To save her people, Mikayla S’Apul has only two options: Become a prize in the upcoming battle or take control of her fate. When a worn journal falls into her hands revealing the secrets of a legendary group of warriors, Mikayla realizes it holds the answer to her dilemma. A marriage of convenience is the only way to protect the Raasa people.
Overlord Vaan Galip is the commander of the Warlord army tasked with protecting Kabanians and bringing peace to his lands. Betrayed by one of his own, joining with Mikayla S’Apul would provide her people with protection while giving him the opportunity for vengeance. Falling for the Raasa female was never part of his plans.
I picked this book up because the audio sample was promising and I liked the narrator’s voice. But after that first chapter I had moments when I wondered if I really wanted to finish the story. Vaan Galip, who seemed so honorable at the beginning, was a misogynistic jerk. I kept asking myself if I wanted to listen to a story where the heroine was treated so poorly. I sorely wanted to boot him out of Mikayla’s compound on her behalf. But I’m glad that I stuck with it because I came to realize that the romance was also about a clash of very different cultures.
Vaan is the Overlord of the Kabanians who are basically barbarians. They have strict roles for men and women. Physically they are hulking men when compared to the Raasa. They are quick to violence and are known for warring. On the other hand, Mikayala’s people are diminutive, even the men, and peaceful. They have snake characteristics with the ability to spit acidic venom but avoid violence whenever possible. The problems between Miki and Vaan seemed insurmountable at first, and there were moments where I gnashed my teeth at Vaan, but over the course of the romance it was interesting to see how Miki was able to get Vaan to compromise. And seriously, for all Vaan’s beauty and brawn, it was funny as hell to have the hero who was terrible in “bed play”. Overall, this was an enjoyable love story about a marriage of convenience that had some very humorous moments at the expense of the alpha male.
Story – 4 Stars
Performance – 5 Stars
Overall Rating – 4 Stars