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Kiss of the Goblin Prince

(Shadowlands #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  915 ratings  ·  119 reviews
Trapped for centuries in the bleak Shadowlands, Dai clings to his humanity with a thirst for knowledge. But now he's free of the goblin curse, and some would say he knows too much-- he can make nature bend to his will, influence the minds of others, and command magic. Yet love eludes him. Then he meets Amanda, a single mother with a sick daughter whom he feels compelled to ...more
Paperback, 338 pages
Published May 1st 2012 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
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Rachel- Goodbye Borders
May 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2018
I liked this better than The Goblin King. After the first, I was intrigued about Dai and wanted his story. Overall, I enjoyed the slow burn between Amanda and Dai. I wished Amanda had realized much sooner that she really wasn't living. I understand losing someone, but to not move on after it's been years, was a bit extreme.
Dai, too, took along time to get over his fears and desire for vengeance. Amanda was good at reading him and giving him some suggestions. I thought his background and abu
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Review originally published at Reading Reality

Kiss of the Goblin Prince by Shona Husk is a story about second chances. And third chances. And twentieth chances. On the one hand, it's about realizing that we only have a short time at this life, and that we have to make the most of it. And at the very same time, it's a story about that classic conundrum that those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it. Literally, life after life, whether the person remembers those other lives or not. The sou
Blodeuedd Finland
I liked book 1 because it was a bit different, a goblin hero..and they ain't pretty, I'll tell you that. But in this book the curse is broken and we have a new hero, Dai. He may be human again but life is not easy.

Oh Dai, I wanted his story already in book 1 and here I got it. He is all things I want my hero to be, that's right, tortured and hurting. He feels that he can't let go of his horrid past and all the things done to him. He is suffering and he is just the kind of man you want to hug and
Heather Book Savvy Babe
The Shadowlands series by Shona Husk is a whole new brand of paranormal romance. Gone are the traditional paranormal characters of vampires and werewolves. Instead, Shona Husk brings in a seemingly obscure being, Goblins. I have only been familiar with goblins from fairy lore, so when I heard about books centered around these traditionally ugly beings, my interest was piqued. The Shadowlands series created by Shona Husk is detailed and intriguing and the heroes are spellbinding.

The first book in
Deborah Ideiosepius
It can be a bit of a trap, reading a #2 straight after a #1 but I did not think of it until too late. I liked 'The goblin king' enough that perhaps no #2 could have lived up to it, maybe.

For the first third to half of this book I was definitely thinking "two stars at best, if the ending is really good. One star if it does not pick up". It more that picked up in the end but the first part cast a pall. The lead man in the book is the brother of the goblin king, pulled into this world by the curse
Jen Davis
Apr 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am always on the lookout for a story with a great tortured hero. Shona Husk delivers in spades with Dai. He lived most of his nearly 2000 years in the goblin realm. He was cursed along with his family during Roman times to live in the Shadowlands, part-goblin and part-man. The curse was broken only recently, as his brother found true love. Now Dai is struggling to live among humans again and to let go of his hate and need for revenge.

Amanda is a widowed mother who has given up on finding love
May 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Kiss of the Goblin Prince is the second book in Husk’s Shadowland series. I reviewed the first book The Goblin King and loved it because the author veered away from the same old PNR formula and gave me something different. I was hoping she would continue this in Kiss of the Goblin Prince. I won’t keep you in suspense though…Husk does it again with Kiss of the Goblin Prince.

In book one we met Roan, the Goblin King, and Eliza, the woman who rescues Roan and his brother Dai from the Goblin curse th
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
The story picks up right where Goblin King left off, at Roan and Eliza’s wedding with sparks flying between Roan’s brother Dai and Eliza’s sister-in-law Amanda. Roan and Dai are now permanent and very rich citizens of the fixed realm. Roan is adjusting beautifully and loving life and his new wife. Dai is having major issues with the modern world, coming to terms with his past, and dealing with his budding feelings for Amanda.

