ARC Book Review-The Winter King by C.L Wilson

The Winter King
Weathermages of Mystral (1)
C.L. Wilson
Avon Books
E Book
Published July 29 2014
Acquired: Edelweiss
594 Pages
Fantasy Romance
ISBN:  9780062018977
Authors Website 

Synopsis 
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 whom 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.

My Review 

Wynter, the king of Wintercraig, devoted his time and energy to building up his kingdom, and trying to work with their southern neighbors: Summerlea. But then the prince of Summerlea stole his bride and killed his brother, and for three years he has battled with his enemies and now he has won and will take a bride of one of the precious daughters of the summer king. What he doesn’t know is that there is a fourth daughter, one who can save him from the ice heart that is slowly consuming him. Khamsin, is blamed by her father for the death of her mother. Her father hates her and abuses her and she has grown up in the remote section of the palace. Then she is forced to disguise herself and marry the Winter King. She fears him more than any other, for his power matches her own, but she feels a burning for him she has never felt before. From the warm lands of Summerlea to the cold and bitter territory of Wintercraig, she will need to decide where her loyalties lie: to her family who never loved her as they should have, or her husband who loves her with a fierce passion? War is coming and only Khamsin and Wynter can defeat the greatest enemy of all and save all from destruction.

The Winter King is the first book in the most newest and latest series by C.L. Wilson. This is the one book I have been looking forward to read the most all year and now I finally got a chance to read it through Avon and Edelweiss. Even though this book is almost 600 pages, it really didn’t feel that long. The Winter King is a story that will magically sweep you off your feet, and I literally had to force myself to put this down when I needed to work, but I just wanted to read this all right at that moment, I was so intrigued and The Winter King swept me up from the very beginning. There was never a time while reading this I felt a urge to set it down at all. If anything I couldn’t help but read it as much as possible.

This story begins with the betrayal of Wynter and his vengeance. Wynter is one hell of a kind of hero….ALPHA all the way. Just thinking about him gives me the shivers (but in a good way!!) He definitely stirs the blood and seriously what woman wouldn’t want him at her side. Wynter has done some shameful things, he has taken the Ice heart, which has given him the power to defeat his enemy. But it is also slowly destroying him and freezing him from inside out….and only love will thaw him. He believes that will happen when he has his heir. Even though he is rough around the edges, he has a soft side to especially for the heroine of the story. He wants to despise her and he doesn’t trust her at first, but we see how feels a magnetic pull towards her. The heroine here….is one of my all time favorites….she is amazing and wonderful and you can’t help but find her endearing. Which is very rare, usually the focus is on the hero. But Wilson has succeeded in developing both of the main characters to a point that you fall in love with them and by the end of the story you feel as if you could be best friends with her. We see her strong spirit from the beginning of the story, and what a fighter she is. At first she seems a bit more submissive at times, but she has a tender heart and a fiery spirit…mix those two together and you get one fierce lass. There were so many times I wanted to cry for her and what her father does….it is painful to read through, but Wynter comes through and he is super protective of her even though he hates her family and even her at the beginning.

The connection that these two have is so precious and tender. The chemistry in this story is SIZZLING and you will need a fire hose to keep the smoke from consuming you. These two definitely know the meaning of fireworks and explosions especially when it comes to passion. There is a power ridden sensuality with each chapter. The plot is well laid out and has quite a few twists that you don’t ever expect, and it will keep you guessing and enthrall you even more in the story.

Overall a stunning romantic tale of the power of true love, devotion and magic. With a sensual passion, endearing characters, and a story line to captivate you body and soul!! Get ready for a adventure of a lifetime. One that will take you to new heights, in a world of the magic of winter, where ice and snow are a constant….and a love story to bring a tear to your eye and a smile to your heart.  TRULY MAGNIFICENT.

My Grade 
5 Blossoms

Heat Rating 
Steamy

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