Book title: Bride
Author: Ali Hazelwood
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Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcast—again. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres, and she sees little choice but to surrender herself in the exchange—again…
Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. It’s clear from the way he tracks Misery’s every movement that he doesn’t trust her. If only he knew how right he was….
Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she’s ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what’s hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territory…alone with the wolf.
When I first heard Ali Hazelwood was gonna write a fantasy romance I was over the moon, especially after reading Check & Mate (which is an absolute masterpiece). Sadly I have to say that while Bride was enjoyable it was still disappointing.
It was enjoyable because all of Ali Hazelwood’s books are. They are simply fun. Misery is an outcast vampire that’s used to be sacrificed. When her father decides to marry her to a werewolf alpha to form an alliance between vampires and werewolves, Misery has her own reasons for agreeing to the marriage. Her time in the werewolf territory with her new husband Lowe was definitely my favourite part of the book. I loved the were territory, and Misery finding out who she is and what she cares about! I also absolutely loved her twin brother, Owen, and I sincerely hope he gets his own book one day!
It was disappointing because I know Hazelwood can write amazing novels, and my expectations were pretty high. The book felt rushed. The other thing I didn’t like was knotting but that’s on me since I had no idea what that was before reading Bride (I really should have Googled that one!). There is also that one scene when Lowe does something awful and it doesn’t make sense to me (it’s really difficult to explain without spoiling the book).
I basically devoured this book in a day because Ali Hazelwood puts magic in her books. Even when I’m a bit disappointed, I still enjoy her books a lot! And I don’t want to sound weird but I think it’s a good disappointment in a way I know she can write masterpieces and when someone writes a book every six months they cannot all be masterpieces.