Early Book Review: For the Love of a Goblin Warrior by Shona Husk


For the Love of a Goblin Warrior by Shona Husk is a solid romance novel, that even with two preceding books in a series that I have not read, I did not feel lost or left behind while reading. It is currently scheduled for release on January 1 2013. Nadine Gilbert is a nurse that has had a rough life. Her mother was killed when she was a young child, and her father convicted of the murder even though there was no body. As an adult, she has a good life, although she is still more than a little afraid of the dark and haunted by nightmares. Her comfort lies in the faerie tales her mother loved, and the cross she left behind. Meryn was once a brave warrior, but a curse enslaved him in the Shadowland for thousands of years, as a goblin. When rescued from the dark realm by his cousin, Meryn is lost and confused and lands in police custody and Nadine's hospital for treatment. Slowly Meryn works at regaining his human nature and surviving in the modern world, and Nadine is part of his motivation. But, could her knowledge of the Goblin King's tale and his role in the truth be more than they can overcome?

For the Love of a Goblin Warrior is a romance that combines love overcoming great odds with a redemption story on many levels. Nadine, Meryn, and Nadine's father are all struggling in today's world and their own pasts. While the lines that connect Meryn to Nadine and her family might be very convenient to the story, if we are going to go with a Grimm story coming to life then we are going to have to overlook some coincidences as necessary. I liked that there was significant self reflection and doubt on all sides, but not so much that it became overly repetitive or annoying. The instant attraction, as well as the tight connections that draw everyone into such close proximity, might be needed to keep the book moving, and might have been a little too much, but it all played out well as a whole.

For the Love of a Goblin Warrior was a good urban fantasy romance. If I see the previous too books in the library, or via Amazon download, I might pick them up to read as well- since I love a faerie tale retelling (particularly for lesser known tales). Readers that enjoy Shona Husk's work, and/or faerie tale twisted tales, will enjoy the book.
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