Keltania Tunne has spent her whole life training to become a bodyguard for a Winter Fae. It’s the highest of honors for a druid…only when Tania arrives at the Winter Court for the first time, nothing is what she expected.
Her assignment is the heir to the throne, Valen, and he doesn’t want her protection. In fact, he wants her gone. Yesterday. But Tania will not compromise, even if he is the most arrogant jackass she’s ever met—because something isn’t right in the Winter Court.
Everyone has secrets. From the Winter Lord to the kitchen maids to the rising faction that wants the prince dead—no one is who they seem. And now it’s up to Tania to keep her sacred oath and protect Valen, even when his smart mouth makes her skate the razor-thin edge between love and hate.
But the more she gets to know him, the more she realizes his secret is the biggest of all—and might just get them both killed.
The druids of the Aphelian order have been sworn to protect the members of the Winter Court ever since war between the courts resulted in the diminishment of all Fae magic except for that of the Winter Court Fae. When 18-year-old druid Keltania is called to serve, her charge Valen—the violet-eyed, ice-magic-wielding nephew of the Winter Lord—would rather drink and party than be coddled by a glorified babysitter. But a magical misstep meant to offer Valen protection mystically links the Fae and Keltania; through this link, the duo share emotions and power, and they must soon leave the castle in order to break their bond as perilous circumstances and hidden secrets threaten the lives of druid and Fae alike. A focus on over-the-top character interactions and banter overshadows worldbuilding, resulting in a generic-feeling fantasy. Still, this series starter by Accardo (Transcendent), by turns adventurous and romantic, offers a plethora of romantasy scenarios carried by its leads' undeniable chemistry, an ambient setting, and amorous storytelling. Characters read as white. Ages 14–up.