I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Everlasting Enchantment by Kathryne Kennedy
Series: Relics of Merlin #4
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on 3 December 2013
Sir Garath Solimere, a knight of Arthur’s Round Table, has been trapped inside a relic as punishment for having an affair. He is doomed to remain tethered to the bracelet until he meets his one true love. Over the years he has become very good at pleasuring the ladies so he is unpleasantly surprised that Millicent, a werepanthur, is only interested in handing his bracelet over to free her firebird friend, Nell. Millicent Pantere lives in the underground where many like her have hidden away from the Victorian world rather than being used and abused. Shapeshifters are immune to magic so Millicent catches the eye of the Duke of Ghoulston. He kidnaps Nell to persuade Millicent to acquire one of Merlin’s relics. Millicent may have had a tough life but she is forthright, loyal and able to take down a range of foes. I enjoyed her interactions with Nell best.
Garath appears at night to whoever wears the bracelet and seduces them in hope that he will be freed. His bracelet will not release the lady in question until Garath has slept with her. He yearns for freedom but still hasn’t quite grasped the concept of love rather than lust after all this time. He thinks that sex is the only way to find his true love but thankfully Millicent resists his charms long enough for them to get to know each other. Rather than being completely swept away by the romance, I kept wondering what STIs he could have picked up given the hundreds upon hundreds of women he had slept with.
I had a few quibbles with the plot but nothing major. I’m not sure why the Duke picked Millicent to do his dirty work – he needed someone who could blend with the cream of society yet he picked a barmaid in a fairly rough bar instead of his seductive sidekick werebat called Selina. There also seemed to be rather a lot of people escaping, getting captured, escaping again and getting recaptured. The world was interesting and we had some interesting characters popping up. Queen Victoria was a highlight for me especially when she got involved in the action.
Everlasting Enchantment is a fairly light paranormal romance that is heavy on the fantasy. Kennedy has tried to breathe new life into the Merlin legend and even though the plot is a bit predictable, it is an enjoyable read. It can be read as a standalone.