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Monday, March 22, 2010

Tomorrow by Amanda M. Holt

Tomorrow by Amanda M. Holt
Publisher: Devine Destinies
Genre: Historical, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full (188 pages)
Heat: Spicy
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Fern

To the wizard, Sebastian Cole, it was a simple plan: steal his true love away to a world where they could be alone, together, to realize that love. There was one underlying condition: the enchantment would end only when she professed love for him.

To Alanna, proud daughter of Lord Fowler, it was a fool’s plan. No matter what her attraction to the mysterious and gifted Sebastian Cole, she would never love him—never! Certainly not under duress…or would she?

With patience, and persistence, Sebastian shows Alanna many of the wonders of his magical world—from the fantasy creatures living among them, to the delight of his touch, the passion of his kiss… Alanna’s interest in the wizard grows, but to what end? Will her true love set them free?

What would you do to secure the love of the woman you cannot live without? For Sebastian Cole, the answer is as simple as listening to the wish of his beloved. Alanna Fowler declares the only way she could possibly love Sebastian is if they were the last man and woman on earth, which is something he obliges with a spell that can only sever when she professes her love and marries him.

What happens next is a game of seduction and denial, during which Alanna vows not to cave into Sebastian’s magical charms. But is she wrong? Are the feelings she’s experiencing the result of a spell? Or is she really and truly falling for the handsome wizard who makes her heart melt and ignites a fire in her soul?

Tomorrow is a story that is written in a lyrical voice, situated in a world where fairies and magic exist. The tone is light and whimsical until the conclusion, which is fantastic for a story in this genre. My complaint isn’t in the world building, but rather, resides in Alanna’s unwavering determination to keep Sebastian at an arm’s length through the first half of the story. Unmarried until she finds love, she confesses at the beginning to longing for only one man – Sebastian – who she made a fool of herself in front of after she drunkenly threw herself at him during a party. I found it odd that she would fight against what she’s always wanted (how can you love if you refuse to consider it?) when he offers it to her on an enchanted platter. Aside from this, however, I was captivated and couldn’t stop reading from beginning to end. When Sebastian wears down Alanna’s defenses, the chemistry sizzles.

The writing style is unique, as is the voice. Amanda M. Holt creates characters that you can’t forget and places them in surroundings that are both vivid and lush. There is so much here, both fantastical and extraordinary, that a reader is bound to enjoy.

Fans of fantasy romances should be sure to put Tomorrow on their TBR list. As the story is left with a cliffhanger, I’ll be eagerly awaiting the next story in the series.

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