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The Shadows Between Us Alessandra Is Tired Of Being Overlooked, But She Has A Plan To Gain Power 1 Woo The Shadow King.2 Marry Him.3 Kill Him And Take His Kingdom For Herself.No One Knows The Extent Of The Freshly Crowned Shadow King S Power Some Say He Can Command The Shadows That Swirl Around Him To Do His Bidding Others Say They Speak To Him, Whispering The Thoughts Of His Enemies Regardless, Alessandra Knows What She Deserves, And She S Going To Do Everything Within Her Power To Get It.But Alessandra S Not The Only One Trying To Kill The King As Attempts On His Life Are Made, She Finds Herself Trying To Keep Him Alive Long Enough For Him To Make Her His Queen All While Struggling Not To Lose Her Heart After All, Who Better For A Shadow King Than A Cunning, Villainous Queen They ve never found the body of the first and only boy who broke my heart.And they never will.ARC received in exchange for an honest review thank you This book was SO MUCH FUN I knew it was going to be a good read when a the author described it as a Slytherin romance , and b the epigraph was a quotation from Damon in The Vampire Diaries.I did have a great time tearing through this book yesterday afternoon, and this rating is really 3.5 stars However, some plot holes and poor worldbuilding have combined to make me round down instead of up.Eighteen year old Lady Alessandra Stathos is the beautiful, ambition second daughter of the Earl of Masis She s no stranger to murder as we learn on the very first page, she did away with the boy who was responsible for breaking her heart She no longer has one, which gives rise to her new plan marry the Shadow King, ruler of Naxos, then murder him and set herself up as queen.Only it isn t that easy Nineteen year old Kallias Maheras, the Shadow King, is protected by the shadows themselves An ancient gift allows his bloodline to turn incorporeal, making them invulnerable to threats Alessandra is going to have work hard if she wants to make him fall in love with her To complicate matters, she isn t the only one with an eye on killing the king there are assassins after Kallias As she gets closer to him, she starts to wonder if murdering Kallias really is the way to get everything she wants.This was a really short book like I said, I read it in an afternoon so I can t give away any of the plotline The Good I LOVED the Slytherin aspect of this Slytherin romance Both Alessandra and Kallias are ruthless and ambitious totally a match made in hell To keep up with the Harry Potter analogy, think of this as a relationship between, say, Narcissa and Lucius Malfoy I love a good antihero heroine, and this book delivered that in spades While the relationship started out as very insta lust, the banter between Alessandra and Kallias made me smile a lot and helped me forget the fact that they were falling in love far too quickly for my liking In fact, lots of the book was surprisingly funny Alessandra is a heroine with ACTUAL HOBBIES I recently read a book where the heroine s hobby was reading books written by the real life author yes, I m serious, and it is as cringy as it sounds So it was awesome to get treated to a girl who has a real passion for sewing, and it s not treated as a plot device it really is part of her character The Bad Really, really, really poor worldbuilding Naxos seems to be a cross between Ancient Greece and Regency England plus semi automatic weapons , without actually being either It was extremely difficult to visualise, and it didn t help that a lot of things weren t described very well Some things were, like dresses, but not actual scenery or actions Some inconsistencies in Alessandra s behaviour To be perfectly honest, as soon as she met Kallias I knew she wouldn t end up killing him, and the book s attempts to make me feel like that was still an option came off as fairly contrived As an extension of this, I felt like they fell for each other surprisingly quickly, although it s true they re perfect for each other The beginning and end of the book were way too fast paced, requiring tons of suspension of disbelief The middle was the best part I could tell the villain FROM MILES AWAY In fact, the villain was so obvious they re probably visible FROM SPACE I couldn t believe it when the villain turned out to be the person I d suspected all along I thought for sure they must have been a red herring But no Overall I do recommend this book to you all it was really fun to read, and doesn t take long It isn t as good as I was hoping it would be when I read that excellent blurb basically, it s no The Wicked King but I certainly enjoyed it Blog Bookstagram 8 8 I m so excited that ARCs have started to circulate for this book Just wanted to highlight again that I pitch this as my Slytherin romance My characters have unapologetically questionable morals Don t expect them to change It s who they are And this book is romance heavy rather than action heavy, like the rest of my books There s nothing disappointing than having unfulfilled expectations where an anticipated read is concerned, so I hope this aids in helping readers decide if this is the kind of book for them If you want to read about bad people getting away with doing bad things while still being likable and maybe falling in love, this might be the book for you There is still some action and lots of political intrigue Hope this helps 5 16 At last we have a cover This Slytherin romance is hitting shelves on February 25th You can read the first chapter here I just finished edits on this new standalone fantasy romance Cannot wait for you all to read it We should have a cover soonish Step 1 Woo the king.Step 2 Marry the king.Step 3 Kill the king and take his kingdom. Official review to come, but i LOVED this

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