Dare constructs a magical realm filled with mystical creatures and fantastic elements that will leave you breathlessly begging for more. From the moment I began reading this incredibly descriptive novel I could not tear my eyes from the page.
The Pine Forest is book 2 in the Iridescent series, focusing on Oliver Sage and his need to overcome his heartache at the loss of Alison. Sage is an incredibly deep and complex character, one with surprising qualities that you don’t often see in male characters. His deep longing for love and a family are part of his charm that draws you into him. I also love the fact that even though he has this tough exterior he is not one of these overly written alpha male characters. He has such sweet loving qualities about him. He was a gentleman, very courteous and kind to others, he put others before himself. All of these things tend to bring you closer to his character and really make you fall in love with him. Now please do not get me wrong . . . Sage is an incredibly hot alpha male, he was just written with the absolute perfect balance between alpha and softness.
Addison Azure really is a fantastic heroine. I love the fact that she truly is not a weak heroine. Often times we find heroines weak, whiney, and unable to fend for themselves. This is most definitely not the case with Addison. She is strong willed, smart, skilled and very adept and handling herself. I love the connection that she shares with Sage. When the two of them come together they really did bring on some incredible chemistry. But what I also love was how ready she was to claim him as her own. She had this alpha streak within her that made you stand up and take notice of her.
The storyline ebbs and flows so well that you find yourself lost within its pages for hours at a time not willing to return to reality. Dare does a fantastic job of making you feel the connection with the wildlife. There are moments when you’re reading that you can almost see the azure flowers or feel the breeze blowing through your hair as you stand beneath the tall pine trees. It all just makes the story so vibrant and come to life that much more.
This is definitely a book you do not want to miss. I cannot wait to see what she does next.
One touch, one spark, two lives forever changed.
Pine and Azure. The war between the two kingdoms lasted far too long. Peace was finally established, but the survivors would never forget who fought on the front lines. Oliver Sage had a reputation for being a ruthless knight. He’d seen enough death to last a lifetime and worked on putting the past behind him, although not all would let him forget.
Addison was the only daughter of King and Queen Azure. With three brothers, she knew she’d always be protected, but she also wanted to learn how to take care of herself. She was strong, had a good heart, and wanted to be treated as an equal. Magical abilities ran in her family, and she had one no one knew of.
Oliver had given his heart to one princess, until the night he dreamed of another. Addison was the last woman he should desire, especially given who she was. However, what if she wanted him as well? They’d hated each other their entire lives, but suddenly couldn’t resist the desire which built between them. There were also those who didn’t think they should be together. Forbidden romance could only stay hidden for so long in the dark depths of the Pine Forest.
Michelle Dare is a romance author. Her stories range from sweet to sinful and from new adult to fantasy. There aren’t enough hours in the day for her to write all of the story ideas in her head. When not writing or reading, she’s a wife and mom living in eastern Pennsylvania. One day she hopes to be writing from a beach where she will never have to see snow or be cold again.