Every time I think Ashley York has thrown at me everything there is left to surprise me pleasantly in a story, she seems to take it as a personal challenge and surpasses even herself with the next book she has coming up. Each story of hers is like a whole new experience, and while many characters in them are ones I’ve seen in her other stories as well, they still manage to catch me off guard!
Aednat and Diarmuid’s story was no different. From the beginning I could see I was gonna love this couple and what would unfold for them, seeing as they were both looking for something completely different in a life-partner. Aednat wanted someone who would accept her with her stubborness and her healing abilities – along with a certain part of her body that had caused her to be set apart from the rest of society. Diarmuid wanted a docile, quiet woman, someone who would take his word as law and sit obediently at home. Both, however, ended up together, and the result was one none of them expected – it was even better!
Though it took a possible threat on Aednat’s life and freedom to push them to get married, Diarmuid was all too eager to accept – no matter how much he acted otherwise. And Aednat herself did find him a nice specimen – even if she couldn’t obey him most of the times, no matter how much her life was put in danger each time she ignored his warnings.
We’re talking about two very stubborn people, equally strong-headed and dominant, and it was wonderful to see them sumbling around each other every time they were trying to make things work. And when they tried to compromise some parts of themselves to co-exist? Magic, pure magic, I tell you!
The story itself was proof of York’s magnificent talent. The woman must have been a bard in her past life, there’s no other explanation! She uses pace like no other before or after her, and heck if she doesn’t make it seem easy (of course we all know it isn’t). Fast and slow are always connected in a dangerously deceptive waltz, one where you think the plot is going to go one way, but with a gentle and subtle turn, it suddenly leans towards a whole other direction. You simply can’t let your guard down with this author!
P.S.: And guess who made a cameo appearance? That’s right, Sean and Thomasina! Oh, I had missed those two!
***I was given an ARC from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The opinion stated in this review is solely mine, and no compensation was given or taken to alter it.***