The book is not fast paced or loaded with sex scene’s. However, in tell
Feb 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Kiss of the Goblin Prince is Shona Husk’s second book about a group of Celtic warriors who are cursed by a Druid priest to slowly become gold-loving goblins while they live out their long existence is the bleak Shadowlands. They spend two thousand years trying to find a way to break the curse before they completely turn into goblins. This story follows the king’s brother, Dai, as he struggles to regain his humanity after the curse is broken. These books are character-driven romances with fairy t ...more
Jax Garren
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
I ended up really liking this book. I think I would've liked it more from the very beginning if I hadn't gone in thinking of it as a romance. Although there is a romance in it, I don't consider this to be a romance novel. It's a story about Dai's journey to harness his magical powers, forgive himself for past transgressions and accept his new life as a human. The vast majority of the book is told from his point of view, and the H/H spend very little time in the same room. Love interest Amanda, w ...more
Eleni Konstantine
4.5 stars

It's been a while since I read book 1 of the series but I picked up the story quickly again. While the book had less 'action' as such, it followed a steady pace into Dai trying to fit into the modern world. The last thing he expected was an attraction towards Amanda, nor to feel for her sick child.

Magic is part of Dai's very fabric and he's finding it difficult to be who he is and who he had to become, especially with guilt plaguing him. Amanda soothes his soul in a way he never though
Dana Alma
May 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
Kiss of the Goblin Prince by Shona Husk is a magical PRN read! Refreshing POV from Dai takes readers along for the ride as Dai overcomes the challenges facing him. Dai must learn to live as human again, during which his attraction for Amanda slowly evolves into love. Kiss of a Goblin Prince is a kaleidoscope of questions waiting to be answered, and Dai is the answer. Ms. Husk keeps the reader interested with her unique and colorful characters. I look forward to reading more from Shona Husk.
May 13, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I would have liked more action, whether in Shadowlands or in the Fixed Realm, instead the most interesting thing about the book was the Birch bank.
Mina De Caro (Mina's Bookshelf)
From now on Shona Husk will always hold a pole position in my gargantuan TBR list: I fell in love with the fertile imagination, fluid prose, and introspective sensitivity of this Australian paranormal, fantasy novels author. My only regret, if any, is that I should have read this captivating Shadowlands series starting from the novella ”The Summons: A Goblin King Prequel” and the first full length installment “The Goblin King”, in order to fully appreciate the fairy-tale world structure that hol ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A 5-Star Sequel: The Goblin King is a hard act to follow, but Kiss of the Goblin Prince is up to the task!

This book begins with the lives of our characters now that the goblin curse is broken. I thought I was going to miss that element. After all, a terrible curse that makes people dig deep and look past the exterior is juicy stuff - my oh-so-favorited storyline of tormented characters. [That actually sounds kind of sick and twisted when you say it like that, but you get my drift.] I was not di
Jul 06, 2017 rated it did not like it
meh. I could have started this book at the 50% mark and still knew exactly what was going on, minus all the boring repetitive self doubt/whining. Things did pick up about 60% into the book but it was still super lackluster. In the goblin king I was interested to know what would happen next. This book felt more like a filler book to get to Meryn's story. I would say Amanda and Dai spend about 10-15% of the book in the same scene together. The rest is in their heads wondering what to do in life bu ...more
Jan 02, 2019 rated it liked it
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Sarah Baker
A nice follow-up to the Goblin King, focusing on his brother Dai. We learned things that weren't touched on in the first book, and got great set-up for book 3.
I really enjoyed this one, maybe more than the first. There was less romance, focusing instead on healing your past by learning to move on. The intertwined fates and past lives, along with Dai learning magic isn't so easy, were really enjoyable. And the romance was sweet, offering healing to both parties.
Dark Faerie Tales
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick & Dirty: The Goblin world expands with excellent world-building and a hot but reticent relationship.

Opening Sentence: There were no decorations in the church, no family or friends filling the pews.

The Review:

Dai has been released from the goblin curse but he isn’t truly free. Another force has a grip on him and as long as those talons are embedded deep within he can’t live as his brother now does. Dai brought with him strong magical powers that allow
I am so incredibly sad to have to write this review. Let’s just start by saying how much I adored the Goblin King and how much I was looking forward to reading Kiss of the Goblin Price. Goblin King is one of the most memorable books I’ve read so far this year in a good way; it was refreshing, fun and exciting. Regrettably, I cannot say the same for Kiss. I am about 45% of the way through this book, I put the book down about a month ago and I haven’t picked it back up since. I think it’s time to ...more
Kristie Elston
Apr 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dft-reviews
Originally published at Dark Faerie Tales:

Quick & Dirty: The Goblin world expands with excellent world-building and a hot but reticent relationship.

