Afternoon Delight: Candra’s Freedom by A.J. Nuest

Afternoon Delight: Candra’s Freedom by A.J. NuestCandra’s Freedom by A.J. Nuest

Series: #2 The Golden Key Chronicles
Genres: Fantasy Romance
Published by Harper Impulse on December 12, 2013
Pages: 33
Format: eBook
Source: Author
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four-stars  

After the shocking cliffhanger in the last installment, I was more than eager grab up this second book in the Golden Key Chronicles series to find out what happened next.

This absolutely has to be read in order because it builds on the last book and assumes the reader has read it to know the situation, the characters and the ongoing plot.  It doesn’t pause to catch the reader up so fair warning there.

This one starts out two years after the events of Rowena’s Key.  Rowena still resides in the castle of Caedmon’s father the king and her memories are still absent.  She is hemmed in by people with their own agendas and has learned the hard way how to handle herself.  All she can dream of is getting away from all this and be free.  Before her plans can come to full fruition though, the prince who claims her has escaped his imprisonment and is free.  She assumes he is like his brother, his father and all the other nobles so she wants nothing to do with him and her plans are unchanged.  Caedmon is just one more reason to get away.

Caedmon returns with the knowledge that his imprisonment and torture were due to lies and a betrayal from within.  He is now free and wants two things.  He must deal with the plotting and betrayal against himself and his people, but he must somehow find a way to again win the heart of the woman he loves.  Rowena is not making it easy.

This was another wink and a blink quick read.  The last story was a blend of genres, but this one stayed well within the realm of fantasy romance.  It is told from alternating third person perspectives.  It was exciting especially with that long scene where Rowena proved her fighting prowess, but it was frustrating too when it came to the romantic relationship.  Truthfully, this one was all prickles and the romance is all one sided.  Rowena’s amnesia and Caedmon’s long imprisonment really mess things up for them. Mostly this is true because Rowena is left to fend for herself in a hostile environment that leaves her hard and distrustful.  Can’t blame her, but it was hard to see after how close they were at the end of the first book.  Rowena comes across a tad rude and insensitive because she was so set on her plans and determined to push blindly forward without paying attention to the clues that were there that she was doing Caedmon a disservice.  I know this is intentional and a part of me understands putting up walls after what she went through, but I adore Caedmon and felt so bad for what he found when he finally came home.  At least, he now has even more respect for the lady he loves after seeing her in action.  So the tension in their romance is stretched taunt again and I must wait and see.

There are so many hints of big things to come particularly when it comes to the secret plotting in high places.  The foreshadowing of this story has my anticipation on high alert for what is to come.  It just keeps getting more exciting.

Fantasy romance lovers should definitely give this serial of stories a look-see.

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

Delighted Reader Afternoon Delight

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.
  • Great find, Sophia! I enjoy blink and a wink books too and at 33 pages with 4 stars, sounds like a winner! Only a great writer can weave a great story in so few pages.

    • I can’t take credit for finding her stuff, Braine. 😉 She contact us for a review of the first installment. I loved it so much that she sent me the other three installments too. I haven’t read much fantasy romance so I’ve enjoyed the two parts I’ve read so far.

      • ajnuest

        Aw, thank you so much for saying that, Braine! You are wonderful! And I’m so glad I found your site and contacted you, Sophia! How fun seeing all these comments! x

  • I remember your review on the first book 😀 and I love the blink and wink term..awesome. So cool you get to read the other books as well. Looking forward to your reviews on them.

    • Haha! You know how sometimes you get caught up and stuff just starts rolling off your fingers into a review. I have no idea where some of it comes from though I suppose I’ve heard it said or read it at some point. Yep this is the second one. I’m dividing them up a month a part. I already filled up most of the month reading schedule, but I could squeeze them in here and there. So I’m reading them like a real serial instead of all together. Haha!

      • ajnuest

        I’m thrilled that you divided them up, Sophia! Wow, you are a strong person to wait like that, even though that’s how they were intended to be read. Thanks so much for stopping by again Sharonda! This blog is wonderful! x

  • Ahh yeah amnesia and imprisonment would definitely be some hurdles to get past! Glad you’re enjoying them so much 🙂 I’m with the other ladies blink and wink is an awesome phrase. lol

    • Yeah, their romance is in the tortured spot at the moment. I think it get’s worse in the next installment. That title, Caedmon’s Curse, is a clue in for me. Plus the author just laughed when I said she was a cruel, cruel person to her characters. Yep, it won’t be resolving anytime soon.

      Teehee! Yes, that phrase just popped in. No idea where it came from.

      • ajnuest

        I am a cruel and heartless person, aren’t I? Oh my gosh…and poor Caedmon! LOL Yep, I like to torture my characters. Can’t help it. And wink and blink is AWESOME! LOL Hugs, hon! And thank you so much to Anna for following these reviews! You are fabulous! I love that “herding cats & burning soup”. Sounds like me. LOL