In the late 18th century, Felicia Starret's uncertain future takes a turn for the worse when her father, the Viscount Stavely, dies. Because she is his illegitimate daughter, Felicia has been figuratively thrown to the wolves with no one left to protect her. Soon, however, she has the unbelievably good fortune to release, albeit unknowingly, a "fairie" from his stone prison.
This "fairie" (he really hates being called that) is Blaic, a prince of his people, who was cursed after helping his king's daughter escape. Blaic is thrilled when he is released from the stone, and rushes back to the Living Lands, only to find out that the curse is not yet lifted. He still needs Felicia.
As they spend more time together, Felicia and Blaic fall in love, but because Felicia is human, they cannot touch without obligation -- a "fairie" is bound to fulfil the wish of any human they come into physical contact with. This makes for great sexual tension between the two characters, and gives the book that extra zing that warrants five stars.
The novel also works in its basic plot, that of Felicia struggling to live her life on her terms, outside, and in spite of, what everyone thinks of her and tells her about herself.
This book has it all -- spells, girls fallen under enchantments, a wicked stepmother, a charming prince, and a heroine that goes from the cinders to the palace. You will get caught up Felicia's odyssey and the romance between her and Blaic, wish the stepmother to hot, firey place, and be satisfied at the ending. A wonderful escapist read that I highly recommend.