I received this book for free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Destined for a King (The Bastard Brotherhood, #1) by Ashlyn Macnamara
Published by Loveswept on September 6th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fantasy & Magic, Historical, Love & Romance, Magic, Romance, Sexual Content
Bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara, hailed by Jennifer McQuiston as “a born storyteller,” introduces the strapping, audacious outlaws of the Bastard Brotherhood in this enchanting tale of forbidden love between supposedly sworn enemies.
Though she is intended for the king, Calista Thorne picks up a crossbow to defend her ancestral home, Blackbriar Keep, from a gang of landless knights. She even manages to sink a poison-tipped arrow into their commander, who survives long enough to conquer the Keep and claim Calista for his own. Now, with her father’s life at stake, Calista must nurse the brigand back to health, and the strangest thing happens: She finds herself fascinated by his tautly muscled body, and enthralled by his hotly whispered demands. Ever since his father’s death, the fearsome warrior they call Torch has been consumed by his quest for revenge. Taking Blackbriar Keep is the first step in that plan, and—by the three gods—it won’t be the last. But after taking one look into Calista’s smoldering gray eyes, Torch discovers a passion nobler than retribution. He will fulfill his destiny and take her from the usurper king, even in his weakened state. For with Calista’s love, no man has ever felt more powerful.
I am not even sure how to write this review. The captivating cover, the synopsis that gave me the chills and the fact I haven’t read a book like this in forever is exactly why I felt I NEEDED this book. I have been wanting something like this for a while, I haven’t read a historical romance since I was in my 20’s and I never realized how much I missed them. This has a great paranormal twist that just set the bar for me when reading books like this. I love when a HR adds a bit of magic.
The story is about a strong female Calista Thorne who is promised to a corrupt king but the land she lives on is taken over by the dashing Torch who insists that they are meant to be together because he saw it with his stone. I loved everything about these two, they had a few funny moments and I just thought the chemistry was so intense between them. My heart hurt for them and cheered for them. They are a perfect match and I loved how they are developed. This book for me had great character build and the world was set very nicely. You get a lot of info about Torch and sometimes it was a little hard to keep up but it wasn’t a complete dump. It spreads across the book evenly so it’s not all happening at one. Even with it a little hard to keep straight once you get the full story it becomes rather clear how the magic work. I enjoyed the twists in the book and once this one was over, it has a great ending, I can’t wait to get my hands on the next one.
I am so glad I saw this book and I am even happier that I was able to read it. I honestly read this one in a few days. I couldn’t put it down. I loved everything about this and excited to have a new series to enjoy. This is my first book from Ashlyn MacNamara and I am happy to report it will not be my last. I highly recommend, this is a really great read, lots of action, awesome steamy moments and amazing character and world build. A must read!
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