Published by HarperCollins on 2014-07-29
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
An epic new fantasy romance from New York Times and USA Today bestselling author C. L. WilsonAfter three long years of war, starkly handsome Wynter Atrialan will have his vengeance on Summerlea's king by taking one of the man's beautiful, beloved daughters as his bride. But though peace is finally at hand, Wynter's battle with the Ice Heart, the dread power he embraced to avenge his brother's death, rages on.Khamsin Coruscate, Princess of Summerlea and summoner of Storms, has spent her life exiled to the shadows of her father's palace. Reviled by her father, marriage to Wintercraig's icy king was supposed to be a terrible punishment, but instead offers Kham her first taste of freedom—and her first taste of overwhelming passion.As fierce, indomitable Wynter weathers even Khamsin's wildest storms, surprising her with a tenderness she never expected, Kham wants more than Wynter's passion—she yearns for his love. But the power of the Ice Heart is growing, dangerous forces are gathering, and a devastating betrayal puts Khamsin and Wynter to the ultimate test.
FIRST DATE: I’m in love. Yes. It’s insta-love. See, it can happen! (Just not in, like, every YA book ever.) This is my first C.L. Wilson…however, as soon as I finished it, I bought and read her entire Tairen Souls series. Yep. Read it in about five days. Why isn’t there more fantasy romance like this out there? Like Tairen Souls? I need it. I crave it with every fiber of my being. *shakes it off* Maybe I’m being a bit dramatic but I can’t help it. I got so wrapped up in this drama-filled world.
SECOND DATE: Princess Khamsin is as wild as the storms she calls out of the skies. Hated by her father, she’s beaten into agreeing to marry their conqueror, Wynter. Wynter, of course, doesn’t trust her as far as he can throw her but he can’t deny the passion between them, the spark that jumps every time their skin touches. I don’t know what it is about characters who come into situations where they have to prove themselves, where they are determined to win over the people and their lover. I’m drawn to it. I suppose it’s the underdog complex — typical American, wanting the underdog to win. And I was rooting for Khamsin to win everyone over including her gorgeous, standoffish husband. I rooted the hell out of it, even as I wished for a Winterman of my own (can he please be broad of shoulder and have a magnificent, heated palace?). Actually, if I can’t have a Winterman, I’ll take a hot-blooded Calbernan sea lord like Dilys Merimydion to warm my bed (guess I’m not that picky). And, according to an interview C.L. Wilson did with Jessica of Rabid Reads (read the whole interview HERE), we’ll be getting a book with Merimydion (woo-hoo!).
THIRD DATE: While it’s got some draggy bits (hey, it’s a nearly-600-page romance), THE WINTER KING made me happy. Gruff, I-drank-from-the-soul-of-the-Ice-King-and-might-be-consumed-by-it-soon Wynter made me happy, especially as he attempted to reconcile his feelings for Khamsin. The cheesy-but-awesome cover (ah, 80’s romance memories!) made me happy. All in all, a successful speed date.
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