Rogue’s Paradise (Covenant of Thorns) Jeffe Kennedy

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Rogue’s Paradise (Covenant of Thorns) Jeffe Kennedy
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
I loved books one and two in this incredible trilogy. Its the kind of Fae story I love, lots of magic, humans and Fae and a few mythical creatures, with battles of wits more than guns, sorcery more than swords. Of course there’s a few “real” weapons used too – its not all magic providing the mayhem. Its such a clever plot too – right from the first pages I was hooked in, and now in book three so many little incidents that I almost missed have come into play.
I did have some trouble sorting out all the characters to begin but by now they feel like od friends – or enemies. Of course the delicious and mysterious Rogue is one that can’t be mistaken. He’s the same, although he’s also changed…oxymoron you think, but in some ways he is still the same person he was – knowing Gwynn for real, as opposed to how he knew her before has enhanced him, so that he’s still the same charismatic, calculating, controlling Rogue but he looks at problems in a different way now, thinking of what Gwynn would want him to do. He’s learning what Love is, something the Fae, for all they have so much, don’t seem to have. Of course there’s still the problems from books one and two – Gwynn has finally come to love Rogue but how far can she trust him, he does nothing without calculating far, far ahead for the consequences, and a little voice still shrieks at Gwynn “ is am I part of some plan of Rogue’s, and where does Titania fit in”. She’s in love with him, but still doesn’t really know him, and add in the geas Titania placed on him, that prevents him from telling her so much, and you can see why she is uncertain. Now thanks to the mad Queen’s machinations she’s pregnant, and she and Rogue need to find a way to keep their child away from the woman.
Once again there’s plenty of magic, and lots of action with some searing sensuality between Gwynn and Rogue. I loved that – it made the love between them feel so real. Even though he’s hampered by what he can say, and struggling to understand Gwynn’s human mind and the way it works, he does his best to reassure her. I love the way he places something in front of her name every time – it makes it feel so lovingly possessive – its something like “lovely Gwynn, Beautiful Gwynn, Brave Gwynn, Fearless Gwynn” and of course things like “Foolhardy Gwynn” too…his version of a reprimand. Gwynn’s struggling with the bargains she’s had to make and wondering about those Rogue has made. He’s pressing her for commitment, and she is still uncertain. He can’t seem to find the words she needs, and she’s not sure what’s the right course of action. Its a world so very different from what she expected to grow up in. Can love be enough? What about her beast, the Cat inside her? And what happens once the Queen recovers her strength? She’s not the sort to lie back quietly, except when she’s planning her next battle. She plans to win, but Rogue and Gwynn need to be the victors – can they succeed though?
I said already I love Gwynn and Rogue, I think they are perfect for each other but…from books one and two I wasn’t sure they could get there. So many secrets, so many restrictions and such an uncertain and strange world. No-one really seems to be what they are, everyone seems to be hiding something, and its hard to know who can be trusted. Gwynn has a soft heart but she’s had to learn to toughen up to survive, yet still she finds some of the pragmatic attitudes of the Fae hard to stomach. I had no idea which way Jeffe would take the story, but was gripped, entranced, addicted to the journey. In a way I’m sad its over, and yet I also needed to know that conclusion. It was the right time to end it. Good series are like that – they need that ending. Its tempting for readers to demand authors produce more and more stories from loved characters, and recently I’ve seen it happening a lot and yet…those books are never as good as the earlier ones IMO, it seems there’s a need for conclusion to a series, and it’s best to stay with what was the original plan. I’d rather re read books like this – this trio is already on my reading list for just that. Its been a magical world, a journey I’ve savoured, and I’ll love being able to lose a couple of days in the Fae world reading these three back to back, finding out what I missed first time, learning more with the benefit of hindsight.
Stars: Five of course!! No ARC riders this time, its a series I bought myself.

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About jeanniezelos

I'm an avid reader, love my kindle and I have my head in a novel for hours daily : ) Mum used to say I'd read toilet paper if it was printed- it wasn't, so i had to contend myself with the back and sides of the cereal packets. I've always Needed to read and we had few books when i was a child hence my penchant for reading anything including adverts then... I review mainly contemporary, erotic and paranormal romance books though dystopian and urban fantasy also appeal. I'm currently rated around the 300 mark on amazon.co.uk for my reviews. I try to keep them structured and to say what I do and don't like about a book so other readers can use my review as a guide to whether they may enjoy the book.

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