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Publisher's Summary

What if you fell in love with the one person you’d sworn to destroy? 

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom. 

But as she infiltrates her new home - a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas - and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?

©2018 Danielle L. Jensen (P)2018 Audible Originals, LLC.

Editorial Review

This book will trigger fellow fantasy romance lovers

While I was in the midst of this book, every hour of my day that I was not listening felt like a wasted hour. Needless to say, I finished it pretty quickly. I will admit that in the beginning I hated our main character, Lara, because I thought she had done a terrible, terrible deed that I could not forgive her for. But when I found out how wrong I was, I loved Lara more fiercely than I had hated her. Narrators Lauren Fortgang and James Patrick Cronin were absolutely perfectly cast. Their performances elicited strong emotions in me, and I devoured the drama, romance, and knife-edged tension faster than I thought possible. It was completely delicious! —Melissa B., Audible Editor

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I'm Pissed

This book was fantastic...until the end, if you can call it that. There wasn't an ending, just a lead in to another book BUT there isn't another book. I listened to almost 12 hours of this book to find out it leaves you hanging???

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Cliff hanger!

I wish I hadn’t spent the hours on this very slow moving book for something, albeit predictably, to finally happen only for it to end in a cliffhanger.

I love Laura fortgang aka Tillie Hooper so I was happy to hear you narration for the most part. It was just really long and a lot of boring that could easily have been completed in one book if there was no true world building going to happen.

If you want to listen maybe wait till the series is done before you get this one. I’m annoyed I wasted so much time

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Enjoyable Read

I loved the Malediction series and if it's possible I think I love this one even more. Finishing this book in less than 24 hours it's no surprise that this book has made it to the top of my list of best reads in 2018.

The characters were fun and witty, passionate and strong. First person point of view switching between Lara and Aren throughout the book, which I thought was expertly done. I really enjoyed the duel perspective, it certainly brought the story together delving into both their lives. The narrators were excellent as well, which made the book that much better.

The slow burning romance was quite refreshing, rather than the insta-love many books tend to have. I wouldn't say the romance was a huge part of the book, there was a lot of spying, deceit and manipulation. All in all it was an excellent balance of many things I love in a fantasy novel.

Lara held back throughout the book, not wanting to give away her secrets. It was nice at the end to see the full extent of her training and I am so excited to see her full potential in the next book.

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A war book, not a romance. Awful

I might have misunderstood the glowing recommendation for this book. The review said there were parts the listener went back to over and over. I had a completely different experience. It was horrific. The death and misery were constant. I managed to keep slogging through waiting for good news or happy conclusion, disappointed again. Absurd violence. I want to get my money back.

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Edge of my seat

I actually had to take a break when the story started to reach its climax because it was so thrilling I couldn’t handle my anxiety over the characters! Thrilling and well crafted; I can’t wait for the next book! (But this is NOT “teen” reading.)

Only negatives: The obnoxious thunder and rain sound effects between chapters are just annoying and distracting. And one of the minor male character’s voice is like nails on a chalkboard - luckily not frequently heard - he’s somehow both low and high pitched at the same time.

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Ugh! Nooo U DIDN’T!!

I am so MAD right now! I can’t believe the Publisher ended the Book where they did! Noooooo!! (i say that with a SMILE, because I was so into the Book I didn’t want it to End! Much Less end where it did, which was a pretty awesome moment! A Perfect Cliff Hanger type moment where You know what comes next and can’t wait to hear it happen), There had better be a Book 2 when I go looking or I may go mad waiting for its release!...Yes!, This book is one of “those” books! It draws You into the tale. It has aspects of Betrayal, Murder, Violence, A Love Story, Fighting, War, Thrills, etc..., with such well written deep characters, that You will find Yourself caring about and siding with various characters. You will come to recognize that everything in this World is not neatly Black and White, but often a murky shade of Grey and then next moment fully White or Black, before it shifts back yet again to a deeper shade of dark Grey. That is what this story is like, it oscillates back and forth between coovb

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Great story - listening challenge

I love this audible original and can not wait for the next edition. However it was disconcerting to hear the changes in the narration throughout the book. You develop a connection with the voices of the characters and to hear them change every few chapters interrupted the experience of the book.