The Review:

Dai has been released from the goblin curse but he isn’t truly free. Another force has a grip on him and as long as those talons are embedded deep within he can’t live as his brother now does. Dai brought with him strong magical powers that allow him to see the ebb and flow of life. He can also
Redheads Review it Better
Apr 10, 2012 rated it really liked it
This is the first book I have read of Shona's and might I say, it was great! She brought two tortured souls together to make for some great chemistry. Let's take Amanda for example. She found the love of her life young but he was ripped away from her very soon after. She was left alone at the beginning of her pregnancy with her daughter. Fast forward to seven years later, she is dedicating all her time and energy into taking care of her severely asthmatic daughter. Amanda has never allowed herse ...more
Lucy Dosch
May 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
In Book #1, Goblin King, due to the love of Eliza, Roan, the Goblin King, was finally able to break the spell which doomed Roan and his brother, Dai, to live in the shadowlands. The curse was put on the brothers by a druid priest almost 2,000 years ago. They were cursed to live in the shadowlands, slowly losing their soul to the greed for gold which would turn them into goblins.

Kiss of the Goblin Prince tells the story of Dai, the Celtic prince of the Decangli. This story is a bit dark since th
Molly Smith
Mar 06, 2015 rated it liked it
Review first posted at That's What I'm Talking About blog:
Kiss of the Goblin Prince is the second novel in the Shadowlands Trilogy and was even better than the previous novel, The Goblin King. The novel flowed at a better pace, although the plot did have a few slow moments. Dai and Amanda’s story is gripping and incredibly touching as two people learn to heal, forgive themselves and reach for a new beginning.
Gikany and Una thoroughly enjoyed the descrip
Jan 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: net-galley
3.5 stars

I've read The Goblin King some time ago and absolutely loved it, so I was eagerly awaiting the release of the second book in the series. After reading Kiss of the Goblin Prince I am left with somewhat mixed feelings about it.

On one side Dai was my favorite even in the first book (ok I have a thing for hot nerds, and he is the ULTIMATE nerd), but on the other his endless pity party was just annoying. There wasn't much story in the Goblin Prince, but more like characters coming in terms
All Things Urban Fantasy
Oct 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
KISS OF THE GOBLIN PRINCE defies expectation, both as a sequel and a Paranormal Romance. While many in this genre paint each successive hero with the same brush, the challenges and mythology faced by Dai were unique compared to Roan’s experiences. I really enjoyed how this story took advantage of the progress gained in THE GOBLIN KING to continue developing and deepening this world. And on the romance side of things, Husk grew the relationship between Dai and Amanda from simple physical attracti ...more
Judy & Marianne from Long and Short Reviews
Originally posted at: http://longandshortreviews.blogspot.c...

I'm betting you've never experienced Goblins quite like this before. Goblins traditionally are small little creatures sent to create havoc for us humans. Dai undoubtedly creates some chaos in the story. With his dashing looks and intriguing personality he wreaks havoc over Amanda’s libido and makes her want something she hasn’t had in years: a warm body laying next to her in bed.

Amanda is a truly inspirational women. She's been caring
Apr 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars From the first moment they see each other Dai and Amanda experience an attraction to each other, but each will have to decide to let go of the pasts that hold them back if they going to discover whether the golden threads of attraction that are forming between them hold any promise of a future together.

Coming into the story - considering that Dai and his brother Roan are no longer hideous goblins trapped in the gray shadowlands and the curse that nearly stole their last shreds of human
I really enjoyed book 1 in this series and I had wasn't sure what to expect with Dai's book. I mean, the curse had been broken, Dai and Roan had escaped to the Fixed Realm, what was Dai going to have to overcome now? Turns out he had plenty of obstacles... the biggest one being his own guilt and the way he feels out of sync with the world around him.

Here's the thing... it took a looooooong time to get to the point where things were moving along. The first half (or longer) of the book was a lot o
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
After spending the last 2000 years in the Shadowlands as a goblin, and all that entails, Dai finds it difficult to be thrust back into the human world after the curse was broken when his brother found true love. Dai never really believed it was his fate to become human again and now that he is, he’s not quite sure what to do with himself, so he focuses on his magic, as much as it is forbidden. Dai is a very tortured man and struggles to deal with the guilt of some of his actions in the past that ...more
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Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold—sometimes literally.

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