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on March 09, 2012 :
Wow. I absolutely loved this book. This was unlike any of the other books I've read. It was unexpected, entertaining, and, after you've finished reading, absolutely satisfying.
This isn't your typical mushy romance. It has a darker, magical theme to it, and seems more like an action novel. The pacing was great, and I never once found a reason to put the book down. While the three love interests made the book oh so romantic without being over-romantic or mushy, the problems that come with wars and kingdoms would keep a fan of action novels reading, and the magic themes would keep a mystery or fantasy fan. This had something for everyone, and set it apart from all the other romances on the market.
Everything was unexpected, and never once was this book predictable. Problems, solutions, and even love interests were found in the most unexpected people and places, which kept the reading reading on the edge of their seats. Not even the ending was predictable. I feel like the ending really wrapped everything up nicely. Though it wasn't how I'd end it, I loved the ending just the same.
Jen Wylie is, no doubt, on of my favorite authors. Not only are her books unique, but they're interesting, and never fail to amaze me. I really hope she can find some time to write a sequel or companion novel, as I'd really love to learn more about this fantasy world she's created. This is the kind of book that belongs on your to read list if it isn't already. Wow. That's all I can say. Wow.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Aug. 17, 2011 :
This book had me from the very first page. I find it hard to believe that this is Jen Wylie's debut novel. It was great! It wasn't all mushy romance, more like action fantasy romance. I wasn't sure who to root for in this story.
Our main heroine, Shara, is a healer who is put in a war-time situation. While fleeing for her life, she comes across a wounded solider who she tries to nurse back to health. Shara's healing power is just starting to show itself, so she doesn't know how to use it to save the soldier. They must travel back to a safe place without getting captured and while our wounded solider is healing. The story moves along very quickly and we come to find love and hope in the strangest of places. Shara ends up with three different men who would love to take her as their own. Who will she choose? Where does her heart truly lie? Even at the end of the book, I was still wondering what would happen if .....
If there is ever a sequel to this story, I would pick it up in a heartbeat!
(reviewed long after purchase)
on July 19, 2011 :
For a sheltered healer who had yet to tap into her gift, Shara found herself in the worse possible circumstances. She had not signed up for this. She was not a battle healer and she was sure that nightmares of these horrific scenes would haunt her for years to come. But what could she do? King Darren had ordered her to stay behind and help heal those who had been wounded. If only her gift had been activated! She was sure she could have done more. But it was too late. They had been forced to retreat back towards camp with the enemy right behind them. Shara barely escapes the battle and the horse takes off in the wrong direction! In her mad dash for safety she almost runs over a wounded solder. Frightened, but determined to help this solider, she jumps off the horse to check for the worst of his injuries. She binds what she can and is shocked when the solider regains consciousness. She explains to him who she is and that they need to get out of here and fast. They were still so close to the battle. The solider is completely covered in blood and gore and passes out not long after she gets him on the horse. She gets a safe distance away and finds a water source to help clean and care for most of his wounds. After bathing his face, she is shocked to feel a jolt pass through her. He was very handsome. She has been taught to be non responsive to her patients but she knows that this one is going to be different.
This story takes you through Sharas adventures and mishaps as she comes into her gift. She discovers she has other talents besides just healing and ends up teaching her masters a few things. But where there is light there is also dark. There must always be two sides to every coin. Shara’s light burns bright and as so she draws the darkness towards her. Will she prevail? Can she defeat the evil that has become a part of her and face her worst fear?
Shara is a delightfully innocent and lovable character. The men in her life are all complicated and are all very different, seemingly to form a triangle. My favorite character would have to be Dric. He is a loyal friend and fierce warrior. Not to mention exciting. The story itself is very surprising. Just when you feel like you know what’s going to happen, the story takes a surprising twist. I enjoy stories that aren’t predictable and this one leaves you guessing all the way to the very end! This is a delightful read! This product was provided to me free of charge by the author in exchange for an unbiased review.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on June 14, 2011 :
Okay, I'll admit, I'm not a fan of romance books (waits for cries of outrage to die down)
I will tell you this, I'm a super huge fan of Jen Wylie's. It's why I picked up Sweet Light against every fiber of my body saying, "Don't read a romance novel! You'll be one of THOSE people."
I'm glad I didn't listen. The aspects of romance in the novel actually complemented the story rather than overwhelming it with gush gush. The characters were incredibly believable. The scenarios were absolutely riveting. And best of all, the whole world Ms. Wylie has created felt real. The basic story is of a young healer coming into her power and getting more than she bargained for when she saves the life of a young prince. It reminded me of a Mercedes Lackey novel, which to me is the greatest compliment you can pay an author. Jen Wylie might be a newer author, but her stories unfold like those of seasoned veterans. BUY IT, READ IT, YOU'LL LOVE IT. I did.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 01, 2011 :
I read Sweet Light over the weekend and really enjoyed it. Jen Wylie writes wonderfully charged scenes that pulls the reader into the story. There is a clever love triangle in this fantasy novel that begins to build up in the middle of the story until a choice must be made by Shara, a gifted healer working for the kingdom of Glendor. She must make her choice from three very different men: a healer, a prince, and a warrior. Of course this is a difficult decision for Shara because each one is special to her in different ways. And if that isn’t enough, Shara is trying to increase her abilities as a healer in a kingdom that is at war.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)