4.5 'Love is everything' stars!
Beautiful, heartwarming, epic, wonderful, fantastical. I seriously love this series. It's absolutely magical. With never a dull moment, Broken Dove managed to catch my attention from the very first chapter until the very last one. KA never disappoints and once again she's created a swoon worthy alpha male hero and a broken but strong heroine whose love story managed to steal my heart.
Apollo Ulfr lost his wife several years ago to a terrible disease. Left by himself to take care of their two young children, he's been heartbroken ever since. But now that he's found out everyone has a twin of themselves living in a parallel universe he's finally found a possible cure for his heartbreak. That's why he orders the witch Valentine to bring his late wife Ilsa's twin from the other world to his world.
But when the Ilsa of the other world arrives at his home, he discovers she's nothing like his beloved wife. Ilsa of the other world has known lots of sadness and misery in her past life. She's broken and hiding from her ex-husband, who by the way is the twin of Apollo. Except in her world, Apollo "Pol" is a bad man. He's been abusing her for years, causing her to leave him and run as far away as she could. So, when she encounters the new Apollo, she's not exactly happy to stumble upon an exact copy (at least on the outside) of her abusive ex.
"A dove has great beauty, but it is easily broken."
Needless to say, both Apollo and Ilsa have a lot of obstacles to overcome before they finally find some peace and happiness. Apollo is not an easy man to deal with, especially if you're as "easy to break" as Ilsa and I often wished she would have stood up more for herself, seeing as KA heroines are usually a bit more will powered. Another thing that was different were the sex scenes, but this time in a good way. They were off the charts hot, explosive. They were definitely a bit kinkier than we're used to from KA int this series, with Apollo bing the sinfully hot, bossy, controlling alpha male.
Overall, Broken Dove was the perfect addition to this series. With the many scenes including all the previous couples from the series, the lovable side characters, of which Derrick and Elan were my favorites, and a suspenseful story line, it's safe to say I enjoyed every second of reading this story and I already can't wait for the next installment of the series (which will be Nox's story, yay!).
"So this is what it feels like not to be broken."
"Love is priceless, love is worth every battle fought, every wound endured. Love is everything."