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Monday, September 26, 2011

ARC Review: Radiant Desire (A Handmaid's Seduction) by Inara Scott

Title: Radiant Desire (A Handmaid’s Seduction)
Author: Inara Scott
Release Date: October 4, 2011     COMING SOON!
Publisher: Entangled Publishing
Category: Contemporary Fantasy Romance
Type: Paperback
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Book Blurb:

The object of every man’s fantasy just lost her wings…

Kaia Verde is one of the four Faerie Handmaids of Zafira, Queen of the Fey. To redress an ancient wrong done to Zafira by a human king, the Handmaids make sport of mortal men, seducing and humiliating them. When Kaia sets out to seduce Garrett Jameson, but ends up being the one surrendering to pleasure, Zafira is furious. Kaia’s punishment is simple: make Garrett fall in love with her by the summer solstice, then break his heart, or face eternity without her wings—or her soul. To make the task harder, Zafira tells Kaia she cannot use her faerie magic or charm to lure Garrett into her bed.

…and now she’s losing her heart…

Kaia thinks her task will be relatively easy—as a faerie, she understands lust, and can love be much different? But once she is living among the humans, Kaia discovers the race she once disparaged is far more complex and beautiful than she imagined. She learns before she can break Garrett’s heart, she must find a way to heal it. And eventually, discovers that losing her wings may be a far easier price to pay than losing her heart.

Book Excerpt:

Garrett couldn’t remember ever having met a woman like Kaia Verde. She said things women weren’t supposed to say, was blatantly seductive without being insipid, and seemed to have absolutely no compunction about her desire to get him into bed. Yet when he forced her to back off on the seduction, he found her mind to be as intriguing as her body. She was literate and intelligent. As the evening progressed, their conversation meandered from lamenting the loss of the wetlands in the Everglades to his favorite topic—music. She must have had some sort of formal training, because she knew musical theory well enough to pick apart the merits of the various forms and argue about them with unexpected passion. She loved classical and Celtic music, while he was a fan of jazz and blues. Somehow, she’d even managed to worm out of him his childhood fantasy of being the next Wynton Marsalis, and that was a memory he hadn’t dredged up for decades.

Meanwhile, he knew little more about her than when they first met. He didn’t know where she lived, who she worked for, or even the name of the convention she was supposedly in town to attend. All he knew was that she was smart, funny, and utterly unpredictable. It was a heady combination.

They’d finished one bottle of wine and started another. If she was a prostitute, she was a damn good one. Good enough that maybe he didn’t even mind that she’d probably been spinning lies at him all night long.

As the wine slid through his veins, Garrett watched as Kaia leaned across the table and began to stroke his arm, followed with tiny kisses on his palm. This should have been embarrassing—he’d never been one for public displays of affection. All his good intentions fizzled away under her touch. When he felt her hand under the table, on his knee and then his thigh, he thought he might have died and gone to heaven.

And when she murmured, “Isn’t it time to go somewhere more private?” he couldn’t think of a reason to say no.

Favorite Quote:

“When people come to the "flower shop, you know what they want to say to each other? Two things: I’m sorry, and I love you. That’s it. They say it different ways and with different words, but it comes down to the same thing each time. So I think that’s what it means to be human. I think it means taking chances and risking getting hurt. I think it means loving and forgiving.”


Radiant Desire is the first of Inara Scott’s books that I have had the pleasure to read. I was initially captivated by the fan-damn-tastic cover of the book. Admittedly, I am a sucker for amazing covers. **grins**

This book was an absolute pleasure and I could not put it down. It kept me up into the wee hours of the night when I should have been sleeping. I was captivated from the start of this amazing novel. I have always loved fantasy books. Each allows us to become immersed in characters that we would otherwise leave in the recesses of our minds, not really giving overmuch thought to. I have always loved the idea of faeries; especially after reading Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream. The playfulness and meddling of the celestial beings was extremely entertaining. Scott successfully brings similar qualities to some of the characters in this book.

I enjoyed that the characters each went through a process to find their happiness. Not only did Caia and Garrett have to work through misguided assumptions that hindered the ability for growth and acceptance, the secondary and supporting characters also went through their own eye-opening experiences at differing times throughout the story. This story has depth beyond the initial feelings generally conveyed in novels. Ideals that some had lived by were challenged. Beliefs were tested. Ultimately each individual had to personally decide their own path: a decision that weighted heavily with happiness and consequences lurking regardless of the chosen course.

What I didn’t like, though somewhat trivial in comparison to the rest of the story, is the lack of closure for Portia. I felt there could have been a bit more added to the Aiden revelation. I appreciated her description in the final chapter, but with the disclosure of her motivation, I felt as if she could have been afforded just a smidge more happiness.

