Delivered Into His Hands (WindWorld #17)
By Charlotte Boyett-Compo
Published June 20, 2014
He is the bastard son of the invading king, she the daughter of a baron. An ancient prophecy binds them long before birth. Love will be theirs despite the tremendous odds —he’s a Vampire and she’s human.
To Garrick Warwyck, Antonia Blackthorn is his world. Her body and soul belong to him. Antonia’s fire heats his blood. Her touch renders him helpless. Nothing will prevent him from branding her his own.
From the moment Antonia lays eyes on Garrick, she feels the pull of a woman for her Life-mate. He is all she’s ever dreamed—a living, breathing hero from the pages of her romance novels. Becoming his wife might be a wise political move for her family but to her, it’s a wish come true.
In the shadows another man bides his time. Alyxdair Clay has loved Antonia since childhood. Despite the prophecy and claim Warwyck makes upon her, Alyxdair will do everything in his power to tear them apart.
I read this book without reading any of the other books in this series. Though some of the plot points would have been clarified had I read previous books it worked as a standalone. The premise and setting were a dichotomy of futuristic mixed with historical and paranormal. The story spans so many years I'd almost call this a saga instead of a romance.
The heroine was a bit naive for my taste but she wasn't weak and simpering. The hero...the hero, Garrick, almost had me rating this story lower than a 4. He almost wasn't redeemable. Garrick did some rather horrible things I just couldn't write off such as backhanding the heroine in a fit of rage. A few of these events were glossed over like the heroine simply forgot they had happened but I surely couldn't. I ended up feeling zero sympathy for the hero and very little for the heroine.
Once I stopped thinking of this story as a romance and began reading it as a Sci-Fi saga, I loved it. The writing style is flawless, inventive and intriguing. Overall, Delivered Into His Hands is a great read.
Reviewer, Phoenix Andrews