Entreat Me by Grace Draven


Entreat Me

Synopsis:

Afflicted by a centuries-old curse, a warlord slowly surrenders his humanity and descends toward madness. Ballard of Ketach Tor holds no hope of escaping his fate until his son returns home one day, accompanied by a woman of incomparable beauty. His family believes her arrival may herald Ballard's salvation.

...until they confront her elder sister.

Determined to rescue her sibling from ruin, Louvaen Duenda pursues her to a decrepit castle and discovers a household imprisoned in time. Dark magic, threatening sorcerers, and a malevolent climbing rose with a thirst for blood won't deter her, but a proud man disfigured by an undying hatred might. Louvaen must decide if loving him will ultimately save him or destroy him.


A tale of vengeance and devotion.

Review:

Entreat Me reminded me of Master of Crows, which I loved. This is not my usual read, but I loved Master of Crows so I thought I would give another book by this author a try. Unfortunately I did not love this book as much as I loved that one.

Both books are similar in their overall storyline. They are both like Beauty & the Beast, but with more magic and stuff. Entreat Me is the story of two sisters who end up spending the winter in an old castle with the owners of the estate. They have had a curse put upon them that will end up destroying them unless they can break it. Ballard is the father of Gavin, who is in love with Louvaen's sister Cinnia. Cinnia and Gavin are really part of the secondary cast of characters along with the sorcerer and others who work in the castle. Louvaen's father is not the best with his money and has gotten into a serious debt that he cannot pay. When Cinnia wants to get a loan from Gavin to pay it off, Louvaen refuses. She could really get on my nerves in this book. Louvaen was so stubborn and proud and wouldn't take help from anyone. She just annoyed me. Not everyone is evil, sometimes people just want to help because they care for your loved ones.

Anyways Cinnia ends up running away with Gavin back to his home so Louvaen follows. Louvaen is absolutely ridiculous once she gets there. Cinnia has been there for a bit by the time she shows up, but Louvaen is still like someone is going to kill her in her sleep. She just goes overboard with everything which just ended up annoying me. Sure I can see being skeptical and safe, but not to the extent that Louvaen was. That and her crazy overbearing need to protect her sister at all times was way too much for me. It was like you need to chill out for a minute. You obviously don't trust your sister at all. At one point Ballard tells her she needs to let up some of she is going to lose Cinnia, which is true. Though she does relax a smidgen, she is still insane with her protectiveness of Cinnia.

I like Ballard a lot. I loved how fragile he could be with Louvaen. She didn't care what he looked like and that was amazing. Ballard was sure he would never find someone who would accept him and the things this curse does to him, but he did. He was sweet and the best part of the book for me. Unfortunately I don't feel like the story really was as developed as it could have been. Most of the story was just Ballard and Louvaen coming together and having sexy time. It was fine, but I just wanted a bit more. Yes there is a big climactic finale, but overall it was just an eh read for me.

Rating: ★ ★1/2

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