Review: Tempted By The Storm – Maxine Mansfield
All her life, Larksong Hammerstrike has lived in the shadows of her beautiful sister, Princess Aryanna. To all those who know her, she’s considered as some sort of an outcast. Her parents acknowledge her existence whenever it’s necessary, but to them it’s as if she’s a lump on a log. Her silver eyes and the tendency to manipulate the weather whenever her emotions are in a turmoil keep everyone at arm’s length.
She’s different and she knows it, as does everyone else. She yearns to be a normal person in the kingdom itself, but she knows it’s something that will never happen. Lark detests the fact that she’s an empath. If she could, she’d change things so that she could let go of the magic flowing through her veins. Unfortunately, she’s stuck with her uncanny powers for the rest of her life.
An unexpected trip to the festival of Carnalval, soon changes life as she knows it. Catching the eye of a dashing rogue, Lark can’t help but to wonder as to what it would be like to spend the night within his arms. He’s gorgeous and charming and he sparks her desires in more ways than one. Giving in to the passion flowing through her veins, she dives head first into a night she’ll never forget.
Lark soon discovers that the object of her one night stand is none other than the high-elf, Sarco Sunwalker, heir to the kingdom of Landis. He’s also the current instructor of wizardry at the Academy of Magical Arts and her sister’s betrothed. The shock of what she’s done eats her up deep inside, but she refuses to divulge the fact that she’s spent the most wonderful night within his arms. She knows she’ll eventually need to come clean, though, even if it causes her a bit of heartache in doing so.
This was such a delightful read. I enjoyed it immensely. Portions of it reminded me of World of Warcraft. I think it’s mostly because of the elves and gnomes aspect of the story. All in all, it was honestly an enticing story that will leave you wanting to read more. Hot, erotic, and full of comedic values all around, Maxine has crafted a wonderful world full of the most intriguing characters you’ll ever meet.
Larksong Hammerstrike has always been just the younger sister of Princess Aryanna. Never quite as pretty or as smart, always lacking, a mere empath whose power gets her into trouble more often than not. But at Carnalval, the festival of all things sexual, she unleashes her sensual side for a night in the arms of a masked stranger. When morning dawns, Lark can’t resist a peek beneath the mask of her lover and is once again crushed by fate. The man of her lusty adventure is none other than the future Lord of the High Elves and destined to marry her sister.
As heir to the kingdom of Landis and current instructor of wizardry at the Academy of Magical Arts, Sarco Sunwalker is honor bound to rise above the temptation of the beautiful empathic student who invades his mind, body, and soul. But when sparks fly, lightning strikes, and thunder rolls, Sarco finds himself more than tempted by the storm of Lark’s passion and vows to find a solution that will prevent a war between races, fulfill an infamous quest, and win Lark’s hand.
About The Author:
Maxine Mansfield writes fantasy, erotic romances. She lives in the far northern state of Alaska where the summer days are long and the winter nights even longer.
She has one very special man, his three equally special children, and their six delightful grandchildren in her life. Not to mention a very bossy African Grey parrot named Gabriel. Oh, and Gnomes! Many, many Gnomes.
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