Destined For A King
Though she is intended for the king, Calista Thorne picks up a crossbow to defend her ancestral home, Blackbriar Keep, from a gang of landless knights. She even manages to sink a poison-tipped arrow into their commander, who survives long enough to conquer the Keep and claim Calista for his own. Now, with her father’s life at stake, Calista must nurse the brigand back to health, and the strangest thing happens: She finds herself fascinated by his tautly muscled body, and enthralled by his hotly whispered demands.
Ever since his father’s death, the fearsome warrior they call Torch has been consumed by his quest for revenge. Taking Blackbriar Keep is the first step in that plan, and—by the three gods—it won’t be the last. But after taking one look into Calista’s smoldering gray eyes, Torch discovers a passion nobler than retribution. He will fulfill his destiny and take her from the usurper king, even in his weakened state. For with Calista’s love, no man has ever felt more powerful.
I liked the premise of the story, but felt like I was thrown into it without warning.
At times it felt rushed and even though this was book 1 in the series, it was a bit hard following the storyline. Okay, there is some fantasy, magic, and battles. All good things for sure, but it was a bit jumbled. I loved the action, I loved that Calista was kick ass with her bow and arrow, in the beginning. What happened? I felt like her character mellowed out after that. My expectations were raised, only to be dashed.
The fact that she suddenly falls in love with the man who took over her family’s keep, was a bit too unrealistic. Their love story was also rushed and I didn’t think they had much chemistry. So it was kind of boring. I guess they had to fall in love because the stone around Torch’s neck told them to.
There were some entertaining parts, such as the battles and the antagonists. I liked the writing style but wished the characters had more depth and development.
*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*