Publication Date: Oct. 2012
Short Synopsis (Goodreads): Princess Kimri is used to betrayal. Her brother sold her to a king in exchange for swords to defend his lands. King Tathan's reputation is as fierce as that of his mountain kingdom—where dragons are said to guard the castle walls—but the realms are unstable enough without angering the mountain-king, so Kimri reluctantly agrees to the union.
When she arrives in Helsmont, the king promises her a year of courtship before marrying—or parting ways. Before long, Kimri thinks she may find comfort, and perhaps eventually love, with the stoic king.
But the realms are more unsettled than Kimri realizes, and she soon finds herself caught in the middle of a war between the kingdoms. Can she count on her betrothed to take her side? Or will his loyalty to his kingdom come before his loyalty to her?
My Review: This one caught my eye on NetGalley because of its cover (which I like quite a bit. Simple, but gives a good indication of its focus) and the description. It took me a little while to get to it, but once I did I was able to finish it within a few hours (being on a 10 hour flight was irrelevant).
I wasn't very taken with the protagonist at first. I didn't dislike Princess Kimri, either, which is saying something. As things progressed I got to know her and thought her descent enough. She was trying her best and I give her props for that.
There wasn't anything complicated with the storyline or with the characters, it was all pretty simple and a little see-through. But given that, it was still engaging and a diversion. The romantic storyline was sweet and I enjoyed the progression.
My only major criticism would be that things could have been fleshed out more. It felt like the story had some good points going for it, but it didn't go into as much depth as it could of (it's 142 pages). For all that, though, it's short length lends it to being a fun quick read if you are in the mood for a simple dragon and princess story.
There is a little part towards the end that felt somewhat incongruous with the rest of the storyline that bumps the rating of this to about a PG-13 level. Nothing too graphic, but implied heavily.
NOTE: This title is only available in e-book format. It's under $4 on Amazon so isn't too expensive if you want to give it a try.