Cursed fairy prince falls for human woman. 2 of 3 in series
In 1789, James, Viscount Lord Stavely died leaving a widow who fails to grieve for him one iota. He also left behind a legitimate daughter Clarice and a "natural" child, Felicia. Unable to cope with her grief, a distraught Felicia retreats to the garden, standing near her deceased father's favorite statue. When she starts to cry, her tears make contact with the statue. Magically, the statue changes into a flesh and blood being.
Blaic was cursed for abetting the marriage between a fairy and a mortal. Only human tears could release him from his stone prison. All Blaic wants to do is return to his home. However, he needs Felicia to accomplish the deed. As he spends time helping her, he falls in love with the mortal, a taboo amidst his people. She returns his feelings. He spent centuries as a statue after only assisting someone break the taboo. Imagine what will happen if he actively participates in breaking the taboo.
KISSED BY STARLIGHT is a multilayered early regency romance that adds fantasy elements into a complex (at times too complex to follow) but overall charming mix. The protagonists are unique and interesting cross-species' lovers, who will garner reader empathy. The support cast, especially the Cinderella-like malevolent stepmother, seems a bit cartoonish in nature. However, anyone who enjoys a historical fantasy romance should enter the imaginative world of Lynn Bailey where reality remains in a mundane world left behind by the reader.