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Vengeance is irresistible… Kaysar the Unhinged One, fae King of Midnight, can drive anyone to madness with his song. A ruthless warrior forged in hate, he lives to force his enemies to their knees. He will stop at nothing to succeed—even abduct and seduce his foe’s beloved bride, ensuring his own child one day sits on the male’s throne. Except, his prize escapes to the mort Vengeance is irresistible… Kaysar the Unhinged One, fae King of Midnight, can drive anyone to madness with his song. A ruthless warrior forged in hate, he lives to force his enemies to their knees. He will stop at nothing to succeed—even abduct and seduce his foe’s beloved bride, ensuring his own child one day sits on the male’s throne. Except, his prize escapes to the mortal realm before the first kiss, her heart transplanted into a mortal beauty with dangerous secrets… Chantel “Cookie” Bardot is a professional gamer girl great at trash talking, bad at peopling. After a long awaited surgery, she begins to morph into a powerful fae princess. Catapulted into a strange land ruled by a cruel but seductive villain, she must battle flesh and blood monsters and navigate royal intrigues. But the true danger is Kaysar, whose every wicked touch tempts her beyond reason. Should she run…or descend into the darkness with him?


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Vengeance is irresistible… Kaysar the Unhinged One, fae King of Midnight, can drive anyone to madness with his song. A ruthless warrior forged in hate, he lives to force his enemies to their knees. He will stop at nothing to succeed—even abduct and seduce his foe’s beloved bride, ensuring his own child one day sits on the male’s throne. Except, his prize escapes to the mort Vengeance is irresistible… Kaysar the Unhinged One, fae King of Midnight, can drive anyone to madness with his song. A ruthless warrior forged in hate, he lives to force his enemies to their knees. He will stop at nothing to succeed—even abduct and seduce his foe’s beloved bride, ensuring his own child one day sits on the male’s throne. Except, his prize escapes to the mortal realm before the first kiss, her heart transplanted into a mortal beauty with dangerous secrets… Chantel “Cookie” Bardot is a professional gamer girl great at trash talking, bad at peopling. After a long awaited surgery, she begins to morph into a powerful fae princess. Catapulted into a strange land ruled by a cruel but seductive villain, she must battle flesh and blood monsters and navigate royal intrigues. But the true danger is Kaysar, whose every wicked touch tempts her beyond reason. Should she run…or descend into the darkness with him?

30 review for Heartless

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾

    4 STARS He struck her as a man who murdered without hesitation, breaking a sweat or regretting his actions. As someone who's read Gena's entire backlist, it's safe for me to say that this woman can write the alphabet on a sheet of toilet paper and I'd read it. So while I've been ravenous for Hades's book and more of her LoTu, I will still jump at everything else she writes. And a brand new series that's titled Immortal Enemies? Yeah you bet your patootie I'll be all over it. No one wri 4 STARS He struck her as a man who murdered without hesitation, breaking a sweat or regretting his actions. As someone who's read Gena's entire backlist, it's safe for me to say that this woman can write the alphabet on a sheet of toilet paper and I'd read it. So while I've been ravenous for Hades's book and more of her LoTu, I will still jump at everything else she writes. And a brand new series that's titled Immortal Enemies? Yeah you bet your patootie I'll be all over it. No one writes enemies to lovers banter quite like Showalter. Then you add into it her sassy, sharp tongued, and [email protected] heroines meet tortured and uber protective heroes and I'm putty. PUTTY I TELLS YA. Maybe you should let me go now?” she said. She needed a moment to think without him nearby. Another chuckle. “Does my proximity bother you, sweetling?” “Yes,” she burst out. “And I’d prefer an endearment like Machete or Chops. Now be a good boy, and let me go.” The one thing I've come to appreciate about Gena's stories, is the world building. We get a new world with fae, goblins, centaurs, and seers and I was so here for it. None of it felt like a data dump. All of it felt incredibly vivid, enchanting, and completely addictive. Kaysar the Unhinged One is certainly appropriately known through the kingdom. The man is practically deranged in his need for revenge. The only thing that drives him is bringing all of the pain and suffering to his enemies who stole everything precious from him when he was just a small boy. Chantel “Cookie” Bardot is a quirky gamer with a best friend who's in her 60s and a cat to keep her company. She also has a bad heart and is looking at certain death unless she gets a heart transplant. Now I won't give you a summary here because you can get everything you need from the blurb. But the second Cookie gets thrust into the world of Kaysar, I was totally and completely invested. The tension and the relationship building between these two was utterly delicious. Their banter is hilarious and with a vein of sexual tension that's so good, that by the time they finally give into you, you feel like you may go into flames yourself. There's nothing better than that build up and man, I loved it so much here. Cookie is a bit of a nut herself. A gamer, she's a bloodthirsty little thing herself. And when she gets a taste for battle in her new world, she finds she rather likes it. I couldn't picture a better half for Kaysar's particular brand of crazy. I loved watching him falling for her in spite of himself and I loved watching Cookie come into her own. I was afraid that having Lulundria's heart and some of her memories may eventually morph her into someone else, but really it just gave her a boost. There's so much build up here that I can't wait to read next with some secondary characters. Like a certain Frostline prince that lost his loved bride only to lose her all over again when her heart goes into the body of a woman that falls for his mortal enemy. GAH. How epic does that sound? Because NEED. I will never complain about a new series from the queen of PNR. So even though I'm pretty sure I would go crazy until I get Hades's book soon, this new series certainly helps. An entire series based on the enemies to lovers vibes? YES MA'AM! BRING IT I say. ARC courtesy of publisher in exchange for an honest review Find me on:

