WARRIOR RISING (4.5) by Pamela Palmer: Princess Ilaria is rescued from captivity in Esria and handed over to her rescuer’s brother, Harrison Rand, for safekeeping. Although he hates all Esri, Harrison soon realizes that the beautiful princess is just as determined to save his world as he is. As the two race to get the stones Ilaria needs away from the evil king who locked her away hundreds of years earlier, their attraction to one another becomes too powerful to resist. This is an excellent ending to the Esria series. The story sparkles with nonstop action and chemistry. Harrison’s ability to change his views on Ilaria and Ilaria’s own strength make them both quite likable as characters.