Princess Oria has one chance to keep her word and stop her brother’s reign of terror: She must become queen. All she has to do is marry first. And marry Lonen, the barbarian king who defeated her city bare weeks ago, who can never join her in a marriage of minds, who can never even touch her—no matter how badly she wants him to.
A Fragile Bond
To rule is to suffer, but Lonen never thought his marriage would become a torment. Still, he’s a resourceful man. He can play the brute conqueror for Oria’s faceless officials and bide his time with his wife. And as he coaxes secrets from Oria, he may yet change their fate…
An Impossible Demand
With deception layering on deception, Lonen and Oria must claim the throne and brazen out the doubters. Failure means death— for them and their people.
But success might mean an alliance powerful beyond imagining...
The war between the Destrye and the Bara nations has ended with the Destrye winning and Lonen has been made King. Princess Oria of the defeated Bara offered to make a political marriage with Lonen, one of convenience if you will, to not only seal the peace but also to prevent her younger brother claiming the crown. Yet due to the powerful magic at work in Bara Lonen can never touch Oria without causing her considerable pain. Oo that's so not what Lonen wants as the more he sees Oria, the more he realises his bride is everything he's ever wanted. I'd like to say it all ends with a happy ever after but alas, enemies and magic are closing in with hideous beasts that look set to carry on rampaging the land. Not to mention a somewhat sadistic baby brother!
Okay, I must be brutal and say this is not an action-packed addition to the series. It's more romance than anything as Lonen tests just how far he can go with Oria. Poor Oria bravely thinks she can hold sway over Lonen but she's in for a rude awakening. I loved the passion he feels for her, his teasing just made me smile. The world building started in the first book and continues here but it's the yin and yang side of the magics that gets fleshed out the most. There's an adorable, but bossy dragon to love, but most of all it's the chemistry the couple share that leaves both them and this reader waiting in frustration for the next book. A great read for lovers of fantasy
This is a voluntary review of an advance reader copy.