Wednesday, December 26, 2012

ARC Review: Shona Husk - For the Love of a Goblin Warrior

Shadowlands Series:
Book 3:
For the Love of a Goblin Warrior: Meryn and Nadine Gilbert
For the Love of a Goblin Warrior (Shadowlands, #3) 
Release Date: January 1st 2013
Purchase on Amazon: Shona Husk - For the Love of a Goblin Warrior (Shadowlands)
Centuries ago, Meryn was thought to be utterly lost--all traces of his soul given up to the ravening goblin horde. But with the curse that enslaved him now broken, he must once again learn to walk in the realm of men.
Nurse Nadine Gilbert likes working the night shift to avoid her disturbing dreams, but her mysterious new patient looks hauntingly familiar. Meryn knows he doesn't deserve a second chance, but Nadine brings out his long-buried human side. Telling her the truth about his violent past could destroy their fragile trust. Could she ever believe in the love of a Goblin Warrior?
We pick this book up right where I assume that book 2 left off. I didn’t actually finish book 2, so I am not entirely positive this is the case, but that is what it seems to be. Meryn has just come to the Fixed Realm and is extremely confused after being a Goblin in the Shadowlands for 2000 years. He is in the hospital after police picked him up waving a sword around, he speaks no English and has no idea what is going on. Nadine is called in because she speaks several languages, but none of which this poor guy is speaking.
Nadine comes from a very sad background, when she was just a small girl her mother was killed by her father. She was in and out of foster care her entire life. She keeps most at an arms distance because she cannot deal with getting too close to anyone after her past. When she meets Meryn they can’t actually communicate but they are drawn together anyway. She sees the same sadness in his eyes as she sees in her own. She knows he has suffered but once he leaves the hospital she is sure she will never see him again. But several weeks later, when she is running in the park she sees him sitting on a bench. A chance meeting turns to breakfast, which turns to another breakfast, which turns into a date, which leads to more. It is more than Nadine ever bargained for but somehow she can’t stop herself from falling even more. Nadine’s story is such a sad one, but she is dealing the best she can. She takes a major risk on Meryn and it seems to be paying off until she starts realizing that he is leaving some major stuff out. Its hard to not like Nadine, she is compassionate and caring about people. She has a wall but after her past, it would be surprising if she didn’t. She is a runner that tends to peace out before she can truly be hurt. But with Meryn she can’t really help herself.
Aww Meryn, he is such a sweetie. We meet him and he is more Goblin then man, but he hs still maintained some sense of honor. He is still a protector. But the pain of losing his wife and kids still feels like it was yesterday instead of 2000 years ago. As the days pass, his confusion lessens and the pain starts to fade some. Meeting Nadine has a big impact on that. Despite having lost everything he still believes in the power of love and that life isn’t worth living without it. He keeps an optimistic for the most part views. He realizes that he has to adapt and adapt quickly. His adaption is a bit too quick and a tad bit unbelievable. He pretty much learns English in a matter of days. I mean I’m sure there are some people in the world that can learn languages quickly, but days? Um, yeah. I’m not so sure about that. But anyway, I liked watching him learn to adapt and pick up new technologies. For someone 2000 years behind the times he does great job. He appreciates Nadine and realizes the gift he has been given with her and doesn’t want to lose her but he knows his past might catch up with him and if it does he could very well end up losing her and his heart…
This book is all about the romance. It is a warm, easy romance. They slide right into a heartwarming romance that helps heal these two. The Goblin story is interesting; I really enjoyed it from the first book and continued to enjoy it into this book. It’s not as intense as the first as they are out of the Shadowlands but it is still an integral part of the story. At times the story is a bit too easy with little conflict, but it makes for an easy light read. I really quite enjoyed this story, and enjoyed this first book in this series as well.
Note: There were a lot of grammatical errors in this book; however, this was an ARC so I assume that they will have fixed all of that by the release.
*ARC provided through NetGalley for an honest review. No other compensation will be provided.
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Amanda darkkind

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