Crown of Briars by Isabella August is a paranormal romance focusing on Zoe, a witch who falls in love with a warlock who serves a very powerful fairy queen. The story moves at a good pace and took a few turns I wasn’t anticipating. Full disclosure, I do not normally enjoy romance novels of any kind. The formula of a woman falling in love with a man in two seconds doesn’t normally grasp me. This did happen in this book but there was a lot to the story besides their lust for one another. Zoe is up against a magical world when the person who created her comes to reclaim his gift. She has to make alliances with dark and creepy vampires, trust overly emotional fairy queens, fight in a world so foreign and poisonous she almost loses herself, and try to bring her love back home. Zoe is a witty, funny, and strong woman who doesn’t cower away from getting the job done. It was refreshing to read a woman in a romance situation who wears the pants. If you like fantasy and some steamy sex scenes that go along with romance novels, this story is for you.
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