She was the goddess of witches and rules, but rules are made to be broken.
When a reckless adventurer accidentally wakes Hecate from her Deep Sleep, she follows his trail to Regency Era London where magic and muslin are the fabric of Society. What else is “Kate” to do, but take High Society by storm? Having woken, her duty is clear—she must find a consort before her magic breaks her.
Her consort must be: Magical, Virile, and Immortal.
But the magical world has changed since the Goddess woke from her stone temple. Her witches have been reduced to pawns when they used to rule as queens. Finding her consort proves daunting in this sea of suitors. The long-lived, rich, and titled can be arrogant and tricky. She learned her lesson the first time around. She will not be a blushing maiden; she knows what she wants. Kate’s highly recommended suitors prove ardent but lacking, and it is an unsuitable baron that captures her interest.
Dorian Grey has earned his reputation as the Wandering Baron.
Dorian Grey, the Baron of Wendell, is a rakehell of an adventurer for the Wizarding Council in London. The picture of a libertine, he breaks the hearts of maidens and men in equal measure before sauntering off on the next expedition. He’s not interested in being shackled more than he is already. What can a demon possibly offer a goddess, but a single night of reckless passion? His unworthy lust may prove his undoing or bind him in undying love.
What will it take to capture the Baron’s heart?
This is a prequel novella for the Wildeward Academy series that takes place in a “why choose” world, where the women don’t have to settle for just one lover. Though Kate and Dorian’s relationship seems traditional, there are many facets to love, especially in the rest of the series. Recommended for mature readers.
5 out of 5 (exceptional)
CAPTURING THE BARON'S HEART is a prequel story to the Wildeward Academy series that tells you more about Victoria's parents - Kate and Dorian. You also find out a bit more about the Wild Hunt but only enough to tease and tantalise.
Where to start? This is as richly detailed as her other books, giving you insight and delight at the ton's machinations. The wizards play their role and confirm what I knew all along - give me a witch over a wizard any day!
I loved how this led up to what I already know from reading the other books in this series. The only complaint I have is that now I want to re-read all of them again, to immerse myself in Victoria's adventures as she grows and become the Darkling Child of Prophecy.
Absolutely amazing and I loved every word. Highly recommended but make sure you read the other ones too!
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Gwyneira Blythe is a romance novel junkie with a love of all things witchy, paranormal, and historical, plus the occasional dashes of sci-fi when the mood hits.
She loves stroopwafels with her hot beverages, believes there will never be a thing as too much garlic, lives for ASMR music while writing, and deep down holds tight to the belief that magic is real and in all of us.
When she's not writing, it's a mad world of toddler tantrums, dogs barking, and a cat dashing underfoot all while sneaking kisses from the bemused husband.