I received a copy in exchange for an honest review!
What I say: Dark's One's Mistress definitely taught me a lesson in not judging a book by it's title. Despite the rather raunchy title, the book focuses on drama and romance. I was expecting another repetitive smut-fest (not that there's anything wrong with smutty fiction) but was pleasantly surprised by the relatively clean fantasy romance.
Clara finds herself an unwilling
captive mistress of the new Great Lord of Everdark. Lord Lucias needs an heir and has decided Clara is the best candidate to provide him one. Clara who hates the castle and Lucias, just wants her freedom.
The story reads like a historical fantasy crossover rather than a straight fantasy. I enjoyed the world building and would love to see certain characters travel outside the castle more in the future.
The dynamic between Clara and Lucias is particularly interesting. I was expecting a small amount of resistance from Clara, but I loved her dedication towards her goal and how she selflessly fought for her friends. Lucias has a hard task ahead of him if he's ever going to prove Clara wrong and win her over.
The big bad in the story wasn't at all who I would have expected. I really enjoyed the shift from the norm. Aldrea Alien certainly does a great job creating strong and independent women.
4 Stars in my Sky!
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