Paranormal Romance

ARC Review: A Dance with a Fae Prince – Elise Kova (Married to Magic #2)

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Synopsis

Cinderella meets The Cruel Prince in this stand-alone fantasy romance about a human girl and her marriage to the prince of the fae.

She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer.

Katria swore she’d never fall in love. She’s seen what “love” means through the cruelty of her family. So when she’s married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she’s leaving. Feelings are off the table.

But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult.

As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape.

Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidently pilfered the magic of ancient kings – magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne – and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding.

The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel?

A Dance with the Fae Prince is a complete, *stand-alone novel*, inspired by the tales of Psyche and Eros, as well as Cinderella, with a “happily ever after” ending. It’s perfect for romantic fantasy readers who enjoyed of A Court of Silver Flames and An Enchantment of Ravens. A Dance with the Fae Prince features a slow-burn romance, swoon-worthy couple, and steaminess that ranges from simmering to sizzling.

Review

If I could sum up a whole review into one sentence, it would be: Elise Kova writes stunning NA fantasy romance.

Truly stunning work.

A Dance with a Fae Prince is the second book in the Married to Magic series and just like the first book, A Deal with the Elf King, it is based on another well-known tale. The previous book was influenced by the Hades and Persephone myth; however, A Dance with a Fae Prince is inspired by the classic Cinderella tale. It’s also said to be inspired by The Cruel Prince, but to be honest, I don’t remember many details of that story so if you haven’t read it, it won’t impact your enjoyment of the ADWAFP. While not mentioned in the blurb, I also felt there were minor themes from Beauty and the Beast — which I love!

Please note: both books in this series can be read as standalones! There are minor mentions of the Elf King and Human Queen in this book but not enough to need to read these books in order.

One of the things I really love about Kova’s work is her writing style and storytelling ability. She writes really wonderful, unique and inspired tales in these complex, intricate and well-thought out fictional worlds. From the very first sentence, I was hooked and ready to go on this journey with Katria (the main character).

Without giving any spoilers away, I will mention that some of the reveals were quite obvious. If you’re paying attention, the clues are all there. But I still very much enjoyed each reveal as the longer it took, the more I started to second guess if I was actually on the right track! I also adored the ending. Katria’s personal growth and ability to maintain her class, dignity and self-respect was so beautiful to watch and had me applauding her on that final page.

Overall, another incredible tale in the Married to Magic series and another of Kova’s to add to my favourites list. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys fantasy romance, or anyone wanting to maybe take a step from YA towards the adult genre — it’s a perfect in-between story with some steaminess, without the scenes being too mature for teenage audiences.

Disclaimer: Thank you to Elise Kova for the arc in exchange for an honest review.

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Want more romance reviews and recommendations similar to A Dance with a Fae Prince?
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A Deal with the Elf King – Elise Kova
A Court of Frost and Starlight – Sarah J Maas
A Fate of Wrath and Flame – KA Tucker
Kiss the Fae – Natalia Jaster
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