New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
She loves to write, but she also loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes and white water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two youngest fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime, usually Christmas carols.
Dover has written countless novels, including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, the Armed & Dangerous series, the Royal Shifters series, the Society X series, the Circle of Justice series, and her standalone novel Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read and write is romantic suspense, but if she got to choose a setting in which to live, it would be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
on Dec. 10, 2013 :
received this book in exchange for an honest review (LoP or Lovers of Paranormal)
L.P.Dover proves that everyone has a right to love. The story moved like liquid with no bumps in the road. I enjoyed that is had love, magic and of course evil. This book is the way a fairy tale should be. If you love love triangles and Faeries. Then this book is for you. I won't go into too much detail. Its about a Summer Fae named Calista, Winter Fae named Ryder and Calista Guardian named Merrick. Who has to learn that even with a love triangle. They have to work together to protect what is right.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 25, 2013 :
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review for the Lovers of Paranormal goodreads.com group.
Let me start off by saying that the only disappointing part of reviewing this book is that I can't give it even more than 5 stars! Wow, I don't even know where to begin with how much I loved this book and series. I cannot wait until 2014 when Land of the Fae spinoff is released!
This is the 4th and final Forever Fae installment and this one focuses on Ariella, the Summer Court princess and Brayden, the Winter court Prince. It has been a long time since i've actually had my eyes well up with tears over a book but this one did just that. The raw emotions that the author is able to rip out of her readers is a rare gift indeed.
This entire series is very well written, descriptive and the images in my mind are believable. I loved how Ariella & Brayden's story started out. I honestly didn't know what to expect from them from one page to the next! I'm fairly certain that Ariella is my favorite of The Four, with her wit, humor and stubborn determination.
Of course, with each of the books I read, it felt like the newest couple was my favorite lol.
I liked how this one incorporated more of the family and characters from the previous books. I couldn't have been happier with how this ended, even though i'm sad that I have to wait for the spin-off!
Thank you for these fantastic stories L.P. Dover
(review of free book)
on Jan. 16, 2013 :
Forever Fae is an Adult Fantasy Romance written by L.P. Dover.
First off, let me express how much I admire an author for the amount of blood, sweat and tears it takes to get a novel together and then have the courage to put it out there into the world for people to read and comment on it. I think anyone willing to put themselves on the chopping block like that is to be commended for their courage. With that being said, I want to add a personal note to this author and say, well done! Keep writing and know you have a beautiful imagination that will only flourish as you continue to write.
Because I said I would give my honest opinion for my review, I have to do just that, even though I personally didn’t care for this book, which I will explain my reasons below. But I am only one person. Readers are a finicky bunch. You will have some that love it and some that hate it and some that are on the fence about it. That’s normal and that’s good. It means the writer and readers have both done their jobs. I can definitely see the potential here in this story and I think with some constructive criticism, it could be great.
What I loved…
- I loved the idea of the story. I thought it was completely original to have the Fae courts named after seasons.
- I thought it was brilliant for the Fae to have different skin tone and powers for the different seasonal courts to which they belonged.
- The coming together of Calista and Ryder to change colors and create a whole new seasonal court was very imaginative and well thought out.
- I liked most of the character building in this story. Calista was easy to connect with and I liked her circle of friends.
- I really liked that Alasdair’s was mostly incorporeal and in need of body switching and stolen magic to become a real boy. That was perfectly executed in the story and very enjoyable to read.
- I loved how the author described scenes. They weren’t too flowery or overly descriptive. They were written out creatively and imaginatively and then moved on to the point of the story. So many times, especially new authors, will weigh a scene down with elaborate words, but Dover did an excellent job not doing this.
What I didn’t love…
- I had a hard time grasping the era in which the story takes place, in both writing and in dialogue. One minute I thought they were in modern times and the next, it felt like they were in old world fantasy times. For example, they rode on horses and in carriages but Calista mentioned she had a theater room as well as different colored painted rooms in the castle.
- The characters as well as the story narrator mixed Old-World English and Modern English in sentences, saying things like “Im going to kick your ass…” or “What the fuck…” or calling someone an “asshat” with things like “I shall retire to my room”. The modern and old was explained away with how the mortal world had influenced the Fae world but I think the narrator’s voice should have stayed the same throughout. It was very confusing.
- Another complaint is the writing was a bit formal and uneven. Sentences were choppy and didn’t flow well into the next. It made it hard to read. Some editing and condensing of prose could have made this a much smoother read.
- Some of the dialogue as well as character actions were very immature. Ryder and Merrick would feud at the most inappropriate times. An adult novel should have the male leads exerting their dominance or struggling for the alpha position with confidence and swagger rather than having constant adolescent bickering matches to win the females attention. Several times I just rolled my eyes and wanted to escape the school yard playground.
