Bound By The Summer Prince

Mistral Dawn
Bound By The Summer Prince
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Mistral Dawn
Release Date
February 2015
BDSM, Chick-lit, Erotic Romance, Fantasy Romance, Paranormal Romance

The Summer Court is in an uproar. The king has just been executed, and the queen is prostrate with grief. This leaves the Summer kingdom bereft of true leadership; a problem which is compounded by the fact that the laws of Fairie require balance to be maintained by having a male and a female ruler for both Season Courts. Uaine, the Summer prince, is the only one who can put things right, but he is without a mate. Knowing that he must take a bride, for the sake of his people, even though he is struggling with his own feelings over his father's treachery, he goes for a walk in a forest near the palace to try to clear his head and determine how best to choose a female to rule beside him.

While walking Uaine discovers a human female running loose in Fairie, which is against Fae law. Furious at one more problem he must deal with, he takes her prisoner and locks her in the dungeon; only to discover later that she is his soul-mate. The magical bond between them means they are meant to be together forever, but humans can't feel the magic of Fairie. Will Uaine be able to win her heart and convince her that she can trust him to keep her safe from all the dangers of Fairie...including himself?

Roni is a human con woman and petty thief. Having run afoul of the local crime syndicate in the city where she is staying, she finds herself running for her life. Trouble is no stranger to her, but when she falls through a hole in a wall and finds herself in a world with carnivorous trees and rocks that eat people she realizes she may have found more of it than she can deal with. Rescued/arrested by the prince of the Summer Court, it doesn't take long for her to formulate a plan to use him to get herself home. Unfortunately for her, she soon finds that her heart, which she had thought long ago turned to stone, has begun to feel the love she has been playing at. Will she be able to overcome a lifetime of caution and allow herself to follow her heart? Can a criminal love a cop?

Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Aug 24, 2015   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
222 people found the following review helpful
Can a woman who has hidden from her feelings for years and survived by trusting only herself admit that she might have found her fairytale ending before she loses it all?

Roni has seen a lot of strange stuff but never anticipated landing in Fairie, a place of nightmares or fantasy depending on your view. Suddenly she is the mate of the Prince of the Summer Court and being groomed to become the Queen. Roni has people casting spells on her and is surrounded by mythical creatures that can kill her without breaking a sweat.

Roni is an unusual woman. She is a con woman and has relied on using her brain and body to manipulate people since she went on her own at the age of sixteen. She is an expert at learning languages and reading body language and it has helped her survive the streets on her own. It is a lonely life without friends and family. She makes a mistake one day and finds herself on the run. The next thing she knows is that she has landed in a mystical place with no idea of how to survive. She encounters Uaine, the Prince of the Summer Court, and he escorts her immediately to the dungeon. Humans are not supposed to be in Fairie and can never return once they learn the secret of its existence.

Uaine is at a difficult point in his life. His father has been executed and his mother is engulfed in her pain and unable/unwilling to fulfill her duties as Queen of the Summer Court. He can't rule without a Queen so he has been trying to find someone. His parents' relationship makes him cautious of who he ties his life to but he must make a selection. He did not expect that a human would be selected as his mate by the Goddess. Uaine realizes he must arrange for Roni to learn all that is required to lead while building a relationship with her. The one thing he does know for sure is that it won't be an easy process.

Their relationship moves fairly slowly. She is more involved in learning her responsibilities as Queen than those as a mate/partner. There is lots of description of Faire and its history. Roni's old ways of manipulating men with sex don't work the same with Uaine. Their sexual relationship is as atypical as her background. It involves BDSM. He wants her to submit to him sexually to show her openness to having a real relationship. When she is bound, she doesn't hide and opens up to him more. I was surprised by how willing she was to submit considering some of the past sexual experiences that are alluded to.

Roni is a complex character with a very interesting past. The reveals you do get about her history make you want to learn more. They are teasing reveals. She is incredibly smart. You have to wonder what she could have achieved if she had the chance for more education. Roni is of mixed race and it is a major issue for her. She feels like people put too much emphasis on that and is surprised to learn that it is not the case in Fairie. Her time in Faire reveals that in many ways it is a more advanced society. It does not mean that it is a perfect world without hate. In fact, a major storyline is in regard to punishing those who commit crimes against others that they view as inferior. Roni's difficulty in making these decisions reveals a different side to her. She is not as tough and uncaring as she tries to portray. It is heartbreaking for her and almost ruins her relationship with Uaine.

This book is more focused on the fantasy aspect of the Fairie world than the relationship between Roni and Uaine. The author is very descriptive and creates a unique world to explore. As I mentioned, the relationship moves slowly. I would have liked more encounters between Roni and Uaine in the beginning of the book. There are chapters that start with the information that several weeks have gone by without them even seeing each other. It moved the story at a slower pace than I prefer and took me awhile to connect to the characters due to this focus. I was left wanting to know more about them.

There is very little information provided on Uaine and his past or even his other activities when he is not with Roni. The little hints at Roni's complicated past are very interesting and I would have liked to see them pursued more. The sexual encounters are very practiced and don't seem to be designed to express feelings for one another. Based on Roni's past, it does make sense that Uaine would need to proceed differently to break through her barriers. This book is a good choice for those wanting to explore a world with different boundaries.
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