Author: Ali Hazelwood
Publication Date: February 6, 2024
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy
Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.
Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ½
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 from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Theoretically and The Love Hypothesis.
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.
I don’t normally reach for vampire or shifter romances, but I made an exception for Bride because Ali Hazelwood wrote it. I’m so glad I did. I loved the Vampyre/Were/Human world Hazelwood created. Misery was almost as much in the dark as I was about it all, so it was fun to experience the wonder and trepidation she had when she was thrust into Lowe’s part of the world. The first scene of the book really hooked me and set the stage in a way that kept my curiosity going.
At first, I found Misery kind of annoying. It was mostly her focus on finding Serena. As she adjusted to her new life, she grew on me. Like I said before, I loved discovering her world through her eyes. Lowe’s POV isn’t included, so I did a lot of guessing where he was concerned. I loved him, though. He may have been THE Alpha, but he was kind and considerate. The way he treated Misery and what he was willing to do for her was special. I also adored his relationship with little Ana.
Misery’s marriage, connection, and relationship with Lowe was very interesting. I wondered how a marriage between a Were and a Vampyre would work out, like they did themselves. It was fun finding out. Their romance was slow burn goodness. I adored the bond they built with each other.
While that slow burn was burning, there was a big mystery going on. I loved how Misery and Lowe worked together to figure out what happened to Serena and who was after Ana. There were some fun surprises along the way to finding out the truth.
All of the side characters were a lot of fun. I especially loved Ana. She was a cute and fun character. I loved the lightness she brought to the book and how Misery bonded with her. I also liked the Weres Misery got to know and Serena.
Overall, this was another great book from Hazelwood. I loved that she tried something new, and it worked out well. I would read more books set in this world. It would have been a great fall release, but it will be just as fun to read this winter.