Title: Through The Veil
Series: The Aisling Chronicles, Book 1
Author: Colleen Halverson
Publisher: Entangled Publishing: Select Otherworld
Release Date: February 22, 2016
Genre: Paranormal, Romance
ARC Received From & Reviewed For: Between The Sheets Promotions
Elizabeth Tanner is no Tinkerbell, and her life is no fairy tale. Broke and drowning in student loans, the one thing she wants more than anything is a scholarship from the Trinity Foundation. But after the ancient Irish text she's studying turns out to be more than just a book, she becomes their prisoner instead. And when Trinity reveals Elizabeth is half-Fae, she finds herself at the center of a plot to save the magical races of Ireland from a brutal civil war.
As Commander of Trinity's elite warriors, Finn O'Connell isn't used to having his authority challenged. He doesn't know whether to punish or protect the infuriating young woman in his custody. When he discovers the Dark Fae want to use Elizabeth's abilities to control the source of all power in the universe, he'll risk everything to help her.
At the mercy of Trinity and enslaved to the Dark Fae, Elizabeth finds herself alone on the wrong side of an Irish myth thousands of years in the making. Refusing to be a pawn in their game, Elizabeth has to fight her way back to the man she loves, but to do so, she must wage her own war against the magic that binds her.
Whoa. The last fantasy romance I read that was perfectly blended with romance was Rhenna Morgan's Healing Eden. Neither overwhelmed the other, instead complimented each other to create a fast-paced and intriguing story worth reading.
Ms. Halverson did that here, using fantasy and romance to create a story that is captivating from beginning to end.
Finn is a time-tried warrior. His command is law, meant to be obeyed without question. He is protective, possessive, and will do whatever is necessary to ensure Elizabeth's destiny is her own. Elizabeth might not be strong like Finn but her strength comes from within. She remains firm and stands tall even when she's afraid. If ever there was a woman meant to stand up to and beside Finn, it's Elizabeth.
The romance, stemming from lust and growing into love, flourished as they worked together to gain a future for Elizabeth that was of her own choosing.
The Fae will always be interesting characters. They seem so advanced for our times but also seem archaic, methodical, and distant. I've yet to meet a Fae male lead whose heart doesn't soften for the woman who captures his heart. Elizabeth is Finn's compliment as much as he is hers.
I can't wait to read the next book in this series.
As a child, Colleen Halverson used to play in the woods imagining worlds and telling stories to herself. Growing up on military bases, she found solace in her local library and later decided to make a living sharing the wonders of literature to poor, unsuspecting college freshman. After backpacking through Ireland and singing in a traditional Irish music band, she earned a PhD in English with a specialization in Irish literature. When she’s not making up stories or teaching, she can be found hiking the rolling hills of the Driftless area of Wisconsin with her husband and two children.