"The romance maestro delivers again, this time with a masochistically torturous slow burn romantasy with plenty of bite."
“One venue, three species, five centuries of conflict, and zero good faith” you are invited to the arranged marriage between Lowe (a Were Alpha) and a Misery (Vampyre and experienced Collateral). The first since The Aster, where the last arranged marriage ended with a biblical level of bloodshed. It’s enemies-to-lovers perfection and I am here for it.
I’m already a fan of Ali Hazelwod, she is a maestro of Romance, conducting narratives that sink their teeth into you and drag you in without remorse. And with this romantasy shift away from her beloved STEM and “geeky” storylines, I do kind of mean that literally. I loved Misery, her heart and begrudging relationships with Sparkles aka Serena’s F*ing Cat and developing fondness for Ana. I kicked my feet with glee at her snooping through the bedroom of someone with a highly sensitive sense of smell (what I wouldn’t give for a Lowe’s POV after that). And I howled at characters that seem about as inept around children as I am. Bride is a torturously slow burn that sunk its claws into me and had me keeping a Vampyre schedule, reading well into the small hours. That’s what I love about romances, although you may know the destination it’s a delight to see the different journeys you can take along the way, and Bride has tension and twists in abundance. With the door left slightly ajar for other character’s stories maybe? If so, I’d be thrilled.
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