Reviewed by: Mary
Rating (out of 5): 5 stars
Aislinn may seem like a normal teenage girl, but only because she works very hard to blend in and not attract attention. Ash, like the other women in her family, can see the fae. Even in her small town, they are everywhere. While the rest of her friends are studying and going to parties, she has to pretend that she doesn’t see faeries running down the street, chasing people, or worse. She has spent her entire life avoiding them, but now she has been chosen by the Summer King and her world is changing.
When Ash realizes that two court fae have been following her, she knows something is wrong. She unknowingly gets caught up in a game between the Summer King and his mother the Winter Queen, who bound her son’s powers at birth. He will only come into his full power when he finds his Summer Queen. Sounds easy, but he has no idea who she is or even when she will be born.
The game has rules, but once Keenan, the Summer King, makes his choice, the girl has limited options. She can take the test to see if she is the Summer Queen. If she is not, she will absorb the Winter Queen’s cold and having to carry it until the next girl takes the test. If she refuses the test, she can stay with Keenan and become one of his summer girls (think groupie). If she runs or turns from Keenan completely, she will die. Not the best set of options a girl could have.
Luckily, she has Seth to help her. While Seth might have a reputation as being a very good one-night-stand, Ash has always made sure their relationship is strictly friends. He lives in a converted train car, made of iron, and so his home becomes a haven for Ash, since the fae can’t follow her there. Seth also undertakes the task of researching the fae to figure out a way to keep Ash safe. With both Seth and Keenan pursuing her in very different ways, Ash has to decide what her future will hold, and what she is willing to sacrifice.
As a side note, I am big re-reader of books. To me, the real test of a book is whether or not it can still hold its appeal the second (or third or fourth) time around. Wicked Lovely passes the test. I have read this book several times and still enjoy the tension between Ash and Seth, the pure crap she gives Keenan, and finally seeing Ash come into her own and play the game by her rules.
Sexual content: No sex on the page, but references to naughtiness.