I really loved this book and couldn’t stop reading it after about 80 pages. I was up until 2 am just reading on a Monday night. This book was adorable and I really enjoy reading about a kingdom with arranged marriages. Not that I enjoy arranged marriages, but I like reading about how different main characters will react to the proposal. At least in this world, you can be matched by someone who tries to put you with someone who is “good” for you.
*I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and that fact in no way affected my review in any way*
An obstinate girl who will not be married.
A soldier desperate to prove himself.
A kingdom on the brink of war.
With a sharp tongue and an unruly temper, Sage Fowler is not what they’d call a lady―which is perfectly fine with her. Deemed unfit for marriage, Sage is apprenticed to a matchmaker and tasked with wrangling other young ladies to be married off for political alliances. She spies on the girls―and on the soldiers escorting them.
As the girls’ military escort senses a political uprising, Sage is recruited by a handsome soldier to infiltrate the enemy ranks. The more she discovers as a spy, the less certain she becomes about whom to trust―and Sage becomes caught in a dangerous balancing act that will determine the fate of her kingdom.
This book was not only fast paced but it held my attention the entire way through. Once I had sat down and actually had time to start reading the book, I just couldn’t stop reading. This is one of those books that once you’re hooked, you just can’t stop.
Sometimes, okay no, all the time, I like to read about people falling in love. Not the shitty, insta love, but like actual genuine love. I’m not a mushy person just reading about people being happy makes me so happy and I’m all about that. But that’s off topic, I only wanted to start off by saying that I love love but hate insta love so this story was just perfect. The main character, Sage, doesn’t just fall in love with the first man she sees. If anything, she thinks that no one will ever love her and doesn’t want to get married. She’s a character that I could really relate to and I didn’t find anything that I really disliked about her. Sage is a strong and independent woman and I really liked how she was willing to risk so much for the land and people that she loved.
My only complaint is that this is going to be a trilogy and I don’t really think it needs to be. It finished like a contemporary would and I think it ended perfectly. I’m not particularly interested in the politics of the kingdom and because of that, I did give the book 4.5 stars instead of a full 5. I think that if I had something that interested me besides the love story then I would probably read the next 2 books. That being said, I might read them, I just don’t know.
I would recommend this book to anyone who loves fiction books and doesn’t mind romance in them. This is definitely a book for those who love reading about strong female characters. This book comes out May 9th, and I will definitely be recommending it to my friends if they are looking for a book with romance but also an interesting story.