trust and rely on one another to enable the pivotal wedding between enemy kingdoms to occur.  Unable to move passed “fool me once, it's her fault, but fool me twice is my fault”; Jack has overwhelming doubts of teaming with the woman who stabbed him (see Possessed By A Warrior).

Their adversaries know that by preventing the marriage of Crown Prince Kyle of Vidon and Princess Amelie of Marcari, they keep alive the lethal status quo; while nuptials followed by an heir and a spare will cement an alliance the dark fey do not want.  However, the stakes intensify when the darkness abduct Princess Amelie.  More than ever Jack and Jessica need to unite to rescue the kidnapped royal.

The fourth Les Compagnie des Morts romantic fantasy is an engaging thriller in which much of the focus is on the dangerous rescue and the returns of doubting (with strong reasons) partners.  Like the previous three entries (see Possessed By An Immortal and Possessed By A Wolf), fast-paced but also highlighted by the dysfunctional relationship between Death and the designer Fey who betrayed him, readers once again feel possessed by Sharon Ashwood’s fabulous finish.

Harriet Klausner

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