Dauntless: House of Trevanion (Masters of Seduction Vol. 2, Book 7) by Laura Wright
Synopsis: Incubus Casworon Trevanion likes his nights long and his bed full. But as his House’s new Master, Cas’s love of demon debauchery is over. Like every royal male before him, Cas’s mate has been chosen and will be presented to him at the annual Seafarer’s Ball. But when Cas sets his eyes on lovely stranger, Lia, all bets are off. He is meant to possess her. But will he discard his legacy when he realizes the female he desires is none other than the scarred servant who scrubs his floors?
Review: I loved this one. It still ended too soon, but unlike the first two by Donna Grant (Boundless) and Lara Adrian (Priceless), it was enough of a conclusion that it did leave me satisfied. This one takes on a Cinderella-Esk theme, except instead of a fairy godmother, Lia gets Watchman Pennice. I loved the plot and the two main characters. The conflict of whether Cas will follow family tradition and accept the mate his mother has picked out for him, or go for the woman who captures his eye on the ball (the woman who he later finds out is a servant within his own home). Lia’s conflict that she struggles with is her self-image. She was scarred badly in a battle when she was a Temple Blade and that has made her feel like she isn’t worthy of a man like Cas, though she does take the one night offered by Pennice and she cherishes every minute. The scene where he confronts her later was truly beautiful romantic writing. It is my favorite scene, but I won’t include it here in my quotes because it truly should be experienced within the context of the story. Beautiful story overall. Though there was such potential for this one to be longer! Some things were not resolved, like his mother evil controlling tendencies. I would have loved to have read more of her interference and maybe even see Lia put her in her place, but it didn’t happen.