Eliza Coulter first met the Goblin King at the age of 16, when she summoned him for help at her birthday party, as a drunk male wouldn't leave her alone. At first, she was surprised he came, but his appearance is even more surprising. His hair is long and in dreadlocks, with beads on each one, which jangle whenever he's near. He takes her away to Summerland, which is as lovely as it sounds, but it's not long before the shadows come for him, revealing his true identity. He gives her a bead and tells her never to summon him again. Now she's 25, she's engaged to a man who she knows cares nothing for her. Once again she calls for him. The Goblin King soon realises who his summoner is and is keen to keep her this time. She was the only one to treat him as a human. He asks her to be his queen. Eliza tells him she's engaged, but secretly would love a way out of it. When her fiancé's lies entangle them both, she accepts. The Goblin King (human name Roan), takes her back to his home in the Shadowlands (as bad as it sounds), where they're about to consummate the relationship. Knowing he's been with others, she asks about diseases and he says since he's goblin and he's not really alive as his heart's made of gold, he has none. Eliza learns of his ancient curse that binds him and his brother, Dai. Unless it can be broken, they will become full goblins. She's already seen glimpses of Roan as a goblin, which have scared her, but gradually she begins to love him, seeing the human still lurking behind the goblin. When her fiancé turns dangerous, Eliza is even more determined to break the curse, but can a goblin ever love her?
Overall, the book was good, but there were a couple of things that niggled me. Spoilers ahead
1) Bad editing. On a few occasions, the editor's failed to use the correct spelling for the simplest of words.
2) When Eliza asks about STD's and he says since he's not alive he doesn't have any. How can he do the things he can if he's not alive? He asks if she can have babies and she says yes if she removes her implant. Surely someone who's not alive cant even 'perform?' but can have babies but not get an STD? This was a similar situation in Twilight's Breaking Dawn, when Edward somehow manages to impregnate Bella, despite being 'dead.'
3) I wasn't sure if this book was a young adult or an adult paranormal, but when I read the graphic scenes and expletives, I soon figured it out.
4) The Goblin King has his hair in dreads and beads. The guy on the front is totally different. Perhaps this is him at the end, but it is confusing.
There is another story due out, but I'm in no rush for it.