*I received this ARC in exchange for an honest review*
Publication Date: March 8, 2016
Goodreads Rating: 3/5 Stars
Kill the beast. Win the girl.
A strange beast stirs fear in the kingdom of Lochlanach, terrorizing towns with its brutality and hunger. In an act of desperation, a proclamation is sent to all of Eurona—kill the creature and win the ultimate prize: the daughter of King Lochson’s hand in marriage.
Princess Aerity understands her duty to the kingdom though it pains her to imagine marrying a stranger. It would be foolish to set her sights on any particular man in the great hunt, but when a brooding local hunter, Paxton Seabolt, catches her attention, there’s no denying the unspoken lure between them…or his mysterious resentment.
Paxton is not keen on marriage. Nor does he care much for spoiled royals and their arcane laws. He’s determined to keep his focus on the task at hand—ridding the kingdom of the beast and protecting his family—yet Princess Aerity continues to challenge his notions with her unpredictability and charm. But as past secrets collide with present desires, dire choices threaten everything Paxton holds dear.
Inspired by the Grimm Brothers’ tale, “The Singing Bone,” New York Times bestselling author Wendy Higgins delivers a dark fantasy filled with rugged hunters, romantic tension, outlawed magic, and a princess willing to risk all to save her people.
OOOOOOH man. I can already see that I am going to be an unpopular opinion when it comes to this book…
This book had a hard time pulling me in, and when it finally did, I was wishy-washy with it because it just lacked for me.
The idea of the story is fun and I love a good mystery and this has plenty of it. I did enjoy the hunt aspect and the fact that the princess was the prize for the man to kill this beast. Makes for a great story! I had no problem with the idea of this story or the whole execution of it.
Aerity was an okay character there just wasn’t anything that made me stand out for any other regular protagonist. There wasn’t necessarily anything wrong with her, she just was nothing I could relate to. I guess I was expecting a little more “back bone” or strength. I just felt like something was missing from her especially as her role as the princess and prize for the hunt.
The romance I think is was killed it for me. I am so sick and tired of male characters who are physically attracted to a female character and feel the need to be an “ass.” I love a good brooding character, I do. I love it when a character is attracted and wants to keep the person they are attracted to at a distance and yet they can’t fight their feelings, I love that. BUT I do not like it that a character feels the need to be crude or horrible and then have the other character somehow find that appealing in some sort of twisted way because they are so “attracted” to them. And this book does that! which is why I think it was a major downer for me. There was no spark, there was no connection just this physically desire for the other and the guy has to be all nasty. UGH! Gag me.
The side romance story with some other side characters was ok. I felt it was rushed especially after such tragedy. That came on…fast. I just couldn’t feel it.
Overall the story idea it self is fabulous, the romance a flop for me.
Sexual Content: moderate