No Rest for the Wicked

Romance - Sizzle
314 Pages
Reviewed on 11/01/2015
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Author Biography

I'm not really sure what to say about myself - my real life is defiantly not as exciting as my imaginary one! I'm currently working in childcare and writing in my spare time. All my life I've dreamed of becoming an author, except when I was little and wanted to be a farmer!

Besides writing, and obviously reading anything I can get my hands on, my other passion is travel. After finishing college I took a break from education to travel, visiting Mexico, Sri Lanka and, my personal favourite, Japan. One day I hope to be able to combine the two and travel while writing professionally.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite

No Rest For the Wicked by M.L. Sparrow is a romantic fantasy about a young woman named Elira who had spent most of her life in an orphanage. She was often chastised for being pretty and having a well developed figure. The story begins with her running from her employer after he had tried to force himself upon her. Passed out in the snow, she is rescued by a handsome stranger, Anthony, who picks her up and carries her home. He convinces her to stay by hiring her as a house cleaner. Also in the house are his dog, Winston, the cook, Moira, and her son, Hen, who just happens to be Anthony's apprentice. Anthony is a powerful wizard who showers Elira with gifts and expensive clothes while continually trying to seduce her. Trouble comes knocking at the door when his estranged half brother arrives, looking for his mother's pendant.

M.L. Sparrow does a superb job of telling this story that is described as being around the turn of the 20th century, highlighting the social status of the wealthy and poor alike. She is able to tell the story through beautiful Elira as she learns about love, magic, and sibling rivalry. This includes the doubts and fears of becoming pregnant in an unyielding society where appearances matter. The love scenes are very tastefully written when Elira finally succumbs to Antony's advances, but not before she is ready, and on her own terms. No Rest For the Wicked is wonderfully written with a sense of wonder and magic. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Well done!

Faridah Nassozi

In No Rest for the Wicked by ML Sparrow, the first nineteen years of Elira's life had not been easy for her. Having lost her mother when she was little, she was taken in by an orphanage where life was very rough. On leaving the orphanage, she found work as a maid, but had to quit to put an end to her master's advances before it was too late. Her luck, however, took an unexpected good turn when a kind stranger rescued her near dead body from the park one harsh winter morning. When her rescuer offered her work as a maid, she was hesitant to accept, for her previous experience had left her untrusting. However, with winter in full force, she desperately needed a place to stay. Her new home was no ordinary home, for she was now living in a house with a wizard for a master, who lived to defy all rules and expectations set by society. Elira soon settled into the routine of her new home but then things got complicated with two major situations; her master had a powerful enemy bent on destroying anyone and anything that stood in his way, and Elira was the perfect pawn for his cunning schemes. Then there was the issue of the forbidden but undeniable attraction between her and the boss.

There is something deep and enchanting about Elira and Anthony's story that comes through right from the very beginning. I was amazed at how ML Sparrow was able to bring this feeling to the surface straight from the preface and to do so using very simple words and situations. Right away I knew, without exactly knowing, what to expect from the rest of the story. I was immediately drawn into the plot. The house, with a life of its own, was another character and added a new and captivating layer of charm to what was already an amazing read. It is one of those books you read so fast because you are unable to put it down, but once it ends you wish you had not read so fast because now you are sad to see it end; it is that good.