Thursday, March 17, 2022

ARC Review: The Dragon's Bride by Katee Robert

Title: The Dragon's Bride (A Deal With A Demon #1)
Author: Katee Robert
Publication Date: March 29, 2022
Publisher: Trinkets and Tales LLC
Pages: 185
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//I received this ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review//
Briar Rose might have a name out of a storybook, but she learned at a very young age that no prince was coming to save her. She’ll have to save herself. Unfortunately, even that is an impossible task in her current situation—trapped in a terrifying marriage to a dangerous man.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, which is how she finds herself making a deal with a demon. Freedom from her husband…in return for seven years of service.

She expects the service to be backbreaking and harsh. She doesn’t expect to be put on an auction block in a room full of literal monsters and sold to the highest bidder.

To Sol.

A dragon.

He might seem kinder than his fearsome looks imply, but she knows better than to trust the way he wants to take care of her, or how invested he is in her pleasure. In her experience, if something seems too good to be true, it certainly is.

Falling for Sol is out of the question. She’s suffered enough, and she has no intention of staying in this realm…even if she leaves her heart behind when she returns to her normal life.

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It's no secret around here that I adore Katee Robert. Whether or not something she writes sounds like my thing, I will absolutely give it a try and I'm so glad I decided to take a shot on The Dragon's Bride, my first monster romance! 

This book is as absolutely bonkers as you'd expect and I loved every wild minute of it. Briar Rose is makes a deal with a demon to kill her abusive husband in exchange for seven years in the demon realm. She thinks she's going in with eyes wide open, but she does not expect to be married off to the leader of the dragon territory, who happens to be a dragon himself. (Humanoid, but still.) A real monster can't be right than the monster she escaped, can he? 

Sol needs a bride as the leader of his territory and he has one in Briar for the next seven years. His parent put a stop to his pervious relationship, and he's never experienced anyone like Briar Rose. Sol doesn't expect his new bride to come with a boatload of trauma, but he's in it for the long haul. 

I absolutely loved both of these characters so much! Katee handled Briar's past trauma so carefully and I found myself rooting for her at every turn as she found her confidence with Sol. Of course, this isn't a Katee Robert book without steam and this had plenty of that! I knew going in that Katee's explanation for the physical logistics of Sol and Briar's romance was *magic* so that helped my suspension of disbelief. She knows how nuts this pairing is and goes full steam ahead and it's amazing! 

The world building was great for a 185 page monster romance novel and I'm eager to dive into book two to learn about the kraken and his realm. I wasn't quite sure how a seven year story would fit into such a small book, but it was incredibly well done with a nice little epilogue to wrap things up. I definitely plan to buy both the monster and discreet paperbacks of this book for my shelf!