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Modern Fae #1

Eve of the Fae

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When Faerie tale dreams come true, nightmare creatures can be deadly.

Eve doesn’t believe in magic or fate. But, when her carefully ordered life begins to unravel, she decides to take a chance and follow her recurring dream of the legendary Faerie Queen to Lydbury Manor, her uncle's family estate in England. Maybe spending the Christmas holiday with her aunt and uncle will help her sort out her future and solve a family mystery.

As a member of the Fae High Court, Liam should be fighting on the front lines with his cousins, not cooped up in Lydbury Manor masquerading as a human and playing secretary to an elderly professor. But he still hasn’t completed his mission, and he’s running out of time. The Wild Hunt will ride again at the Winter Solstice unless he can find and destroy the artifact that will stop the spirit of Lord Edric from laying waste to the remaining Fae.

Forced to work together, and failing to fight their mutual attraction, Liam and Eve are caught between deadly Fae laws and the Spirit of a madman. Survival will mean surrendering control and rediscovering strength.

Award winning finalist in the 2017 San Francisco Area Romance Writers' Heart to Heart Contest and finalist for the 2018 Daphne du Maurier Award presented by the Kiss of Death Romance Writers.

202 pages, Kindle Edition

First published September 28, 2018

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Author 32 books421 followers
October 2, 2018
This story had me from the very beginning. The English countryside is a great place to set a story, especially one that deals with folk magic and tradition. From page one, I knew I was being taken to a world that most readers would love to visit. A lovely estate home? Hell, yes! Nobody’s going to argue with that.

Heroine Eve has returned to the estate of her aunt and uncle, where she spent time as a child, and where she vividly remembers a legend that she's never been able to forget. Her plan to learn more about the legend is complicated when, instead of immediately stepping in to offer help to her historian uncle (a circumstance that will also allow her to research the legend), she finds that her uncle already has an assistant.

Set on displacing the interloper to take his coveted place, she finds herself distracted. There's something mysterious about him and his flirting has her off of her game. When strange things keep happening, her research into the legend takes a back burner as she scrambles to navigate new mysteries in front of her. By the time she figures out it's all connected, it's a matter of life and death.
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1,691 reviews1 follower
September 3, 2019

I'm a sucker for any story with fae at the moment.
With an interesting mystery and a little romance thrown in- I really ended up enjoying the book and look forward to the next one!
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236 reviews1 follower
February 15, 2023
Torn between 1 and 2 so I gave it 2 stars. The book is 258 pages and takes place in less than a week. The idea was intriguing and the writing in the beginning drew me in, then I found myself getting bored and annoyed about half-way thru. The POV changes were really hard to follow as they were unmarked – when you come to a page break the question is always “is this just a skip or are we switching characters again?”. Probably won't be reading any more of this series.

Some of the things that had me rolling my eyes:
- Finding out fae exist is an instant death sentence, yet Fiona offers to wipe Eve’s memories or make her immortal in return for her help defeating the Wild Hunt. If you can wipe memories, WHY KILL THEM??
- Liam kept talking as if he had weeks or months at least to change Eve’s mind about him but he actually had about two days
- Male fae are apparently only able to have one child their entire lives? So what you’re saying is, your race was doomed from the get go and the Wild Hunt was just speeding things up.
- Fae can conjure themselves places (teleport) but only if they know where they are in relation to where they want to go. What kind of rule is that? Yes, you need a clear destination in mind, but you are teleporting! Who cares where you started from?

Since they "fall in love" in like 3 days there is no relationship buildup. No, this isn't a fated mates. Eve is just a twenty-something young woman who meets a stranger who has the job she wanted working for her uncle and goes from hate to love in a whirlwind. She can't stand him because she's jealous when she meets him, then she kisses him because she's depressed over her conversation with her ex, then she sleeps with him. Liam supposedly doesn't use any magic on her yet she registers her thoughts and feelings towards Liam are changing.

Eve also likes to pretend she's highly educated and better than others because she went to college. Her aunt scolds her and says that's her father talking. Eve realizes she was just jealous of Liam and apologizes.

Eve broke up with her boyfriend and quit her job over some kind of sexual harassment that is never talked about. Apparently her bf thought she was overreacting and the school she worked for didn’t want to do anything about it – this is a serious situation but the author spends basically no time on it other than mentioning some drama unfolding back in the US among Eve’s friend group over it.

