Welcome to the Faerie Courts, both Seelie and Unseelie in AB's new magical romance series. In "Wicked Enchantment" Unseelie half- incubus Gabriel is charged by the Shadow King to seduce Seelie royal Aislinn and return with her to the Black Tower. Yet something happens to Gabriel during the course of his assignment; he falls in love for the first time and rather than hand Aislinn over to the Shadow King, he finds himself battling to protect her instead.
Aislinn appears to be a quiet, careful woman who as the heroine of this book is initially totally outshone by the far more charismatic Gabriel. Yet as the story progresses and Aislinn accepts and uses her own Unseelie power, she becomes much more than yet another woman who swoons under the natural allure of an incubus. With the backing of Gabriel plus the Wild Hunt and the force of the Sluagh (the Unforgiven Dead) at her command, Aislinn is soon wielding Unseelie magic with the best of them and proving herself to be a strong leading lady rather than just taking the role of Gabriel's romantic interest.
As Aislinn accepts what she is, the pace and action of this book definitely pick up speed after the first few rather slow moving chapters. AB sets the scene quite well and her world building is well done; however I felt at times I would have benefited from reading "Sweet Enchantment" first; a novella found in the anthology "Hot for the Holidays" which precedes the events in this book. The types of magic wielded are varied, the common enemy of the Fae prove how fanatical they are in their pursuit to not just keep the Fae magically contained, but to wipe them out of existence all together, whilst the characters introduced who will take the lead roles in book 2 "Cruel Enchantment" (due for pub. Sept this year) certainly prove to have a volatile history. "Wicked Enchantment" is a great start to a hot new magical romance series despite the slow beginning, and the prologue of "Cruel Enchantment" is definitely exciting enough for me to pre-order it.