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The Pine Forest

(The Iridescent Realm #2)

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  96 reviews
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 al
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Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
The Pine Forest is the second book in The Iridescent Realm series, and this time we focus of the Pine realm, instead of the Azures. Oliver Sage we met in book one, as he was Alison's betrothed, years before she even knew he existed. However, she ended up with Lucas, and Oliver nursed his wounded heart. To rub salt into the wound, he has to attend her wedding. Whilst he is there, he stops Addison, Alison's new sister in law, from falling over. The minute their skin touches, electricity flows thro ...more
Tina Morgan
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second book in The Iridescent Realm Series and it's just as good as the first. And like I said in the first review I'm very surprised that I'm enjoying these fantasy books so much,it's a first for me and I'm loving it!!!! In this book we get to learn more about Lucas sister Addison. Who is just as strong as her brothers are. And also Oliver who we feel in love with in the first book because he was promised Ali's hand and he fought for her but once she choose Lucas he gave her up for her happ ...more
Nicole Smith
Feb 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one. It had great characters and an engaging story. I will say I didn't like this one as much as I liked the first book in the series, but I'm still a big fan of this series after reading this book. I did like Addison and Oliver together. Going from enemies to lovers. There is a lot of things going against them, but do they have what it takes to it to forever? I do love the magic element. The epilogue has left me wanting more so I hope there is more to come in this series.
Jan 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OH Ms Michelle Dare, you have nailed it out of the ballpark with this one. The way I was able to connect with the characters in this story and feel the flow of the story. Dare has a brilliant way of writing attention to detail as well as describe such an engrossing story. I felt like I was living the world that she has created.
The tension and passion between Pine and Azure is huge still. Add Oliver, who was nursing a broken heart, and Addison who never expected him, you have heightened emotion a
Becky Rendon
Nov 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
If like me you were panting after The Azure Kingdom searching for your next will be ecstatic.

Oliver Sage is the jilted, not even lover. He simply got his hopes up for too long over a woman who clearly isn't his. Sigh, who else felt the need to help him through that? (Hands up)

Everyone loves the underdog. Well, Oliver maybe the strongest knight in Pine but he's still the underdog.

A chance touch leaves Oliver unhinged and his world twisted into something new. Old prejudices and newer ha
Mandy Sawyer
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oliver is mine.
I just want to put that out there!
Michelle's writing is growing so much. It is truly wonderful to be a part of this. The characters are strong and lovable. The storyline is great and it is truly turning into a place that I can picture in my mind with all the animals and dragons.
You will fall in love with this realm so quickly it's scary.
I need more though, so get your butt in your writing cave woman!
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Another truly amazing book. Great story. Kept me so focused that I couldn't put the book down. Addison and Oliver have this zing about them. Some people call it love at first sight. And there was some good twists in here that I didn't expect or see coming. And that ending was omg. I need the third book right now
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my what a book Michelle Dare is an outstanding author when it comes to the magical world. But with this book there was that I don't know what to feel because really who wouldn't want to have a love like this with one touch, one dream and that all consuming spark but in the end all coming true.
Rachael Fick
Nov 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to be part of the beta team for this one. I think y'all are going to fall in love with Oliver.

(Full review to come on release day)
Romance Between The Sheets
I’ve had a soft spot for Oliver since meeting him in THE AZURE KINGDOM. It was so sad to see the woman he was promised, the woman he’d sworn to protect, the woman he was in love with, fall in love with someone else, and I really wanted him to get his own HEA. THE PINE FOREST did not disappoint.

I really liked Oliver, who is the Pine Kingdom’s fiercest knight and the King’s most trusted friend. He’s cool under pressure and strong in battle. He’s kind, loyal, honest and has a good sense of humour.
Linda Rea
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First off I didn't think Michelle Dare could top Azure Kingdom but she sure did with the Pine Forest! Oliver is heartbroken that Alison has chosen Lucas but he is determined to protect his king and someday find someone to love. When he catches Addison before she falls the feeling that goes from his hand and up his arm is strange, them he notices Addison's expression and she felt it too. When her brother Elliot pulls her away from Oliver and Elliot shows his hostility Oliver is quick to back off. ...more
Amber Jones
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing

What a great novel. I have previously read The Azure Kingdom

which was a great start into these characters. The Pine Forest

is such a great advancement on the story of these two Kingdoms.

