Banished Hero by Anita Philmar

Banished Hero by Anita Philmar
Publisher:The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Paranormal, Fantasy
Length: Short (120 pgs)
Other: M/F
Rating: Four Cherries
Review by Xeranthemum

With no memory of her past, Faye Lynn Berton clings to a father who curses her ability to shape-shift, then uses her special skill to scam local villagers. The only freedom she knows comes as she soars through the sky in falcon form. A chance meeting with another changling turns her world upside down. Beyond satisfying the powerful sexual cravings that follow transformation, he reveals a surprising dimension of sex between their kind…one to unlock the secrets of her soul.

Havyn Westmore has questions…Faye Lynn holds the answers. Determined to unravel her secrets, he strives to gain her freedom and trust. Teaching her the finer techniques of transformation keeps her close while sex strengthens their bond. But on the trail of discovery, Havyn must confront his own past. Accused of a heinous crime, he was banned from his homeland. Now, he must choose between returning to face certain execution—or robbing Faye Lynn of her birthright and a life in Paradise.

Banished Hero is a fantasy filled medieval world that is a cross between Cinderella and one of my favorite movies, Ladyhawke.

Faye Lynn is the starved and overworked heroine whose self esteem, confidence and hope for a happy future has been ground into the muck like the dirt roads she’s forced to travel. Inside her however, burns a flame, a yearning to rebel against the hand life had dealt her. How does a woman in olden times change her fate? Find a champion. Even when she doesn’t want one or can’t trust he’s for real.

Havyn is a tarnished, exiled and rough kind of man who accepts who and what he is. Not to say he doesn’t have regrets; he surely does. Despite the crushing blow Havyn has weathered, he still has the stuff that heroes are made of, that inner core that despite himself comes to the surface when he doesn’t want it to. What would make a man settled in his ways shake up the pattern of his life? A mysterious damsel who shows both vulnerability and strength, and has the talent to make his libido do the cha-cha and his tail wag, that’s who.

The secondary characters were well placed to set the scene and tone of environment. The dialogue was well developed and stoked the heat levels between Havyn and Faye Lynn. The conclusion of the mystery seemed a tad too easy but the tease for more is an effective hook. At this point I wonder — if life was this hard for Faye Lynn, what happened to the others? Who will be their champions? I connected enough with the heroine in this story to want to know.

Banished Hero has a lot going for it, enough to recommend it as a wonderful way to spend a summer day. Although I should warn you, sit next to the A/C for the fun parts.

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