When Shayla Aja comes back to the small town of Nyx to visit her grandma Ellie, she finds a lot has changed on the beekeeping farm—not only the house she spent endless summers in as a child, but Ellie herself has changed. And the reason seems to center entirely around Ellie’s new Apiary Manager, August.
August is infuriatingly attractive and shamelessly flirts with Shay—for no apparent reason other than to get under her skin. And the more she tries to get to know August, the more Shay is convinced she’s nothing more than a freeloader taking advantage of Ellie’s generous heart.
Their shaky start is layered with both suspicion and attraction, but when Shay experiences a magical incident at the local farmers’ market, something between them starts to shift. As Shay is forced to trust August with her big secret, they begin to open up to each other. As they reveal more about themselves and the life-altering events that brought them both to Ellie’s farm—they realize they might also have been brought to each other.
FROM THE AUTHOR
"Though the world created in Guardian is unique, I've had a great time exploring different supernatural legends, folklore, and mythologies throughout human history when plotting the storylines in the Darke Universe.
In Fury, for example, I drew on one particular tale from ever-popular Greek mythology, and another is derived from the intriguing folklore and belief systems of West African cultures.
In the future, I aim to explore specific aspects of Mesoamerican mythos, Celtic folklore, as well as Norse mythology.
Of course the best part is integrating these into the fictional worlds of Lur Tristea and Lur Ederra, and adding a unique spin on them."
The first part of the book is an amazing treat if you love character development. Shay, August, and Ellie are drawn up honestly and lovingly. Beautiful work by the author, the interactions, the banter, the dynamics of body language. It’s all so good. Then in a heady rush, the author shifts gears and takes wild left turns. No details here because of spoilers but it’s a great ride involving action and sexy mains.
Fury does happen in the same universe as Guardian so there is a definite connection and a fantasy setting. You can read each one as a stand-alone or read both in any order. I’m totally in love with these worlds and hope more books are coming soon as well as audio.
Nutmeg - Jen Lawrence kept the fire slow and steady in the buildup of the relationship but midway through the book turned it into an inferno that can only be contained by the pair complementing and working for each other. The transformations of Shayla and August is a treat for fantasy lovers. Who wouldn't want to see characters that they adore not only be able to wield extraordinary powers, fight with a vengeance and see villains struck with fear with an unknown opponent? I’m looking forward to the next instalment to see all the well-loved characters and maybe new ones as well.
Della B. - Whoa. This was totally unexpected and a phenomenal read from start to finish. I could not put this book down. The writing is smart with exceptionally witty banter. August, one of the main characters, is adorable, sexy and I think I am a little in love with her. Please don’t tell Shay!
Lawrence has the ability to write moving and emotional scenes which grip your heart. She also has kick ass dialogue chops. The story being a satisfying blend of romance and fantasy will appeal to a range of readers. If you love both genres, this book is for you. If you want to expand or dip your toe into fantasy, then this book will be a gentle starter for you. For my enjoyment factor, hilarious banter and blended story, this is a definite 5 out of 5 star novel.
Cheryl W. - I found this book immensely entertaining and hard to put down. The first portion of the book is your normal romance with two very well written main characters. Both are charming and fun to be around even though each of them is suffering from a difficult past. There is plenty of back and forth with good witty banter. This book was a joy to read and I look forward to more fantasy from Jen Lawrence’s talented imagination.
Betty H. - This is a beautiful example of a truly great fantasy story set in a world that otherwise looks very normal to us humans.