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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Tour!! A Review of Rogue's Paradise by Jeffe Kennedy + Guest Post

Rogue's Paradise (Covenant of Thorns #3) by Jeffe Kennedy 
Genre: Adult Fiction (Fantasy Romance)
Date Published: September 8, 2014 
Publisher: Carina Press

Book three of Covenant of Thorns

Pregnant, possessed, and in love with a man I don't dare to trust—those are the consequences of the risks I took to save my life. But Faerie, the land of blood and magic, is filled with bitter ironies, and the bargains I made now threaten me and my unborn child.

The darkly sensual fae noble Rogue still tempts me to danger and desire. As we await the birth of our child, I've been forced to question whether our offspring is part of a bargain Rogue once made to save himself. He can't tell me the truth due to a spell the vicious Queen Titania has him under. Would he betray our family against his will? Could I ever forgive him if he does?

Rogue insists on an eternal commitment from me, even as Titania's forces close in on us. I don't know if Rogue and I can withstand her onslaught, or that of the beast within me. But I will not stop looking for answers—even if it brings the walls of Faerie crashing down.

Rogue's Paradise is the third book in the Covenant of Thrones series by Jeffe Kennedy. Rogue is still the ever mysterious Rogue, although we see a new side to him within this book. But, is he sincere? Or is his behavior a means to an end?? Hmmm... As for Gwynn, she's not taking any chances and is doing her best to look out for herself and her unborn baby. I love Darling and his attitude and many names. He is a hoot.

Everything ties together nicely within this story. Some long, lingering questions have finally been answered. There are some surprising revelations as well. When I first started reading this series, I thought it was going to be my naughty little escape, and it was, but there was so much more to this story than I ever expected. It gave you adventure, humor, suspense, romance, and yes... naughtiness too.

The ARC of Rogue's Paradise by Jeff Kenedy was kindly provided to me by the publisher through Net Galley for review. The opinions are my own.

The inquiring minds at What’s Beyond Forks asked me for the inspiration behind Rogue’s character in my Covenant of Thorns trilogy. 

It’s a tricky question, because I’m not always entirely sure where any of my inspiration comes from. Suffice to say, however, that Rogue walked into the room as a total surprise to me. Which, upon reflection, is perfectly in character for him, isn’t it?

See, when I first started writing the first book, Rogue’s Pawn, (I hyperlinked to my website, but feel free to link to your review instead ) I thought the dashing Captain Liam would be the hero. Seriously. In fact, that scene where Gwynn kisses Liam between the tents was one of the initial moments I had in mind from the beginning. I dreamed that scene and was writing towards it. I didn’t expect it to be so far away in the story! I also had the dream of the bathing chamber and the Black Dog, so I knew that was a component. So, all of that went fine. I wrote about Jennifer walking out of the party, going to Devils Tower, ending up in Faerie, the encounter with the Black Dog and her injuries. 

And in walked Rogue.

As we all know by now, he totally took over, too. He started calling my heroine “Gwynn,” the mythologically fraught Celtic version of her name and it turned out he had plans for her. A very deep agenda that even I didn’t understand. He also fascinated and attracted me as much as he did Gwynn. Every time he walked onto the page, the words flew. When he disappeared on his maddeningly frequent errands, doing whatever the hell it is he does, I’d be bored. He drove me crazy and I couldn’t wait for him to return. 

At the conclusion of the trilogy, at the very end of Rogue’s Paradise, (same deal on link and I don’t think this is spoilery, but adjust if you think it is) Gwynn notes that Rogue’s name revealed his role all along. Because she doesn’t understand the Faerie language, Gwynn instead telepathically hears the meaning of people’s names instead of the actual sounds. When Rogue first introduces himself, she pictures him as a pirate in the style of Johnny Depp. By the end, she realizes that he’s a different sort of Rogue. He’s the iconoclast, the wild card, the one who can’t be predicted or controlled. That’s why he’s able to pull off what he ultimately does. 

No wonder he took me by surprise!
Check out my reviews of the other two books in this trilogy!

Jeffe Kennedy is an award-winning author with a writing career that spans decades. Her fantasy BDSM romance, Petals and Thorns, originally published under the pen name Jennifer Paris, has won several reader awards. Sapphire, the first book in Facets of Passion has placed first in multiple romance contests and the follow-up, Platinum, is climbing the charts. Her most recent works include three fiction series: the fantasy romance novels of A Covenant of Thorns, the contemporary BDSM novellas of the Facets of Passion, and the post-apocalyptic vampire erotica of the Blood Currency.  

Jeffe lives in Santa Fe, with two Maine coon cats, a border collie, plentiful free-range lizards and a Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Jeffe can be found online at her website: or every Sunday at the popular Word Whores blog.

She is represented by Pam van Hylckama Vlieg of Foreword Literary.

To learn more about Jeffe Kennedy and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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