Eve moves to England to live with her aunt and uncle while telling them she was “just visiting for the holidays”. Secretly (because let’s NOT tell our relatives anything) she wants to work for her uncle helping him catalogue historical artifacts all over their house while she goes back to school for history. Eve’s uncle is descended from a human named Edric and the ancient Faerie Queen Godda but Eve isn’t, her blood relation is her aunt. When she arrives, turns out her uncle hired Liam to be his assistant. Liam is using this job as a cover to search for a magic artifact tying Edric to the world – the Fae need to find it to destroy Edric who has been hunting them every Solstice since Godda disappeared when Edric broke his promise to her.

Eve finds out she has been marked by a Fae, and later finds out it was apparently Liam when they slept together. Yet he had no idea it happened, couldn’t see/feel the mark himself, and didn’t seem to know it was possible… I had assumed she was marked by Godda's spirit and made to forget since she had dreams of the painting of Godda and her aunt said she used to play and read in front of the painting all the time as a child yet she had no memory of the painting. I was wrong (obviously).

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3 reviews16 followers
October 30, 2018
The mystery surrounding Lydbury Manor and Eve's story immediately drew me into this book! From the opening chapter, I loved Eve's sympathetic Aunt Vivian as well the intriguing research her uncle conducts. I also took an instant interest in Liam (swoon!).

Eve of the Fae is told from alternating perspectives. You root for Eve as she escapes her previous life, but then you realize, as eventually Eve does, too, that she is becoming more and more entangled in her new life's drama. Eve, unknowingly, is being sucked into a very dangerous (and potentially deadly!) plot. You also hear Liam's perspective and while he is immediately swoon-worthy, you're not sure whether or not to trust him. He's the type of character who keeps winning you over and then pushing you away again.

As Eve and Liam are pulled closer together, as a reader, this gave me all the feels and I couldn't wait to see how their intertwining lives would unfold. Eve of the Fae is filled with magic and mysterious elements that keep you turning the pages to find out more about the Fae's world. Most of all, the forbidden romance made me fall in love with this incredible story! I can't wait for the next book in the series!
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December 16, 2018
A great adventure through English Faery-land with fresh ideas on the workings of magic. Waiting for the next one!
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76 reviews1 follower
February 12, 2023
This was a quick-paced, fun, and easy read. Although I felt some side characters deserved more of the spotlight, it was still a lovely book to read. Found this one on amazon for free and thought I'd give it a try, as most of my favourite reading experiences are about Fae. Happy I read it 😊
18 reviews4 followers
April 23, 2019
I went in not knowing anything about this book and was very happy with the story. Can't wait to read the next book!
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December 7, 2022
I totally enjoyed this story; it was a fresh look at the Fae which I always enjoy seeing different ways that they are presented.

Evelyn or Eve is a human who comes to England to visit her Aunt and Uncle after a very bad breakup. She wants to find a new future, maybe go to graduate school and study history. Her Uncle is a History Professor and she wants to start out by being his secretary/assistant. But she finds that her Uncle already has a secretary, a scraggily young man name Liam. They meet but do not start out on the best footing.

On a visit to town with her Aunt, she meets a very posh gentleman named Nigel who asked her out on a date. When he comes to pick her up, things get interesting, especially when Liam shows up as she will be getting into Nigel’s car.

