{Review} Unlocking Adeline by J.D. Hollyfield @jdhollyfield

July 13, 2016 Adult, Reviews 1 ★★★★★

{Review} Unlocking Adeline by J.D. Hollyfield @jdhollyfieldUnlocking Adeline by J.D. Hollyfield, skeleton key
Pages: 214
Published by Createspace Independent Pub on June 15, 2016
Series: Skeleton Key
Genres: adult, Fantasy & Magic, Romance, shifter
Source: eARC from Author

Skeleton Key Book Series
One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.

One magical key.
The turn of a lock.
An adventure of a lifetime
Her entire life, Adeline McAllister dreamt of a man whose face she couldn't see. A prince from her father's bedtime story, destined to be her happily ever after. But on the night of her 21st birthday, when a handsome stranger turns out not to be who she expected, she learns that her father's bedtime story isn't just one of the imagination.

Lockelan MacCowan, the Prince of Wren is a warrior with a chip on his shoulder. For as long as he can remember the legends of Wren have bonded two families who bear the crescent moon to one another. A mark he bears. And a commitment he wants no part in.

Determined to release himself from the responsibility of becoming King, he kidnaps his bonded bride and brings her home to his world. He attempts to remedy his issue by pushing her into the arms of his brother, but the harder he fights to stay away, the more he realizes he may have made a huge mistake.

Will Adeline and Lockelan be able to fight their undeniable pull to one another long enough to break their bond, or will destiny take its course? And at what cost will they both sacrifice to get their own happily ever after?

Note: This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Also in this series: Royal Enchantment, Dark Fae, The Azure Kingdom, Witchmate, Mate of a Dragon Villain, Where Sleeping Dragons Lie, Army of the Winter Court
Adult Review

My ThoughtsUnlocking Adeline by J.D. Hollyfield is part of the Skeleton Key book series. I really love the set up of this series. It is a group of almost 30 authors, each one writing a book featuring a skeleton key that unlocks a secret world. But all of the books are vastly different. Different themes, different age groups and different sub genres. I just love that idea. So whether you like young adult, new adult or adult, you will be able to find a book for you. If you want to know more information about the series you can check out the website dedicated to the books.

Skeleton Key Book Series
One Skeleton Key. Endless Adventures.

I have really enjoyed the books I have read from J.D. Hollyfield in the past. (see my reviews here) But they have both been contemporary reads, so I was more than a little interested to see how she was going to do in the fantasy world. And I have to say, I was very impressed. Not only did Unlocking Adeline have many of the same elements that I loved from her contemporary romances, but it was also one of my favorite books in the skeleton key series.

Unlocking Adeline has clever characters, an interesting landscape and a kick butt romance. Don’t get me wrong…Adeline and Lockelan are some of the most stubborn characters I have encountered in a while. I don’t even think a good shake would have phased them at all. But they eventually give in (or up. haha) and by that point you are saying it’s about darn time! Because they are seriously magic together. I loved the the whole prince/castle/fairy tale vibe going on. I have noticed that those have been the stories that I have enjoyed the most in the series. (like The Azure Kingdom by Michelle Dare)

Everything about this book just worked for me. The writing is excellent, the dialogue is snappy, the chemistry is off the charts, the setting is so enchanting, and the romance made me feel good inside. What more could I ask for?? I think Unlocking Adeline by J.D. Hollyfield would appeal to fans of the Outlander series. It had that same kind of epic feeling to the story, with the grandness and the time traveling. (but maybe I am just saying that because Outlander is on my mind since I just got back from the Grandfather Mountain highland Games.) Either way Unlocking Adeline by J.D. Hollyfield is a great read. It is in my top 3 of the series so far!

A Note about the series: Because I have gotten this question from a few different people, I wanted to point out that the books are not connected at all in the Skeleton Key series. They all feature different characters, different worlds and sometimes even different genres. The common element linking all the books together, is that in each one, the main characters finds a skeleton key that unlocks the door to a different world.

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About J.D. Hollyfield

J.D Hollyfield currently resides in the Midwest with her husband, son and three doxies. As a Creative Designer by day, she enjoys spending her spare time with her nose in a good book. This obsession inspired her to test out her own creative ability. With her love for romance books and a head full of book boyfriends, this encouraged her to bring her own story to life and create her first novel.

Michelle @ Book Briefs

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