Author: Hailey Edwards
Series: Daughters of Askara #2
My Rating: 5 cups
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Publication Date: February 21st 2012
Blurb (from Goodreads):
He can be a slave to his past…or allow her love to free him.
There’s such a thing as too much change. Emma’s sister is mated. Revolution is brewing in her home realm. The last straw: her would-be mate is back from the dead and back under her skin—yet when it comes to the last five years, he’s not talking.
Desperate for a chance to start her own life, she answers the queen’s call to ensure equality for all of Askara’s newly freed slaves. It’s the perfect opportunity to escape a heartbreak in the making named Harper.
Harper loses a piece of his fractured soul when Emma walks away. His lies were meant to protect her from torturous years that drove him to the point of madness. Instead, when he comes to her a year later to help avert a crisis in a freed-slave community, the wedge those lies drove between them is firmly in place.
As their new lives collide with old wounds, they race to stop a threat that could not only destroy the queen, but send Harper back to the hell he escaped. Emma must decide if the man she still loves deserves equal rights to her heart.
Warning: This title contains torn pants, ripped gowns, and sand in uncomfortable places. It also includes one overcompensating villain, one gnarly priest, and two battered hearts willing to give this thing called love one last chance.
When I finished reading this book I had an "awwww" moment. I mean, the whole story is just so sweet! I loved it. This just proves that I am in fact a sucker for second chances stories.
You get to see Emma from a very different perspective. If in Everlong she was the tough sister, you find out in this second book that she has a softer, vulnerable side. And I think it's a very unique thing, because I'm sure you won't get to see that side of Emma in the other stories. I have a feeling very few people know about this side of hers. It was great to see Emma face her past though and make some changes for herself. Also, I can so understand her coffee addiction. Seriously, the literary world needs more coffee addicts out there :D
I have to be honest about Harper. He surprised me. In a very good way. In the beginning of Everlong I was completely sure he was in love with Maddie. I didn't see it coming, the fact that he was actually in love with Emma. So I didn't know what to expect. But the way this world is built and the way the story is told, it totally makes sense the need to make everyone believe he was in love with the other sister.
I loved the fact that the guy I though as the bad guy turned out to be completely innocent. So it was unpredictable and I loved that. Oh, and let's not forget the sweet moments. There was one in particular (no spoilers, promise) that was sweet and hot at the same time, I just loved it.