How to Love Your Elf by Kerrelyn Sparks

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Raised in isolation on the magic-shrouded Isle of the Moon, five girls became five sisters. Now women they are ready to claim their places in the world—and perhaps change it forever . . .

FLAME AND FORTUNE
 
Sorcha knew the mission was dangerous. Leaving the safe grounds of her brother’s kingdom and parlaying with the elves across their border . . . well, treachery seemed at least as likely as true peace. But to support her sister, Sorcha would brave far more than the underhanded ways of the elves. Or so she thought – before she was taken hostage.
 
Of course, her captors didn’t count on her particular abilities—or on the help of the Woodsman, the mysterious thief who made his home in the forest. He saw the battle from the trees, saw the soldier attacking against incredible odds to save a comrade—and then saw the valiant fighter revealed as Princess Sorcha of Norveshka. He can’t tell if he wants to kidnap her or kiss her. But despite Sorcha’s stubbornness, his inconvenient honor, and a rebellion on the cusp of full war, something burns between them that neither can let go. 

Titles in the Embraced by Magic series include – How to Love Your Elf – The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea –

Titles in the Embraced series include – How To Tame A Beast In Seven DaysSo, I Married A SorcererEight Simple Rules for Dating A Dragon – ((How to Love Your Elf – The Siren and the Deep Blue Sea -)) 

Connected to, taking place in The Embraced series world. (according to “Answers” on Goodreads, the breaking up of the series comes at the time when Ms. Sparks changed publishers and that makes sense for the name change of the series)

Title:  How to Love Your Elf
Series:  Embraced by Magic #1 or #4 of the original Embraced series
Author:  Kerrelyn Sparks
Genre:  Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Published:  February 25, 2020
Publisher:  Kensington Books
My Rating:  4 stars

If you enjoyed the series, The Embraced, then be prepared to return to that world in the new yet connected and continuing Embraced by Magic series that How to Love Your Elf begins.  To be frank, if this is your first glimpse of this world I would start back at the beginning with How To Tame A Beast In Seven Days.  As much as I enjoyed Sorcha and the Woodsman, this is very much a continuation of a world that already exists, so I cannot say that this one could easily be read on its own, it is part of the overall series in general.

I did enjoy How to Love Your Elf, even if there were some spots that felt “off” to me.  The constant switching from old-world speak “Ye” to modern language “You” often took me out of the story – and frankly, that always affects how I view any book, even when I love most of what an author writes.  The story itself is fast-paced with a definite touch of insta-love or insta-lust, and it was, for the most part, easy to fall back into a world I’d enjoyed in the previous books.  The villains are most vile, the battle scenes detailed, and the bantering between Sorcha and her Woodsman were often giggle-worthy amusing for me.  I liked this one, no, I didn’t love it but it does move the series forward and that did satisfy my need for more of this world.

I still believe that it would be hard to get the entire feel of this world by starting with How to Love Your Elf, even if it is the “first” story in a series under a new publisher.  I’d go back to the beginning – but, that’s me, you do what feels right for you.

*I received an e-ARC of this novel from the publisher via NetGalley. That does not change what I think of this story.  It is my choice to leave a review giving my personal opinion about this book.*

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