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I took a gamble on this book, since I hadn't read the first book in the series. I had read other books by Jeffe Kennedy though, and I enjoyed her writing immensely. Happily, this book continues her legacy of amazing world building and intricate storytelling. It was exciting to learn about this new fantasy world and the magic within it.
Princess Oria of Baran is in a bind. In order to undo the damage her brother has done to a neighboring people called the Destrye, she has proposed to marry their king, Lonen. While she pretends to be immune to him, she inwardly battles a secret desire to know him well. Lonen, too, desires her, though he does little to hide it and works to break through her golden shell. As they navigate their marriage, they are confronted with the fact that Oria has a secret that, if revealed, could mean disaster for both of their people.
Obviously I was missing some background into the relationship between Oria and Lonen, having not read the first book in the series. However, the author did a great job of including context and detail that allowed me to still enjoy the story. There was a lot of chemistry between Oria and Lonen, and in some instances, it exceeded my expectations, given their personalities. Oria seemed so cold and rigid, but the heat in Lonen's gaze and manner made little work of defrosting her heart. It was a very sweet romance and one I thoroughly enjoyed reading.
This book does end on a cliffhanger, but thankfully the next book is out soon, so I can go enjoy it in a few weeks. I can't wait to read more about Oria and Lonen.
**I received a free copy via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**