I LOVED this book so much. It’s definitely one of my favorite Alyssa Cole novels, which are always fantastic. As always the story was layered and thoughtful and dealt with some serious stuff, while still being a completely swoony romance novel.
Makeda Hicks tries so hard to be useful and nice that she ends up pushing people away by giving too much It’s lovely to see her learn to give only what she can and needs to, and learn to take things for herself too.
Beznaria Chetchevaliere is a chaos agent extraordinaire and watching her in action is both hilarious and awe-inspiring. Her creative solutions to problems may be wacky, but they work.
I loved the moment when Makeda realizes that Benzaria’s entire family are chaos agents and I dearly hope we get more of the Chetchevalieres in future books. And the cargo ship crew – they were awesome as well. I’m definitely hoping for more of them in the next book.
The fake-marriage and only-one-bed tropes were used so well here, and I absolutely loved the twist at the end — caught me totally off guard. Just excellently played.
I’m recommending this book to everyone who loves Alyssa Cole’s works and everyone who loves romance but hasn’t read any of hers yet. Seriously, what are you waiting for? This is an excellent book to start with. It ties into the previous royal romances, but you don’t have to have read them to understand this one.
*Thanks to NetGalley and Avon for providing an e-arc for review.