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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Kiss of the Goblin Prince by Shona Husk

Kiss of the Goblin Prince by Shona Husk
Publisher: Sourcebooks, Inc
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Paranormal, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Suspense/Mystery
Length: Full Length (330 pgs)
Heat Level: Sweet
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Peppermint

Trapped for centuries in the bleak Shadowlands, Dai clings to his humanity with a thirst for knowledge. But now he’s free of the goblin curse, and some would say he knows too much— he can make nature bend to his will, influence the minds of others, and command magic. Yet love eludes him. Then he meets Amanda, a single mother with a sick daughter whom he feels compelled to protect. But could she possibly place her trust in the kiss of a goblin prince?

I'm betting you've never experienced Goblins quite like this before. Goblins traditionally are small little creatures sent to create havoc for us humans. Dai undoubtedly creates some chaos in the story. With his dashing looks and intriguing personality he wreaks havoc over Amanda’s libido and makes her want something she hasn’t had in years: a warm body laying next to her in bed.

Amanda is a truly inspirational women. She's been caring for her sickly daughter by herself for years without asking anything for herself. While some women may want to give up, or begin to resent their situation, Amanda uses her inner strength to do what's necessary to care for her child. I have to say this aspect of Amanda’s personality certainly left me in awe. Amanda’s situation had me wishing she and Dai could be together to help care for one another in a way no else has for as long as they can remember.

Dai is another person who has spent most of his life caring for others in his own way. As the second child of the king, he too often took risks with his life to ensure the safety of his older brothe, friends and family. I could tell he was used to taking care of everyone else but himself. It made him even more lost in a foreign world. After spending so much time in the Goblin realm he had to learn how to function in a world that had developed without him.

This story is a sequel to The Goblin King and I haven't read the first book. While many aspects of the story were easy to follow I was a bit confused by the goblin background of Dai. I did eventually begin to understand the previous events, but my ignorance of the back story took away some of my appreciation of certain parts of the story. I will say that now that I've experienced one of the Shadowland Stories I would surely enjoy and look for any future stories.

This story would be enjoyable for anyone who loves a delightfully sweet romance story with two deserving characters. The romance development, subplots and excellent characters were truly entertaining.