I am assuming that A Handmaid’s Seduction will likely have subsequent installments with each of Caia’s sisters getting their own story. The possibilities are endless with unfulfilled contracts yet to be paid. But you will have to read the story to fully understand the implications of such a statement. Naturally, the idea of a series is just a supposition based on the contents of the final chapter, but an assumption I would dearly love to see manifest. Scott has a talent for spellbinding her readers and keeping them hooked within a story that flows from beginning to end. My time was well spent with Radiant Desire.

(ARC e-book received from @inarascott for review)


  1. It's an interesting premise. The very act of deliberately making someone fall in love with you for your own purposes is deceptive enough to kill that love when the person finds out. Add fairies into the mix and well you just know things aren't going to go well for this couple.

    The language in the excerpt you provided is beautiful. I love it when an authors voice shows so clearly in the way they use language to create a rhythm and feel for the story they're trying to tell.

    I love the blog btw - I'm doing a similar thing and going back and doing re-reads of some of my favourites so that my blog isn't just filled with the newest releases.

    Tania @ Wandering Hues

  2. Thanks for the compliments Tania. The blog is still a work in progress, but I am getting there ... slowly but surely. I also want to go back and do "re-reads". As my "to-read" pile grows, I wonder if that will ever happen. Most of my "re-reads" are from very popular authors, so I am not as concerned about getting the reviews out there for attention as I am with the authors I am now reading. Maybe "re-reads" will be one for the bucket list. LOL

    Thanks for stopping by!

  3. I agree that the premise and the cover of this novel are fan-freaking-tastic. It's on my list of To Be Read, though I am not sure whether I will read it yet. I have a hard time with forced seductions and love. But it sounds beautiful and I really liked the authors voice from the excerpt.

    Thanks for sharing

    Erika @ Badass

  4. Thanks Erica. I believe you will be presently surprised if you give this book a chance. Yes, Caia is gifted in the art of seduction of the love them and leave them unfulfilled, clamoring for more variety, but the tables are turned on her. Things do not work out quite how you would expect them to. I hope to have a chance to read it and that you enjoy it as much as a I did. Thanks for stopping by!


  5. Hi!

    I have a (healthy) obsession with all things faerie, so I'm very glad to have discovered this title. Besides, your review is very thoughtful - touching all the important details without spoiling anything.

    I think it's rare to find books with more depth than the story at first glance, so this alone should be enough to encourage anyone to read it. But, since you mentioned Midsummer, my favorite thing about faerie books is precisely the duality of the courts. While most usually fairy tales nowadays are associated to small, sweet, childish creatures, traditional folk faeries were pretty dreaded - with a reason. Some of them were cold and cruel, and even the gentler ones could get you in trouble with a prank gone awry!

    Going by the synopsis and Kaia's mission, and your words about character development, I dare to think that A Handmaid's Seduction presents the darker side of fae with a touch of soul and redemption. If that is correct, I'd love to read the story...

    And now that I've rambled enough - a question! Do you think this duality is present through the book? Or, to put it a different way: was it really a faerie story, or a beautiful story with great characters that could have been something else? I think that sometimes the supernatural becomes an add-on, and I think I might get depressed if I raise my hopes too high with this one!

    That said: this was one beautifully written review. I liked the voice of the author, as shown through the excerpt, but I also liked yours! ;) Great post, thank you.

    Ron @ Stories of my life

  6. Hey Ron,

    Thank you for taking the time to read my review. First, this story is a debut for Inara as an adult read. Her previous titles are YA. Taking this into account, I feel she did an excellent job both in sucking me in with the cover and holding my interest in the story.

    I do not think the duality is present in the way that you mean. If I were to say that duality were present throughout the story, my definition of duality (in this case) would be referring to character assumptions. One character may seem to be one way, but gradually another side of the character emerges. While I adore the prankster side of faeries, this book hints to it, but transitions away as the characters evolve past their biases. I hate to say anything that would give the story away.

    For Caia, her prankster/seductress tendencies are bred from the very beginning having been influenced by her Queen. She is taught that male humans are capable of nothing more than treachery when a smokin' piece of a$$ is dangled in front of his man parts. Caia has also seen nothing but truth develop from her previous assignments, so has no reason to think otherwise. As her character comes to see that Garrett is much more than a sex-driven male, the story leans more toward exploring past biases and realizations that will challenge life-long beliefs. Sounds a little more serious that it is, but I don't want you to think that all characters are pranksters and remain so.

    That said, if you love faeries, I still believe this story would be a fun read for you. I always like exploring each author's different take on the world of the Fey. Scott's world-building did not confuse me. I finished book feeling like I had a good grip on her interpretation of the Fey and look forward to the next installment. Hopefully I haven't warned you away because I do feel this story is time well spent. The story does introduce a darker side to the Fey beyond the wings and fairy dust and it most definitely offers more than what you might expect from the blurb alone. If you read it, please let me know what you thought.

    PS - I ramble too. :) And I am currently working on a interview with Inara that will be up within the next week or so. I'd love for you to stop by and chat with her. She will be popping in periodically to answer questions.


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