Title: A Dance with the Fae Prince
Author: Elise Kova
Pub. Date: August 19, 2021
Pub: Silver Wing Press
Genre: YA/NA Fantasy Romance
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?
This will be a spoiler free review. Thank you to Elise for providing an eARC in exchange for an honest review. I love being a part of her review team and getting the chance to read her books early. If you want to check out my spoiler free review of the first Married to Magic book – A Deal with the Elf King – you can do so here.
I loved this book. A Deal with the Elf King was really good, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, but this second book.
I fell into it.
Head over heels.
It’s been two days since I finished it, and I’m still thinking about it. I’m still thinking about how I want more. I loved Katria and Lord Fenwood, so much. I loved that while this was very much a Cinderella retelling, aspects felt a little like the story of Eros and Psyche. I loved the way their relationship progressed and how Katria bloomed once she was out from under her stepmother’s abuse. I loved how simple their relationship was in the beginning, and how it altered and changed into something much brighter and fierier.
There were moments between them that had me melting, broken hearted and absolutely gushing. The way her hubby cared for her – I loved it.
He’s a bit moody, just as stubborn and he tests her – and she doesn’t back down.
Legit, they work so well together, and when the slow-burn finally pays off…
You should know that “no feelings attached” is always going to fail in the best ways possible.
I will say I kind of figured out the reveal a little early on, but that doesn’t mean I enjoyed it any less! Watching how Katria and Fenwood get from Point A to B is such a joy. The ups and downs and the stubbornness! They’re so perfectly matched and it makes for a such a fun read. Elise took Cinderella and made spruced it up a little bit.
I loved this book so much that I want more. I know these books are standalones and that they do tie together, but I could legit read whole books on Katria and her husband. Hell, just give me slice of life content. As much as I loved the snark, stubbornness, and tension they had with each other, paired with the more tender moments – those first days melted me. Between nightcaps, blindfolds, and music, it was so wholesome and peaceful.
I’m 100% telling you to check this book out. You’re going to want to read it. I inhaled 30% of it in one sitting. I needed to go to bed, because of work the next morning but I kept fending off sleep just so I could read a little bit more. Then I spent all day anticipating when I could get home so I could finish it. Then I inhaled the last 70% like it was nothing and then died because I just wanted more and I didn’t know what to do with myself. Katria’s journey on figuring out who she is, what she wants and discovering that love isn’t the enemy she thought it to be, is so good, so enjoyable and will leave you feeling all sorts of things.
You’ll also fall in love with Fenwood and that’s definitely a bonus.
A Dance with the Fae Prince is out now, so go pick it up! I’m waiting for my signed pre-order to arrive and I can’t wait to put it on my shelf with the rest of my Elise Kova books.