Monday, October 7, 2013

Serenya's Song by Mysti Parker

No one ever said love was easy...
Serenya Crowe may be a half-elf commoner, but she's no ordinary woman. With the ability to interpret dreams, and a birth defect that forces her to wear gloves, she's endured gossip and the cruelty of her husband, Sebastian, The Earl of Summerwind. All she's ever wanted is to live a quiet life and raise a family. When she meets the new stranger in town, her world and her heart, are turned upside down.

Wood-elf Jayden Ravenwing is an ex-secret agent who wants nothing more than to forget matters of the heart. He left the bustle of Leogard and his failed marriage to make a fresh start in Summerwind. He never planned to fall in love again, especially with the enchanting Serenya Crowe.Serenya is a kind-hearted, warm woman who loves music, her stepfather, and her friends.  She is helpful and sweet.  She sings like an angel, plays the piano like a virtuoso, and is married to an Earl.  Sounds perfect doesn’t it?

Serenya is living her life as she is used to when she meets Jayden, an elf of musical talents and handsome to boot.  They bond instantly over their music.

In the meantime, her husband is treating her cruelly and trying with all his might to impregnate her.  He is unkind at best and horribly cruel at worst.  Serenya feels beholden to him and so she tries to keep her feelings for Jayden from developing.

Serenya starts to notice some unusual changes in herself.  She loathes her husband but craves his touch.  She has an insatiable need for raw meat and she even begins to have physical changes.

She is frightened and intimidated by her husband and saved by Jayden and the love they ultimately share.


Serenya interested me from the beginning.  I liked that she was helpful to her father and loyal to her friend, Lilly.  Even though she was stifling her dreams to be a good wife, I found that believable.  I liked how she found the strength within herself.

Her husband, Sebastion, was an interesting fellow too.  Sometimes, you thought he loved  Serenya so much and other times, you hated him for his cruelty.

Jayden was the typical hero, a concept I always enjoy.

The supporting cast of characters were believable and all played an important part.  They embodied the support group we all need in this life.

There were a lot of unexpected turns in the story which I found intriguing.  There were just the right amount of surprises to keep the reader engaged.

The love scenes were handled subtly and the culminating fight scene was incredible.

I have read all the Tallenmere books and found myself immersed in a fantasy world that was at once remarkable but believable.  The author does a great job of putting you in that environment.
If you enjoy fantasy, I highly recommend Serenya’s Song.

Rating  4.5 stars