Thursday, February 2, 2012

Overlord's Chosen is Rock Solid


The Overlord’s Chosen by Bronwyn Green was beautifully tender and unabashedly rough at the same time. So many emotions dripped from these pages with characters who called out to the reader. Their motivations so intense, their world so treacherous, the intensity of this book couldn’t have been greater. Even in their earliest interactions, Elizabeth and Micah’s connection seems nearly magical – which is perfect for this magical world in which they live.

When first we witness Elizabeth spying on Micah in the river, such a beautifully erotic moment captures readers and connects us to Elizabeth with all her doubt and dreams. She’s sweet and full of hope, insecure in her own sexuality as a young woman but still certain of her own strength. So when she is then chosen to provide Micah Bleddyn, the Maelgwn Overlord, with an heir, I thought she’d be excited. Not so much because then we learn what it really means to be a woman in Maelgwn.

Maelgwn is a male-dominated land where only the men are allowed to use magic, where women who have magical abilities are punished – in fact, when Elizabeth was young, her own mother was put to death for using magic. And now with her move to the keep to become the Overlord’s mate, Elizabeth knows it's just a matter of time before her own magic is revealed.

She resists Micah when he brings her to the keep and insists she conform to the rituals involved with being the Overlord’s Chosen. Though their relationship seems so complicated, they both sense a connection with one another. Elizabeth relies on him – trusts her body – even when everything else around her is so foreign and unknown. Even still, her greatest unknown seems to be Micah himself. And then there’s the really hot, really steamy sex that could almost be too much for the faint of heart. Micah takes the lead in getting Elizabeth to accept her desire, pushing her past limits until she embraces his sexuality. And then we add Asher, the Overlord’s best friend and ally, into the mix, and the scenes between the three (and then four and five) of them become downright steamy.

Unknown to Elizabeth, Micah is only now coming into his own magical powers. As everything about their world becomes revealed - the scandals, the corruption, the political unrest – the intensity ratchets up further. Having no choice but to become Overlord after his brother relinquishes the title, Micah plans to change the way their land has been governed. But this is most challenging as he’s fighting off invading forces, uncovering a possible traitor within his leadership, and now attempting to soothe a fearful mate determined to escape. It isn’t until Micah realizes why Elizabeth so desperately wants to leave – until it’s nearly too late – that they discover they are each other’s best allies.

The plot is rock solid (there’s so much more to it than I shared in this quick review), the characters so well defined but it’s that emotional angst that held me captive. I wanted the best for Elizabeth and Micah; and plan to follow this series until I get to witness the changes they hope for their world come to fruition. I can’t wait for more. 

RATING: 5 Chocolate-Dipped Strawberries.
This book was given to us by the author. Many thanks.


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