Legend the Duke’s Curse by Kylie C. Stewart
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Legend: The Duke’s Curse #2 Alexandria knows the truth behind the lies. Avalon is not human, nor is he immortal. He is neither angel nor demon. He is the once and future king. Now, more than ever, Alexandria’s artistic skills could grant them their first victory in battle. It is she who holds the key to end a curse born over a thousand years ago. Will she walk away from Avalon or stay? The choice is up to her, but more than one fate hangs in the balance now.
Avalon’s deepest fears lurk in every shadow. His past haunts him even in the light of day. Unable to protect Alexandria, he turns to Lancer for help. Debilitated under his newly arisen weakness, his only hope lies in Alexandria. Bound by chains of sin and shame, Avalon must fight to the death with who he once was to inherit his future. If he loses, it is Alexandria who pays the price. Can he trust her to save him from eternal darkness? Or will he lose her forever?
I loved the first book. Therefore, I decided to give the second one a chance. To be honest, I was very worried about how things would turn out for Arthur/Avalon and Alexandria. After all, we all know what happened to Arthur, Guinevere and Lancelot all those years ago. Nevertheless, I convince myself to let my worries go and give this novel a chance. I am very glad I did. In my opinion, Alexandria is no Guinevere, she has the soul, honor and devotion of a real knight and I admire her for them. In fact, I believe those were needed to break the curse of Arthur/Avalon and it could just be done by her.
There are several aspects about the characters that I wish to discuss. First, Alexandria, our heroine. As mentioned before, she is loyal, devoted and compassionate. I believe those are excellent qualities and they just made me admire her further. Nevertheless, I still haven’t gotten over the fact that she let her feelings be confused by another man. She should have known Avalon was the one right away! Then again, things would have hugely deviated from the old tale of King Arthur and there would have been no plot at all or maybe it wouldn’t have been as interesting. On the bright side, I liked how she was so willing to accept all of Avalon, including the fragment of his soul that was stuck in time forever (Arthur). I must confess that reading about the interaction of Arthur, Avalon and Alexandria was quite hard at some points. I felt like she was cheating one with the other and at some point, I believe the men thought so too. However, I later understood that Arthur and Avalon were sort of like Jekyll and Hyde, there was no one without the other. That, in my opinion, isn’t very conventional and I had a hard to accept it. Nonetheless, I believe it was original and fitting for the novel.
Now, Avalon and Arthur. These two give me a headache every now and then. I understand the love they have for our heroine. Nevertheless, I couldn’t help but see how the latter was so fix in Alexandria while the former didn’t want to let go of the past, even if that mean using the present as a substitute. Honestly, I think both were wrong and couldn’t and wouldn’t be right until their souls were joined. The past is important but also in need of the future. They both needed to understand that and it took them quite a while for that. I was getting a little anxious and desperate during the wait. Nevertheless, I believe things turned out alright for them. Sorry to disappoint you ladies, you don’t get your HEA here because we have a things book coming. You will get a cliffhanger instead. Don’t worry, it isn’t as bad as the one on the first book. In fact, I believe it was fitting for the novel. Finally, the jerk of Lancer. Your past life got Guinevere so it is just fair for you to step back and let Arthur/Avalon be happy with Alexandria. Sorry, I guess I stated too forwardly my favoritism for Avalon. Nevertheless, I wasn’t exaggerating when I called him jerk. This attitude was a little obsessive when it comes to our heroine. Honestly, I doubt what he has for her is real love. To be fair all the feelings in this novel are quite complex so I may be reading to much into it.
I highly recommend this novel to any fantasy romance and time travel fan that is looking for a story fool of romance, action, mystery and a spoon of hot scenes.
Reviewer of Romance Authors That Rock