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The Claiming (Dark Desires #1) by Julieanne Lynch

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Women's Fiction, Romance

She didn’t know what the future held… Not until he unlocked her desires.

Being born into an elite empire is one thing, but being bred to become a wife is something entirely different.

Francesca Purfoy never had a choice and is now faced with a dilemma. The man she had been promised to at birth awaits her coming of age. What should be the happiest day of her life now seems a prison sentence.

Little does she realize that what lies ahead will change her life forever. And she’s going to love it.

3 out of 5 (good)

The Claiming tells of Francesca's story. She was betrothed at a very young age, and only finds out on her eighteenth birthday who it is to. She doesn't know him, his likes/dislikes, and has no idea how he will treat her. Although she gets more than she bargained for to begin with, she soon accepts her situation and is happy to make the most of it.

This is well-written, with a smooth yet fast pace. Although this is a contemporary story, there is almost a paranormal feel to it. I kept expecting him or her to turn into a vampire! This is the first book in the series, so you can expect more to come from Julieanne Lynch.

* A copy of this book was provided to me with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book, and the comments here are my honest opinion. *


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Julieanne Lynch is an author of YA and Adult genre urban fantasy, crime and contemporary romance books. Julieanne was born in Northern Ireland, but spent much of her early life in London, United Kingdom, until her family relocated back to their roots. Julieanne lives in Northern Ireland, with her husband and five children, where she is a full-time author. She studied English Literature and Creative Writing at The Open University and considered journalism as a career path. Julieanne has several projects optioned for film.

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