This was a quick read with a lot of interesting dynamics between two cultures and a nod to the mythology of Amazonian women! I loved the representation of strong characters on both sides, and flaws were abundant, making everyone very relatable and genuine. Cara Bristol does a great job of worldbuilding while also maintaining a heavy emphasis on the erotic, making this book appealing to a wide variety of readers. Yes, sex and romance abounds, but the cultures are what really fascinated me.
Sheltered within the palace walls, Princess Reena has never seen a man. She has heard of the Lahon men - wild, primitive beasts who are only useful for the baby girls they produce as offspring. When a child is born to a Sharona woman, it is kept within their walls if it is a girl but returned to the father if it is a boy. The urge to reproduce is considered a curse by most, and Reena has heard enough from her cousin to be wary yet curious. When she accompanies her cousin on a "manhunt," she encounters a man unlike any she has ever dreamt of. Garat is the leader of his people, and they are slowly running out of water. The Sharona maintain control, and they refuse to allow his people access. Bitter from past wrongs done to him by a Sharona woman, Garat has interest only in revenge...until he meets Reena. The Lahon and Sharona may be blessed with a heartmate, and whether he likes it or not, Garat may have just met his.
Naive yet strong-willed, Reena endeared herself to me early on in the story. Despite others trying to hold her back, she had a mind of her own and wasn't afraid to debate her point. Ill for a long time, she was used to being underestimated and recognized that she would never be Queen like her mother. When she met Garat, sparks flew, and I love dho their relationship developed. Garat had a horrible past that may serve as a trigger to some readers, and I was heartbroken for him. He had to overcome so much to fall in love with Reena, and while he battled his emotions a lot initially and hurt Reena's feelings, in the end he realized that not all women are alike. Their love was won in a battle of wills, and I enjoyed every minute of it.
This is a re-release of a previously published book, with a new ending, and I didn't read the original. I can't compare the two. However, I will say this book definitely had an emotionally-charged ending that left with a smile on my face.
**I received a free copy from the author and this is my honest review.**