  2. 4 out of 5

    Naomi

    I loved this book. Heartless is the first book in a brand new series by Gena Showalter called Immortal Enemies. This is an adult fantasy/paranormal romance with fae. Showalter's take on the fae is different than what we usually get and I really loved it. The story itself is also pretty unique and interesting. Both characters are not what you would expect, Kaysar, our hero, is a mad fae king bent on revenge after the Frostlines kidnapped, abused and kept him chained for a year, after taking him a I loved this book. Heartless is the first book in a brand new series by Gena Showalter called Immortal Enemies. This is an adult fantasy/paranormal romance with fae. Showalter's take on the fae is different than what we usually get and I really loved it. The story itself is also pretty unique and interesting. Both characters are not what you would expect, Kaysar, our hero, is a mad fae king bent on revenge after the Frostlines kidnapped, abused and kept him chained for a year, after taking him away from his baby sister. Kaysar goes after Jareth—the Frostline prince—and his new bride, Lulundria, and plans to kidnap, seduce and impregnate her so his child can one day sit on the Winter Court throne. But Lulundria escapes to the mortal realm after being severely injured and dies there, but not before Kaysar, with his magical abilities, tells her to come back to him, in one way or another. Enter, Chantel "Cookie" Bardot, our heroine, a human woman with a heart disease waiting on her miracle transplant. When she gets transplanted with Lulundria's heart, she quickly realizes that something is wrong with her. After months of recuperating, feeling like she's being hunted and strange things happening, she accidentally opens a portal back to Astaria, the fae realm, and gets transported there. Does that sound epic? Because it is! Kaysar is a spectacular character, if you like Lothaire from Kresley Cole's IAD, you will probably really love him. Kaysar is mad, the abuse he suffered broke him, losing his sister made it even worse, he lives only to make the Frostlines suffer. "He reminded her of a lost little boy…with dreams of burning the entire world to ash." Cookie seems like a normal, sassy heroine, but she's actually Kaysar's perfect match, she secretly enjoys killing people. In her games, but still. So when she's thrown into this brand new world, with monsters and this villain trying to seduce and use her, she decides to let her true nature take over. "Whether she realized it or not, she was unerringly immortal, incredibly powerful, and unarguably fae." Listen, I loved them together. I absolutely adored watching Kaysar being completely confounded by Cookie, completely thrown because she's not at all what he expected, watching him try so hard to hold on to his plans of vengeance. It was delightful. Cookie was also an amazing character, Showalter always has great, sassy and fun heroines, add to that the fact that Cookie is murder curious and starts to have great powers which she can use to kill people, and you get a freaking funny and epic heroine. "Every so often, she even wondered if she herself were maybe kinda sorta…murder curious. But only every so often." Heartless was twisted, truly something new for Gena Showalter, it was darker and just more in every way. It was also pretty funny at times and just an epic and entertaining story. I loved it so much. I'm genuinely excited about this new world and what could come next!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Paula

    I didn't like the hero. For me it was a case of too little too late. I didn't like the hero. For me it was a case of too little too late.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Annie

    Read this review on Fresh Fiction Gena Showalter returns with a brand new Paranormal Romance series called Immortal Enemies. This time this series features the fae and they aren’t like the fairytale like creatures that many of us believe them to me. Showalter’s style is much darker in this book than it is in her usual books. Tragic events with tragic characters are very much what this book is about, so if you’re into violence, trauma and drama, then I think you’ll enjoy this book. There’s a Read this review on Fresh Fiction Gena Showalter returns with a brand new Paranormal Romance series called Immortal Enemies. This time this series features the fae and they aren’t like the fairytale like creatures that many of us believe them to me. Showalter’s style is much darker in this book than it is in her usual books. Tragic events with tragic characters are very much what this book is about, so if you’re into violence, trauma and drama, then I think you’ll enjoy this book. There’s a lot of attention to detail in this book and especially the writing. I was impressed with the way Showalter was able to change her style to create a totally different book from her others. However, I felt like I couldn’t connect with some of the characters, the hero, in particular. Since the concept is of revenge, I just found that I couldn’t quite relate to what he was going through. He felt too cold and ruthless that the romance didn’t burn as brightly as I would have liked. However, I kept reading and I’m glad that I did because there was some thawing of his character once the romance bloomed. Showalter does a great job with the worldbuilding in this book, so if you’re looking for a new world to dive into and lose yourself, HEARTLESS is a perfect summer read to help you escape reality.

  5. 4 out of 5

    WhiskeyintheJar

    3.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Kaysar realized he had a choice. Save the girl and his conscience, perhaps condemning himself and Viori in the process, or walk away and condemn the girl and his conscience. With his parents having died of the plague, teenager Kaysar is responsible for his stopped speaking traumatized five year sister Viori. When he comes upon the Frostlines, the ro 3.5 stars I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Kaysar realized he had a choice. Save the girl and his conscience, perhaps condemning himself and Viori in the process, or walk away and condemn the girl and his conscience. With his parents having died of the plague, teenager Kaysar is responsible for his stopped speaking traumatized five year sister Viori. When he comes upon the Frostlines, the royal family of the Winter Court, in the woods, they capture him and he spends a year of torture at the hands of King Hador and his brother Lark. When he finally comes into his own power, using his healing song and glamara power of compulsion, he is able to escape his chains. He kills Lark but feels that wasn't punishment enough, so he decides to routinely make war on the Frostlines because of how Hador and Lark tortured and raped him and how he is still searching for his beloved sister Viori and what happened to her after he was captured. In the aftermath, he'd discovered only the hatred remained. After Kaysar escapes, the story then jumps centuries and we find out that Kaysar is now King of the Dusklands and his own created Midnight Court. He's earned the nickname The Unhinged One and he has jars of the Frostlines' tongues as his war trophies. Everyone in the land fears him but he still doesn't know what happened to Viori. When he is exacting a new plan of revenge on King Hador's son, Jareth, which involves kidnapping Jareth's new wife Lulundria, getting her to desire him, and then sending her back to Jareth pregnant and forced to have a child of Kaysar's in the Frostline royal court, a mortally injured Lulundria escapes to the human realm. Kaysar can't follow her because he isn't a doormaker but he did manage to sing a song of compulsion and order her to return to him. “Return to me, princess. Return to me by any means necessary.” Chantel “Cookie” Bardot is twenty-six years old but with a heavily damaged heart, if she doesn't get a heart transplant, she doesn't have long to live. She makes her living being paid to stream and play an enchanted forest video game and lives with a hypochondriac geriatric and an extremely picky cat. When she receives a call that a heart is ready for her, she can't believe it and a few months later when her hair starts to turn pink, she's seeing pixies buzzing around her, and vines are growing from her finger tips, she really can't believe it. As her and her roommate are finally confronting these changes in her, Chantel's vines create a doorway and she is pulled through. An angel merged with a devil, both haunting and haunted. The start to a new series, Heartless was amazing on the world building. The fae realm called Astaria and it's five royal courts, Summer, Winter, Autumn, Spring, Dusklands, and Kaysar's created Midnight court and the mysterious Forgotten court were engaging and fascinating. The creatures, magic, and land described by the author really placed me in this land and had me excited for the series on a whole. The author's choice to have Chantel be a professional gamer who just so happens to play a game that very closely resembled and copied the fae realm, allowing her to more readily accept her changed circumstances, felt a little too easy in the beginning but as the story went on, I thought it fit perfectly, especially since I think it was a clue to what happened to Viori. Use her. Protect her. Use. Protect. In order to be more accepting of Kaysar's consuming mindset of revenge, with a little feeling of childishness swings of emotions, you'll have to remember his young age when he suffered his horrific abuse; he's stuck in that age, time and place. His map making on himself, slicing his arms with the metal claws he wears on his hands, is obviously a coping mechanism to release the emotions and pain he never has learned to deal to with. This made it a little hard to fully come on board when he has insta-attraction and lust for Chantel, he felt too emotionally young for me to enjoy that dynamic he instantly had with her. As the story went on, he does grow and change as Chantel explains and is patient with him and I was able to go along with their sexual connection more. Kaysar de Aoibheall did not beg for anything. Ever. But he had promised to be better for her, and he always kept his word. The constant battle between these two is all about Kaysar choosing Chantel over his vengeance. Chantel is the child of divorce and with her two parents starting other families they forgot about her, she wants to be number one is someone's life for once, making Kaysar's one true love of constantly battling the Frostlines a problem for them. Along with that emotional battle, there was also physical battles that didn't skimp on some gory details. Towards the latter half, when Chantel and Kaysar hit the sheets, you could just call this the fighting and the fucking book because both are singeing the pages. Why was she holding on to her hurt, letting fear rule her life? Overall, this story was entertaining in it's, at times, wilding out elements and components. I thought both Chantel and Kaysar stayed too stubborn at moments towards the end that hurt the pace of the story and kept it longer than it needed to be and I'm not sure the whole thread of whatever outfit or costume Chantel wears changes her personality was needed, there was already a lot of magical components to keep track of and absorb in this story. Kaysar's slow growing might take too long for some readers but I thought his gesture at the end was good for a traumatized man learning to change a centuries long learned behavior and coping mechanism. As I mentioned, I'm into this world Showalter has created because it was at turns entertaining, wilding, gory, emotional, and sexy. I can't wait to see if I did catch a clue about Viori, if our redeemed Prince Jareth will find a new love, what King Micah of the Forgottenlands is going to get up too, and if Pearl Jean's sciatica will go away enough for her to bag a fae realm hottie. Immortal Enemies has the world building to be entertaining for awhile.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Firstpella

