A proper, clean Romance
Ariella was only looking for a distraction, something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than she'd imagined.
"I watched in helpless horror as two guards hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never met me."
*ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Beautiful clean romance with likable, well put together characters and great writing that makes you believe in fairytales.
The story begins with Ariella when she is fifteen eyars old and just discovering the beauty of the world. Her age was very well portrayed and it was clear that she was a young woman who was still in between of her childhood and on her way to becoming a lady. She was the perfect MC for this story where she always knew how to make the hard choices and try to do the right thing. The friendship between her and Gavin was truly wonderful and the way it grew into love is the kind of story that you don’t see a lot these days. William was more of my type of man but I did think that when it comes to true love, Gavin was absolutely perfect for her.
This fantasy novel was really different from anything that I have read. I am actually a big fan of extreme reads where the tension is high and its full of action. I did not expect to enjoy this clean romance story as much as I did but really think that everyone needs to read this. It really shows the beauty in relationships and that sweet touch that is so rare to find. amazing 5 stars!!!
I was born in Utah, but grew up in Flagstaff Arizona and St. Louis Missouri, the fifth of seven children. I attended college at Southern Virginia University and Brigham Young University where I studied English and Theater. I now live in Idaho with my husband and four children.
I have Charlotte Bronte to thank for the courage to write novels. After being bombarded with assigned reading about women who justified abandoning either their families or their principles in the name of love, I had the great fortune of reading Jane Eyre. And that was it: finally a heroine who understood that being moral and making the right choice was hard, and sometimes it hurt, but it was still worth it. After rereading it several years later, I realized that if I wanted more books to exist with the kinds of heroines I admired, then I might as well write a few myself. My books are about women who face hard choices, who face pain and rejection and often have to sacrifice what they want for what is right. The consequences are often difficult or unpleasant, but it the end, doing what’s right will always be worth it. I believe there is no substitute for good writing or good chocolate. Fortunately, one often leads to the other.