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Kiss of the Goblin Prince (Shadowlands) [Kindle Edition]

Shona Husk
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)

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Book Description

"Steamy, sensual, and dangerous...Dark and delicious."—Fresh Fiction on The Goblin King

The Man of Her Dreams

He is like a prince in a fairy tale: tall, outrageously handsome, and way too dark for her own good. Amanda has been hurt before, though. And with her daughter's illness, the last thing she needs right now is a man. But the power of Dai King is hard to resist. And when he threads his hands through her hair and pulls her in for a kiss, there is no denying it feels achingly right.

In a Land of Nightmares

After being trapped in the Shadowlands for centuries with the goblin horde a constant threat, Dai revels in his newfound freedom back in the human realm. But even with the centuries of magic he's accumulated, he still doesn't know how to heal Amanda's daughter—and it breaks his heart. Yet for the woman he loves, he'd risk anything...including a retun to the Shadowlands.


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"Husk has woven a tale of magic and myth, love and sacrifice. Her goblin and magic lore is fascinating and it creates an intricate and richly detailed plot." - The Romance Studio

"Husk's rich, well-developed world building makes this dark tale of loyalty, love, and redemption equally appealing to both romance and fantasy readers." - Booklist

"A breath of fresh air in the Paranormal Romance genre. " - Pure Textuality

"Shona Husk really blew me away... How she packed so much action, passion and fantasy into one novel, I will never know." - Romance Junkies

"Shona did a masterful job of storytelling with Dai and his quest." - Inside BJ's Head

"KISS OF THE GOBLIN PRINCE defies expectation... A wonderful paranormal romance." - All Things Urban Fantasy

"Husk keeps the reader interested with her unique and colorful characters." - Readaholics Anonymous

"Who knew a former Goblin could be a hottie?" - Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell

"A fascinating world... A slightly different take on the world of magic and alternate universes... " - That's What I'm Talking About

"A warm romance with magical overtones." - Reviews by Martha's Bookshelf

"An enjoyable tale with a tender love story. " - My Book Addiction and More

"Wow, wow, wow. Just when I thought I couldn't fit one more tortured hero onto my boyfriend list, Shona Husk gives us Dai." - Cocktails and Books

"An enjoyable tale with a tender love story." - My Book Addiction and More

"Husk's character development shines in this book and will have readers falling in love with Goblins!" - Debbie's Book Bag

"A well-written and intriguing romance. " - My House of Books

"A very interesting and dark story, and it is truly compelling to watch these two well written characters work through their fears and try to connect with each other." - EBook Obsessed

"An engaging tale... " - Midwest Book Review

" A whole new brand of paranormal romance... Detailed and intriguing... Spellbinding." - Book Savvy Babe

"Husk is a fabulous storyteller and has written a paranormal romance that doesn't use the same old clichés. " - Love Romance Passion

"Husk offers up a truly refreshing mythology though in her Shadowlands series... Fascinating. " - BookLoons.com

"Putting these two tormented people together made for one amazing story." - Reading Reality

"Shona Husk has another winner on her hands... a must read for all lovers of dark things everywhere! " - Fresh Fiction

About the Author

A civil designer by day and an author by night, Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Drawing on history, myth, and imagination, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold–sometimes literally.

Product Details

  • File Size: 526 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007TBE75M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,348 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 stars - A Kiss to save a Goblin Prince May 6, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
From the first moment they see each other Dai and Amanda experience an attraction to each other, but each will have to decide to let go of the pasts that hold them back if they going to discover whether the golden threads of attraction that are forming between them hold any promise of a future together.

Coming into the story - considering that Dai and his brother Roan are no longer hideous goblins trapped in the gray shadowlands and the curse that nearly stole their last shreds of humanity is now broken - I was really wondering where Kiss of the Goblin Prince was going to go story wise.

Resuming his life as a human after thousands of years, Dai has some serious issues which are making it hard to just learn how to live again, and only some of them are due to having lived (and planned on dying) as a goblin for so long. So in some ways it is natural that Dai gets the vast majority of the screen time in Kiss of the Goblin Prince. I am totally hero-centric and love magic so the story and the romance still worked for me even though there actually weren't a lot scenes with both Amanda and Dai together and there was with minimal smexy stuff. To me it made sense that Dai and Amanda's pursuit of the attraction between them was a cautious one and I liked that Amanda was willing to take a chance on someone as damaged as Dai. And I liked that Amanda actually had the skills to help Dai - I especially liked the part of the story where Amanda gets Dai to finally speak about his past by letting him tell it to her in one of the dead languages he knows - giving him someone to tell to his story to in a very safe way.

