Mini Audiobook Review
I chose to listen to this one as the female character was narrated by one of my favorite narrators: Lauren Fortgang
I had great expectations for that book that has already seduced so many of my bookish friends.
It has one of my favorite tropes: enemies to lover as Lara comes from an enemy kingdom to marry the new young King of a rival country, Aren.
The world building is alluring as you have a kingdom built on many islands and the story is giving a prominent place to the sea and the storms. There is also a mystery to solve: where are all the citizens? And how do you enter the bridge? And who is conspiting against who? Who is the true villain?
The female character, Lara is badass! The opening scene is fantastic and bloody, throwing us right into the story.
Lara is far from the pampered princess as she has been raised as a weapon from a young age, knowing everything about spying, hunting, poisons, weapons and combat techniques.
The young king is alluring, sexy, kind and hopes for a better future for his country.
So why didn’t that work for me?
I don’t know. It was like a failed mayonaise.
First, I knew what would happen. I knew that something Lara did would turn bad. And it was so obvious that it frustrated me to no end! I wanted to scream to her :” Don’t do this!” and then “Correct this now! Don’t wait!”.
Her mistake had me so angry! And angsty. And I hate unnecessary drama in books.
Second: I didn’t feel the love story. Nor the lust.
Yet there are very sexy and hot scenes, with all the right words.
Lust, yes. Respect after some time, yes. But love? I just didn’t buy it.
Maybe because Aren was absent so often? Maybe because Lara lying all the time I couldn’t believe there was a real connection emerging?
And if Aren is kind, a warrior, beautiful etc, he didn’t win me either. Maybe this was due to the male narrator whose performance I didn’t like. Narrators can make or break books for me.
In the end, as this book has many enthusiastic reviews and all the right ingredients to make it a wonderful story, I believe this is a true and honest case of “It’s not the book, it’s me”.
Don’t stop at my review to make your opinion about buying it or not but look further to more positive ones.
Have you read it?
Thanks for reading!