    WTF is going on with Showalter. This is the 2nd New Series she has pushed out this year (Warlord, the other) that is reallllllllly more Cole than Showalter…though they were always…similar. Now…it’s like they are the same author…and trying to flex to again the magic with Lothaire-lite. Warlord came a smiggen closer than Heartless though on paper, the latter should be. Not complaining since Cole seems to have abandoned IAD but come on now, either just take over IAD and give us Nix, Fury, and all t WTF is going on with Showalter. This is the 2nd New Series she has pushed out this year (Warlord, the other) that is reallllllllly more Cole than Showalter…though they were always…similar. Now…it’s like they are the same author…and trying to flex to again the magic with Lothaire-lite. Warlord came a smiggen closer than Heartless though on paper, the latter should be. Not complaining since Cole seems to have abandoned IAD but come on now, either just take over IAD and give us Nix, Fury, and all the characters we have been jonesing for or stick to one new series and churn the goodness out. BTW, the story here is good…I’m just being That Bitch.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    ARC provided by Edelweiss + I love a good villain romance story. Chantal “Cookie” Bardot is a badass gamer girl with a failing heart. When a miracle happens and she receives a heart transplant she gets more than she expected when it turns out the heart belonged to a Fae Princess from another realm and she begins to change. She gets sucked into this new realm that’s like a real life video game and meets Kaiser, the realms resident psycho king. Chantal is awesome and I loved all the Forest of Good a ARC provided by Edelweiss + I love a good villain romance story. Chantal “Cookie” Bardot is a badass gamer girl with a failing heart. When a miracle happens and she receives a heart transplant she gets more than she expected when it turns out the heart belonged to a Fae Princess from another realm and she begins to change. She gets sucked into this new realm that’s like a real life video game and meets Kaiser, the realms resident psycho king. Chantal is awesome and I loved all the Forest of Good and Evil references (The Evil Queen and The Glass Queen). Kaiser is so much fun and gave me Lothaire vibes (Kresley Cole). Together they make a kick ass team and their chemistry is through the roof.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lamia

    I am genuinely so sad that I am giving this book anything below 4 stars. I absolutely adore Gena Showalter and all her books but this one was such a miss for me. It got to a point where I had to force myself to finish this book. One thing that I enjoyed about this book was the world building. The main characters just let the whole book down in my opinion as they were really unlikeable. I can handle one annoying protagonist but two is a little much. I will be reading the next book as I hope it wi I am genuinely so sad that I am giving this book anything below 4 stars. I absolutely adore Gena Showalter and all her books but this one was such a miss for me. It got to a point where I had to force myself to finish this book. One thing that I enjoyed about this book was the world building. The main characters just let the whole book down in my opinion as they were really unlikeable. I can handle one annoying protagonist but two is a little much. I will be reading the next book as I hope it will be better but I probably won’t be as excited to read it.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lorrie (Clockworkbookworm)

    Initial thoughts... 4.5 - I really enjoyed Heartless. I experienced a Hades and Persephone vibe, which I love. The main characters Kaysar and Chantel "Cookie" are heartbreaking and flawed, but work in the best way. I really am looking forward to reading the next book and getting answers to several things. A Favorite/Fun Quote: "...I made fae in a can. Chicken of the siege." Lol Initial thoughts... 4.5 - I really enjoyed Heartless. I experienced a Hades and Persephone vibe, which I love. The main characters Kaysar and Chantel "Cookie" are heartbreaking and flawed, but work in the best way. I really am looking forward to reading the next book and getting answers to several things. A Favorite/Fun Quote: "...I made fae in a can. Chicken of the siege." Lol

