Speed Date (and Giveaway!) with Wynter: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson

Posted 3 July, 2014 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | Giveaway, Review, Speed Date | 16 Comments

Speed Date (and Giveaway!) with Wynter: The Winter King by C.L. WilsonThe Winter King by C.L. Wilson
Published by HarperCollins on 2014-07-29
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 608
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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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16 Responses to “Speed Date (and Giveaway!) with Wynter: The Winter King by C.L. Wilson”

  1. You have me excited Mary! I have this in my tbr pile and love that it sucked you right in. I cannot power read a series like that…but love your excitement!

  2. Wowzers!!! This is the first I’ve come across this series (or really just paid attention to it ) and I’m sold! Sign me up cuz I wants now bad!!! Plus, who can resist such an ol’ skool cover like that 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  3. Squee! Mary, I just got the go-ahead for this *staring at kindle* and I’m so happy you loved as much as you did. I’ve been drooling (lusting) for this book. I’m excited to dig in and can’t wait to meet Wynter and Khamsin 🙂

  4. I read the first book in this series and just wasn’t impressed, sadly, so I won’t be continuing this series though I’m glad you enjoy this so much. Lovely review! 🙂

  5. I have been seeing this cover everywhere! Even though it’s old style, I like it! I’m glad you really enjoyed it as well!

  6. YAASSS! Dilys will do if I can’t have Wynter. I wonder what that cover will look like, LOL. Green and blue with a trident and dolphins, maybe? *snickers* But seriousy, I’m glad you loved this too, and I cannot wait for The Sea King. A few draggy parts are no big compared to the awesomeness that was this book 😉

  7. YESSSSSSSSSSS I’ve been desperate for this book since I saw your review on GR. And I want it even more now. Mmmmmmm I want to cool off and then warm up with this winter king. I like that this is a heroine that you couldn’t help rooting for. Thanks for the giveaway!

  8. You date totally has me excited to read it. Getting all of them and devouring them all… um… yes please. This sounds like something I would enjoy and if you find either one of those guys… make sure they have a brother… yes? 😀

    Btw, LOVE the new look. Love bees (Melissa= honeybee) and calaveras! So wanting to steal that logo!! 🙂

  9. I preordered this book as soon as I finished reading the synopsis but this is the first that I’ve heard that it’s almost 600 pages. This is good news and now I’m even more excited!

  10. I’m glad you had a fun speed date with this – the story sounds like something I’d totally go for, but I’m not sure I ever would have picked it up because of the cover. Now I will correct that mistake. 🙂