Title: Destined for a King (The Bastard Brotherhood, #1)
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Publisher: Loveswept, Random House Publishing
Expected Release Date: September 6, 2016
Genre: Fantasy, Historical Romance
Page Count: 266
Rating: 2 Stars
Bestselling author Ashlyn Macnamara, hailed by Jennifer McQuiston as “a born storyteller,” introduces the strapping, audacious outlaws of the Bastard Brotherhood in this enchanting tale of forbidden love between supposedly sworn enemies.
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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
Well. I have only read Ashlyn Macnamara‘s regency romance once and I thought this – medieval (fantasy?) story of hers – had potentials. Quite a few things here reminded me of Game of Thrones: descriptions, names, places, that had me wondering perhaps the author was inspired by that popular saga. I believed my assumption to be true when I get to the dedication page!
So, as I said, it had potential. The story started off at a run, straight into battle scene. And the heroine was no meek lady; she donned on leather armor, could crank a crossbow and a healer to boot! The circumstances around the hero was intriguing too: son of a fallen king who lead a band of bastards, who possessed some sort of scrying stone.
But I would caution reader to not expect too much of this book (I admit, with the kind of start like that, I made that mistake). I’m not saying I disliked the author’s writing style. But the story arc just frustrated me! And far from dazzled me with his heroic as I expected from hearsay on earliest pages, Torch made one blunder after another that, in my eyes, he appeared like a toothless raptor! Powerful and unbeatable hero he was NOT!
The supporting characters were no better to lift up my mood, with their abrupt change of approaches. I don’t know, perhaps were this be a longer book the character development and world building would comprised better. As it is, the overall tale felt rather disjointed and dissatisfying, especially the last two chapters. The only thing that stand out was no other than Lady Calista; she really made (reading) this bearable for me. I shall see whether or not to continue reading this series.
Advanced copy of this book is kindly provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.