  10. 5 out of 5

    Reader

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ***SPOILERS INCLUDED*** Not a bad book one in a new series, but not great either. Chantel wasn't my fave and I found her to be pretty ridiculous. Her name and nickname (from the blurb) led me to think she'd be a POC and I was seriously disappointed that wasn't the case. While I know this is fiction, the details Showalter included to make it seem plausible came across as silly and childish to me. Her being a gamer - silly, her best friend being a 60+ year old lady she randomly met and now they liv ***SPOILERS INCLUDED*** Not a bad book one in a new series, but not great either. Chantel wasn't my fave and I found her to be pretty ridiculous. Her name and nickname (from the blurb) led me to think she'd be a POC and I was seriously disappointed that wasn't the case. While I know this is fiction, the details Showalter included to make it seem plausible came across as silly and childish to me. Her being a gamer - silly, her best friend being a 60+ year old lady she randomly met and now they live together - silly, her receiving a fae heart (via heart transplant) then showing signs of transitioning into the supernatural and blatantly ignoring them - silly, and her going through a portal to another realm and kind of acting like and thinking she's this super badass because she's a good gamer - super silly. Since when are video game skills transferable to real life? "I'm an awesome fighter in this game so I can obviously fight in real life" Utterly laughable! Kaysar was well written for the most part. In my opinion, his transition from harsh to soft (in terms of how he treated and thought about Chantel) was super fast, therefore making it unbelievable. Also, he's thousands of years old, yet this 26 year old, that didn't really know much about life (she's known she's had a bad heart her whole life and lived accordingly, so she hasn't even EXPERIENCED anything), is the first to drive him crazy with lust and feelings? Not buying it. He deserved a better written female counterpart. Someone who actually was a badass and had earned the title. I'm guessing book 2 will be about Jareth. Or maybe Micah. Also, I can imagine Showalter setting up Pearl to transition to fae and like age backwards to a more desirable appearance and getting a book or ending up as someone's mate. I don't think that's the last we've seen of her. I can guess Amber will be someone's mate as well. Overall, I'd read the next book via the library, because I'm no longer buying any Showalter books until she writes a LOTU book. And not that "nobody asked for this spinoff (rise of the warlords) with a bunch of new characters while completely ignoring current characters that should get a book" series. LOTU fans deserve answers to series long questions.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katerina

    I never expected a Gena Showalter book to be so bad. There is no plot. The two psychopaths for protagonists are giving us a whiplash all the time with yes, no, yes, no, yes, no. There is no world building. There is absolutely nothing good in this book. Even the gamer abbreviations were forced. Showalter is an autobuy for me, but this book was such a disappointment. I am not interested to read more about the Immortal Enemies series. Couldn't wait for this book to finish. Blergh I never expected a Gena Showalter book to be so bad. There is no plot. The two psychopaths for protagonists are giving us a whiplash all the time with yes, no, yes, no, yes, no. There is no world building. There is absolutely nothing good in this book. Even the gamer abbreviations were forced. Showalter is an autobuy for me, but this book was such a disappointment. I am not interested to read more about the Immortal Enemies series. Couldn't wait for this book to finish. Blergh

  12. 4 out of 5

    Helen

    What happens when Dexter meets Lothaire from IAD, who also happens to be half Dexter himself? You get Heartless! A brand new series by Gena Showalter that keeps you reading and wanting more because it's just that good! Cookie is a gamer who gets a heart transplant from a fae princess and starts changing, not only in appearance but also with brand new powers. She gets pulled into another land that happens to be like a video game she has played and dominanted for years. This is where she meets the What happens when Dexter meets Lothaire from IAD, who also happens to be half Dexter himself? You get Heartless! A brand new series by Gena Showalter that keeps you reading and wanting more because it's just that good! Cookie is a gamer who gets a heart transplant from a fae princess and starts changing, not only in appearance but also with brand new powers. She gets pulled into another land that happens to be like a video game she has played and dominanted for years. This is where she meets the sexy, yet mostly insane and definitely murder crazy Kaysar. I love how Cookie isn't afraid of her powers or killing those who stand in her way from the start. Definitely makes for a fun and action packed read. Kaysar and her "Hatetionship" at the start is hilarious 🤣 I laughed so hard at his complete lack of remorse over the things he does to her. I just love how he tortures her until he realizes she's the one for him, not caring about her gender or anything else a "hero" would be worried about. Sometimes the villains really do make the best heros. This new series is definitely a must read for any Gena fan or anyone looking for a great paranormal romance.

  13. 5 out of 5

    BookAddict ✒ La Crimson Femme

    There is a reason why Kaysar is called the "Unhinged One". He truly is unhinged. There is a growing popularity of creating anti-heroes as the main love interest. I like this because I am get older and more jaded, I tend to like the more complex male who isn't all good or all bad. I am a bit hesitant to label Kaysar as anti-hero. He is more like a trauma patient that is heavily experiencing PTSD and hasn't recovered in thousands of years and doesn't seem to want to either. To read the rest of my r There is a reason why Kaysar is called the "Unhinged One". He truly is unhinged. There is a growing popularity of creating anti-heroes as the main love interest. I like this because I am get older and more jaded, I tend to like the more complex male who isn't all good or all bad. I am a bit hesitant to label Kaysar as anti-hero. He is more like a trauma patient that is heavily experiencing PTSD and hasn't recovered in thousands of years and doesn't seem to want to either. To read the rest of my review, click on the image below to see it on my website.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melanie C. Duncan

    Reviewed for Library Journal.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Chioma

    2.5 stars This book was good enough as a filler fantasy romance book, but it is definitely not up to par with Gena Showalter's other books. I found myself not caring about the past or the present of the characters. And since the past origins of the characters were the catalyst for their whole personalities, it didn't connect as much as I though it should. The main female character's did a complete 180 that just made her feel like a completely different character than the woman we began the story 2.5 stars This book was good enough as a filler fantasy romance book, but it is definitely not up to par with Gena Showalter's other books. I found myself not caring about the past or the present of the characters. And since the past origins of the characters were the catalyst for their whole personalities, it didn't connect as much as I though it should. The main female character's did a complete 180 that just made her feel like a completely different character than the woman we began the story with. And the main male character kept to his personality, though annoying as it was, throughout the whole story. All that being said, I did enjoy this as a filler book, but whether or not I pick up the rest of the books in the series is 50/50 at this point. If you are expecting the same character attachment as her Lords of the Underworld, you will not find it. But it is a good enough book in its own right. I think knowing the pedestal that I put Gena Showalter's other series, this one fell a bit flat and led to the 2.5 star rating

