THE DRAGON’S BRIDE
From New York Times Bestselling Author Katee Robert comes a new type of romance
The Dragon’s Bride is the first book in author Katee Robert’s A Deal with a Demon series. It is a fast-paced, one-sitting read that, once engaged, will quickly become a must-devour book. Everything from the writing style to the characters feels natural, easy, and wholly immersive. Readers can quickly get lost inside this out-of-the-ordinary Beauty and the Beast retelling, and love every single second of it. Briar and Sol are a dream of a couple, and their chemistry is off the charts, too.
That all said, let’s dive in and talk some more about this story below.
I received an advanced reading copy (ARC) of this book from the author, publisher, or publicist. The receipt of this ARC did not influence my choice to review the book on this site. It also did not influence how I felt about the book or its characters, storyline, and overall feel. The opinions expressed in this review are my own. As such, they only deal with what is written on the pages of the book and how what is written and otherwise presented made me feel during and after my reading of the book.
The Dragon's Bride by Katee Robert
Series: A Deal with a Demon #1
Published by Trinkets and Tales on March 29, 2022
Genres: Magic, Monster Romance, Paranormal Romance, Retellings, Romance, Sci-Fi Fantasy
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Also in this series: The Kraken's Sacrifice
Briar Rose might have a name out of a storybook, but she learned at a very young age that no prince was coming to save her. She’ll have to save herself. Unfortunately, even that is an impossible task in her current situation—trapped in a terrifying marriage to a dangerous man.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, which is how she finds herself making a deal with a demon. Freedom from her husband…in return for seven years of service.
She expects the service to be backbreaking and harsh. She doesn’t expect to be put on an auction block in a room full of literal monsters and sold to the highest bidder.
He might seem kinder than his fearsome looks imply, but she knows better than to trust the way he wants to take care of her, or how invested he is in her pleasure. In her experience, if something seems too good to be true, it certainly is.
Falling for Sol is out of the question. She’s suffered enough, and she has no intention of staying in this realm…even if she leaves her heart behind when she returns to her normal life.
IMPORTANT NOTE: Please check the author’s website for all tropes, tags, and CWs.
The worldbuilding in this short romance was amazing. Everything was richly detailed and vivid, but not so much that it took over the story in place of the characters. On the contrary, Briar and Sol were in the driver’s seat the whole time. Even when complications with other characters arose, it was always clear exactly whose story this was and what kind of boundaries, conflicts, and conditions lay before them.
Briar is a woman who has been through so much in her life. She is brave and strong and doesn’t really bat an eye when she discovers not only do demons exist, but they make time-conditioned bargains with humans and take them to other realms. It was fascinating. She was fascinating. The contradictions in her character were so spot on and made her such an intriguing person to follow because as a reader, I liked her. I liked her interactions with other characters, and with Sol most of all.
And speaking of Sol, holy cow, was he a fun character to read. He was exactly who Briar needed in her life, and yet, he also challenged her to become something more. Which made me love him a ridiculous amount because he was so good to her, even when things didn’t quite go the way he himself needed them to go. Not to mention, the dragon was hot and vastly creative.
If you are looking for a steamy monster-style romance with excellent characterization, story-building, and real-world conflicts to overcome, written in a fast-paced, easy-to-read writing style, this book is definitely your jam. It is my favorite read so far this year, and I’ve had some great ones.
Absolutely loved this one, and cannot wait for the next book in the series. But be mindful friends and definitely check out the author’s website for tags and things because there are a few potential triggers in this read that may make some readers uncomfortable if not aware ahead of time.
The Kraken’s Sacrifice
Releasing October 11
Apple Books: https://apple.co/3i7WbXY
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