In a world full of magic and war two kingdoms Pine and Azure are

trying to start a new life with a treaty when Oliver one of the

most dangerous knights from the Pine kingdom enters Addisons

life the fierson strong princess from the Azure kingdom.

They have known eachother or of each other for years but when

Denise Van plew
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If I thought the last one was good, then this one I found to be even better if that could be possible. Since I now have a feel for these kingdoms which are refreshing and different with the different characters that keep you there, this one ensnared me. It has been a long time since one such as this has done so with the flavor of dragons, knights etc but it is more fantasy not medieval. This one is more of a love story that is spun slowly then builds up speed with us along with them. And those d ...more
Sassy Southern
Feb 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The second book in The Iridescent Realm Series and it's just as good as the first. And like I said in the first review I'm very surprised that I'm enjoying these fantasy books so much,it's a first for me and I'm loving it!!!! In this book we get to learn more about Lucas sister Addison. Who is just as strong as her brothers are. And also Oliver who we feel in love with in the first book because he was promised Ali's hand and he fought for her but once she choose Lucas he gave her up for her happ ...more
Letty  (Cover to Cover Book Blog Reviewer)
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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When I read The Azure Kingdom, book 1 in this series, I knew I had to get more on Oliver. The loyal knight who will do anything for his kingdom... I wanted to know his story, to see him get his HEA...and then comes Addison. She is strong, she is opinionated and not afraid to speak her mind. I enjoyed the way their relationship was clouded in this air of impossibility because she's the Princess of a rival kingdom. The way they put that aside in a way to be together...the way their dreams became r ...more
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This is one hell of a book. And this is one great series. Book
one of the books in the series started as another series. They were
written with a collection of artist about the skeleton key that had
a mind of its own. The book is so well-written you can almost see
this beautiful place really exist. It would be wonderful to discover
a world where dragons actually live. And are not just pets but
friends, even if they do not speak.
The story is about Allison and Lucas. They have been dreaming
Krista Ricchi
Mar 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A great addition to the series. I loved seeing how the kingdoms react with one another. How love has a way of finding you and there is nothing you can do to stop it. Oliver deserved a happy ending. I didn't really care for him in the first book but I fell in love with him in this book. He has strength and determination that makes him a perfect PNR Alpha. Addison is the perfect match for him. She is stubborn and sassy, but she needs to decide if going against her kingdom is the best option for th ...more
Veronica LaRoche
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely LOVE this series and I couldn't wait to read Oliver's story. It was everything I thought it would be and more. You can't help but feel bad for Oliver, having the one woman who was promised him love another and marry. Oliver found his true soul mate when he attends Ali & Luke's wedding and never would be think it would be Addison Azure. Oliver & Addison both never thought they would like each other let alone love each other but the heart wants what the heart wants but not eve ...more
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Feb 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
A wonderful blend of fantasy and romance…
I was so happy to come back to the Realm in this second of the series. The Pines and Azures have long been at odds but love was going to take that feud head on!
“Within the dark confines of the trees in the Pine Forest is where everything magical happens.”
A princess and a knight. In a mystical kingdom. There are dragons. And hidden secrets. Oh yes, and sweet, sexy love. Sigh… It’s a wonder I ever want to leave my kindle with offerings such as these! Oliver
books are love
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was awesome. I love how we see the change in Oliver. How he goes from angry but backing his best friend and king to acceptance and than falling in love with Addison and trying to make peace. Oliver is a great guy overall. He is kind yet fierce and extremely loyal. He hopes that his best friend is successful as king and that this peace treaty works. Olliver as fierce as he is a warrior does feel regret over all he had to do to keep his people safe. To me Addison keeps him in check. I love ho ...more
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
~5 Sensual, Magical Stars~

