Monday, August 4, 2014

Tempted by a Rogue PrinceTitle:  Tempted by a Rogue Prince
Series:  Eternal Mates, Book 3
Author:  Felicity Heaton
Genre:  Paranormal Romance
Rating: 2K1CH

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?

 Tempted by a Rogue Prince is book 3 in Felicity Heaton's Eternal Mates series and this one features the tormented "Mad Elf Prince" Vail.  After finally being freed from thousands of years of torment by the evil witch Kordula, the last thing Vail is interested in is finding his mate.  When he's captured by the demons of the Third Realm, that's exactly what he finds. 

I've always expected for Vail's story to be a difficult read because he spent so many years destroying everyone and everything he loved while under the control of Kordula.  I wasn't quite so prepared for him to still be mad and out of his mind for most of the book.  With that said I really liked Rosalind as Vail's heroine.  She showed so much kindness, patience, and understanding towards Vail, even before he had done anything to deserve it.  Her acceptance of him and the fact that he had been damaged by her kin was astounding and heart felt. I loved her character and felt she made Vail's madness bearable since it took most of the book for him to start having less episodes of succumbing to the darkness.

All in all, I think Tempted by a Rogue Prince was a solid read and a valuable addition to the overall series.  I'm quite interested in seeing whether we will meet the succubus Fenix again.  The prelude to his story seems quite intriguing.  I'm giving this one 3.5 Keys and a Scorching Heat Rating! 


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