Threads of Desire (Spellcraft #1) by Eleri Stone
When Kal fixes his lusty attentions on Ily, she is reluctantly aroused by his interest. She knows he desires her and against her better judgment, she wants him too. A chance encounter leads her to make him a scandalous offer: her body in exchange for enough money to leave the city. She sees their time together as a temporary erotic adventure…until Kal reveals that what he truly wants from Ily is more personal—and more dangerous—than bed play. And she must choose between taking her chance at a new life or risking it all for a man she never meant to love. Review: ***This copy was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*** An interesting world with magic channelled into the arts and ruled by guilds. Lots of tension and heat between the two main characters, Kal, a rich merchant with opaque motives, and Ily, a master weaver who’s outcast from her guild. This story starts out steamy and ends up wonderful love story. Both Kal and Ily have secrets that they have learned to keep to themselves.. but both must learn how to share those secrets unless they want to destroy the relationship that they have woven between them.
Together they must battle the insidious evil of one who has too much power and has abused those who should have been in his protection. One who holds the lives of the guild members literally in his hands and who wants to exert his power into all walks of life.This was an excellent secondary story-line actually there were a couple and this book was too short to do all tangents justice. Ms Stone touches on them and teases us with a rich history but fails to delve. That’s not to say that the story lacks.. it just could be so much more.
I loved the story itself but also the wonderful erotic play of words as intricate as the magic in the carpets.