- I thought the romance was weak. There was a lot of time spent on how much they “wanted” each other physically, but I didn’t see much connection emotionally or mentally.
- I really thought the plot and conflict was a bit weak. I hated how easily things fell together for both Calista’s kidnapping as well as her rescue, the way it was executed and how predictable it was. I saw that coming from the first moment Ryder and Merrick met.
The Wrap Up:
This book had a lot of wonderful points. And for a first time novel, it was really good. However, there were also a lot of things that could have been culled out to make it great instead of just good. It’s not one that I will re-read and I probably won’t go on to the second book in the series. It just wasn’t for me, but I think this author has an amazing amount of potential and I can see wonderful things in store for her.
NOTE:: I read this as a R2R with the Fifty Shades Support Group with Goodreads. As always, a special thank you to the mods and author for allowing me to participate.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
on Jan. 13, 2013 :
I really wasn't sure about this book when I read the synopsis - I'm not really into this genre (fantasy?). It was a bit of a difficult read at the start; the writing style is different than anything I've read before. But, it grew on me and it drew me in. The pull between Calista and Ryder was palpable. It became a book I couldn't put down and found myself torn between two men in Calista's life. Without giving anything away, I'm still holding out for some of that magic for Calista's guardian. Now I'm hooked and I'll be reading the next book in the series.
(reviewed 11 days after purchase)
on Jan. 06, 2013 :
This is a wonderful fantasy read with classic romantic triangle and falling in love at first sight. A true fairytale with a strong and stubborn main character princess Calista that falls in distress and needs to be rescued by a fearless heroic prince. As all fairytales this too has a happy ending but at the same time the danger is kept open so we can expect sequels.
(reviewed 28 days after purchase)
on Jan. 05, 2013 :
I was given this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Overall: I felt the magic dripping off the pages. This book had me laughing, crying and a little lusty at some points. =) My only compliant is that i felt the characters descriptions and their histories were just kind of pushed onto you in the beginning of the book. I just wished she would've given the characters a little more time to delvope. Other then that i LOVED the story and i really enjoyed the new take on fae world.
Plot: We meet Princess Calista and she is about to go to the match and watch to see her wins the right to be her guardian. Prince Ryder happens to be there and they instantly feel the connection. Princess Calista best friend Merrick wins the right to be her guardian much to Prince Ryder's dismay. All the while there is this evil sorcerer trying to steal the princess. After a love triangle and Princess Calista getting taken away and getting brought back things start to settle and a marriage happens. Queen Calista and King Ryder make up the new Fall Court, but our author leaves us with the sorcerer looking for the next in line.
Page Turner: Yes!
Series Cont: I'm so glad that it does!
Recommend: If you believe in fairies then ... YES!
Side Note: I can't wait for the next book. I really hope it's about Meliantha and Ryder's brother. =D
Another Side Note: I REALLY LOVED that the heroine was KICK-ASS and not the dismal in distress type.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on Jan. 05, 2013 :
This was a very interesting and intriguing story. The various concepts and themes that Dover integrated into this novel were well thought out and integrated. It did take me a bit to warm up to the story, but when I did I was glad that I read this novel. I also greatly appreciated the large amount of colour symbolism that is found throughout. It complemented the already brilliant descriptions that Dover uses, creating a vivid world.
The characters in this novel fell into 2 groups: the main characters and everyone else. The 2 main characters are fairly well developed. You do get to know some of their likes and dislikes, quirks and hobbies. Even though they are royal fae, they are also very human. They are both themselves, never pretending to be anything less than that. The rest of the characters seemed to be little more than stock characters, there simply to fulfill their purpose. You never learn anything about them other than what is at the surface. I will admit, however, that the dark sorcerer was very creepy. He sent shivers down my spine on more than one occasion.
I really enjoyed the guardian concept that Dover works with. It is very well developed and laid out throughout the novel. It was very unique. It caused some interesting altercations throughout. It also allows the reader a greater understanding of certain characters.
Forever Fae is one of those novels wherein each chapter is written in the first person from a different character’s perspective. Because of this the narrative jumps around a lot, not only from viewpoint to viewpoint, but also back and forth through time. There were also some scenes where the event and the resulting action don’t quite mesh properly. Also, at times the sentences became quite awkward and there were a few grammatical issues.
I wanted to love this novel. The storyline was there. The elements were all there, they just didn’t flow together properly. By the end, it had smoothed out and I was really getting into it. It showed promise and I will definitely still be watching for the sequel in February.
