Book Blurb: When a monstrous beast attacks in Eurona, desperate measures must be taken. The king sends a proclamation to the best and bravest hunters: whoever kills the creature will win the hand of his daughter Princess Aerity as a reward. The princess recognizes her duty but cannot bear the idea of marrying a stranger—she was meant to marry for love—until a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention. And while there’s no denying the fiery chemistry between them, Princess Aerity feels that Paxton’s mysteriousness is foreboding, maybe even dangerous.
Paxton is not the marrying type. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He is determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast—but the princess continues to surprise him, and the secrets he’s buried begin to surface against his wishes.
I enjoyed this re-read. I’m always amazed by how much I can forget of a story I have really enjoyed.
Though the story is told simply, there are lessons in here about oppressed people, what happens when they have had enough and how hatred can poison hope. Didn’t get that from the blurb? Neither did I. But it is definitely there.
Aerity is our progressive forward thinking princess who must marry the hunter that can destroy the beast that is ravaging her land. Paxton is the age appropriate hunter with a secret who vies for her hand. Though, in the beginning, he really is just trying to kill the beast… cuz you know… it’s killing people. The mystery behind the beast and why all this is happening is the real heart of the story and carries over into book two which is what I am reading now. The romance is enjoyable, there are quite a few love triangles in here only because the cast of characters is huge. I often confused princess’ names ( yes there are more than one – Aerity has siblings). I’m not a huge fan of triangles but I wasn’t put off the story by it.
Overall this was a transportive read. Recommend!