The Shadows Between Us - Tricia Levenseller
Alessandra is tired of being overlooked, but she has a plan to gain power:
1) Woo the Shadow King.
2) Marry him.
3) Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.
No one knows the extent of the freshly crowned Shadow King’s power. Some say he can command the shadows that swirl around him to do his bidding. Others say they speak to him, whispering the thoughts of his enemies. Regardless, Alessandra knows what she deserves, and she’s going to do everything within her power to get it.
But Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. As attempts on his life are made, she finds herself trying to keep him alive long enough for him to make her his queen—all while struggling not to lose her heart. After all, who better for a Shadow King than a cunning, villainous queen?
My first book by this author and it's a pleasant surprise!
It's very rare that I find a good pnr that I've loved which wasn't written by Jennifer L Armentrout. The blurb of this book caught my eye and the cover definitely doesn't hurt the eye.
Its a standalone fantasy romance that spans about a little less than 300 pages. The story revolves around Alessandro who has been scheming to woo the shadow king and get him to marry her so that she can kill him and become queen, sole ruler of 6 kingdoms. Everything about this book was a mystery I loved unveiling with each chapter. Every page unpredictable as I've not read a book like this before.
I loved watching them slowly get to know each other. Both trying to run away from the attraction they feel for each other. And how Alessandro slowly falls for the king and him for her.
It did take me while to get into the book initially but after about the 40% mark I just couldn't stop reading.
Personally, I wouldn't say this book has off the charts chemistry or world building but for a standalone it has a very splendid charm to it. I really liked it.
“I think that when you care enough for someone, you reach a point where it's far more painful not to have him at all than to have him and risk losing him. You realize the risk is worth it. Because happiness, however short-lived, is always worth it.”
Do pick it up if you're looking for a fantasy romance that has some enemies to lovers vibe to it and also a young and smart king rather than a prince ;)