A HEAVY CROWN
Three daughters were born to High King Uorsin, in place of the son he wanted. The youngest, lovely and sweet. The middle, pretty and subtle, with an air of magic. And the eldest, the Heir. A girl grudgingly honed to leadership, not beauty, to bear the sword and honor of the king.
Ursula’s loyalty is as ingrained as her straight warrior’s spine. She protects the peace of the Twelve Kingdoms with sweat and blood, her sisters from threats far and near. And she protects her father to prove her worth. But she never imagined her loyalty would become an open question on palace grounds. That her father would receive her with a foreign witch at one side and a hireling captain at the other-that soldiers would look on her as a woman, not as a warrior. She also never expected to decide the destiny of her sisters, of her people, of the Twelve Kingdoms and the Thirteenth. Not with her father still on the throne and war in the air. But the choice is before her. And the Heir must lead…
Available May 26, 2015
“The saga of The Twelve Kingdoms returns in grand style! It takes a great deal of trust for Ursula to accept that Harlan is interested in her as a woman; his position as a mercenary means he’s skilled at playing courtly games. She’s always possessed a physical strength, so it’s beautiful to watch her accept her own personal power, as a woman and as a daughter of Salena, even when her stubbornness gives you fits. Harlan is her perfect match because his talent at observation allows him to see beyond the tough warrior image she employs to avoid showing her feelings. This is a complex world full of danger, subterfuge and secrets with empowering female characters who are not afraid to fight for their future.”– RT Book Reviews, 4.5 Stars Top Pick
“For series fans, Ursula’s story pays off so much of the ongoing mythology of the Twelve Kingdoms. And Harlan’s unwavering devotion to Ursula is so poignant and perfect — I’m still swooning.”
~Regina’s at RT Book Reviews
“The romance was a long, slow build but an oh so satisfying conclusion, one of Kennedy’s best IMHO. Get your fire extinguisher ready!
Action, adventure, romance and hot sex . . . .what’s not there to love?”
~Stephanie Raffel’s Review
“Excellent character development and a strong action continue to characterize the Twelve Kingdoms, and I’m thrilled beyond belief to know that we will see more of this world in Future Kennedy books.”
“THE TALON OF THE HAWK is the riveting conclusion to The Twelve Kingdoms series.”
~Ashia at The Romance Reviews – 4 stars
“All in all, I highly recommend both the novel and the whole Twelve Kingdoms series to any fantasy romance lovers. It’s a sturdy read, it’s fun, exciting, imaginative, evokes loooots of feels, and it’s an awesome, frolicking fun ride!”
“This series has left me with a serious book hangover. Do not read this as a standalone novel — buy all three and enjoy the marvelous world that Jeffe Kennedy has created for us all…”
~Ginny at Urban Girl Reader
“This is powerful stuff.. Epic fantasy!!! I absolutely adored this book! “
~Tea and Book
“THE TALON OF THE HAWK is everything a lover of High-Fantasy and Romance can expect: action, adventure, closure, and sweet romance.”
“If you like romantic fantasy, then I definitely recommend that you make your way to your nearest bookstore or internet outlet and get yourself a copy. I promise you won’t be sorry.”
~The Good The Bad and The Unread
“The third installment of Jeffe Kennedy’s Twelve Kingdoms fantasy series tears sharply and deeply into the books’ mythology as well as into the heart of its core family. The Talon of the Hawk, Ursula’s story, doesn’t hesitate to draw blood and, in the process, proves also to be incredibly healing.”
~Heroes and Heartbreakers
From Jeffe's Blog
Posted on July 2, 2015 at 1:51 pm in Contemporary Romance Cafe, Falling Under, happy anniversary, Under Contract
I’m over at the Contemporary Romance Cafe, talking about unusual anniversaries – the imminent release of my tenth Carina book! – and how we observe them.
What unusual anniversaries do you all celebrate – and what’s your favorite way to do it?
The kinkier the sex, the higher the price tag…
Ryan Black has admired Celestina Sala from afar for years, her lush body and sensual nature calling to the dominant in him. For just as many years, Celestina was off-limits—married, proud and self-sufficient. But all that has changed, and now Celestina is in debt and in need…and available. Ryan proposes a contract: he’ll pay off her debt if she gives herself to him in bed, yielding control in exchange for the pain and pleasure he’ll bring them both.
There are words for women who take money for sex, and none of them are nice ones. Celestina never thought she’d have to sink this low, but giving up control sounds more enticing than ever before. And suddenly it’s not about having to give in to Ryan. It’s about wanting to.
But when Ryan’s dark past comes to light, they may both be in over their heads. The terms of his contract say her body is his…but her heart may be another story.
One thing is for sure—now that Ryan has Celestina, he can never let her go.