So, I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed Dai's story - I actually ended up liking Kiss of the Goblin Prince even more than King of the Goblins - and, after having had a look at the teaser, am looking forward to the next book as Husk's Shadowland series continues with For the Love of a Goblin Warrior.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful and Sensuous Paranormal Romance July 14, 2012
By Mina
Format:Mass Market Paperback
From now on Shona Husk will always hold a pole position in my gargantuan TBR list: I fell in love with the fertile imagination, fluid prose, and introspective sensitivity of this Australian paranormal, fantasy novels author. My only regret, if any, is that I should have read this captivating Shadowlands series starting from the novella "The Summons: A Goblin King Prequel" and the first full length installment "The Goblin King", in order to fully appreciate the fairy-tale world structure that holds together The Shadowlands (a desolate land populated by the heartless Goblins), The Fixed Realm (our world), and The Birch Foundation (a mysterious organization that facilitates the transition between these two worlds). Reading the series in order would have certainly helped me from the start to understand the main characters's backstories, the role played by the secondary characters, and the connections existing between them, adding to the enjoyment of a book that can be read as a stand-alone without loosing any of its alluring qualities.
Amanda Coulter is a young widow who has given up on happiness after the sudden death of her husband. She works as a youth counselor at the local high-school and her daughter, Brigit, is affected by severe asthma. At the wedding of her sister-in-law, Eliza, Amanda meets the enigmatic and fascinating Dai King. Sparks of attraction fly immediately between them. Dai is Eliza's husband's brother, apparently a normal young man, Welsh scholar, ancient civilization and dead languages expert, and world traveler.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed May 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
The first two books in the series were excellent reads. I couldn't wait to read about Dai. The story dragged on and was quite boring. There was not enough detail about the dynamics of the growing relationship between Dai and Amanda. The end left too many unanswered questions such as the significance of the spider moving on the tattoo on Dai's chest or what was the outcome of the painful talons around Dai's heart. I was disappointed with the plot and interrelationships among the characters in the installment of the Shadowlands Saga.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fresh PNR, fabulous writing June 7, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
4.5 stars
Kiss of the Goblin Prince is the second book in Husk's Shadowland series. I reviewed the first book The Goblin King and loved it because the author veered away from the same old PNR formula and gave me something different. I was hoping she would continue this in Kiss of the Goblin Prince. I won't keep you in suspense though...Husk does it again with Kiss of the Goblin Prince.

In book one we met Roan, the Goblin King, and Eliza, the woman who rescues Roan and his brother Dai from the Goblin curse that imprisoned them in the Shadowlands for 2000 years. This book is about Dai and his struggle to find his place in the fixed realm now that he is truly free to make his own choices for the first time. Dai is scared figuratively and literally. His body is covered in scars from the 4 years he was a slave to the Roman General Claudius. He went from that to being cursed with his fellow soldiers who tried to rescue him. He spent the next 2000 years trying to find a way to break the curse while fighting to keep his humanity and not turn completely goblin. He learned just about everything there is to know, but magic wouldn't work in the Shadowlands so he didn't know how to apply all his knowledge. He has lived with so much guilt and vengeance and rage that it actually manifested itself as a claw that grips his heart.

Once in the fixed realm again, he realizes he can use his magic, but it is no longer used or believed making him possibly the last magic user. I loved how Husk explained Dai's use of magic and the romantic way she used it in the connection between Dai and Amanda. Amanda found the man of her dreams 7 years ago. He died 4 months later and she was left to raise their unborn child. Amanda still wears her wedding band, not willing to let go of what she lost.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars boring
Was disappointed after reading the Goblin King, did not live up to the previous book. I would have liked to see more of the relationship than the history.
Published 6 days ago by not interested
5.0 out of 5 stars Still loving this series
This was the third book in the Shadowlands series and i may have liked it more than the first two. I loved hearing Dai's story and seeing how Shona Husk pulled everything together... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Christina
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable read
I liked this book, but didn't love it. OK story line as a follow-up to The Goblin King, but kind of the same recipe with slightly different ingredients.
Published 5 months ago by seamstress
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Absolutely love this book. I've read it three times now. The healing of Dai was so heart wrenching and sweet. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ms. Rebecca
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!!!!
I loved this book , if you are into the paranormal , you will find this very interesting . Give it read"))
Published 7 months ago by georgiana
5.0 out of 5 stars Who knew how great a globlin could be
This story took me and did not let me go until the end. the hero may have been flawed but had a heart of gold (his nemesis) the heroine was just as wonderful. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brenda Lee
4.0 out of 5 stars I would give 5 stars, but....
I love these books. I loved The Goblin King more. This one was good, and I loved the Mave/Brigit connection, but I just wanted more: more character development, more plot, more... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mina Goodfellow
4.0 out of 5 stars Read worthy
Different from the first but consistent with the world created.
I plan to read more by this author, particularly the next book in the series.
Published 9 months ago by chocoali 2
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I enjoyed both the Goblin King and Kiss of the Goblin Prince.
Ideal for a bit of escapism. The fantasy element was a bit different to what I am used to
but liked the... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars SHADOWLANDS SERIES
I THOUGHT THE BOOK WAS OK. I'M SORRY TO SAY IT MOVED AT A SLOWER PACE THAN THE FIRST BOOK IN THE SERIES. GLAD I READ IT BUT WOULD NOT READ IT AGAIN AS I DO ALL MY FAVORITE BOOKS.
Published 11 months ago by fernando ybarbo
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More About the Author

Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn't looked back. Drawing on history and myth, she writes about heroes who are armed and dangerous but have a heart of gold--sometimes literally.

With stories ranging from sensual to scorching, she is published with Ellora's Cave, Samhain Publishing, Carina Press and Sourcebooks. You can find out more at www.shonahusk.com
www.twitter.com/ShonaHusk
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The Annwyn series (paranormal romance) continues in 2014 with Lord of the Hunt (January), The Changeling Soldier (June) and To Love a King (October).

The Decadent Moon series (sci-fi romance) continues with Lunar Reunion and Lunar Dancer coming soon in 2014.


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