The King's Spinster Bride by Ruby Dixon
Series: Royal Wedding #1
Also in this series: The King's Horrible Bride
Published by Self-published on May 8, 2018
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Sixteen years ago, Princess Halla of Yshrem saved the life of an eight-year-old barbarian boy and watched her kingdom fall to ruin, all on the same day. Now, she is a forgotten spinster in a quiet temple, living her days out in solitude. The last of her line, she exists in the hope that she has been forgotten, for to be remembered by the enemy is to be certain death.
One person has not forgotten her. Mathior, now twenty-four, is the fierce warrior king of the Cyclopae. Yshrem is in turmoil and his advisors have a suggestion - kill the last remaining member of the royal line, and there will be no rivals for the throne.
Mathior has a different idea. He's loved Halla for sixteen long years, and it's time he claimed her as his wife. But a barbarian's wedding customs are unlike any other...
With a bit of a Golden Dynasty feel to it, The King’s Spinster Bride was a fun and sweet romance with a virgin-ish couple.
Princess Halla’s one and only act as a sovereign was to save young Mathior’s life when his father killed hers and conquered her country. Sixteen years later, Mathior becomes king and is finally able to claim the one woman he has wanted since he was 8 years old, Halla.
Mathior is a ruthless warrior from a barbaric culture and Halla comes from a long line of scholarly rulers. She has also been sequestered at a temple for the last decade and a half. A giant alpha warrior with one eye would be too much to handle for one lovely and delicate princess, right?
Halla needs to decide if accepting Mathior’s marriage proposal is something she really wants for herself or if she’d only be doing it to save her people from unrest.
In all honesty, and especially after I read about the Cyclopae’s “barbaric” wedding customs, I was expecting a much… hotter/raunchier story.
I did love Mathior, with all his warrior gruffiness, sexy muscles and complete devotion to the woman who stole his heart. He was completely sure about his feelings for Halla and it was adorable how he lost his patience with her continued doubts of him.
“If I were a king that believed in protocol, I would do as you think and I should marry some royal daughter with lineage and money and not a thought in her head. I want you. I have always wanted you. I cannot make that any clearer. So if you wish to marry me, come and give me a kiss.”
Halla was one tough lady, but unfortunately her whole “I’m a spinster, you should find a younger bride” got old real fast for me. I do understand that in that world’s setting it was kind of true, but she wouldn’t shut up about it until the very end.
With some sexiness, an interesting whole new world that I wouldn’t mind exploring and a sweet warrior set on winning his woman, The King’s Spinster Bride was one fun, short read I’m glad I took a chance on.
Rating: 3.5 “Barbarians do it better” Stars
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