  16. 4 out of 5

    Gabriella

    Gena was my first introduction into smut. 10+ years later, I decided to pick up on of her books and uhh?????? What in the jarred, herky-jerky, rickety prose did I just read???? I found myself getting hung up on the prose. The words just did not flow and after about 30% , I started skimming. It held little interests. I didn't care about any of it. Also, it was cringe af. Gena was my first introduction into smut. 10+ years later, I decided to pick up on of her books and uhh?????? What in the jarred, herky-jerky, rickety prose did I just read???? I found myself getting hung up on the prose. The words just did not flow and after about 30% , I started skimming. It held little interests. I didn't care about any of it. Also, it was cringe af.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Danielle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. 4.5 stars. Major Plot spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk ONCE AGAIN MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD, THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING Initial thoughts: This was a great series opener that reminded me so much like LOTU , and I am hoping that this winds up being a long running series just like LOTU was. This story had great world building. The characters were amazing and gave me a lot of the feels like the LOTU gang has done for many, many years. I was immediately sucked into the story especially with 4.5 stars. Major Plot spoilers ahead. Read at your own risk ONCE AGAIN MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS AHEAD, THIS IS YOUR FINAL WARNING Initial thoughts: This was a great series opener that reminded me so much like LOTU , and I am hoping that this winds up being a long running series just like LOTU was. This story had great world building. The characters were amazing and gave me a lot of the feels like the LOTU gang has done for many, many years. I was immediately sucked into the story especially with that emotional punch that was the prologue, which just provided for great setup not only for this story in particular but the entire series as a whole. It just gave me good vibes while reading it, knowing that I’m going to love this series as much or more so than LOTU . Review: This story was unique in a number of different ways. It was very interesting to see how Kaysar and Cookie came together. It was something that even though I knew the basics of the premise , I didn’t know how it was going to play out. It played out a lot differently than I was expecting, but in a very good way. I had no idea that Kaysar was going to responsible for the death of Cookie’s heart donor and just the background to that whole storyline. It just upped the intensity and the stakes so high that I knew I was going to be in for a wild and crazy ride. It so was and lead to some crazy situations between the two of them as they “battled” one another as they went on the journey together. One of the things that really impressed me was how Cookie being a gamer played a big part of her story and journey. She approached this world like she was playing in her favorite game. The twist was that this place was in fact almost a direct representation of her game, which I just thought was very interesting. Knowing that game backwards and forwards made her able to navigate the world just like she was playing the game. It gave her strength and knowledge as she successfully moved along. It just added so much to plot and just the flavor of her personality that I really liked shinning on the pages especially after being sick for so long and not being able to participate in adventures aside from on the screen. Until she got her new heart, then she was thrust into this world that she only knew virtually. I thought it was done really well. It made curious if this is going play going forward in the series. Because someone created the video game world like this other world so they had to familiar with it, right? So, is that where the path the series might take at some point? I don’t know, but I will be excited to find out in future books. As soon as Kaysar and Cookie met, there was lightning between them. They clashed in many different ways, which was partly doing to their personalities and partly due to their circumstances. Kaysar was intent on using Cookie against Jareth, being that Cookie know had the heart of his wife Lulu. Kaysar was intent on vengeance due to what happened at Jareth’s family hands. That already caused for some head butting moments between Cookie and Kaysar, even though Kaysar kept his motives a secret. It became very clear though he was enamored with Cookie and wouldn’t be lasting long in her company. I even predicted that he was going to be whipped by Cookie pretty quickly. I was right. Even though he didn’t change his plan for vengeance, he did shift it slightly. The more they went on this journey they went on together. The more connected they became because they were drawn to each other like magnets. They couldn’t really stop it. A big tell for Kaysar though was the pleasure of aspect of his life. He had none nor did he crave any until he met Cookie. Then he went zero to sixty in a very quick span with his desire for her. It wasn’t just sexual. He carved her touch, her closeness and just presence. That just brought him so much pleasure that he kept seeking it out while battling himself of his goals vs his needs for her. His two wills battled one another throughout the story, and he tried to have both with him more going to the pleasure side of things. He embraced that physical contact with her. it was steamy and heated. It melted pages there for awhile. I will admit that I thought that the secrets that he was keeping from Cookie were going to be more drawn out then there were, which would have added a lot of angst and tension as they went forward. A lot of the truth was revealed by mid-book, which made me wonder where the story was going to go especially since Cookie forgave him pretty easily once she learned the truth. Yes, they had little hiccups especially when Jareth got involved, but it was easily smoothed over. I thought there would have been more of a struggle. However the struggle came, boy was it a doozy. It was so intense that it made me wonder how in the heck this was ever going to resolved between them because that newest conflict happened last third of the book. It was heartbreaking. I felt so bad for Cooke because after she gave Kaysar chance after chance after chance and forgave him for thing, he stabbed her in the heart and broke her heart with every fear that she had embedded herself and had for years and years. This was angst and heartbreak I was looking for earlier on. The pain that I thought was going to be battle with for a majority fo the story instead of just the last third of the story. It just hurt me so much. What Kaysar did and said was beyond cruel. He was just mean. It made me not like him at all. Since there was only a little left in the story, I didn’t know how he was ever going to make up for the words he said. The insecurities that he hit in her heart. If he even could understand what he did to Cookie in such a sort time. Because that was such a raw and vulnerable moment for her, and he just crushed her under his heel. It just seemed impossible to me that they could move on from this. I wish that the was more the crux of their conflict earlier on the story so they could work through this together so they couldn’t get their HEA in the end. For me personally, I didn’t think that Kaysar did enough groveling to make up for the things he said and did when they had their big blowup. Yes, he did do some grand gestures at the end to show her that he meant business, however I just didn’t think it was enough. I think Cookie forgave him very quickly. She offered some resistance but not enough especially with how badly he hurt. I didn’t think he even understood what a body blow he delivered to her. I felt while reading it because it was utterly agonizing. I think I felt it as deeply as Cookie did. I didn’t feel soothed completely by his words or apologizes because he did this before and she forgave him before, but each time he turned on her more and more severely. How did she know that he wasn’t going to do it again? He said he wasn’t, and he did indicate that he moved on from everything, yet I was unsure. I think if they had like a more of heart to heart of why she was so hurt when he did what he did or said. He never really chose her first. He didn’t chose her as his reason for being or lifeline. Vengeance was more important to him. Only once she took his vengeance away then he committed himself to her. Yes, he chose not to seek his vengeance against her, but even still. i wanted to see him more struggle and battle for her with more than he did in the story. I wanted to see him fight more for her and show her that he loved her beyond anything else. In my opinion, he just didn’t do enjoy. If he did then, I would have given this a five stars. Overall this was a great introduction into this new world and new series. It had a lot of the LOTU vibes that I love and adore. I can see myself being as addicted as I was to with LOTU . I’m excited for the the potential of this series going forward. I can see it going in multiple different directions and I am all for it. I’m hoping that the question of Viori will be answered sooner rather than later because I’m dying to know. As for romance of Kaysar and Cookie, I did enjoy it very much. It was sexy, intense, and passionate as they navigated this world together. I loved how she pushed his buttons. I loved that he became very enamored quickly. He became smitten. For the first time in his life he wanted pleasure just the sake of pleasurable. He craved it but only from her. It was clear that to him they were mates even if did do and say some bonehead things. I did think he needed to do a little more groveling in the end especially after being so cruel to hers. I didn’t think that he a hundred percent got what he did to her when he didn’t chose her first even though he knew that had been an insecurity all of her life. I just think he needed to do a little bit more or show he got what he did. Yes, he did some groveling and apologizing, but just not enough. That was the big complaint with the story and why I didn’t give this five stars. Otherwise I throughly enjoyed myself while reading it and look forward to more in the future.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Mary Brannian