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)
on Dec. 30, 2012 :
I have completely fallen in love with this book! (And I can't wait for book 2!) I stayed in bed reading it until 2AM in the morning because it is so hard to put down! I love all the characters because none of then are wimps (thank god) and they were 'fully developed'. The plot was amazing and the ending was PERFECT. Although I have read a few books that were kind of the same as this one, the way this book was presented just gave it a completely different vibe to it. I give it a complete 5 stars because of the great imagination that was put into this book. The only complaint (but did not bother me much) was that there were a few extra words here and there, a few grammar mistakes and the name 'Titiana' was spelt wrong. But trust me, once you get started on this book, you will barely even notice the mistakes. Other than that, I felt that this book was perfect and I can't wait for the second one! (Coming in February sadly)
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Dec. 30, 2012 :
This book was given to me as a Read to Review.
I would give this book a 3.5/5
I liked the plot of the story however, I had trouble concentrating on some parts. I have read the Iron king by Julie Kagawa and was hoping this book would be as good as it. The story was nice but it was presented the way I expected it to be. If I was to compare Iron King to Forever Fae, I would chose Iron king. This is my personal opinion howver, I think that Julie Kagawa did a better job in integrating the description of the characters and the environment. On the bright side, I truly enjoyed the development of the characters. I would read the second book to see what would happen to Calista's sister.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
Lyrical Lit. Publishing
on Dec. 26, 2012 :
I love stories on the Fae, so many directions you can go. I enjoyed this take on the Fae culture, the faery courts are all here, the story itself was well written and intriguing, it did not disappoint. This story follows Calista, the Summer Court’s princess when she is to get her guardian assigned− It’s a very special ceremony. Merrick, one of her friends, has been in love with her since he can remember and he is determined to win this honor and win her heart. But the Winter Court’s Prince Ryder has arrived for the ceremony, and sparks fly between him and Calista. Is he her chosen one? But these two aren’t the only ones interested in Calista. The dark sorcerer seeks her out for his own malicious purposes and will do anything to get to her. The twists and turns were amazing and kept me on my toes for the entire story.
Calista is an awesome, tough, fierce and intelligent princess, not a weakling in any sense. I love how powerful she is and how she can one up the guys any day. I am not a fan of the damsel in distress that can’t fend for herself so this was definitely a big plus for me.
The perils she goes through for love, for life and the safety of the land of the Fae are not easy for her. I enjoyed the details of the land of the Fae and the array of colorful characters that infuse this story with action, love, deceit, and some very hot moments. Not a YA read, it has some very racy and graphic scenes.
Overall, I love it! A great take on the culture of Faeries, I can’t wait to read more from this author.
I received this book free from the author for an honest review of the ebook.
(reviewed 21 days after purchase)
on Dec. 17, 2012 :
Cute and sweet romantic tale!
I’ve read a lot of fiction featuring faeries, including kids lit, YA, and adult: Iron King by Julie Kagawa, Tithe by Holly Black, Spiderwick Chronicles also by Holly Black, Fablehaven by Brandon Mull, Cold Days by Jim Butcher, and Iron Kissed by Patricia Briggs.
Everybody handles the fae in a slightly different manner, and I had to put aside my pre-conceived notions. L.P. Dover has a fresh way of depicting the fae. Certainly not quite as dark as I am used to (even the kids lit like Fablehaven and Spiderwick Chronicles portrays the fae as a menacing force, not always evil, but definitely uncaring to the human plight). L.P. Dover’s Forever Fae is different in that it is not about human interactions with the fae, but more about the fae in their own world.
I was reminded of a high school setting without the angst: from the parties and dresses to the dialogue. But this is by no means a YA book. The love scenes are a bit too racy, though not beyond anything you’d normally find in a romance novel.
WHAT I LIKED
Awesome ending. The plot was certainly tight. Pacing was good. And the evil villain is certain nasty enough to get my hackles up.
I liked Calista. She loved to read and was kind to those around her. She also was thoughtful—not in being caring, but in that she thought about things. But then, people who read usually do think more about things. She understood the people around her, what made them tick, and who they were on the inside. And yet, I could totally see why she’d miss the fact that Merrick (her best friend) had been in love with her for years.
I liked Ryder too. He was a good depiction of a Winter warrior prince, cold and calculating.
WHAT I THOUGHT COULD BE IMPROVED
I thought the romance could have used more time to develop. A little less lust and falling in love at first sight, and a little more friendship and more conversation.
I can’t wait to see how this author grows. As she adds depth to her characters and plot lines and strengthens her writing style (like learning how to show more and tell less), she’s going to be an awesome writer.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Dec. 09, 2012 :
I want to live in the Land of the Fae!! Do not hesitate to get this book! I love the characters, the story & how well it flowed! It is an AMAZING book & L.P. Dover is a stunning author! You WILL not be disappointed & you will fall in love with Ryder & Calista & their story!!
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)