Title: Radiant Desire (Handmaidʼs Seduction, #1)
Author: Inara Scott
Genre: Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Release Date: October 2011
ePub ISBN: 978-1-937044-31-2
Print ISBN: 978-1-937044-30-5
Suggested Retail Price: $15.99
Publicist: Lewis Pollak
Radiant Desire effortlessly melds the world of fantasy with reality in this enchanting romantic read! From the first time I saw this beautiful cover, I knew I wanted to read Radiant Desire. This book combines elements of faery magic, lust, romance, and friendship creating a story that is absolutely delightful.
Kaia, a handmaiden to the queen of Faeria, makes a terrible error when she allows herself to lose control with the man that the queen sent her to seduce. The furious Queen Zafira’s punishes her by demanding that she return and make that same man, business tycoon Garrett Jameson, fall hopelessly in love with her and then break his heart. This sounds fairly simple until Zafira adds the stipulation that she must accomplish this without using any faerie magic, and failure will mean the loss of her wings forever. Kaia, accustomed to using her faerie magic for everything from seducing men to paying her bills finds herself struggling in the human world where she now has to do such mundane things as get a job and shave under her arms. She has to figure out a way back to Garrett Jameson while at the same time make herself at home in this all too human existence. The question is, once she gets back to Garrett, will she ever want to leave?
I truly enjoyed this story. The lovely writing brings to life both the fantastic world of the faeries as vividly as it does every day Miami. The struggles Kaia faced in the human world without her faerie magic were very realistic and I found myself empathizing with her throughout. Kaia was a faerie heroine whose personality sparkled even when put in situations far outside of her element which made it so easy to care about her. The romance between Kaia and Garrett was satisfyingly steamy and yet still sincere. All in all, this was an extremely entertaining read and one that I would highly recommend to those who enjoy adult romance with an element of fantasy or who, like me, love all things faerie!
Rating – 4