    "You couldn’t win the battles you forfeited." - Chantel "Some moments forever altered your existence. This was one such time for Kaysar. He knew it, sensed it. And he wasn’t sorry. For the whole of his life, he’d considered himself incapable of passion. He’d lauded the inability. But it hadn’t taken Chantel long to coax his deepest desires from hiding. Now, Kaysar stood transfixed, desperate to worship at the feet of the hauntingly beautiful princess who had turned his world upside down." - Kaysa "You couldn’t win the battles you forfeited." - Chantel "Some moments forever altered your existence. This was one such time for Kaysar. He knew it, sensed it. And he wasn’t sorry. For the whole of his life, he’d considered himself incapable of passion. He’d lauded the inability. But it hadn’t taken Chantel long to coax his deepest desires from hiding. Now, Kaysar stood transfixed, desperate to worship at the feet of the hauntingly beautiful princess who had turned his world upside down." - Kaysar Gena Showalter has a rare and exquisite talent that she wields with consummate skill and panache. Creating a world peopled with complex and complete characters who are filled with frailties and foibles; worlds within worlds, teeming with fantastical beings and entities. And yet, she encourages the reader to step into her creation and live the tale with her characters... "You want a taste of pleasure?” She licked her lips and rasped, “Come get it, your majesty.” - Chantel

  19. 4 out of 5

    Trudy

    This is wonderful indeed! Kaysar the Unhinged One is “both haunted and haunting”. His heart was ripped from him when he was a bot and he never recovered. His one and only passion and love is revenge. He is obsessed with maps that no one can read. That is until he meets Chantel “Cookie” Bardot. Cookie is a paid gamer who has accidentally taken her gaming skills to another realm. A realm that is so much like her favorite video game she can almost anticipate what will pop up next. She is murder curi This is wonderful indeed! Kaysar the Unhinged One is “both haunted and haunting”. His heart was ripped from him when he was a bot and he never recovered. His one and only passion and love is revenge. He is obsessed with maps that no one can read. That is until he meets Chantel “Cookie” Bardot. Cookie is a paid gamer who has accidentally taken her gaming skills to another realm. A realm that is so much like her favorite video game she can almost anticipate what will pop up next. She is murder curios with a perfected resting serial killer face and is changing Kaysar (along with herself) in ways that no one could predict. Together this deadly duo is heat personified! Gruesome, deadly, sweet fun! I love this new side of Gena and know this latest series will be my new favorite!

  20. 5 out of 5

    DemetraP

    I really liked the hero. He was manipulative and so in love with her and there were some funny moments. Heroine was strong and resisted hero. No, I will not make a bad bargain with you. Hero is surprised, because no one tells him no. My main problem was that the hero killed the innocent wife. She was in love with her husband the prince and hero wanted revenge. Technically the husband shot her after he tried to attack the hero/bad guy. Hero tried to save her but she fled to the human realm and died I really liked the hero. He was manipulative and so in love with her and there were some funny moments. Heroine was strong and resisted hero. No, I will not make a bad bargain with you. Hero is surprised, because no one tells him no. My main problem was that the hero killed the innocent wife. She was in love with her husband the prince and hero wanted revenge. Technically the husband shot her after he tried to attack the hero/bad guy. Hero tried to save her but she fled to the human realm and died. So that spoiled a lot of the book for me. We knew the hero killed innocent people but still.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Louisa

    Loved this new world, I loved these new characters and their story, and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here! Loved this new world, I loved these new characters and their story, and I can't wait to see where the series goes from here!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Crystal White

    Squeal!! Absolutely loved it! Can't wait to see what happens next in this series, but hope we get to see more of Kaysar and Cookie. Squeal!! Absolutely loved it! Can't wait to see what happens next in this series, but hope we get to see more of Kaysar and Cookie.

  23. 5 out of 5

    iamGamz

    Love the concept, the characters, the story. Great read from start to finish. Can't wait for the next installment in this series. Love the concept, the characters, the story. Great read from start to finish. Can't wait for the next installment in this series.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ngarie

    I give the author credit for trying something really different with this story and creating characters that are not necessarily likeable. It has a high level of sass, energy, and is a fun, sexy story.

