Far too young, Apollo Ulfr lost Ilsa, his wife, the love of his life and the mother of his two children. The grief of her loss does not settle in his soul, it solders to it. But when he discovers there is a parallel universe where his wife may have a twin, he feels there's hope and sets about bringing her to his world so he can have her back.
But Ilsa Ulfr of our world is married to the parallel universe's twin, Pol, who is not a good man. Not in any way. She's on the run from him and the last thing she wants is to be transported to a fantastical world and be forced to take his side as his wife, even if he is not Pol. And Apollo finds the broken, bitter Ilsa nothing like his beloved and he further wants nothing to do with her.
But darkness is looming and evil is amassing. Apollo must protect his land and keep his family safe, including the new Ilsa.
I can't believe I've never read a book from this series before, I have truly been missing out! As soon as this review is written I'm diving in to read the rest of the series. This is truly a 5 Star read for me. I was worried that I wouldn't be able to get into the story because of the fantasy realm, but let me tell you that was not a problem at all! I was like a kid in the candy store reading this book, I couldn't read it fast enough.
I love that Ilsa is strong and protects the ones she loves. She eases into the fantasy realm with an open mind and embraces everything. She doesn't give up when she makes up her mind about something or someone. Apollo is every woman's romantic fantasy. He is all alpha male and stubborn. When he says something he means it and yea like most men he speaks before he thinks so he ends up regretting a few things.
Ilsa is swept away by a man that looks like her husband and yet he doesn't. They have the same face but the new Pol is dressed funny and he is all muscle and the kindness in his eyes makes her heart skip a beat. She wakes up in a new land where she doesn't know anyone except the man that looks like the husband she is trying to escape. The new Pol promises to protect her and keep her safe, but Ilsa doesn't know if she can trust that face. Apollo soon realizes that this Ilsa is nothing like his late wife and suddenly he can't do it, he can't be around her, but being the good man he is, he promises to keep her safe. When dark forces join together and threaten everything, Apollo and Ilsa must depend on each other to stay alive.
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