Wow! The Pine Forest is another great addition to the series. This one is Oliver and Addison’s story. Oliver and Addison’s kingdoms have been at odds with each other for years. Oliver is a knight that has vowed to protect his kingdom, The Pine, and Addison is the daughter of the king of Azure. While there is a treaty and peace rules the land for now, it’s still hard for some in both kingdoms to let go off the war and those lost. However, once Oliver touched Addison, the
Carrie Renteria
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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 charac
Kathy Wideman
This is the second book in this series and they must be read in order. This book picks up at Lukas and Alison’s wedding. Oliver is still in love with Alison and hurts him terribly that she is marring someone other than him. He needs to find a way to move on and let her go. It may be easier than he first thought. While at the reception he catches Princess Addison when she trips. The moment their skin touches he feels a current run through him. Then later that night she appears in his dream and it ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Addison Azure and Oliver Sage were enemies - or at least they had been for many years, with their kingdoms at war most of the time.

But things had changed and the two kingdoms were now connected, although some still had trouble accepting peace.

Oliver had been promised the hand of the Pine princess but that was not to be. Now he had to decide how he was going to move forward, see if he could find someone to love.

Addison was a Princess, the only daughter of the King and Queen of Azure. She was a s
Kendra Needs
Jan 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
WOW WOW, what a great book, I have taken days to be able to write my review for this book, it left me speechless.

This is the second book in the series and book one must be read before this book, both books will bring to a realm far beyond our own, in book two we are brought to the Pine Forest, which has just called a truce with the Azure Kingdom, but this truce is new and some members of both kingdoms are still very leary of the other kingdom.

Can two people in love change all that, when Addison
Nadia Debowska-Stephens (Obsessed by Books)
After a tentative start to this series I feel the author's confidence with this genre has really flourished. Her character development, plotline and writing style really shone through as once again I got lost within the Iridescent Realm. This time it's all about Oliver, the Knight who had been waiting his whole life for a his promised bride only to watch her fall in love with another. Luckily fate has something else in mind for him as he meets someone who ignites a spark in gis blood in the most ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*I received an ARC of this title at my request and am providing this honest review*

This is the second of the Iridescent series and I fell in love with this even more than The Azure Kingdom! In the Pine Forest we get the rest of Olivers story. Fresh from loosing the love of his life, or so he thinks, seeing sparks quite literally fly when he touches another woman's hand was not what he was expecting. This book follows a similar plot in the two main characters visit each other in their dreams. But
Jessica Cox
Feb 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh My Goodness this is Greatness, I adore these books in the Iridescent Realm , again I am not a fantasy,sci-fi, reader but I love these tremendously. I had to read it in one setting, it keep my attention the entire read,I never got tired or bored. It had copious amounts of magic and intrigue. These two enemies that touch and they are so consumed by each other.Addison is the princess of the Azure Kingdom the only daughter with 3 brothers she is tough and doesn't want to be treated like a girly g ...more
Karen Hrdlicka
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved the world created by Michelle Dare in the Azure Kingdom and was so happy to see her revisit the characters of Azure and Pine in The Pine Forest. Oliver had been promised the Pine princess but she fell in love with another, an Azure prince. However while attending the wedding of the princess of his heart, he lays a steadying hand on Addison Azure, a touch that changes both their lives. Like Luke and Ali, the couple begins to dream of each other. While the kingdoms are no longer at war the ...more
Melody Grabeel
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Addison Azzure is living an unfulfilled life. After watching her brother marry the love of his life, Addi feels like there should be more to her life even though she has strong feelings for her boyfriend, she knows it's not enough. Until she meets him.

Oliver Sage is depressed watching the one he always believed to be his marry another. He is strangely compelled by the presence of the beautiful princess from the former rival kingdom.

This is the 2nd book in the series and though it can be read on
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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.

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