Series: Watchtower 03
Author: Anna Marie May
Length: Novel (196pgs)
Publisher: Silver Publishing (15th September 2012)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Hearts
Blurb: A marriage to his people’s worst enemy is only the start of Rick’s troubles. Ancient magic rears its ugly head, and his promise to Aidan, to find the third Watchtower, puts him right in the middle of an oncoming storm.
Waking up collared to his enemy isn’t the worst thing that happened to Rick–waking up to an impending forced marriage is. Yet, he can’t deny that underneath the anger he is attracted to Tom, King of bloody everything and enemy to Rick’s people.
Tom’s bumbling efforts to get closer to him, his puppy dog eyes, and surprising honesty are slowly winning Rick over. But travelling to the cursed land where no one outside Tom’s clan has set foot in centuries is only the start of their adventure.
Betrayal from within and his investigation into the ancient magic of the Watchtowers make Rick’s life more than interesting. But even he can’t anticipate where his search will lead him.
Review: This book is part of a series and must be read in order. Rick (Prince Alric) is confused to wake up in the bed of his enemy, collared and told he is about to wed. All he had wanted was to find the information on the Watchtowers for his friends, and now he is about to wed and facing certain death. But, the secrets of Tom’s clan lead Rick to answers, now if only he can survive betrayals and his own husband’s well-meaning fumbling’s.
This book picks up just after Rick leaves Aidan and James in Over the Moon and is an excellent addition to the Watchtower Series. Rick wakes up confused and befuddled in the hands of his enemy, who for some strange reason thinks Rick should be happy that they are to wed. Rick has more important things to worry about as the collar drains his life force and he knows he has an important task that now might fail, the Watchtowers. But, as Tom learns about a betrayal and sweeps Rick away to his people’s land Muria, Rick and Tom along with Tom’s uncle Darren make new discoveries.
This is a wonderfully written book that opens up the world and adds to the world building of the previous books. We met Rick briefly in Over the Moon and in this one he makes the story his own. We find out why King Tom of Allin is so hell-bent on getting his hands on Rick. We discover more about the Watchtowers and the next puzzle piece and we discover secrets about Tom. Rick and Tom make for a conflicted couple and there are some clashes between them, but they also come to a better understanding when they finally sit down and talk properly and they are honest on both sides.
Tom is not quite the character that you pictured him to be in the last book. Once you understand his story, you can totally get his actions and you wonder how Rick never saw it. Rick finally admits to himself that, although Tom got on his nerves, he’s also sexy as hell. They don’t go jumping into bed and it is hot when they do finally get the chance. We also get to briefly see Aiden and James, along with Belze, and discover that the next books will have hard decisions to make.
So, I will recommend this to those who love fantasy, hidden secrets, obsessed Kings, betrayal, new discoveries, more puzzle pieces, hot sex and a great ending with the sure knowledge of more great stories to come.