Blog Tour, Review & Giveaway:
Loving Ean by Elle Christensen
BookCrushin is ecstatic to be a part of the blog tour for the sequel to The Fae Guard series, Loving Ean by Elle Christensen! This mature, new adult, paranormal romance is fun, sexy and not to be missed! In this post you will find all the book and series information, my spoiler-free review as well as a giveaway!
Loving Ean by Elle Christensen
All of my life, I dreamt of my own fairy tale romance.
Imagine my surprise when I discovered that my soul mate was a lifelong friend.
Ean is everything I want and everything I need.
But, my romance has become a fractured fairy tale.
Ean has pulled away and let his pain engulf him, leaving no room for me.
I want to heal him and bring him back to me.
But, if he won’t let me, I will move on.
I will find another destiny.
Laila is the best part of me, the light in my soul.
She is my destiny.
I want to give her all that I am, all that I have.
But, the guilt and pain from my mistake has ruined me
I am not worthy of her and I will not drag her down into my Hell.
My love for her is forever.
But, she deserves some one who isn’t broken
So, I’ll watch her walk away, into the arms of another.
*Recommended for ages 18+ due to language and sexual content
Spoiler-Free Review:[book rating=4.0/5.0]
Let me start off with the fact I was not expecting the heat level of this series. So much so that I was joking about the fact that my YA loving brain needed to make a new feature on the blog called “BookCrushin After Dark!” So this book is barely New Adult, but it does touch on some of those typical themes of finding your path in the world and choosing what is best for you and others (book 1 however, I thought fit firmly into the new adult category). And the hero, Ean makes a lot of silly new adult-type mistakes for his ‘fae’ age, which in the scheme of things makes him kinda new adultish! This book is also very mature & extremely sexy! So if you like some smokin’ heat with your plot this book is definitely for you!
Also, this book can be read as a standalone, I read the first book, Protecting Shaylee, and I highly recommend reading them both in order. It is also kinda weird because I read book 1 first and then immediately read Loving Ean (LE), as a sequel, starts with a timeline that occurs before book 1. Then LE travels through book 1’s timeline and ends after book 1’s timeline. So that was very interesting for me as I haven’t read a series that did this before. I mean I have read alternate POV books that would do this, but nothing quite like this before and it was cool to read the intersecting plot lines from a whole different set of POVs. Loving Ean is told in both Ean & Laila’s POV and I do love it when that works to the benefit of the dialogue. The only issue I had is because I read both books back to back, so some things felt very repetitive. I am sure if I didn’t binge read the series at once I wouldn’t have this issue.
This series is very unique and I devoured it. We delve into the juxtaposition of the human world and of the Fae, and the characters we are following all guard and protect the half-fae. The guards help the newly transitioned fae to embrace their new life as they turn 21 and the fae magic turns on inside of them. I felt immersed in the world; it was fleshed out and very cool! The book is well written and the witty banter and fun inner monologues had me in stitches most of the book. Then the sparks fly when they are getting naughty!
I adored Laila’s character, I thought she was strong and fierce. She knew what she wanted and she wasn’t ashamed to give into the feelings she had and to wait for those intense connections she experienced while being with Ean. It was a little head shaking at times that she would just put up with his nonsense, but she knew he was the one and was willing to help him work through his issues. Speaking of Ean’s issues; man he needed someone to smack him upside the head! I know Fate tried, but I wished she had hit a little harder! Ean had some crazy alpha male tendencies and how he managed to push those crazed feelings aside and to refuse his connection is beyond me. But he thought protecting her from his dark recesses of his mind was the right thing to do for the charges he was protecting.
The main drama, that wasn’t Ean & Laila’s relationship, revolved around the Fallen who are the dark side to the light fae, they are no longer pure souls and have been recruiting a lot of newly transitioned half-fae that the guards are trying to protect. We get to quite a big faceoff between the main ‘big bad’ fallen in this installment, but it kind of fizzles at the climax where I wanted more of this plot line. I have a very strong feeling we will get a lot more of where this going in the 3rd book, Chasing Hayleigh, which releases in a couple of months from now!
Overall, I really enjoyed both of these books! I laughed, I cried and at some points I got down right angry at these characters in this book and to me that ranks high on my list of loves and hates. I like it when a book makes me feel and the sexy-times didn’t hurt either! Hope you enjoy this little indie gem!
As a child, I believed in the fairytales my father told me.
Until he was gone and with him, that belief.
As a girl, I believed in the friendship and protection of Aden.
He made me begin to believe again.
As a woman, I believed in the possibility of love and passion between myself and Aden.
Until he was gone and with him, my belief in magic and happy endings.
When she was a child, I was tasked with her protection.
As a girl, I became her friend.
As a woman, I could no longer see the child I knew and was forced to fight a growing attraction.
Unable to lie and unable to tell the truth, I left.
Now I’ve returned to give the knowledge I couldn’t before, that she is half Fae.
The darkness is stalking her and I am desperate to teach her what she needs to know to protect herself.
And determined to make her mine.
I’m a lover of all things books, a hopeless romantic, and have always had a passion for writing. Between being a sappy romantic, my love of an HEA, my crazy imagination, and ok, let’s be real, my dirty mind, I fell easily into writing romance.
I’m a huge baseball fan and yet, a complete girly, girl. I’m an obsessive reader and have a slight (hahaha! Slight? Yeah, right) addiction to signed books.
I’m married to my very own book boyfriend, an alpha male with a sexy, sweet side. He is the best inspiration, my biggest supporter, and the love of my life. He is also incredibly patient and understanding about the fact that he has to fight the voices in my head for my attention.
I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoyed writing them!