CLAIMED BY THE KING by Lorelei Moone
SERIES: Shifters of Black Isle, #1
PUBLICATION DATE: July 20, 2018
GENRES: Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Shifters, Novella, Standalone
Abandoned by her people, a young woman was being sent to her doom.
Kelly was going to be a prisoner; a slave. At least that’s what she thought as she waited for the mysterious giants that lived on the Black Isles to claim her. A human sacrifice, once every eight years. That’s what it took to keep mankind safe from these savages.
The human would ensure the survival of his bloodline. Whether he liked it or not.
Broc’s reign as King of the Black Isles had lasted seven years already. That was a long time to go without a queen and therefore, an heir. He knew what he had to do; to claim the human offering and make her his own.
When they met, it changed everything. A glimmer of hope, even of love, in unexpected places. But life on the Black Isles was far from simple. And there were powerful secrets, yet to be uncovered, that could change everything yet again.
Claimed by the King is the first in Lorelei Moone’s brand new fantasy romance series, Shifters of Black Isle. Shifters, magic and relatable characters; set in a mysterious, distant land, where anything seems possible, and yet all its inhabitants hold dear could be destroyed in an instant.
Lorelei Moone is an author of paranormal / fantasy romance based in London. A lover of all things sweet, and caffeinated, when she’s not writing about sexy bear shifters and their strong-willed curvaceous love interests, Lorelei can be found baking cookies or cakes for her family.
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My life is over. Kelly sat down with her head in her hands, making sure she could no longer see the eerily dancing shadows created by the candle on the kitchen table. They never did waste much time between the lottery and the banishing. Perhaps that’s for the best, Kelly thought. If I had a lot of time to think about this, perhaps I’d be less likely to cooperate. Of course, she still wasn’t willing to accept her fate, no, she had other plans. After dusk, she would be left on the shores of the Northearn Sea, tied up to the strong wooden post erected solely for this purpose, until the giants claimed her. Perhaps they wouldn’t like her. Perhaps the’d leave her behind, demanding a prettier, daintier candidate? Kelley could only hope as much. Or perhaps her ties would be loose enough to wiggle free, allowing her to run before the giants even arrived.
If you had to become a sacrifice in order for your people to survive another eight years in your village, would you? That seems like a huge risk, but when you are thinking about your father and brother potentially falling victim to giants, what more can you do? Moone has a fast-paced, entertaining story with Claimed by the King.
Broc Bearclaw is the ruler of the Black Isles and he must take in as many outsiders as possible in order to allow his people to thrive and survive against the oncoming war with the sea people. His people are also pressuring him to take a wife and produce an heir. When Broc sees Kelly for the first time on that wooden post, a sacrifice to his people until the next eight years, he is enraptured by her beauty and immediately feels connected to her. He wants passion. He wants to protect her. But, his people suggest that an oncoming threat is looming over the Black Isles and they can’t help believing that Kelly has something to hide which can be a danger to them all.
Moone has a quick read with this first installment. The novella is filled with a great backstory and terrific character development; however, the romance is a very fast-paced. The author is assuming the characters have an instant draw to each other based on lore of finding ones soulmate. The story is written well and easy to read. If you are a reader of paranormal romance, you may want to try this one. Since this is the first installment, the reader can jump right in.
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