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Nothing here

So I have no idea how this book is getting good reviews. The world building is horrible, character development is non existent and the book has a terrible case of slide show syndrome.

First thing I noticed is how little detail there is in the world. Scenes transition without explanation, for example they were in a building, I think, one paragraph, and the next paragraph they were in the forest with no explanation why they were heading there l, until they're there.

The main character will worry about blowing her cover and act in a certain way to keep from being discovered; in the next sentence she is displaying her expertise and no one questions this.

I got halfway through this book before calling it quits. This book feels like it was written by a teenager with little understanding of how characters should act, or how a book should flow through a story. Events happen to the characters instead of characters influancing events, giving the book an "on the rails" kind of feel.

I was hoping, after reading the reviews, that this would be a good book. Unfortunately, if you like major explanations like, why is this country with no resources and no strategic value being attacked by other countries, than this isn't the book for you. The worst part is any information you do gain isn't organic, most of the story is doled out through exposition dumps at random points.

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A new world

Enjoyed the romp of the book and the world the author created. My main complaint is with the narration. There is a woman and a man, and one would think that the man would do the man's parts, the woman the woman's. But no. When the female voice tried to do the men's voices she sounded like Cookie Monster, and the man has a smarmy way with one particular character that makes my skin crawl.
The story finished on a cliffhanger and the sequel isn't out yet, so had I know that I would have waited to have the full series available. And my hope is that the producers re-think the narration.

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Epic!!!

What a refreshing and epic new series! The end left me with chills and praise for the heroine. I am in love with the characters, the writing, the world building, and the story line. Bad ass women are the icing on the cake . The romance was a slow and realistic burn, but man was it hot once it was lit. The action and intrigue kept me engaged and on my toes.. I finished this in one night. Who needs sleep when you have an audible of badassery?? Both narrators were excellent. Now I have to endure the wait for the next book, woe is me!!!!

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  • Penelope Winterbottom
  • 11-07-18

Excellent

Well written.. full of wit, murder, plots and twists.. romance not your typical heroine nor romance.. love it can’t wait for second book!!!!

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  • Isa
  • 11-14-21

Good read

Good, something slightly different to all the rest. Kept me interested from the start.

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  • Emily Wakeling
  • 08-27-21

Incredible!

I absolutely loved this story! It took me a few chapters to get used to the males voice, but everything about the storyline was perfect! Action, romance and a strong woman!

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  • Tonia Tsoupaki
  • 08-15-21

Cliché but fun

Overall I enjoyed the story but every single plot point was extremely obvious from a mile away so no surprises and no twists

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  • Beccy
  • 05-15-22

Good but not for me.

I took advice from book tok on this one. This story was well planned and it was written and read well but I didn't find it gripped me.

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  • Leaf Books
  • 05-08-22

Brilliantly original

I loved this book - so original. A romance, a mystery, a war. Plenty of twists and turns to keep you listening, guessing. Lara and Aren seem to be opposites, enemies both ruthless in their own way but can they find their way to one another despite everything life has given them? I can't wait for book 2 and their story to continue.

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  • S. McPherson
  • 05-01-22

Hooked from Chapter One

Great read. Gripping story with layered characters. I was intrigued from chapter one. Would recommend

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  • Gaby
  • 04-27-22

Brilliant book and brilliant voices

I only got this book because it was free with the membership … BEST decision! I was hooked throughout the whole book! Already downloaded the next two for my listens! Lara is a true badass queen! The woman who voices her chapters does a fantastic job. Constantly adding more and more to the story, with the final few chapters it got so intense I was close to screaming at my phone with solutions for the character of Lara! 😂 I’m so excited to listen to the next two books!

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  • Rose
  • 04-19-22

pretty good!

great worldbuilding but the sex scenes are a bit stilted. nevertheless a very compelling read. would recommend.

