…and the Beast, Book 1
After three years at war, the High Lord of the Forest returns to his lands, a victorious wolf leader intent on claiming his mate. Instead Ciar finds an empty bed and a court with no recollection of the woman he loved. Following her long-cold trail proves far easier than facing what awaits him at the end.
Sabine’s first instinct is to beg her beloved to leave. The High Lord’s mother hired a witch to curse Sabine, desperate to wipe the lowborn wolf from her son’s mind. But the spell worked too well, and Sabine has vanished from the thoughts of everyone who sees her. Including her own family.
The edges of his memory already blurring, Ciar and Sabine must race to find a way to reverse the spell. Yet every searing moment together is not enough to stop the curse’s inexorable progress. His only chance is to bind Sabine to him too tightly to be forgotten, before she disappears once and for all.
Generally speaking, my biggest complaint about this short story is what good short stories usually leave you feeling - wanting more. Sabine and Ciar are a great couple overcoming a really sh*tty curse. Even with the page number I found myself tearing up in places because I felt so bad for everyone innocently involved. Rogers drops the reader in the midst of their relationship and it's believable right from the first moment - Ciar has come back from war to find his love gone and he's damned if he'll settle for everyone acting like they've never heard of her. There's not a lot of time for drawn out sexy times, but the ones we do get are heartfelt and I think advance the story well.
The final scenes felt a bit rushed and I wouldn't have minded an epilogue that included more of Farran and Illoria, but all in all I think Sabine was a fun read with a great HEA.
Overall Feeling - B+
Series - 1) Sabine 2) Kisri