While the beginning of this second Daughters of Askara novel immediately pulls you in, the story loses steam by the second chapter and continues to suffer as it trudges along. Heavily laden with detail, the story simply doesn’t contain enough of a plot to hold the readers’ attention. The steamy scenes seem haphazardly tossed in as filler.

For some, change is not always a good thing. Revolution is looming in Emma’s home realm. Her would-be partner has returned from the dead and has embedded himself under her skin. When Emma inquires about the last five years, Harper remains silent. Eager to begin anew, and to avoid Harper, Emma answers the queen’s summons to establish equality for Askara’s recently freed slaves. When Emma departs, Harper loses pieces of his already wounded soul. Harper’s lies were meant to protect Emma, but instead have created a wedge between them. As their new existence crashes intoold resentments and heartaches, they join together to halt a fore-shadowing that could send Harper back to the wretchedness he escaped. (SAMHAINPUBLISHING.COM, dl $5.50)
Reviewed by: 
Diane Morasco