Betrothed: A Faery Tale

     Author: Therese Woodson

     Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

     Rating: 4 stars

     Buy Links: DSP and Amazon

     Type: Standalone Novel

     Received from Publisher

 

Blurb: Faery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different—except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.

Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through. If he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.

 

Review:  This was a short little story about two Faery princes who are being forced into an arranged marriage to keep the peace between the fairy clans. Long ago one of the clans decided to rise up against the other. It ended badly. So now each clan marries two of their princes or princesses off so their clans are united through that bond. It’s worked so far and it’s time to bond the beautiful Cloud Prince Sky with the half human Earth Prince, Puck. Puck is looked down upon because he’s half human. He spends most of his time in the Faery world but crosses over to be with his father in the human world from time to time. Puck is torn between two worlds and doesn’t really fit entirely in either. So he’s always kind of did his own thing. His mom the queen gives him leniency nobody else gets. Puck knows he pushes it but he’s a free spirit and the fairy court holds no interest for him. Until he’s told he’s to be married off for the sake of his people. So of course he runs off to the human world because arranged marriages just aren’t fair. Puck isn’t exactly honor bound in the way that the good of his people comes first. He just knows he doesn’t want to go through with it and gets away to think where he thinks nobody will come after him.

Sky isn’t happy to be traded off to a stranger either but he’s willing to do his duty if it means keeping his people safe and his sisters where they’ll be happiest. So he’s bound and determined to make this union work. Which is how he ends up in the human world without his magic or his wings. Puck does everything he can to push Sky away but Sky takes everything Puck throws at him. He will not lose this battle. Eventually that persistence breaks Puck down and he finally decides they should get to know each other.

I liked this book. Puck skirts the edge of likable and frustrating. He’s kind of bratty. On one hand you see him as being selfish but he’s also being asked to tie himself to a strange man to protect the same people who have treated him as less than them his entire life. Prince Sky is totally adorable and lovable. His sense of duty endeared me to him. He truly loves his family. Sky has no idea how attractive he is either. Which of course is attractive! Sky and Puck’s tension was pretty sexy. They had some fun bantering. The secondary characters were likable. The world building intriguing. I didn’t really think the story line with the baddie was all that great but the rest of the book was pretty good. I would have been happy for them to spend a little more time in the Faery world. Overall a sweet and unique happily ever after worth the read.

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