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King of Battle and Blood (Adrian X Isolde Book 1)

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The latter is one of my absolute favorite romantasy books because it was brilliantly able to (in my opinion) balance the romance with a very engaging and intriguing plot. S. Other than reading I love playing videogames and streaming them on Twitch, coffee, and crocheting. It has no definite plot , no intrigue or excitement and read like some fanfiction by a 13 year old and fell FLATT. Despite their undeniable chemistry, she wonders why the king — fierce, savage, merciless — chose her as consort.

And then there are more women in the book who she treats horribly, and it's "justified" because they disrespect her or want to make her jealous or "mock" her. Let me describe this book poorly: woman gets new boyfriend, old boyfriend is jealous, woman is jealous of new boyfriend’s female acquaintance because he goes to her for his fix, but woman doesn’t want to help him, she just gets mad at the other woman. I never enjoy the cliche of pushing someone away “for their own good” because it tends to be exactly like this (and also, it never works! In fact she’s lived her whole life knowing one thing and suddenly she is told and shown things aren’t what they seem, while also having to deal with the pressure placed on her by those who also have the same misconceptions as her. plot was directly taken from FBAA - actually shocked that this was allowed to go to print without a copyright violation.Adrian’s whole personality trait in here is that he’s supposedly violent and that he loves his wife. I’ve been focusing on my bookstagram lately so I feel like I haven’t written a proper review in a while — which means that I’m very aware that this is kind of all over the place lol.

It’s easy to judge her for not being game with everything that she learns and sees faster, but when you take a beat to consider all of her context and the constant sense of being a traitor to those she is actually sacrificing her values for, you can truly appreciate the author’s character work. Many women went to Isolde to brag about the fact that they had sex with Adrian before and they knew how to please him, and it made Isolde jealous so she lashed back at them and got revenge. And it became even worse when in chapter 2 as she was just thinking "between my thighs" and "my breasts" and then she's touching her "preening" clit?This also means that for a good chunk of the story the main relationship is quite one sided, with Isolde being a bit of a huge hypocrite, but trust the process and believe me when I tell you that something that had the potential of turning into one of those very romanticized but lowkey toxic relationships, actually resolves itself into a badass power couple with both partners being equal and properly validated. But I also knew that even if those last couple of chapters were AMAZING, it would not make a difference to how I feel about this whole book.

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