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Wow...this was a great addition to the series. This third installment plot started out similar as the first two previous books. Girl wakes up in a different universe, girl doesn't want to fall in love with the hero but ends up falling in love anyway. Cora happens to trade places with a princess that happens to be a bit*h so everyone hates her guts. She brings a curse to the land and her "husband" has to save her and his land happens to be Hawkvaile. This book had a twist where both Cora and Tor are transported back to our word, so it was interesting to see how Tor went about our world. At the end it was a nice set up for the next book. If I had to put them in order according to the first 3 books this would fall second after the Golden Dynasty and Wildest would come in 3rd place. This is well worth the credit. On to Broken Dove!!
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I'm now listening to the third book in Ms. Ashley's series and I've just realized...they're all the same book. Same character, same plot, just with a few key detail varied to make it seem different. Let's start with the characters:
1) Heroines (Seoafin, Circe, and Cora) - all women from the "real" world who are transported to a parallel universe where they assume the lives of their parallel world's twin. All the woman are unfailingly optimistic, even in the face of things and situations that would scare the CRAP out of anyone else. They use the same phrases and terms (freaking cool, freaking awesome, etc.) and pretty much have the EXACT same personality. Seriously, how many times and ways can a character say, 'honey', 'baby', and 'holy crap' without it becoming so repetitive and annoying that you want to scream?
2) "Heroes" (Drakkar, Lahn, and Tor) - all verbally and physically abusive alpha males that seem to take pleasure in denigrating their women. Not a one is ever apologetic for his actions and all seem to believe that women are only for the sole purpose of sexual release and procreation. And what's worse? ALL the heroines in ALL three books take it on the chin and then look up adoringly at their oh-too-hwat-to-be-believed male abusers. Let me be clear - there is a fine line between an alpha male and a misogynistic abuser. All three of these male characters happily leap over that line and into the latter. I'm all for strong men who stand up and beat their chests, but I also am for strong women who don't take their sh*t.
Now the plots. All three of these books felt scripted to the same outline:
A) Woman wakes up in a new world
B) Woman gets married or finds out that she is recently so
C) Male abuses woman verbally and then gets physically abusive when new woman doesn't "act right"
D) Woman fawns over man's perfect (chest, abs, butt...insert appropriate body part) and realizes that "he can be really sweet" (which is the catch phrase of most abused women...look it up) and that she is falling in love
E) Woman realizes that man has been keeping a big secret (all of which take away the woman's ability to control her own life, BTW)
F) Quick jump back to the "real" world (except Wildest, but still...)
G) Back to the parallel world, where the woman realizes that "this is where I was always meant to be!" (insert gag here)
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I really enjoyed this book, the characters are great. Looking forward to the next the book.
I am not usually a fan of fantasy books but this one I loved, mainly because it is character driven, with the fantasy element simply adding a new dimension (literally!) to the plotline. Set in the same world as the two previous books in this series, my only criticism is that the epilogue was really the prologue of the next book.
If you are a romance reader who normally avoids books which depart from the real world, this fantasy series by Kristen Ashley is a good place to start. The first three books could be read as standalones, but as the fantasy element follows a developing storyline through each book, it’s probably best to read them in order