Gifted thief Romeria has flourished from her days as a street kid pilfering wallets to survive. Now she thrives, stealing jewels from the rich under the involuntary employ of New York City’s most notorious crime boss. But when an enigmatic woman secures her services at swordpoint, Romeria is plunged into a startling realm of opposing thrones, warring elven, and elemental magic she cannot begin to fathom.
Her quest is straightforward: Steal a stone from Islor’s sacred garden without anyone discovering her true identity, which would earn her certain death. But the identity she has inexplicably assumed is that of the captured Ybarisan princess—an enemy to Islor after she poisoned their beloved king and queen on the day she was to marry the prince.
Her betrothed, the newly crowned King Zander, detests her with every grain of his handsome being. Fortunately for Romeria, she is more valuable to him alive than dead. Zander gives her a choice: life in a cell, or an acquittal of all charges in exchange for her help in exposing the growing plot against him.
Romeria sees no other option and embraces the tricky role of smitten queen-to-be until she can escape, a ruse that brings her far closer to the king than she anticipated and threatens more than her safety. As she digs deeper into this sacred garden and the ancient feud between Ybaris and Islor, she discovers monstrous truths that could spell ruin for all.
She would know the world of vengeful gods and monsters, and the lengths one would go for love. And nothing would ever be the same for her again.
This has probably been the hardest review to write in a while simply because I loved it so much that I’m lost for words. A Fate of Wrath and Flame gave me everything I didn’t know I was missing in my life and desperately needed.
A little back story to my reading journey: I first dipped my toes into the romance genre by devouring many, many historical and paranormal/fantasy books. Nowadays, I definitely lean towards contemporary romance but still fondly think of all the paranormal and historical romances I used to read and hope to someday get back to.
I say all of this because A Fate of Wrath and Flame perfectly encompassed all of the above genres of romance. The heroine’s journey begins in the contemporary world, but soon enough she begins her adventure and encounters many paranormal, magical, and historical elements. It gave me so many nostalgic feelings for my own reading journey but was also uniquely its own and left me hooked on what was going to happen!
In addition to the fantastic world-building that Tucker creates, she has also developed an incredible, complex, and beautiful cast of characters. My goodness, what characters! I adored the heroine who displayed the perfect balance of strength in times of extreme uncertainty, and vulnerability (because at the end of the day, she’s only human). And I am obsessed with the hero! New book boyfriend? Absolutely. I don’t even have words to describe how much I loved his complexity and sincerity. He’s a gorgeous character (inside and out) and has gone through so, so much already. He maintains a firm resilience to every challenge thrown his way and is such a great character to have in a position of power.
I don’t want to give too much away because it’s definitely a book you’ll want to read for yourself! But I will give a heads up and say, it’s a bit of a slow burn. When that burn happens though, oooh it’s a sizzle! Tucker is one of my all time favourite authors. Her romances are simply perfect. She weaves wonderful tales that really focus on character development and relationships, and when it comes to the steamy scenes, they are *fans self*. Love, love, love!
Basically, to sum up this entire review: everyone needs to read this book immediately. That’s all!
Disclaimer: I received an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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