by Elizabeth Kingston

Rating:
3/5


Plot/Storyline: 📖📖📖
Feels: 🦋
Romance: 💞
Emotional Depth:💔
Sexual Tension:⚡️
Sensuality: 🔥🔥
Sex Scene Length: 🍆🍆
Audiobook Narration: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

I listened to this on audiobook and it was good. I enjoyed it probably more as an audiobook than I might have had I read it.

There’s not a terrible amount to review here. Read the book description and that’s pretty much what you get, except that the description makes it sound a lot more exciting than it was.

On the one hand you have their romance and on the other you have some political intrigue. The book was well balanced between the two, but being well balanced doesn’t mean it was deep. I feel that neither the romance nor the politics went very deep. And if I wasn’t going to have one it would have been nice to have the other. The description mentions that they get caught up in “dangerous intrigue” but none of it felt dangerous and while the story was intriguing, nothing came of the political plot line.

In addition, both the hero and heroine were master swordsmen and they have a good fight in the beginning, which was gripping to listen to. I was anticipating some major battle either between them or with them together against a common enemy (could have gone either way) at the end but neither happened. And they resolved their problems way too easily. It felt a little like the author gave up on the story.

What I did like about it was the unexpected loyalty between the hero and heroine. It’s an enemies to lovers story and they were loyal to each other when you would t expect them to be. It grew their relationship and it was sweet.

But that’s about as deep as their bonding went. Most of the story was told as an after the fact. Her remembering something lovely that had happened between them but for some reason the author didn’t let us witness the actual moment. There’s one she’s remembering about the hero undressing her in front of a fire and asking about all her scars and kissing them. I would have loved for that to be a fully fleshed out, “real time” scene.

The sex in the beginning g was so hot. So, so hot. But it was nearly all in the beginning and then t went away. Just recollections about how “he came to her at night”. And there was one scene at the end that was pretty good but by that point I’d kind of lost interest in their relationship.

I wish I’d gotten more inside their minds about their feelings. The beginning gave me some butterflies but then they went away too.

The whole thing just missed the boat and that was so disappointing because it could have been amazing. The author is an amazing writer and the narration was spectacular. I just wish it have been more developed.

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