Everlong by Hailey Edwards is a blend of paranormal romance and fantasy guaranteed to enchant readers of both genres. It's a satisfying tale of love and self-discovery that succeeds on multiple levels.
Maddie's mother is an Askaran Queen but her father was a winged slave. When she was born, her stepfather tore her wings off and she's felt disfigured all her life. The time comes for Maddie to take her place as an Askaran heiress but during the ceremony something goes wrong. Her protector, Harper, an Evanti slave takes her and her stepsister, Emma away from Askara. He makes sure they're safe and returns to fight in the rebellion. Harper goes missing in action and is presumed dead. Maddie is devastated but eventually an attraction develops between her and Clayton Delaney, a town benefactor. But Maddie has no idea he is really Harper's brother. When she discovers Harper may be alive, she's forced to make a hard choice.
The carefully crafted plot hooked me on page one with a well-choreographed fight scene. I really enjoyed the first-person narrative. Edward gets into her heroine's head and makes her a flesh and blood character. The rest of the cast is equally memorable with enough emotional heft to take the story to its ingeniously conceived ending. Adventure, fascinating characters, exotic places and sensual romance combine to provide an entertaining read.