Unlikely hero Lord Adem Heliodor saved his queen’s life during the Screaming, a magical attack on his city, but his broken nerves have forced him into an unwanted early retirement to his country estate. Adem thinks his life is over, but retirement holds some surprises. First, there’s his new librarian, who turns out to be not just the first love he thought was dead, but also someone surprisingly knowledgeable about political intrigue. Then there’s the assassin in the orchard and the discovery that the Screaming was just the first attack on the city.
First of all, I'm SOOOO happy to finally read a story with MCs in their 50s that isn't an established couple story! You go, Amy Rae Durreson! I really liked that we got to see some more mature guys get their HEA.
I'm not a huge fantasy reader nor am I a fan of romantic suspense, but I was intrigued by the premise of this story. I'm not super brave when it comes to stepping outside my comfort zone, but I'm glad I tried this one. The story was quick, sweet, and steam-free (that last part... not my favorite thing), and I read it easily in one sitting. However, I think that the author tried to do a bit too much in too short a time period.
Even with second chance love stories, I like there to be a lot of build-up and relationship development. While we did get some here, I really needed more to fully get behind the two MCs as a couple. They were good together, but they felt very companion-like, rather then passionate. I think I wanted more romance and sexual tension than what we got.
The plot was pretty intriguing, but, again, I wish we got more of it. I think Amy Rae Durreson had a lot of good ideas with this story that could have used another 100 pages to develop.
I think most readers will enjoy this story. It was well done and entertaining, even if it wasn't a LOVE for me. Fans of older MCs and second-chance romance will want to snatch this up.
**Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review**
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