King Of Battle And Blood (Adrian X Isolde #1) by Scarlett St. Clair #BookReview #Fantasy #Witches #Vampires #ParanormalRomance #Romance

My Rating

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

☑️Forced marriage
☑️Enemies to lovers

Look at all the above tropes and tell me your expectation.

Well, I did expect too, way something different from what I got.

NOW, if you are gonna read this as pure fun, then, of course, King Of Battle and Blood is just the book you need to satisfy all your erotic longings. So just a heads up, this story reads like erotica with just a bit of this and that to fill up the plot. And I sincerely hope that the story has something much more exciting waiting to happen in the series.

Adrian is the Vampire King, forcing the marriage of Isolde who vows to protect her kingdom by hook or crook. I wish the author had developed the fantasy world on a larger scale than given as the imagery didn’t fully form in my mind, the layout of the town or the absence of the sun in the vampire kingdom never gave a complete picture. The fantasy realm takes a back seat to the evolving relationship between the leads, and, if you ask me if the romance had its wonderful moments, even that would be questionable coz again I kept wishing for a detailed talking or opening up between them instead of just the lust-filled desire pouring forth thru the pages. Not that I’m complaining about the subject but all the other political shenanigans and the story of the centuries-old war of witches and the previous King pales in comparison and the twisty surprise is easy to guess for most readers.

Isolde is characterized in a very harsh and cruel light, as a Queen, she more or less displays her power but it is sometimes the evident ruthlessness that called for a subtle toning down of her fire coz as a reader I was happy with her warrior powers but not too happy about her unkind nature. Though, sigh, Adrian was just freaking awesome…Neither a saint nor a devil but hanging in there with a tight balance, there are one or two instances in the story, where he exudes such raw intensity, that it was blistering in effect.

I am going with 3.5 stars coz Book #1 King Of Battle and Blood in Adrian X Isolde series was entertaining and I would love to know how the author takes the story forward.

Their Union Is His Revenge.

Isolde de Lara considers her wedding day her death day. To end a years-long war, she is to marry vampire king, Adrian Aleksandr Vasiliev, and kill him. ⠀

But her assassination attempt is thwarted and Adrian threatens that if Isolde tries kill him again, he will raise her as the undead. Faced with the possibility of becoming the thing she hates most, Isolde seeks other ways to defy him and survive the brutal vampire court. ⠀

Except it isn’t the court she fears most—it’s Adrain. Despite their undeniable chemistry, she wonders why the king——fierce, savage, merciless—chose her as consort. ⠀

The answer will shatter her world.

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