  25. 4 out of 5

    A Girl And Her Books

    This is the first book of the Immortal Enemies by Gena Showalter that brings us the story of Kaysar and Cookie. Kaysar wants revenge on those who broken and the best way to that he's to make sure that his unborn children seats in the throne. But his plan didn't work as he expected. Cookie is a normal girl with a heart decease and needs a heart. Miraculous, she gets a new heart and after the recovery she finds a portal to the Fae Realm. What a incredible book this was. I loved this world. I loved This is the first book of the Immortal Enemies by Gena Showalter that brings us the story of Kaysar and Cookie. Kaysar wants revenge on those who broken and the best way to that he's to make sure that his unborn children seats in the throne. But his plan didn't work as he expected. Cookie is a normal girl with a heart decease and needs a heart. Miraculous, she gets a new heart and after the recovery she finds a portal to the Fae Realm. What a incredible book this was. I loved this world. I loved the characters. The plot was so fascinating and addictive. I was captured by this world since the first page and I couldn't put this book down. This was such a good story, with characters that were so compelling, so different. II'm addicted to this series and it's still the first book!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    Gena does it again. She creates another round of characters who are completely unique despite the amount of characters she has already created in numerous past books. Not only are these characters unique but they remain true to their ideals the same way all her other characters in all the other universes she has created have done. Kaysar is a man obsessed with vengeance. Vengeance for the things he has endured and the things he has lost. He cares not who dies by his hand, unless they happen to b Gena does it again. She creates another round of characters who are completely unique despite the amount of characters she has already created in numerous past books. Not only are these characters unique but they remain true to their ideals the same way all her other characters in all the other universes she has created have done. Kaysar is a man obsessed with vengeance. Vengeance for the things he has endured and the things he has lost. He cares not who dies by his hand, unless they happen to be someone he deems worthy of survival so that he might torture them for the remainder of their lives. …the tattoo on his bicep. A snake curled into a figure eight, eating its own tail, with a sword running through its center. His kingdom’s symbol, meaning “eternal war.” Cookie is a mortal in need of a heart transplant. Once she finally receives her new heart, she finds herself morphing into a fae princess from the very realm Kaysar is from. Cookie has always had a lust for murder and violence but has always kept it at bay since the mortal world frowns upon that sort of thing. However, once in Astaria, that all changes once she meets the murder hungry Kaysar and gets a taste of life in a fae realm where anything goes. “Oh, Kaysar. Isn’t this amazing?” Never had she felt so giddy. So alive. “My first actual battle. They threatened us, and now I get to kill them all by myself.” This book was incredibly enjoyable and I think I might be holding back half a star for things I may end up getting in future books, but bear with me. I was pumped for this book because it was called an “Immortal Enemies” book. So my head immediately went to “enemies to lovers” which is one of my favorite things to read. It wasn’t really that, though. I guess they were sort of enemies in the beginning, like, the VERY beginning, but they ended up teaming up rather quickly with separate end goals in mind. Still, not the enemies I was expecting. These two fought, like, a lot. Though, I didn’t mind it because it kept them both true to their characters. They’re both very strong willed and hard-headed, so it made sense that they would be at odds with each other at some point or another. And they are. For most of the book. There’s always something going on with these two. 9 times out of 10, it’s hilarious. But the last squabble they had was a bit much for me. Another reason for my deduction of the half star, the last squabble and it’s resolve didn’t really work for me. Someone who Kaysar has been at odds with for 70% of the book makes one small comment and that is the thing that makes Kaysar rethink his anger and causes him to apologize to Cookie. Meh. Not really true to his character there… BUT, I think we’re going to see more of these two in future Immortal Enemies books and I’m excited for that. There were a couple of things that were left unresolved and a thing or two that never gave us a sense of finality. But I think we may end up seeing some of that unravel in the future if this series is going to be anything like the Lords of the Underworld series. Regardless, I’ll be here for it because I love Gena and I love these characters she creates. Look at her. His Briar Rose, the embodiment of destruction and the most breathtaking sight in all the lands. Now, the violence, let’s talk about the violence. I loved it. And not in a way that I was just cheering on every death and never thinking the people maybe didn’t deserve to die. When Gena gives us a new character, she tells us what they’re like, what their morals or lack of morals are and she ALWAYS follows through. In that respect, I loved the violence in this book. Most books will tell you the characters are ruthless and violent but they don’t follow through. Gena’s characters most certainly followed through. Mind you, some were spared, mostly by Cookie. BUT, Cookie dished out some carnage too. It was really fun to read if I’m being honest. (And I am.) I have to mention Peal Jean!!! And Sugars!! It’s not everyday you find a book with a 26 year old living with a 62 year old who is also her best friend. And Sugars the cat… I love cats, and the fact that Sugars was thrown into this and described as a “panther” made me picture my house panther throughout the book. Those two were a lot of fun to read and just as combative and chaotic as Cookie. All in all, this was a good read. Gena’s book are written in a way that they seem like they’ve flown by. You look down and realize you’re suddenly 75% of the way through the book when you literally just started it a couple hours ago. If you like steamy sex scenes, a couple that bickers but always finds their way back together, 62 year old roommates with a great sense of humor, and absolute, total, unrelenting CARNAGE… this is your book. Go get it. Go read it. Go love it. It’s a good one. “Sometimes you can’t see the end until you get to the middle.” A trick she’d learned sacking digital fortresses. “Imma go get in that middle.” ✌💛

  27. 5 out of 5

    What The Smut Book Reviews

    I have about 5,000 thoughts floating around my head, each one trying it's best to be the first to get out, to kick off this review. What can I say about this book. Kaysar The Unhinged is a ruthless, yet vulnerable, Fae King. He started from humble beginnings and, like all the good anti-heros we know and love, used vengeance and murder as stepping stones to get to where he is today. Little does he know, he's about to meet his biggest obstacle. Great things come in small packages right? Well in this I have about 5,000 thoughts floating around my head, each one trying it's best to be the first to get out, to kick off this review. What can I say about this book. Kaysar The Unhinged is a ruthless, yet vulnerable, Fae King. He started from humble beginnings and, like all the good anti-heros we know and love, used vengeance and murder as stepping stones to get to where he is today. Little does he know, he's about to meet his biggest obstacle. Great things come in small packages right? Well in this case, they also come with a defective organ that's slowing killing you. Chantel "Cookie" Bardot has a take life by the balls attitude and a failing heart. She's resigned herself her fate but still decides to make the most of the time she has left by handing men their own genitals via video game play. At least...until she gets the call that a heart has been found. What Cookie doesn't know? The heart in question just happens to have belonged to a Fae Princess. One transplant later and Cookie finds herself creating, then falling through a doorway into a treacherous land...that mysteriously resembles her favorite video game. When she runs into the sexy...and a little bit insane...Kaysar, she's stuck between a rock and a hard place. Pun intended. She wants to go home, but the chemistry she feels for him is undeniable. Is it love...or the heart of the Princess influencing her decisions? For Kaysar, he may have to choose between the vengeance he's held so dear or his new Fae Queen with a spine of steel and a heart of gold. And if he can't choose...will she make the decision for him? This book hooked me from page 1! I'm always weary about starting a new series because my TBR pile is already out of control. But I NEVER regret it when it comes to Gena Showalter. Honestly, this lady cannot write a bad book. This one was no exception. I was immediately invested in Kaysar and Cookie (probably more than I should've been, considering they're fictional characters). There are twists and turns, amazing banter, and a love story to last a lifetime. I will be sitting on the edge of my seat, waiting for the next book in this new series. I can't recommend this book enough. Go buy it. Right now. <3

