Book Reviews, Paranormal/Science Fi/Fantasy Romance, Year of Reviews - 2022

Review – A Kingdom of Blood and Betrayal by Holly Renee

A Kingdom of Blood and Betrayal (Stars and Shadows, #2)

A Kingdom of Blood and Betrayal; Stars and Shadows #2
(#2 within a series)

Publication Date: November 3, 2022

Genre/Tropes: Fantasy/Epic/Paranormal/Enemies-to-Lovers Romance

Author: Holly Renee

Review Rating: 5 Gold Stars


So much heat and tension…you could cut it with a knife. Everything was heighted in this book; the passion, the chemistry, the feelings, the suspense, the emotions, just everything!

Adara is upset with Evren, and upset doesn’t even begin to cover the emotional upheaval she is feeling over the betrayal he set in motion to get Adara away from his brother. They may be bonded mates, but she refuses to accept that idea when she can’t trust him or any word that falls from his beautiful lips.

While Evren had his reasons and he doesn’t regret them, it doesn’t make Adara feel any better that he stooped to them to begin with and that betrayal severed what gains they were making in their relationship making her lose all trust in him. Adara is an emotional mess over the betrayal and their bond doesn’t make it easier because she desires him and while he says he wants her, is it really her, or the bond, or the power he gains?

This book was unputdownable!! I completely empathized with Adara over the trust issues, but I also felt those deep emotions that swarmed around them because like I said, they jumped off the page and I was swimming in them right along with Adara and Evren.

I loved all the tension and magic mixed with paranormal realm. It’s an epic story that I can’t get enough of. I can’t wait for the next part of the story because the ending…I just need to know!!

My fate is bonded to two princes– one born of blood, the other of power— but my trust lies in neither.

My skin is cursed by the stars, my fate damned by desire.

But when the dark prince offers me a bargain that will save his people and my life, the cruel and intoxicating male gives me no choice.

Our union is his revenge, and I am his sacrifice.

His lies are unforgivable. His wicked touch still bathes me in sin.

He is my mate, and he is tortured by a curse to protect his people from his own family.

I could now see him for exactly who he was. So why can’t I get his alluring touch out of my head?

I am the key to saving his kingdom, but he alone has the power to ruin me.

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