Title: Rogue’s Pawn
Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: July 16, 2012
This is no fairy tale.
Haunted by nightmares of a black dog, sick to death of my mind-numbing career and heart-numbing fiancé, I impulsively walked out of my life—and fell into Faerie. Terrified, fascinated, I discover I possess a power I can’t control: my wishes come true. After an all-too-real attack by the animal from my dreams, I wake to find myself the captive of the seductive and ruthless fae lord Rogue. In return for my rescue, he demands an extravagant price—my firstborn child, which he intends to sire himself.
With no hope of escaping this world, I must learn to harness my magic and build a new life despite the perils—including my own inexplicable and debilitating desire for Rogue. I swear I will never submit to his demands, no matter what erotic torment he subjects me to.
This was my very first book by Jeffe Kennedy. I stumbled upon it on a blog and was intrigued by the description yet was a little nervous. It sounded a little more intense than I was used to. I usually prefer lighter romance books even if they are suspense-filled or have paranormal twist. However, I thought I would give this book a try. All I can say is holy cow! There is so much going on in this book. It moves quickly and you have to pay attention to keep up. I don’t think Jeffe wastes words in because I found myself clinging to all of them. I really had a tough time putting it down.
From the beginning, I was curious about what type of world Jennifer/Gwynn fell into. One of the good things as well as the bad was that this was in the first person point of view so we only know what Gwynn knows, which isn’t very much. We don’t even know how to help her in our own minds. I like Gwynn’s strength and fight to try to maintain her human self. She had this amazing power that she had no idea she possessed, much less how to control. She stumbled into this world and woke up bound to a table out of safety of the people because everything she wished for came true. I felt all the emotions Gwynn felt throughout the story, whether it was her anger, confusion, depression or desire. Gwynn had quite the wit, too. I loved how even in this Faerie world she still maintained her human side, like calling the different Faeries names like Nasty Tinker Bell or Lady Lightbulb (instead of Lady Incandescence).
Lord Rogue saved Lady Gwynn’s life, or prevented her death; however you want to look at it. Because of this she owes him and he demands her first born child. Well, she isn’t having any of that. She is still very much human and has no idea why he would want that. She quickly finds out that everything has a price in this world. She has several debts to pay and has to endure them for seven years or else she will be severely punished. The trick is no one will tell her the type of punishment or really help her out much with answers to her questions. She learns things the hard way most of the time. There were parts of this book that had me in tears and I wasn’t sure I could get through it. I trusted Jeffe, though, and kept reading. I really love when I can laugh and cry while reading a book. In the end enduring those sad parts made me understand what Gwynn was going through and how they were trying to “teach” her. She is a strong woman and each thing she went through had a purpose. Throughout the story, Rogue and Gwynn seemed to have a hot and cold relationship. Most of the time she isn’t sure if he is manipulating her in some way or if her feelings toward him are genuine and natural since they are so intense. By the end things get a lot clearer between the two of them and it sets up the next book perfectly.
I really liked this book even if it had a darker edge than I am used to and was hard to read in some parts. I am anxious to learn more of why Rogue needs Gwynn so much and why she was brought into this world. I look forward to some of the secondary characters, too, such as Starling, Puck, and even Darling the cat (who is a riot throughout the book). If you like books that have a little bit of a darker edge, a broken, but healing hero and heroine, a cat with a sense of humor, romance, and magic, you should really give this one a try. I am really looking forward to the next book in the series.
Reviewed by: Amy R.