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Every young woman dreams of marrying a king. Everyone except for me. Because the king I am to wed has razor sharp fangs and a thirst for blood.

All my life I knew I'd come of age during the Hundred Year Reaping. According to the ridiculous treaty, two human girls are sent to the faelands as brides for the fearsome fae king and his devilish younger brother.

Not me. I was supposed to be safe. Two girls were chosen from my village already. But when they are executed for offending the king, my sister and I are sent in their place.

What a mess. Then again, maybe it's not so bad. The younger brother I'm paired with doesn't seem as monstrous as I'd expected. He's delightfully handsome, too. But nothing compares to the chilling, dangerous beauty of the fae king. And when my sister flees the castle and her terrifying husband-to-be, I'm left to marry him instead.

If I go through with this, I might not survive my wedding night. If I don't, no one is safe, neither human nor fae. An ancient war will return, bringing devastation we haven't seen in a thousand years. Can I sacrifice myself for the good of my people? Or will a dangerous desire be the death of me first?

If I don't lose my heart, the king will certainly lose his. I'll carve it out with an iron blade if I have to.

©2020 Tessonja Odette (P)2021 Tantor

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Big waste of time

There was nothing enjoyable about this story... it was a big waste of time and credit

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Fell flat

2.5 the constant anger of the heroine got extremely annoying, the voice of the narrator didn’t help, it came off as regal and hotty.

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Ok Story, Grating Narrator

The story itself is just okay. A little bit of insta-love (like one minute two characters hate each other, and then with basically no development, they’re wildly in love…eye roll). A bit steamy—I actually prefer fewer to no sex scenes, but if that is your cup of tea, I’d rate this as medium-steamy. All told, not great, but not terrible for this genre.

But the narrator. Honestly, if it weren’t for her, I’d go ahead and get the next book in the series for a rainy day, but I honestly don’t know if I can make it through another book of this narration. She does a good enough job of varying the voices between characters, but her voice has a contrived quality that is difficult to explain, but which I found incredibly grating after a few hours.

I will try to describe it: you know “indie girl voice” in music? When a singer will pronounce things in a weird way, adding random R and I sounds around their vowels, and being overall super whispery? Like it sounds like they’re singing from the back of their throat? Selena Gomez is the best example I can think of at the moment.

Now, imagine that…but in spoken narration. This narrator sounds like she’s talking in indie girl voice, like she has a throat full of cotton balls. Some people may not be bothered by this. I was not *super* annoyed by it at first. But by hour two, it was incredibly annoying. And by hour four, it was just about intolerable.

I actually hate it when singers do this. Well, as it turns out, it’s worse when one isn’t singing. And it feels completely contrived. I tried listening to samples from other books this narrator has done, just to see if I’m crazy. As it turns out, she *doesn’t* do it in every book she narrates. So why is she doing it here? It drove me absolutely crazy. To the point that I almost didn’t finish.

Look, the book itself is cheap entertainment. But give the sample a close listen. If you like indie girl voice, you may well be unbothered by this narration. But if you, like me, wonder why singers who do this don’t just have a cup of tea and enunciate, this may get as old to you as it got to me.