The sudden death of the Gryphon King throws the kingdom of Mythos into uncertainty, and Crown Prince Luca rushes both his coronation and an arranged marriage to a man he’s never met. Eirian is young and idealistic, and while they both want what’s best for their people, their philosophies couldn’t be more different. While Luca believes in honoring tradition, Eirian is determined to infuse modern values into their kingdom of magical creatures. When given the choice between loyalty to his husband and his own crusade, Eirian makes a decision that might doom their marriage.
Still, Luca is committed to making their union work, and that means forgiving his brash consort. But when Eirian becomes the target of a deadly conspiracy, Luca must act fast—or forever lose the chance to explore their burgeoning love
I did like this take on the arranged marriage. Known to be opposites in outlook they are to be married to give a sense of balance. They both know this going into the arrangement. I did struggle with this book. I felt my attention drifting away to other things that wouldn’t normally distract me from reading. It is roughly halfway through when they consummate their marriage and mark each other. I liked that they started to bond over romance books and other things but this common ground was short lived. I empathised with Eirian’s frustration at not being valued as a person. All Luca seems to worry about is position. I found it hard to connect with either character. Their mood switched too frequently and the relationship seemed too tempestuous to survive. It felt like if it wasn’t for the mating bond they wouldn’t choose to be together. From early on I had an inkling who was behind the disruption between Luca and Eirien but the surprise was another character being the main driving force. Stirring up Luca to be discontent with his choice in Eirien. The story picks up in the last quarter which redeemed it for me. Although the ending did seem a forced happy ever after. Overall I found the story to be mediocre.
2.5 of stars out of 5