I absolutely love paranormal romance, and Felicity Heaton is definitely a go-to author for that genre for me. Her stories are so well written and complex (and freaking hot too), and her latest release is no different. Tempted by a Rogue Prince is the third book in the Eternal Mates series, a series I’ve come to love more and more with each book I read. I had high expectations for this book because, hello, it’s VAIL’S book, and Felicity Heaton absolutely did not disappoint! I wholeheartedly LOVED Tempted by a Rogue Prince!
Vail’s book was one of my highly anticipated releases–ever since Vail was introduced in Kissed by a Dark Prince (book 1), I wanted him to have a story, a HEA, so badly. Vail, also known as the Mad Elf Prince, is the brother of Loren (from Kissed by a Dark Prince). Vail had been under the control of an evil witch for 42 centuries, but after the events in Claimed by a Demon King (book 2), he’s free from her control, but broken and devastated by the damage he’s done in those 42 centuries. He holds so much darkness and guilt for the number of people he’d killed under the witch’s control, and he’s one of the most tortured characters I’ve ever read. My heart broke so much for Vail–for his guilt, suffering, and self-loathing. His story is definitely not an easy one, but I was riveted from beginning to end.
In Tempted by a Rogue Prince, Vail wakes up in the cells of the Fifth Realm, and it’s there that he meets Rosalind, a captured witch who has been forced to heal demons. Vail hates her on sight–after experiencing millennia under a witch’s control, he would never allow himself to be subjugated under another one. But Rosalind turns out to be Vail’s ki’ara, his fated female, so Vail is understandably conflicted. A witch ruined his life, so how could he fall for one?
Rosalind was such a great heroine. She was the perfect match for Vail, despite being a witch, or maybe because she is one. She’s tough–she’s had to endure being in the hands of the demons of the Fifth Realm and survive. She has a great heart, and that heart makes her want to help Vail, even knowing he might kill her. She herself holds guilt for killing in the war, even though it was to protect herself and her friends.
Both Rosalind and Vail have good reasons for staying away from each other, but they also have an undeniable chemistry. I was so impressed with the direction Felicity Heaton took their story. Vail needed to be handled firmly but delicately after over 4,000 years of being controlled, and that’s exactly how Rosalind is with him. He’s incredibly vulnerable, yet strong at the same time. I loved how well written Vail’s emotional turmoil is–it made my heart ache to see how he goes back and forth between wanting to kill Rosalind for being a witch and protecting her because she’s his mate. And poor Rosalind, having to deal with Vail. But I loved her for not backing down from him, even though he scared her. Their relationship grew at the perfect pace–so they don’t get hot and heavy quickly. (But when they do, it’s HOT. It’s Felicity Heaton, so what else needs to be said?)
Tempted by a Rogue Prince is an emotional, heart-wrenching roller coaster that fans of the series won’t be disappointed with. Vail and Rosalind’s story has easily become my favorite of the series so far, and it’ll be tough to top them. But since Felicity Heaton does PNR so well (I’m always so impressed with the world-building, the characters, the fight scenes, everything!), I have no doubts I’ll love anything more from this series.
Reading Order: Eternal Mates series
#1 ~ Kissed by a Dark Prince: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#2 ~ Claimed by a Demon King: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#3 ~ Tempted by a Rogue Prince: Ebook • Paperback • Goodreads
#4 ~ Hunted by a Jaguar: Goodreads (Jan. 17, 2015)