No Rest for the Wicked
Author: M. L. Sparrow
Expected publication: December 1, 2015
Published by: Amazon Kindle Direct Publishing
Format: 249pages, Kindle
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
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**I received an eBook copy of No Rest for the Wicked from the author in exchange for my honest opinion.**
When a rich gentleman finds a beautiful young woman lying in the snow, on the brink of death, he takes her back to his house and, when she has recovered, employs her as a maid. Immediately Elira realizes that Anthony Luther is no ordinary man and nothing about the house she now lives in is as it seems, for Anthony is a powerful wizard.
Inexplicably drawn together, they begin a tentative romance, but it’s not just Elira’s uncertainties and the rules of upper-class society which drive a wedge between them; rivalries and a precious family heirloom, a priceless necklace of unforeseen power handed down through generations, threaten not only the couple’s happiness, but also their lives and the safety of the people around them
I am always excited to read one of M.L. Sparrow’s books. She is such a fantastic writer and I love the worlds that she builds within her novels. No Rest for the Wicked is no different. Even with a different genre, Sparrow excels with her writing. Romance isn’t my kind of genre but it worked really well with this novel. I really like how it starts off quickly and doesn’t dwell on boring introductions. Upon the first couple of pages, we already meet the main characters Elira and Anthony.
Elira is a very strong character given her circumstances. She goes through a lot of hardships in her life, especially within this era where the division of upper and lower class is so evident. She grew up in an orphanage and had to live as a servant. She lost her job because her married boss wanted to sleep with her and she refused. It all turns around when she’s found and hired by the rich and charming Anthony. Now in her new job, she doesn’t know how to handle him. Can she trust him to not be like her old boss?
I liked Anthony. At first glance he was just that charming, flirty, and seductive character but I love how Sparrow surprises us with another three-dimensional character. I love their relationship because it was believable. There was an instant attraction, yes, but it wasn’t instant romance. Elira was very wary about him and his intentions and other than gifts and flirting, Anthony was respectful of certain boundaries. I enjoyed the progression of their relationship and the story overall.
Characters were well developed and the story is well written. What surprised me even more was that it wasn’t just a romance novel. Sparrow surprises us with a villain and sibling rivalry within the story. I really liked it. It’s also great to know that, while No Rest for the Wicked wasn’t her first book published, it was her first book that she’s written. It goes to show just how talented M. L. Sparrow is. She definitely deserves a bigger audience.