Book review time! I've been on a romance novel kick and here's another one I actually forgot I had signed up for. It's a historical fantasy romance, which normally isn't my thing, but I'm glad I reached out for this one.
The Enchanted - Elaine Cantrell
Forced by his father into a marriage he didn’t want, Prince Alan soon finds that his bride isn’t the sweet, submissive creature he expected. Morgane has the heart of a dragon and beauty beyond compare, but she isn’t thrilled about the marriage either. When black treachery threatens the kingdom, Morgane and Alan embark on a perilous journey that has an excellent chance of ending in failure and death for them and all of their people.
The story starts with poor Prince Alan, who after refusing to marry some random chick he doesn't know, is sent to prison by his father. Basically like a boarding school would do to a punk teenager, it's meant to teach you a lesson and basically kill your spirit so you become compliant. And when Prince Alan returns he finds out that it doesn't matter anyways because good ol' Dad got him married on paper to another random chick he doesn't know and oh goodie, she's on her way now from her castle.
Naturally, he's decided this is for the birds and it's checking out. Except his mom talks him out of it by sharing a weird piece of her history with him that gives him pause.
Enter Morgane, who also was married against her will and after notable attempts to prevent this, she's been left scarred and with burns on her feet. Because her dad also is in running for Father of the Year. So Alan and Morgane meet, he's doing his best to be sympathetic to her since he knows what her father did to her, and she's basically decided this is for the birds and she'll slowly kill herself.
Oh but WAIT. That doesn't work out either, and they find themselves working together to figure out what the hell is going on as a bad of hooligans are wrecking havoc on the kingdom, they somehow get transported to another time and are dealing with green people, and are working with magic that had been long forbidden in the kingdom.
So there's a lot going on. That's what I liked about the book. No matter how unnatural some of the passages read, especially the conversations, no matter how hokey the story line was, there was literally one thing after another that kept you going because you want to know what is going on. I don't know if there are going to be follow up stories, but there easily could be. We don't know where his mother really came from, we don't know what happens with the land of green people after they leave, and there are lots of other unanswered questions in the book. So that is what annoyed me. But it's not enough for me to say I wouldn't read it again, or wouldn't read a sequel. We know I would.
So if you are a fan of historical fantasy romance, give this one a try.