Stay: A Love Story by Jennifer Silverwood
Published by Jennifer Silverwood on February 13, 2013
Genres: New Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Prism Book Tours
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Sometimes, love isn’t as magical as people expect it to be…
Rona believes love is nothing more than a myth, a tale for little girls. As the oldest daughter, she knows duty and family honor as well as the difference between salt and cinnamon.Until the immortal ruler of the seas appears from thin air and she is swept into a dark and dangerous affair. What was formerly myth soon becomes part of the everyday. And Rona believes when Seid tells her they will be together forever.But forever is a long time and after she betrays him, what was supposed to be an eternity in paradise becomes an eternity in hell. Now she is cursed, unable to feel human emotions except through the couples she is led to save.Two thousand years is an awfully long time to live alone. And the business of love saving isn’t what it used to be. By the twenty-first century, love has become an illusion as grandiose as magic and Rona’s ready to give up. Until the night she is seen by a human. Deep in the underbelly of the city that never sleeps, she recognizes him instantly. He may dress differently and have gained a few new scars, but she would recognize the face of her former lover in any lifetime.Trouble is, he seems to have no memory of her and he and his ex-girlfriend are the ones whose true love she’s meant to save.But when he starts to fall for her, she is forced to learn what it means to be human all over again.
Past and present come full circle in this tale of love, forgiveness and woe.
I must admit, I was a bit skeptical about going outside of my genre and trying something new. Normally sticking with YA only I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to review this title after reading the synopsis. I mean “ruler of the seas”? Hello? If that doesn’t make you gravitate to this novel then how about immortal love? Okay so here is exactly what I thought about this new to me genre.
Stay, is a love story within a love story within a love story. Make sense? Right. In summary Rona was a human who fell in love with the wrong person, but married another she did not love, she was then punish by the first lover to live as an immortal and to never feel love again. Or so she thought. That is until 2000 years later when she met Cain. Oh, sweet masculine Cain. The only man to truly see, feel and touch her for over two millennia. Although she is drawn to Cain and him to her, she is only there for one thing – to make sure he falls in love with his destined to be love, Lissa. Throughout the story Rona struggles with trying to make Cain and Lissa’s connection stronger, so that their love can endure a lifetime, all while trying not to fall in love with Cain. She knows that if she truly falls in love with him then the curse placed on her so many years ago might kill them both. Her is the kicker though, Cain resembles her past lover in every way, shape and form. Right down to the very dimples and wavy hair. One thing he doesn’t possess – the anger that Seid had the night he caught Rona betraying him. At least that is how he saw it. Can Rona stay away from Cain and allow him to fall madly in love with another woman as she is called to do or will she step in the way and break the string that ties them both together? Will Rona ever see her one true love Seid again? Will the balance of the universe as we all know it crumble do to the effects of the curse?
Sketchy right? I completely fell in love with this story so much that I found myself skipping ahead while reading just to have to go back an re-read the paragraph again. I hungered to know what happened next and I was actually very appreciative of the fact that this was a clean romance with minimal to no profanity. It did take me a few pages to get in to the story line but once I did it was a breeze to finish. While I was not a huge fan of Rona, I do support her and want her to win in the end, but she did seem a bit wimpy. I completely fell in love with Cain, which I guess was suppose to happen, right? He was always nice, patient, and extremely loyal and caring to everyone’s needs but his own. I felt sorry for Lissa and all that she has been through in her life, although she did bring some of it on herself.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves paranormal romance and I could see it being a young adult friendly novel, even though the characters are at least in their thirties. It is a super fast read which is nice.
I want to send out a special thanks to Jennifer Silverwood for writing this fun story, for the publisher sending along the review copy and for Prism Book Tours for setting up this awesome tour.