Andalin is basically forced to leave her father, her only family, to live with the infamous Dark Rider. His mask is the least of her misgivings when so many stories of his reputation plagued her mind. Ellis is grieving for the loss of his family and believes making Andalin his ward to help but she doesn’t trust him and he doesn’t blame her. He has too many secrets and a curse follows him. Can he really help her or will she be cursed too?
Such intrigue had me guessing throughout the whole story. I loved the Beauty and the Beast pieces but this was so much more than the regular story. And Ellis was perfect, plus I pictured him like Westley aka the dread pirate Roberts from The Princess Bride, so how can that be bad?
Walker weaves a mesmerizing story with endearing characters from the household staff to friends. Every character is perfect and even the Black Forest is as misunderstood and just as much a character like Ellis.
I couldn’t put this down and kept my attention from the very beginning. I can’t wait to read more from Walker in the future! Thank you to Net Galley and Covenant Communications for the chance to read this!
This book was published in March 2020 by Covenant and I received an arc copy that I read in February.
I painted the peg dolls because I liked that the characters were a little different for a Regency. I referenced the book for descriptions of hair and eye color but took liberty with their clothes.