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sam Everard

    This was the first book by Gena Showalter that I've read outside of her Lords of the Underworld series (which is a 1-Click buy for me, always). The premise piqued my interest - as fae males tend to - and the gamer-girl-turned-fae-princess seemed right up my alley. It just fell a little flat for me. Don't get me wrong... it's hot. Brooding male meets an attractive female coming into her own for the first time in her life... When the sexy times start, it's sizzling. But that's never been a problem I This was the first book by Gena Showalter that I've read outside of her Lords of the Underworld series (which is a 1-Click buy for me, always). The premise piqued my interest - as fae males tend to - and the gamer-girl-turned-fae-princess seemed right up my alley. It just fell a little flat for me. Don't get me wrong... it's hot. Brooding male meets an attractive female coming into her own for the first time in her life... When the sexy times start, it's sizzling. But that's never been a problem I've found in a Gena book. The world-building was also neat, and something I hope we see more of in future stories in this series. What missed the mark for me was the characters. I'll admit, being first in a series, there isn't a whole lot of time for previous development. In the LotU books, we usually get decent glimpses and often even backstories before we get to a character's main book, so the connection between reader and lead is solidified long before we dive into their dedicated story. Here, I just found myself unable to relate to or feel for either character, and much of that was due to the fact that we were *told* a great deal (kinda) but shown very little. Not that I relish seeing full blown torture in my literary travels, but I found it hard to align myself with Kaysar's anguish when we experienced so little of what he'd felt at the hands of the Winter King. Cookie's mortal life, too, was such a brief glimpse that we actually learned more about her through pillow talk with Kaysar later on - again, leaving us to experience little alongside her. They were also both unreliable partners. The back-and-forth of betrayal and forgiveness in the slights between them (mostly by Kaysar) was a little too reminiscent of an abusive relationship, one that I perhaps would have brushed off a little more if I'd been at all sympathetic to Kaysar and his unending quest for vengeance. I did enjoy the book, and will certainly read the next ones in this series, but unlike the other Gena books on my shelves, I don't see myself rereading this one in the future.

  29. 5 out of 5

    CalReads

    Deliciously fun to read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was just plain fun. Periodically, I found myself imagining Gena Showalter as she wrote it, and it just added to my enjoyment of the book. The pacing, the plot, the tropes, the characters… the book read like a deliciously dark, fun fairy tale, and I absolutely loved it. Kaysar is unequivocally a Bad Dude(™). He has been abused at the hands of the king and prince (the king’s brother) of the Winter Court for no reason other than existing, coming hot on the h Deliciously fun to read ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book was just plain fun. Periodically, I found myself imagining Gena Showalter as she wrote it, and it just added to my enjoyment of the book. The pacing, the plot, the tropes, the characters… the book read like a deliciously dark, fun fairy tale, and I absolutely loved it. Kaysar is unequivocally a Bad Dude(™). He has been abused at the hands of the king and prince (the king’s brother) of the Winter Court for no reason other than existing, coming hot on the heels of the tragedy of losing his family, and is separated from his younger sister. Fast forward many fae years (timeline unimportant) and he’s turned into the evilest of evil kings. People call him “The Unhinged One”, and his newest plan for revenge? Steal the bride of his enemy’s son. However, his acceptance of collateral damage goes a little too far, and she escapes into the mortal realm. Enter Chantal “Cookie” Bardot, a gamer with a faulty heart but strong spirit. After she receives a heart transplant, things begin to go… awry… and she finds herself in another land, and at the behest of the evil king Kaysar. Cookie, however, embraces her newfound life and her darkness, and proves to be Kaysar’s equal in every way. I mean… *gleefully rubs hands together* this is great. Cookie is a great character, Kaysar’s slow awareness of his emotional state (I…have…feelings..?)*cackles*, and the way that their darkness completes each other is just delightful. I love a story where the heroine is on equal footing as the hero in terms of power, and that happens so smoothly in this book. There’s also a great dialogue between them that plays on the traditional “woman fixes dumb man” dynamic, and I love the emotional work Kaysar does. Fans of portal fantasy, Kresley Cole (and in particular, Wicked Abyss), antiheroes (anti heroines), fated mates, and gamer girls will love this fun, delicious fantasy.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brianna

    Oh, this was so good. That prologue was just so heart-wrenching and sad, I needed to see what happened next. The story started out with the hero, Kaysar, as a twelve-year-old boy doing his best to help him and his sister survive. Eventually, he was captured and lost his sister in the process, then was tortured in awful ways for a year. That turned him into a cold and ruthless man, driven by revenge and grief. He was uncaring and unfeeling, and when Cookie, the heroine, with her vibrant and stron Oh, this was so good. That prologue was just so heart-wrenching and sad, I needed to see what happened next. The story started out with the hero, Kaysar, as a twelve-year-old boy doing his best to help him and his sister survive. Eventually, he was captured and lost his sister in the process, then was tortured in awful ways for a year. That turned him into a cold and ruthless man, driven by revenge and grief. He was uncaring and unfeeling, and when Cookie, the heroine, with her vibrant and strong personality, crashed into his life, he'd never be the same again. I loved that Cookie was just as brutal as he was. Growing up with a heart condition and knowing she was going to die, she spent her life gaming, both as a hobby and a job. When she received a heart transplant from a fae donor(who also happened to be the bride of a prince in the family who'd tortured Kaysar), things really took off. I loved learning about this world. There were all kinds of creatures, plants that ate things, and interesting politics. There was action as Kaysar plotted revenge and fought monsters with Cookie, angst as the two of them fell in love and dealt with their various pasts, and humor in the most unexpected of places. The characters did some dumb things at times, but I found the timing in which everything happened pretty perfectly. I actually kind of liked Jareth, the prince who'd been betrothed to Lulundria, the woman whose heart Cookie had been given. This was just a great story. I loved the world, felt awful for Kaysar, and couldn't wait to see how he and Cookie dealt with everything. There was betrayal, brutality, and love. In short, this was an amazing paranormal romance. If any type of abuse bothers you, you may want to stay away. But otherwise? Hurry up and read it!

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