Author: Jeffe Kennedy
Narrator: Deborah Balm
Publisher: Brightlynx Publishing
Audiobook Release Date: May 11, 2022
Series: Bonds of Magic, Book 3
Genre: Dark Fantasy Romance
Quinn waited. Then smiled wryly. “I suppose there are things you can’t confide, even in me.”
“Let’s just say that Jadren is a special case and leave it at that.”
“I’ll say. Odd that he doesn’t have a familiar.”
“Among a number of oddities.” She checked her pile of NDAs to make sure she hadn’t dreamed it. She waved Jadren’s at Quinn. “But he did sign.”
“Will he sign the contract though?”
“I believe he will.” I am trapped by my mother’s machinations as surely as you are, Lord Phel. “You heard what he said at dinner.”
“I did, but…” She shrugged. “I don’t always know what to believe.”
“I don’t know Jadren’s story, but I think he says exactly what he means. And doesn’t care what people think of it.”
“Interesting…” Quinn drew out the word, then sighed when Nic said no more. “So, how about something you can confide. What happened when the deliciously virile Lord Phel dragged you off? You said before that he isn’t cruel to you, but he looked so furious!”
Nic couldn’t help a happy shiver. “Yes, he was. And what happened is exactly what you think.”
“I figured that explained the glow. What is it like?” she asked wistfully. “Having all that power and intensity focused on you?”
“It’s everything,” Nic replied simply. “I am happier and more fulfilled than I ever imagined I could be.”
Quinn sighed dreamily. “You two are just like Sylus and Lyndella. The way Lord Phel came to your defense—if he were a fire mage, I believe he would’ve incinerated the room in his anger. As it was…” She shivered dramatically, eyes bright. “All that icy coldness, that storm! And making silver rain from the air. I could imagine Sylus doing exactly that for Lyndella.”
Without the tragic ending, Gabriel’s voice cautioned in her mind. “Hopefully I won’t end up insane and dying in his arms before he drains the last of my life magic and goes on to wreak vengeance on his enemies, dying in the process,” Nic commented.
About the Book:
The epic story of Nic and Gabriel continues…
His Darkness, Her Brightness… Together They Defy the World
Lord Gabriel Phel at last holds his dream in his grasp—and faces losing everything. He’s finally won the love of his wife, familiar, and mother of his child, and she offers him a heartfelt commitment he can truly believe in. Together they’re building a true house, one with a growing family of friends and allies that can help them stand against their enemies. And he’s learning to master his magic, to use it as the powerful tool and weapon it should be. But old and new enemies array themselves to take it all away.
Lady Veronica, now fully of House Phel, is doing her best to embrace happiness. After all, she has her hands full managing her mercurial and powerful wizard as he navigates taking his place as the head of their house, and with learning her own extraordinary ability. But she fears whatever peace they win won’t last long. When their enemies inevitably strike—including, perhaps, her own father—they must be ready to defend all they hold precious. It doesn’t help that her idealistic husband insists on making foolishly noble decisions that put them at even greater risk, nor that she loves him all the more for it.
As Nic and Gabriel struggle to put their household in order, giving ill-advised safe harbor to Nic’s runaway sister and risking their lives to save Gabriel’s sister’s sanity, their enemies draw the noose tighter on their well laid plans. When the unthinkable occurs, it’s up to both of them to trust in the nascent, unknown magic they’ve woven together.
About the Author:
Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author whose works include novels, non-fiction, poetry, and short fiction. She has won the prestigious RITA® Award from Romance Writers of America (RWA), has been a finalist twice, been a Ucross Foundation Fellow, received the Wyoming Arts Council Fellowship for Poetry, and was awarded a Frank Nelson Doubleday Memorial Award. She is the current President of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America (SFWA).
Her award-winning fantasy romance trilogy The Twelve Kingdoms hit the shelves starting in May 2014. Book 1, The Mark of the Tala, received a starred Library Journal review and was nominated for the RT Book of the Year while the sequel, The Tears of the Rose received a Top Pick Gold and was nominated for the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2014. The third book, The Talon of the Hawk, won the RT Reviewers’ Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2015. Two more books followed in this world, beginning the spin-off series The Uncharted Realms. Book one in that series, The Pages of the Mind, was nominated for the RT Reviewer’s Choice Best Fantasy Romance of 2016 and won RWA’s 2017 RITA Award. The second book, The Edge of the Blade, released December 27, 2016, and was a PRISM finalist, along with The Pages of the Mind. The final novel in the series, The Fate of the Tala, released in February 2020, along with a short novel epilogue, The Lost Princess Returns. A high fantasy trilogy, The Chronicles of Dasnaria, taking place in The Twelve Kingdoms world began releasing from Rebel Base books in 2018. The novella, The Dragons of Summer, first appearing in the Seasons of Sorcery anthology, finaled for the 2019 RITA Award.
Kennedy also introduced a new fantasy romance series, Sorcerous Moons, which includes Lonen’s War, Oria’s Gambit, The Tides of Bàra, The Forests of Dru, Oria’s Enchantment, and Lonen’s Reign. And she released a contemporary erotic romance series, Missed Connections, which started with Last Dance and continues in With a Prince and Since Last Christmas.
In September 2019, St. Martins Press released The Orchid Throne, the first book in a new romantic fantasy series, The Forgotten Empires. The sequel, The Fiery Crown, followed in May 2020, and culminated in The Promised Queen in May 2021.
Most recently, Kennedy has released two new series. The epic fantasy romances in the Heirs of Magic series include The Long Night of the Crystalline Moon, The Golden Gryphon and the Bear Prince, The Sorceress Queen and the Pirate Rogue, and the upcoming The Dragon’s Daughter and the Winter Mage (September 2021), and The Storm Princess and the Raven King (February 2022). The Bonds of Magic series are dark fantasy romances and include, so far, Dark Wizard, Bright Familiar, and Grey Magic (December 2021)
Kennedy’s other works include a number of fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns; the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion; an erotic contemporary serial novel, Master of the Opera; and the erotic romance trilogy, Falling Under, which includes Going Under, Under His Touch and Under Contract.
She lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with two Maine coon cats, plentiful free-range lizards and a very handsome Doctor of Oriental Medicine.
Jeffe can be found online at her website: JeffeKennedy.com, every Sunday at the popular SFF Seven blog, on Facebook, on Goodreads and pretty much constantly on Twitter @jeffekennedy. She is represented by Sarah Younger of Nancy Yost Literary Agency.