Ever After by Kate SeRine
Series: Transplanted Tales #4
Also in this series: Grimm Consequences
Publication Date: August 21st 2014
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To Catch a Thief. . .
For centuries, Gideon Montrose has served the King of Fairies without question and, often, without mercy. So when the King orders him to apprehend a notorious thief, Gideon obeys. But when he finally gets his hands on the beautiful culprit, Gideon's in for a shock.
Arabella Locksley is none other than the spirited, unpredictable woman he knew back in Make Believe as Robin Hood--the love of his life whose tragic death destroyed his chance at Happily Ever After.
Now, he has an impossible choice. Betray the woman he once loved, or the king he's bound to serve?
Gideon has been in love with the same woman for hundreds of years. Unfortunately she died 500 years earlier but he’s never gotten over her. Right after her death he became a slave to the Seelie King and is still working for the man. He has come to think of the King as his family and would protect him and his offspring with his life. When the King asks him to find out who has been stealing his transports of Fairy Dust, Gideon does as he’s asked.
He follows trails and clues and ends up finding the last thing he expected – his lady love, alive and well. Arabella hasn’t necessarily been alive for the past 500 years but when she came back from…wherever she was, she didn’t look Gideon up. Gideon is hurt and confused and he’s not sure what to think. Why had she never contacted him? Did she not love him as he loved her? Arabella admits that she is the one stealing the Fairy Dust, but also reveals that she’s not the only one stealing it. She’s also looking for all of the relics that her father owned – her father being Arthur Pendragon (yes, King Arthur from Camelot) – and supposedly when one person owns all of these relics they will become immortal. Gideon decides to help Arabella in her search for the relics but knows that he can’t keep her crimes from his King for long. As the pair search and fight to get the relics many secrets are uncovered about both Gideon and Arabella. They also find out that the love they once shared had not dimmed at all in the past 500 years. They may not be together for long to enjoy their reunion, however, as there are quite a few people working against them and they may not live through it all.
This is the fourth book in the Transplanted Tales series and it was another wonderful read. I so enjoy the imagination that Ms. SeRine has with her characters. They are in what is called the Here and Now (our time) but they come from the land of Make Believe but cannot get back there. All of the characters come from books or rhymes, etc., and they have all been given very distinct personalities. I love seeing what she comes up with in each book.
This story, I can honestly say, was all about the LOVE. It was the love between Arabella and Gideon that really drove the story but it was also the love between friends and family members that gave that love the support it needed to thrive. At first I thought that Arabella was too kooky or immature for Gideon but I soon realized that it was a façade meant to keep him off track so that he wouldn’t realize her secrets. Neither the façade nor the secrets were enough to keep Gideon away and his steadfast love was the glue that kept them together.
This was a wonderful addition to the series and I was so happy to see Gideon getting his HEA. Since the time he came on page in a previous book I’ve been wanting to read his story. It was worth the wait, let me tell ya. This is a book, and a series, I definitely recommend.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5