Top Off Tuesday: TO LOVE A KING by Shona Husk (plus a bonus cover!)

Posted 29 April, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 13 Comments


Started by FeliciaChristi and Amanda, Top Off Tuesday is where a bunch of us share hot-hot-hot book covers (some we’ve read, some we’ve just drooled on). Head over to Felicia’s blog to share your ToT link and see what everyone else is swooning over.

Ooh, look! This one has a face and isn’t just a drool-worthy torso! Plus, he’s got a sword and he looks like he just might know how to use it. He’s a little pretty-boy for me (I prefer the darker, scruffier types) but I certainly would say no to him. The story sounds pretty good, too, though I haven’t read the first two in this series.

Paranormal Romance
352 pages, paperback
Available October 7, 2014
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca


To keep the balance between good and evil at the court of Annwyn, Prince Felan ap Gwyn has two weeks to marry and take the crown. But he wants more than just power—he wants love; a love he once had but was too stubborn to hold on to.


It took years for Jacqueline Ara to put her life back together after Felan abandoned her. And she doesn’t want fairies back in her life—even if her heart still burns for him. With war in Annwyn looming and death bleeding into the mortal world, Felan and Jacquie will need to heal old wounds for one last gamble. It’s all or nothing to save both worlds.

And a currently reading that I just had to share the cover for because it’s a total 80’s flashback. I’m kind of surprised that her bodice isn’t ripped…and that Fabio isn’t flexing on the cover. However this story, well, I’m about 75% done and, OMG. I can’t put it down (well, except to do this post). It’s fabulous. It doesn’t come out until July but it is available on Edelweiss, if you have access. I’m going to go back and read everything by this author. Seriously.

Fantasy Romance
384 pages, paperback
Available July 29, 2014
Publisher: Avon


Wynter Atrialan, the Winter King, once lived in peace with his southern, Summerlander neighbors, but when the prince of Summerlea steals Wynter’s bride and murders his young brother, Wynter calls upon a dangerous Wintercraig magic called the Ice Heart and marches against Summerlea.

After three bitter years of battle, a victorious Wynter arrives at Summerlea’s royal palace to issue his terms of surrender. The prince of Summerlea stole Wynter’s bride and slew Wynter’s Heir. He wants the loss replaced. The Ice Heart is consuming him. Wynter hopes holding his own child in his arms will rekindle the warmth in his heart before he becomes the monster of Wintercraig legend, the Ice King.

The Summer King has three very precious daughters whom he loves dearly. Wynter will take one of them to wife. She will have one year to provide him with an Heir. If she fails, he will send her to face the mercy of the mountains and claim another princess for his wife. And so it will continue until Wynter has his Heir or the Summer King is out of daughters.

The plan is perfect—except for one small detail. The Summer King has a fourth daughter. One of which he is not so fond. And she is a fiercely passionate creature, with a temper as volatile as the forces of her weathergift, the power of storms.

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13 Responses to “Top Off Tuesday: TO LOVE A KING by Shona Husk (plus a bonus cover!)”

  1. That cover . . . he’s not too pretty for me, LOL. And YES! I have The Winter King too (and am ashamed to admit that I haven’t started reading it . . . ), but you MUST read her Tairen Soul series. It’s SO good. And I’ll start The Winter King immediately 😉

  2. I was just sitting here admiring the view and thinking he needed a little facial scruff and he would be perfect..then I read your comments and laughed. *yes I look at the covers first on TOT days!

  3. What? This torso has a FACE?! I don’t even know what to do with that Mary! And that second cover…it’s amazing. It just makes me happy in a “this is completely ridiculous” kind of way. But Avon has never let me down, so if they published it and you say it’s awesome then it needs to be on my shelf!

  4. I like the cover of The Winter King, even though it’s an 80’s vibe. I don’t like his hair, but the rest is pretty cool!

  5. Who’d have thought the story for that 80s cover would be so good? I would’ve passed on it just because of the cover, it does really scream 80’s cheese! His face is certainly something, though, right? I’ll have to check this out. It’s always a hit or miss with me on Edelweiss. My own fault for taking forever to review some of my requests, lol!

    I do love a man who knows how to use his *ahem* sword, and the cover is definitely more appealing to me. Great Top Off Tuesday, Mary! 🙂

  6. I agree he’s a bit too pretty boy for my tastes, but still, I find myself drooling. Also that second cover is HILARIOUS! Is it a parody? Did the cover designer get hit on the head and forget years and years of cover design evolution? I’m glad to hear the story is good though!

  7. You know, I had just requested the C.L Wilson book before I saw this! I don’t know if I’ll get it but you definitely helped to keep it in my radar.

    The First cover, a appreciate that the dude has a face for a change but he reminds me too much of Bill Pullman circa Independence Day/Will You Were Sleeping. Not bad necessarily, but not good either.