The next book I’ll be sharing for the Blogger Book Fair is a novella from Rebecca Hamilton. This book is part of her Forever Girl series (check out my post from yesterday for more details).Her Sweetest Downfall
Series: The Forever Girl #1.5
by Rebecca Hamilton
Published by Immortal Ink Publishing on July 2012
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**I was given a copy of this book from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**
Ophelia's been successful at hiding her true identity, until the mark of the serpent appears on her neck—a death sentence, should it be seen by anyone in her town. Hiding the mark might save her from falling victim to the witch hunts of her era, but the scorching sensation it carries can’t be ignored.
When the mysterious Ethan is sent to collect her for a life of something more, she learns concealing the mark is the least of her concerns. She’s destined to do a new task—to join a dark, supernatural world and protect the future of people she may never meet.
What she doesn’t know—what she learns too late—is that her initiation won’t be complete until she kills the man who’s captured her heart.
So if you saw my post from yesterday, you know that I really loved The Forever Girl (book #1 in the series). In the first book, during a battle with the Queen of the Maltorim, Sophia is helped by one of the Queens guards. This guard, Ophelia, comes essentially out of no where and we don’t get much of her back story.
Her Sweetest Downfall is Ophelia’s story. How she was turned into a Cruor and why she is now helping Sophia are all explained.
There are no spoilers for the first book in this novella, so it could be read before or after reading The Forever Girl. Or really skipped all together. It is a backwards look at Ophelia’s life and gives you more insight into her character. But unless she is to make more appearances in the rest of the series, it’s really just character building of an otherwise secondary character.
Although I really loved The Forever Girl, Her Sweetest Downfall irked me at times. Ophelia is working as a maid circa 1808 and is told by her Lady to deliver a letter right before downfall. She is captured by a man, Ethan, and taken through the in between to his cabin in Damascus. She hates this man, loathes him, and is trying to plot her escape from him with every fiber of her being. After deciding that she cannot run from him without knowing where she is and how to get away, she decides to go to sleep and determine a way to escape during the day when he is helpless to follow her. However, when she awakens…she’s suddenly in Love with him….
Once I was able to get over this sudden love interest and let the story grow, I was able to enjoy the story behind the mysterious Ophelia and how she was meant to play a part in Sophia’s life. We also get more back story on the Queen Castilla as Ophelia’s fate leads her to join the Maltorim as a maid to the Queen.
But this story is more about the love interest between Ophelia and Ethan and how it shaped Ophelia’s place in the Maltorim. It was a nice short read, but the instant love attraction left me a little confused. If you have read The Forever Girl and are looking for a more developed character from Ophelia, this is the book for you. Otherwise, it could be skipped without losing any of the greatness from the first book.