Afternoon Delight: Caedmon’s Curse by AJ Nuest

Afternoon Delight: Caedmon’s Curse by AJ Nuest
Caedmon’s Curse

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Series: #3 The Golden Key Chronicles
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Published by Harper Impulse
Released on January 9, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Author

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This is the strong third leg of the series and it leaped into action with a bang.  The last story left me invigorated from the action, but stonewalled when Rowena’s memory loss and her harsh treatment at the castle left her mistakenly running as fast as she could away from Caedmon.  I’ve enjoyed the rise and fall of the story along with new clues to the shadowy and intriguing threat against Rowena and Caedmon with each new segment and this one was no exception.  And yes, like the rest, this portion of the serial ends on a dangerous jarring note.

The story opens with Rowena free at last until she realizes that Caedmon managed to follow her.  She is set to combat him again to keep from going back to the castle and not be chained to him, but then something unexpected happens.  Caedmon does the opposite of what she thinks in such a way that she is finally convinced that he wants nothing more than her well being.  He is willing to set her free to prove his love, but he just wants the opportunity to be sure of her safety.

Just as she has the epiphany that she ran from the one person she should have accepted with open arms and that she can see herself happy with Caedmon, evil forces surround them.  As hard as they fight, they are outnumbered and she watches a coward’s arrow find its mark threatening to take away her new found joy.

As I said, this moved along quickly advancing both the romance and the action plots.  Rowena and Caedmon have some adventure and gain more proof that not everyone is who they seem.  I was beside myself to see things coming together for the couple and loved the time they spent together.  I love the build up of tension and anticipation for what is still to come.

I enjoyed this one more so than the other serial segments before it, but they all have been good light fantasy romance entertainment that I can recommend to those who like their fantasy, but aren’t in the mood for something ponderous and want something that moves quickly to the point.

My thanks to the author for providing the book in exchange for my honest review.

About A.J. Nuest

Multi-published, award winning author, AJ Nuest resides in a small farming community in NW Indiana. A wife, mother and freelance editor, she shares her home with a variety of spoiled-rotten pets. She and the cat are currently vying for dictatorship.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.


  1. Hmmm your enthusiasm for this series has me curious and I’m slowly growing to love serials just because it’s easy on the schedule and gives me instant gratification.

    1. These are just light and quick with a few ups and downs. I find them relaxing between the angsty or darker stuff that I read. I’m not sure how sold I am on serials yet. I’m reading them slowly for this one, but I actually had all four parts from the beginning so I don’t know if that makes a difference in my mindset.

      1. I am loving writing them as a serial, Braine! It’s been my first time doing this and it really does provide an element of instant gratification for me as well. I get in, write the short, and move on. Really, really, a fun way to write a story. Thanks so much for stopping by! x

    1. I know what you mean. I’ve read two other serial stories. One had to read broke up every three months leaving me feeling disconnected each time I had to start the next installment and the other I read straight through which worked better. I don’t think I would have read all these if I didn’t have them together from the author.. I’m going to do Roni Loren’s serial, but that will be all together in one book by this fall.

        1. Yep, yep, they are all out now and actually, the entire series has been released as one book that contains a free bonus prequel! HarperImpulse has been so cool in meeting my requests on how I wanted these books released. They really have been a fabulous publisher to work with. Thanks again for this wonderful review Sophia! It’s been a thrill for me to see your comments on the series! xx

          1. Very kind of you, AJ, to stop by and comment at the site. It’s always fun to hear straight from the author too. I was going to send you link ups when I got the last one posted, but hey…now I don’t have to. 😉