As with many of the earlier books in this series, the timeframe of this book overlaps with earlier books. At times, I did have to stop and think for a few minutes to figure out the chronological order of various events and where everything fit in the grand scheme of things. However, it was easy enough to figure out and didn't detract from my enjoyment of this story.
This time around we get the story of Prince Trehan Daciano and Princess Bettina. If you read 'Lothaire' you might remember Trehan from his brief appearance toward the end of that book, when Ellie imparts some wisdom upon the male that had chosen to live apart from his mate. It was clear then that there was a story waiting to be told and I'm glad I didn't have to wait for long.
Trehan is one of Lothaire's cousins and has served as their kingdom's assassin for years. His job is making sure that anyone that leaves doesn't live long enough to tell the secret of how to find the kingdom. He's in the course of performing that duty when he stumbles upon the sight of Bettina.
Although theirs was a strong case of lust at first sight, things are quickly put on hold when Bettina learns that her best friend, and the man she thinks that she loves, is the man that Trehan hunts. It also doesn't help that she mistakenly assumes that he is the man that she's with when Trehan sneaks into her room on the first night. Talk about awkward!
Regardless of his claim that Bettina is his bride, Trehan will have to prove himself. A tournament has already been arranged, with contestants fighting to the death in order to win Bettina and the throne to her kingdom. While Trehan is confident in his ability to win the tournament, he is less confident in his fated bride's feelings for him.
Trehan definitely carried this story for me. I found myself frustrated with Bettina and her blindsightedness. She spent the vast majority of the book pining for a guy that couldn't have cared less. Meanwhile, Trehan was bending over backwards to win her over. My heart went out to him.
Eventually, Bettina comes to her senses and all was right with my world again. I do love a HEA and Ms. Cole does not disappoint!
As with all of the books in this series, the narration was exceptional. I'm on to the next audiobook in the series.
First off Robert Petkoff's narration was superb. The book was well written with complex developed characters and just enough heat to keep you turning pages without feeling like you need to pray for forgiveness after. Awesome story for those who are fans of Nalini Singh's Psy Changeling series which I LOVE. There were those frustrating moments when I felt like Cole was just screwing with me and I was screaming at the characters to get a clue. And there were those eye rolling parts you get every now and then. You know, as the main character is drowning in someone's "molten eyes" or some other such sap. But that can be considered part of the charm of the story. All in all awesome listen. Definitely recommend it.
I come back to this book over and over again! I absolutely adore it. Very cleverly written.
Great story, i love these books my new favorite character is Salem. the Nix sightings at the contest were hysterical and you knew just by the description who it was. Funny!!!
I LOVE this series and so far gave it 5 stars. This book was my least favorite in the series so far. The female was weak and so confused and just a bit too annoying. The plot twist were because of misunderstandings between the main two characters which was somewhat boring... He wants her but he doesn't say all that he thinks so she doesn't get it, she wants him but she doesn't realize it and than once she does she doesn't say it so he doesn't get it....
Also this book added so little to the overall plot of the series, accession and all that, I almost feel like I could have skipped it (nuf said)
Performance was as always superb
Phantom character was funny
couldnt stop listening...darn!! the story just grabbed on and would let go. 30hrs straight.
Nurse, mom, loved to read....but now I love to listen. When I retire I hope to hear waves crashing in 1 ear and audible in the other!
More from the Dacian's, introduced by Lothaire. This listen was great as usual due to both writer and narrator. Peeks of past characters pop up which is always fun, otherwise another blooded male on the hunt to win his female.