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  • Naomi
  • 03-03-22

Pleasantly Surprised

I started this with low expectations but it actually delivered! The plot, despite being very predictable was solid and executed really well. I'm not too fond of the male narrator though.

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  • Angelique Lamb
  • 07-10-21

Everything I could ask for in a book

Couldn’t stop listening, absolutely loved the tropes and the overall story. The narrators did a great job too!

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  • Jessica North
  • 05-21-22

Thrilling Story

Always something happening to keep you wanting more, a great story line. Worth a listen 🙂

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  • Kym
  • 05-16-22

What a read!

The tension between the main two is so good! I loved the world we were taken into and I wish there was more steamy scenes! Readings were great and I liked the voices!

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  • Etidae
  • 04-18-22

+18 NA Fantasy Romance - enemies-to-lovers

4.5/5 ⭐️
2/5 🌶

- marriage of convienience/forced marriage
- enemies to lovers
- spy fem lead - kick-ass fighter warrior fem
- forced proximity
- steamy tension building + angst
- miscommunication (a little)
- spice

These two are 'true' enemies-to-lovers where she is sent to marry to the enemy, and enemy thinks the marriage is to signify peace between the warring nations however she is not just any princess, she has been trained from a young age in order to bring down the enemy kingdom and 'end the warring once in for all'. She is in a mission to destroy this kingdom, the more she gets to learn about her new husband and his kingdom however, more and more things seem to make less sense from what she was told.

- very fast paced writing style
- easy read
- great plot
- very interesting world <3

Really enjoyed it.

Ends on a cliff hanger. Part of a duology.

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  • Willow
  • 03-29-22

Enjoyable Fantasy Fiction

I really did love this story. I found myself wanting to hear more, listening at any opportunity - although I found myself cringing at the "male" voices performed by the female narrator, and the female voices by the male narrator were almost as bad - that of course is just a personal annoyance and others might be quite fine with them.

Take note that although there isn't really "gratuitous sex scenes", there was a very small amount of cuss language used if that's likely to offend.

I will definitely be back for book two.

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  • Jessica
  • 02-13-22

I started this book with low expecpectations...

But i was thoroughly impressed!! this was an 'included' book in my subscription, and I was not expecting to be glued to every word. The story was reverting from the beginning, and the characters were believable. I'm so excited to read the second book!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-11-22

Creative, daring, and encapsulating

Loved this book. Became hooked on it as soon as I started. Such an original idea, with a great plot. Would recommend

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  • karen grave
  • 01-19-22

bloody surprisingly awesome

I didn't look into this book due to the cover it seems as though it was for young adults. but I kept returning to it and then decided to read the reviews not only from audible but also on Goodreads.
all people gave it 4 or 5 stars so I thought I would give it a go and I am very glad I did the writing is a really good pace and the storyline keeps you wondering with suspense. Of course I knew she would change her mind as that is what the synopsis told me but how it all came about and the detail of all the Spying and Mystery was amazing and I must say to the author Danielle, you have done some awesome research and your imaginative thinking is brilliant. I am so glad I picked up this book.
there was a lot of hours of listening and I wondered if it would hold my attention and of course it did this is a definitely a book daddy's for more than just young adults there is a little bit of steam some nice romance and lots of intrigue and Mystery with some very strong heroines and heroes. and now to the most surprising part of all.
this may be a spoiler for those who are into narrators but I have just discovered that James Patrick Cronin is actually Joe Arden. so you can imagine my joy at listening to one of my favourite narrators.
Lauren Fortgang did a great job as well I really loved her tone and the inflection of her voice, even her male tone was acceptably good as well.
really looking forward to book 2 and how Lara manages to redeem herself. Fantastic series and if you love fantasy, good writing, and good narration with a swift pace that won't isn't tedious then this is a book for you what it will leave you wanting to discover Lara's Redemption which is Book 2

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  • Emily
  • 01-16-22

fantastic

loved this way more than I expected.. if you are apprehensive don't be. for lovers of fantasy romance

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  • Aimee
  • 01-07-22

Absolutely enthralling!! 💚💚 Captivating

Had me on the edge of my seat the whole time. I couldn't stop listening.