This book was unexpected, and different than anything I could have imagined. As I may have already said around chats or other posts, until I opened it I was not sure whether this was going to be about Henry’s daughter or the real Lenora.
Well, it was about the one and only Queen Lenora. So, let’s preface that I adored that lady. Chase did a great job at making her attitude already mirror the Lenora that we have learned to love in the previous books. She is assertive, dignified, smart as a whip with a dash of sass. Badass, in one word.
Edward was also unexpected. I liked him too, although Lenora was the true star of this show. Edward was definitely swoon worthy and I liked how progressive he was, letting Lenora be the Queen without truly interfering with her decisions or prevaricating over her. He was so supporting and sweet with her it made my heart ache. Also, I loved their love lessons. I also especially liked his characterization as a noble who gave up everything to explore the world. A bit of a rascal, of a troublemaker.
Their relationship was very genuine from the very beginning and I liked how when it was just the two of them, they were a very human couple, without titles or roles or responsibilities. Just two people falling madly in love with each other. There was something utterly beautiful about seeing Lenora crack her own hardened shell to let Edward in.
The only thing that disturbed me a bit about this book was the pacing. It confused me because for the first half of the book we focus baiscally only on Lenora and how she grew up to be the young Queen that she is, how she develops her tight friendship with Edward’s brother and all the events that lead to her coronation.
The romantic part starts about midway, and it’s only because of Chase’s crafting ability that it didn’t feel like there was a huge gap between the two sections. In the second half, we see Lenora and Edward’s relationship grow, meet some obstances, set back and then tighten again, and do all those back and forth that relationships always do. However, even in here I found a lack of direction in the pacing. I found myself suddently at the 90% mark wondering exactly what had happened besides them getting together etc. Don’t get me wrong, I liked it, I just felt like there wasn’t a progression of events that made me feel like there was a specific point for telling those events. It was the retelling of their life, how they met and formed a familly. It was truly beautiful, but it was a bit directionless. I would have liked to see some member of the counsel maybe trying a coup, or something shocking happening and creating havoc. There were some misunderstandings and definitely a couple points in which the characters were faced with obstancles on their way to their happily ever after, and yet they did not seem milestones in the narration.
The writing style was smooth, effortless and flowed perfectly. The characters were shaped with a sharp pencil and I loved being in every characters’ mind. Moreover, this was not set in our modern day, which is something that normally would throw me for a loop as I’m not an estimator of historical romance. And yet I loved the setting. The author balanced well the differencies in time with a romance that could be absolutely contemporary. I enjoyed the little tidbits from the past, like the inability to contact someone on the other side of the planet, or the different clothing styles.
All in all, it was a great book that charmed me through its characters and the sweet hotness of the romance rather than the plot itself which felt a bit too smooth. I would totally recommend it to both fans of the series and newbies to the genre!
Princess Lenora Celeste Beatrice Arabella Pembrook had an unusual childhood. She was raised to be a Queen—the first Queen of Wessco.
It’s a big deal.
When she’s crowned at just nineteen, the beautiful young monarch is prepared to rule. She’s charming, clever, confident and cunning.
What she isn’t…is married.
It’s her advising council’s first priority. It’s what Parliament is demanding, and what her people want.
Lenora has no desire to tie herself to a man—particularly one who only wants her for her crown. But compromises must be made and royals must do their duty.
Even Queens. Especially them.
Years ago, Edward Langdon Richard Dorian Rourke, walked away from his title and country. Now he’s an adventurer—climbing mountains, exploring jungles, going wherever he wants, when he wants—until family devotion brings him home.
And a sacred promise keeps him there.
To Edward, the haughty, guarded little Queen is intriguing, infuriating…and utterly captivating. Wanting her just might drive him mad—or become his greatest adventure.
Within the cold, stone walls of the royal palace—mistrust threatens, wills clash, and an undeniable, passionate love will change the future of the monarchy forever.
Every dynasty has a beginning. Every legend starts with a story.
This is theirs.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Emma Chase is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the hot and hilarious Tangled series and The Legal Briefs series. Emma lives in New Jersey with her husband, two children and two naughty (but really cute) dogs. She has a long-standing love/hate relationship with caffeine.