Dax Lahn is the king of Suh Tunak, The Horde of the nation of Korwahk and with one look at Circe, he knows she will be his bride and together they will start The Golden Dynasty of legend.
Circe and Lahn are separated by language, culture and the small fact she’s from a parallel universe and has no idea how she got there or how to get home. But facing challenge after challenge, Circe finds her footing as Queen of the brutal Korwahk Horde and wife to its King, then she makes friends then she finds herself falling in love with this primitive land, its people and especially their savage leader.
It is a fantasy, it is a romance. The term dubious consent does not apply as initially there is absolutely no consent but the couple quickly reach an understanding of sorts. Circe and Lahn do not speak the same language and yet find it somehow possible to open up their minds and bodies to reach an understanding. Yes, primarily it's Circe who seems to sacrifice but the King of the Horde is cunning and no slouch when it comes to learning everything about those around him and yes, that includes Circe.
A clash of cultures, a story about accepting and indeed embracing differences. The Golden Dynasty is an intense story that at times is hard to read due to the level of violence which in today's climate seems very primitive. Lots of scenes of a sexual nature but this couple communicate physically before they learn to open up their hearts and minds.
Yes, there's a happy ending and yes, Ms Ashley does give the heroine her trademark posse of female friends. If it's an alpha male you seek, then yes this Jason Mamoa type (complete with G.O.T. beard!) will tick all your boxes. As its Circe's story, I could easily picture Lahn but Circe was simply a blonde of average height to me.
I mentioned lots of sex in this story but surprisingly not as sexy as Wildest Dreams but possibly that's because I did enjoy the somewhat dirty talking Drakker in that book. This couple may have language barriers to overcome but Lahn truly has a sweet side which surfaces around his queen. It's harsh, it's savage, and violent at times and yet the bond that forms between the couple pulls the reader in. Definitely one of my favourite books by Ms Ashley.