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Review of Captivated By The Winter King by Mistral Dawn

by Katie Rose Guest Pryal

The Rundown

Kate, a terrified woman who is on the run from her abusive fiancé, crashes her car on the side of the road. When she wakes, she is no longer in Florida. Instead, she stumbles into deep snow and the arms of Ankou, the King of the troubled Winter Court of the Fae. She has, it turns out, accidentally passed through a portal. As a bonus, Ankou is fine to look at, and it turns out Kate is his magical soulmate. Kate, being human, can’t feel the Fae soulmate bond. No problem—Ankou has lived for thousands of millennia. He can be patient. After all, Kate is not only to be his wife, she is to be his Queen.

This should have been a great set up for a paranormal romance, but the book has some struggles. It is cursed by pages and pages—and pages—of exposition. The first chapter of the book is rarely in scene after opening with Kate driving her car. The second chapter of the book, which opens in Ankou’s point of view, spends pages and pages in exposition as well. The author needs to have a little more faith in her reader: we don’t need to have so much explained to us, or explained to us so quickly. A slower reveal would have worked better.

This is a romance novel—indeed, its genre is BDSM romance, or even erotica. That’s great. The book suffers from a dissonance problem though: would a Fae King use the terms “sadism” and “masochism” or even “dominate” and “sub”? The Marquis de Sade and Leopold von Sacher-Masoch never resided in Fairie. These are human terms of recent origin. The acts, however, are not. When building worlds parallel to our own, using terms so closely tied to our particular cultural moment rings false, even if the acts are millennia old.

The book shines brightest when the author builds scenes—scenes full of dialogue, conflict, setting, and yes, even eroticism. Her scenes come alive, especially when compared to the exposition, or “processing,” as the heroine often refers to it. With more lively scenes, and less processing, this darkly erotic book would have rated much higher.

The Recommendation

This book will appeal to readers who enjoy erotic paranormal fantasy, even if it isn’t backed by a terribly exciting story. 

The Rating Reviewer Rating: 3 Stars

3 Stars (out of 5): Pretty good. Sure, there were some issues, but it was still worth the read.

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Captivated By The Winter King

Kate, a frightened, desperate woman on the run, and Ankou, a lonely, fallen God of Death, are united in a magical soulmate bond. Can these two broken people find a way to fit all their disparate pieces together into a stronger, united whole?

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