Collection of tales of love and magic, written by MARY JO PUTNEY, JO BEVERLEY, BARBARA SAMUEL and KAREN HARBAUGH. Quite excellent! I love all these authors but didn't realize I'd enjoy these faery/love stories so much.
What I really like about this anthology is that these are *real* fae characters, not the Tinkerbell kind. These is nothing wrong with Tink! I personally like mine beautiful, strange, sometimes deadly and always with an agenda, hidden or otherwise.
Beware of faery bearing gifts!
This delightful collection offers magical tales from four beloved Regency authors. In "The Lord Of Elphindale" by Jo Beverley, Lovely Gwen Forsythe has loved Drew since she was a child. Both are half-faery, but Drew has denied the non-human part of himself for years. In an attempt to forever remove himself from the influence of the magic glen, he plans to marry another woman and move far away. But the faery people have other plans and take steps to again bring Gwen and Drew together. Karen Harbaugh's "The Faery Braid" tells the story of a beautiful changeling, Rowan; handsome Sir Jonathon Bradford; and the love that Rowan's still-human heart can't deny. In "The Love Talker" by Barbara Samuel, Faery Lord Galen is cursed, condemned to a life of roaming misty glens and seducing human women to their deaths. But lovely, innocent Moira enchants him, and when he falls in love, the spell is broken. Mary Jo Putney brings readers "Dangerous Gifts", a tale of true love and dangerous desire. Beautiful Leah and handsome Duncan fall in love, but the Faery Lord Ranulph schemes to seduce the lady. If Ranulph's plan succeeds, Leah will lose Duncan and everything she loves. --
In this well-conceived and unusual anthology, four veteran romance writers (Jo Beverly, Karen Harbaugh, Barabara Samuel, and Mary Jo Putney) join forces (across the Internet) to create the magical and powerful world of Faerie, the setting for the four linked but separate novellas that comprise this beautifully done collection. Drawing on myth and legend, these stories depict the interactions between faeries and humans and their often romantic, but not always pleasant consequences, and will appeal to readers who enjoy both fantasy and historical romance set during the late Georgian and Regency periods.
Laurie G. (prettyjellybean) reviewed Faery Magic: Dangerous Gifts / The Lord of Elphindale / The Love Talker / The Faery Braid on
This is a delightful read with marvellous stories, full of enchantment and warmth.
The four stories in this book are by some of the best romance writers - Jo Beverley, Karen Harbaugh, Mary Jo Putney, and Barbara Samuel. Each story is complete.
From the back cover: Step into a world of myth and mystery, where mortal lives tangle with faery enchantment, but love proves to be the most powerful magic of all..... The Lord of Elphindale: A lovely lady discovers she is half-faery, created to bind a special man to the faery realm. But when he claims to love another, she defies the might of faeries to try and set him free. The Faery Braid: Stolen by Faerie to increase their powers, a beautiful changeling must choose between the lure of magic and the doomed mortal stranger who calls to her still-human heart. The Love Talker: A faery lord is condemend to haunt the misty glens, cursed by his need to seduce mortal women to their deaths - until a simple maid defies his spell and captures his heart. Dangerous Gifts: A shy mortal girl rashly accepts a faery lord's offer of beauty and charm. Then he comes to claim a terrible price - the loss of her new love and everything she holds dear.