I received this book for free from Rabid PR in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
Series: Eternal Mates #3
Published by Felicity Heaton on 08-09-2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Source: Rabid PR
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An elf prince on the verge of losing himself to the darkness, Vail is maddened by the forty-two centuries he was under the control of a witch and forced to war with his brother. Now, he roams Hell seeking an escape from his terrible past and the heads of all who bear magic. When demons of the Fifth Realm capture him, he sees a chance to end his existence, but when he wakes in a cell to a beautiful female, he finds not death but his only shot at salvation—his true fated mate.
Captured by the enemy of the Third Realm when the war ended, Rosalind has spent months in the cells of the Fifth Realm with her magic bound, forced to heal the new king’s demon warriors, and haunted by the lives she has taken. When she’s brought to heal an unconscious man, she discovers her only hope of escape has come in the form of her worst nightmare and the first part of a prediction that might spell her doom—a devastatingly handsome and dangerous dark elf prince.
Unwilling to fall under the control of anyone ever again, Vail must escape before the Fifth King can use him as a pawn in a deadly game of revenge, but he cannot leave without Rosalind, the woman who looks at him with dark desire in her stunning eyes and awakens a fierce hunger in his heart. A witch who drives him mad with need even as the darkness within whispers she will enslave him too.
Can Rosalind escape her fate as they embark on a journey fraught with danger and resist the temptation of her rogue elf prince? And can Vail overcome the memories that madden him in order to seize his chance for salvation and the heart of his fated female forever?
WOW Vail is two parts Zsadist (BDB) and one part Uilleam MacRieve (IAD).
Vail is the “mad elf prince” striking fear in all the paranormal world. But Vail is not “mad” by choice. He was driven to it over centuries of being under the spell of a dark witch. He was forced to kill people. Much like Zsadist in the BDB series by J.R. Ward, Vail was sexually abused, well really he was repeatedly raped by the dark witch. It’s no wonder why Vail would hate all witches much like Uilleam MacRieve. They both hate witches because of how they were abused by one and both of their fated mates are witches.
Vail has a severe case of PTSD. Any time he feels magic, sees a witch, or touched by someone he blackouts and returns to the hell he lived through. Slowly Rosalind learns what triggers Vail’s madness and tries to bring him out of it.
Rosalind has a few issues of her own. She is trying to live with the guilt over killing people. True she did it for a good reason to protect herself and her friends. But Rosalind is a light witch and does her best not to hurt people and has a strong connection to nature. Much like Vail, Rosalind is dealing with PTSD, seeing blood brings her back to the battlefield where she had to kill to say alive.
TEMPTED BY A ROUGE is a step away from Felicity Heaton’s usually sexy novels and takes us to a dark place with Vail. It was a little slow in parts for me but over all I enjoyed getting to know about Vail and Rosalind and was glad to see they got their HEA.