No spoilers, but the story takes off from this point to an interesting adventure which includes the mysteries around the Solstice and the Wild Hunt. It is a fun story and would love to read more adventures that they could embark on.
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49 reviews5 followers
June 28, 2020
Wow!! I LOVED this book! It’s really well written. The mystery drew me in completely and I really enjoyed the world building! I can’t wait to read the next book! :)
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3 reviews2 followers
April 20, 2022
I enjoyed this book but I wish it was a bit longer. The relationships felt a bit rushed. If there was more build it would’ve been 5 stars. Can’t wait to read the second book!
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245 reviews2 followers
October 6, 2018
A fun adventure (and romance) in the modern-day English countryside. I enjoyed the characters and the world building, and can't wait to read others in the series!
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October 27, 2021
This story is less about magic than about a romance between a human young American woman, Evelyn, and a Fae male, Liam. He just happens to be looking for a lost magical object belonging to the Fae in the English country house of Evelyn’s history professor uncle during her visit there.
The professor has been studying local legends about a Wild Hunt and a festival held once a year on the solstice in a field near the village. He is apparently descended from Edric husband of Godda, the past Faerie Queen. Stories of the Wild Hunt have been passed down through generations of families living in the village. But this particular year, Evelyn may be able to discover the truth of the legends for herself.
Predictably, during the course of Liam’s search, he falls for Evelyn, placing her life in danger. There is another suitor in the half demon character of Nigel.
Throw into the mix several varieties of Fae, (some winged and some grounded,) jealous relatives, some nasty demons, wild beasts and a Faerie Queen or two, and you have the bones of this very predictable, not very well written story.
Sorry, I won’t be reading Books 2 & 3.
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182 reviews1 follower
April 9, 2020
This is my first book by this author and it drew me it and had me hooked from the beginning! This fantasy/sci fi story does leave a few questions unanswered as it is a series but there isn’t an obnoxiously annoying cliffhanger.
I can’t wait for book 2!!!

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334 reviews22 followers
April 15, 2020
The idea was interesting, the effect not so much. I couldn’t stop my eyes from rolling. The heroine is supposed to be smart but she makes a date with the guy after talking to him for about two minutes. Her aunt should know better but has no problem with giving her name and address to the same man because he’s charming. There is a lot happening but little make sense.
Lost potential.
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2,415 reviews
April 30, 2020
This is a really great fantasy book. The story pulls you in and keeps your interest. The characters are well developed and the story is very well written. I’m looking forward to more of this series and more from this author. I recommend reading.

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1,066 reviews1 follower
September 8, 2021
Eve of the Fae

Eve dreams of a woman in a tapestry from her childhood and this leads her to England to her aunt and uncle. There she meets Liam and delves deeper and deeper into the local history and legends. What Eve finds is hard to believe and puts her in grave danger. This was a great start to a series and I look forward to seeing what happens next.
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42 reviews
March 2, 2022

I liked the storyline, not much out there about Fae so it was fascinating stepping into this romantic fantasy. It happened so fast thus the 4 stars. I wanted more sexy Fae action not the forgone conclusion that the Fae boy gets the human girl. Otherwise great fantasy read.
282 reviews
September 8, 2022
Evelyn has left her life in America to help her historian uncle only to find the position already take but Liam, who is doing it now has a secret. When Eve finds out what is really going on she has to decide what the future holds for her and opts to become part of Liam's world despite the risks it holds. Captivating story.
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1,961 reviews12 followers
March 30, 2020
This is a very well written story the characters are well developed and it also has a HEA! I enjoyed it and will check out other books in this series!

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4,595 reviews26 followers
March 31, 2020
This is the first book I've read by this author, but it won't be the last. I thought that the story and the characters were very well done. This was a book that I didn't want to put down once I started.

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166 reviews2 followers
April 1, 2020
I enjoyed this book comoleteky. It had well developed characters with a lot of world buikding. It is all beautifully written together and helps to bring the story together.

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400 reviews3 followers
April 12, 2020
Great start to a series, was hooked right from the start, full of suspense, this general fantasy romance will have you hooked

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81 reviews
October 20, 2021
A good book, fun to read with an interesting take on Fae. I didn't like some moments, nor Evelyn's choice at the end as I thought there would be another option. Still, I like most of the characters and it's an interesting story.
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Author 10 books24 followers
October 31, 2021
I thoroughly enjoyed this real-world fantasy, which felt like a cross between Enid Blyton's x of Adventure series and Buffy the Vampire Slayer, with its secret passages, demons and ancient legacies.
200 reviews
September 15, 2022

It is impossible to put this book down once you have begun to read it! This reader has been looking for a book about faeries for quite some time! It is a joy to have found this one.
October 28, 2022
Cool Fae book.

This book gives a good beginning overview of the world of "Faedom". If you like fantasy and stories about fairies, I think you'll like this book a lot. I recommend it -- I read it to my wife and we enjoyed it.
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July 19, 2020
448 reviews2 followers
November 8, 2021
great story

I love stories about the fae. I also like shapeshifters so I consider that a bonus. Throw in a little romance and it’s a winner for sure.
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