A Narrow Escape
With her secrets uncovered and her power-mad brother bent on her execution, Princess Oria has no sanctuary left. Her bid to make herself and her new barbarian husband rulers of walled Bára has failed. She and Lonen have no choice but to flee through the leagues of brutal desert between her home and his—certain death for a sorceress, and only a bit slower than the blade.
A Race Against Time
At the mercy of a husband barely more than a stranger, Oria must war with her fears and her desires. Wild desert magic buffets her; her husband’s touch allures and burns. Lonen is pushed to the brink, sure he’s doomed his proud bride and all too aware of the restless, ruthless pursuit that follows…
A Danger Beyond Death…
Can Oria trust a savage warrior, now that her strength has vanished? Can Lonen choose her against the future of his people? Alone together in the wastes, Lonen and Oria must forge a bond based on more than lust and power, or neither will survive the test…
Worldbuilding: The Sorcerous Moons fantasy world is very interesting. the barbarian versus sophisticated civilization sort of vibe – and here we got to experience the in-between desert.
Characters: Oria and Lonen gained more confidence in one another since the first book – the slowest burn romance of doom I have ever read, I think. I get the slow development and it’s interesting; Jeffe Kennedy is very good at world-, character- and relationship-building, in my experience. While there was character-building development, it wasn’t that impressive in this installment. What grew very nicely was the degree of honesty and intimacy between Oria and Lonen, and that I loved. Their hot chemistry intensified as it reached a deeper level. I think I rarely get to experience this sort of pacing to love stories nowadays, and it’s an interesting experience.
Plot: The romance and intrigue were slowed down in The Tides of Bára, I think. It made me feel like the really good bit is yet to come, regarding both the fate of Oria’s kingdom as well as her and Lonen’s marriage.
Writing: Third person, past tense narrative, his/her POV.
Curb Appeal: Cool cover, hooking blurb – impulsive buy material for my Fantasy Romance moods.
The Tides of Bára comes with necessary developments both in the romance and intrigue departments, but it does feel a little bit like the build-up for the real deal. I recommend the series to lovers of true slow burn romance, because I think it’s the longest, most tense build-up to what I hope will be a spectacular conclusion – I was so close to say “climax” instead, mwahahaha.