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Bride

Ali Hazelwood takes a bite out of the paranormal romance genre!




A world where Vampyres, Werewolves, and humans live in tenuous coexistence, Vampyre bride, Misery, is married off to a Werewolf Alpha, Lowe, for a political alliance. Misery has her reasons for agreeing to the marriage but must be careful not to let her secret slip out. However, this marriage of convenience between natural enemies might turn into a genuine love match.

Hazelwood has put a fresh spin on several paranormal tropes and mixed them with mystery and romance to create a fun, bingable read! The plot features forbidden romance, intrigue, found family, and spice. Also present is Hazelwood's trademark women in STEM, as Misery is a computer expert.


Misery and Lowe are well-developed characters and have sizzling chemistry together. Some aspects of their personalities play against type, and their banter is fantastic. Lowe had a sensitivity I didn't expect, and the glimpses of his POV throughout were pretty swoony. Misery has been an outsider, used by her powerful father as collateral before. That experience left her cynical but with keen observational skills, a sharp wit, and, underneath it all, a soft heart. Despite being a Vampyre, Misery experiences emotions that are all too human, making her a relatable FMC. She also gets many of the best lines in the book, particularly in response to a 7-year-old scene stealer named Ana, whom she meets after coming to live with the Weres. Hazelwood hit all the right notes for me. I laughed, swooned, tried to figure out the mystery, crushed on Lowe, loved Misery, and rooted for their relationship.


This is well-paced, with some suspense and twists, and it kept me hooked from the start. I hope Hazelwood has more paranormal romance coming because this was so much fun. Quirky, escapist, and entertaining! I adored this!



Thank you to Berkley Publishing for the free book! #berkleypartner


My steep was Hibiscus Holiday by Club Magic Hour, a sweet and spicy herbal reminiscent of mulled wine with orange, vanilla, apple, cardamom, cinnamon, spices, adaptogens and more!



PUBLISHER'S SYNOPSIS:

A dangerous alliance between a Vampyre bride and an Alpha Werewolf becomes a love deep enough to sink your teeth into in this new paranormal romance.

Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcast—again. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres, and she sees little choice but to surrender herself in the exchange—again...

Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. It’s clear from the way he tracks Misery’s every movement that he doesn’t trust her. If only he knew how right he was….

Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she's ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what’s hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territory…alone with the wolf.



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