20 Oct 2022

We Can(ada) Read: THE BRIDGE KINGDOM SERIES by Danielle L. Jensen

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Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Bridge Kingdom #1
Source: Audiobook from Audible
Publisher: Audible Originals
Publication Date: October 16, 2018
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What if you fell in love with the one person you'd sworn to destroy?

Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil - and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara's homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.

But as she infiltrates her new home - a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas - and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?
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Content Warning: Profanity, violence, explicit (consensual) sexual content, alcohol and drug consumption, character death, references to past child abuse, thoughts of self-harm

The Bridge Kingdom
The setting and worldbuilding are so amazing in this book. The details were astounding and I felt immersed the entire time. I loved the slow burn romance between Lara and Aren.

The audiobook probably helped that fact because you got the emotions and tone of the voice for the characters which I really enjoyed. I thought that this was a really good novel and I am looking forward to the next! I will say though this is a super slow burn romance and every time I wanted them to get it on, they did not get it on. So be prepared for that!

I read this twice and was not disappointed either time!

The Traitor Queen
This was such a good book, sequel, and "finale" for Lara and Aren! I loved The Bridge Kingdom when it released and I'm glad I decided to read all the books in a row. I was able to be so immersed in the world, in Lara and Aren's relationship, and with the plot. I did think there was a bit of plot convenience to get Lara and Aren alone again so that they could rekindle their romance. But like, I'm not mad about that.

I would have liked to see more use of the warrior sisters in this, but all of their scenes were fantastic! This book does a good job of concluding what it needs to, leaving certain things open, and making me want more from this world immediately.

I can't wait to read more about this world and "meet" some new characters!

The Inadequate Heir
I am usually weary of books that show the same time period from a different perspective because it feels "been there, done that," but that's not the case at all with this book. Zarrah and Keris are perfect and nothing will change my mind about that. Individually AND together.

This series and world are so intricate and detailed. While there is obviously heavy romance in this, there is a lot for fantasy lovers too. I absolutely love each time we come back and learn more about each of the countries and the politics throughout.

I can't wait to see where this goes next! So like, next book please!!

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