TRICIA NOOOO. WHY IS THIS A STANDALONE??
Ok, real review time.
Thank you to Edelweiss for the e-galley of this most insane and wonderous book.
Here are a few things that I loved:
- morally grey characters. Everywhere.
- a heroine who knows what she likes and is unapologetic for it.
- a sexy king with serious Darkling vibes but in a more shadowy way
- a slow burn romance
- a fashion-forward heroine
- court intrigue
This was probably the most fun I’ve had reading a book all year. Alessandra is a woman who knows what she wants and gets it. She wants power so she plans to seduce the un-seducable (this is not a word, I can feel it) king, get him to marry her, kill him, and rule the kingdom. Along the way, she finds herself so wrapped up in her schemes that she doesn’t notice that she’s falling for the mark. Oh man, what a crazy gal!
Kallias, The Shadow King is the Darkling, but sexier IMO. Is this possible? Yes, my friends, it is. This is why I could not get enough of the romance in this book, and let me tell you, there’s a lot of it so don’t get all, waaaah there was no action. you won’t care. Because of sexy Kallias. KALLIAS. Gosh, that scene in the brothel. I was wiping sweat from my brow. I swear to the gods.
But I must say, I was super sad that I almost cried right there onto my Kindle upon reading that this is standalone. I FEEL LIKE I LOST A LOVED ONE.