The Midwinter Mail-Order Bride by Kati Wilde
Series: Mail-Order Brides #4
Also in this series: The Alien's Mail-Order Bride
Published by Self-published on November 12th 2017
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Some might call Princess Anja of Ivermere brave for offering herself up as a bride to Kael the Conqueror, a barbarian warlord who’d won his crown by the bloodied edge of his sword. It was not courage that drove Anja from her magic-wielding family’s enchanted palace, however, but a desperate attempt to secure a kingdom of her own—even if she has to kill the Conqueror to do it. She expects pain beneath his brutal touch as she awaits her chance. She expects death if he discovers the truth of her intentions. She didn’t expect Kael to reject her and send her back to Ivermere. Raised in the ashes of the Dead Lands, Kael fears nothing—certainly not the beautiful sorceress who arrives at his mountain stronghold. But no matter how painful his need for her, Kael has no use for a bride who would only tolerate his kiss. Yet the more of Anja’s secrets he uncovers during their journey to return her home, the more determined he becomes to win the princess’s wary heart. And Kael the Conqueror has never been defeated…
What a totally unexpected treat! The Midwinter Mail-Order Bride was a fantastic fantasy read I couldn’t put down.
Kael is a giant, barbaric sexy beast who’s conquered four kingdoms by force. Feared by all, even his subjects, he has no real patience for kingly duties. When his up-to-that-moment-unexpected-bride arrives at his palace, he can’t get to her fast enough.
Anja’s first encounter with her future husband doesn’t go according to plan, or her plan at least. When she blurts out what she intends to do once they’re wed, Kael tells her to return home. He will accompany her though, to make sure she gets there… and because he is bored out of his mind from sitting on his butt all day.
A trip full of perils, monsters to fight off and a quest to save her family gives them the opportunity to get to know one another. Their miscommunication got a little on my nerves, especially when they begin to develop strong feelings for each other, but the relationship building was so sweet I could, mostly, overlook it.
I loved them both. With different but equally difficult childhoods, they both became strong, willful, and courageous people. I found the world Ms. Wilde built for this story to be fabulous, and I’m hoping we’ll get to see more stories spin off from this one. The Midwinter Mail-Order Bride was much more than what I was hoping for and I can’t say enough times how much I loved it. Filled with action, mystery, steamy longing and sweet romance I couldn’t put it down and wanted it to keep going!!!
Rating: 4+ “totally blissed out on fantasy romance” Stars
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