A playboy prince in want of a decoy bride.
A servant girl desperate for a disguise…
Raven shifter Prince Franco is every social climbing debutante’s dream. He’s handsome, heir to the Lunar Court throne, and deliciously single. Every young woman wants to bed him, wed him, or steal a moment of his time. Except, of course, for Ember Montgomery.
Half fae Ember craves freedom from her conniving stepfamily. As if they weren’t enough to deal with, a chance encounter with the arrogant Prince Franco leaves her humiliated and in a fiery rage. Nothing could convince her the prince is anything but a rake. But when the opportunity to evade her scheming stepmother falls into her lap, she’ll pay the price—even if it means impersonating the prince’s newest flame…
To prove himself a worthy heir, Prince Franco must marry a princess. But after far too many unsatisfying trysts, he’s given up on love. With the social season in full swing, and bringing with it a horde of husband-hungry socialites, he’ll do anything to delay the pressures of both marriage and the crown. And what better solution than an alliance with a desperate servant girl glamoured as his false future bride?
Locked in a bargain, Ember must pose as a princess until midnight at the full moon ball. Until then, all she has to do is wear the glamour, pretend to court the prince, and above all else, not fall in love. But when feelings emerge on both sides, she starts to wonder if there’s more to their contrived courtship than either of them planned…
Can Ember and Franco find love when the masks come off? Or will illusions and lies prove stronger than their hearts?
ACOTAR meets Bridgerton in this standalone fairytale retelling of Cinderella. If you like slow burn romance, fake engagements, and snarky fae royals, then you’ll love this swoon-worthy story in the Entangled with Fae series.
*NOTE this book is upper YA/NA featuring mature situations and some adult language. The romance is slow burn but leads to moderate steam.
Heart of the Raven Prince is a complete stand-alone novel set in the same world as The Fair Isle Trilogy. Journey back to Faerwyvae or begin your adventure for the first time with this enchanting tale. Each book in the Entangled with Fae series can be read on its own and in any order. Happily ever after guaranteed!
Publication: August 13th, 2021
My Favourite Quote: *subject to change*
A girl too wild to be human, and too tame to be fae. A girl who fits nowhere with no one.R
Received an Advanced Reader’s Copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts expressed in this review are my own.
First off, I wrote a wonderful review for Heart of the Raven Prince and now I can’t find it and genuinely want to cry. This is why you don’t postpone work, kids. One day the beautiful thoughts you penned down may disappear–aka you may have accidentally deleted it without knowing. With that wise thought for the day, let’s move into the actual review.
I will honestly say I went into this book because of this phrase “ACOTAR meets Bridgerton in this standalone fairytale retelling of Cinderella“. I’m 0% ashamed of making a blind judgement and I regret it not at all. Adding to the confession, I was actually very influenced by my ACOTAR thoughts as I slid into this book. I had exactly about seven hundred and fifty million expectations because ACOTAR and it’s series left an impression on literally everyone out there who has read it.
For the first time, having expectations did me good. Why? Because Tessonja broke them. She brought vulnerability where I expected power play, she brought honestly where I expected a game of lies and where I thought I’d see exactly Cinderella on paper in a Fae fantasy retelling, she brought a wonderful story touched by elements of Cinderella. Tessonja’s writing definitely keeps us interested both intellectually and emotionally.
The personalities for the protagonists were a breath of fresh air. During a time where we’re used to aloof, oh-so-mysterious heroes with their hearts tucked behind brambles and thorns, it was such a relief to see the male protagonist of this story being vulnerable, suffering and being honest about this to the best of their ability to their loved ones. Franco was exactly that. Wanting past the bluster and sparkle and having been wounded by the past and being very wary of the future. He was well scripted and his personality reflected the nature of his power well.
Ember was another very interesting character. She wasn’t a jumps-into-anything-without-a-thought or a got-herself-into-this-situation character. While there’s absolutely nothing wrong with protagonists who’ve gotten themselves into a fix, we’ve seen that so much that we forget that another way exists. She was genuinely written into difficult situations and had to make the best of it. The plot knots that Tessonja wrote her protagonists into were genuinely airtight in terms of difficulty and I was definitely satisfied with how she undid them with time.
Outside of the plot and writing that was a bullseye for me, there were some thoughtfulness that the author drops into the story. Be it kindness shown unexpectedly, standing up for oneself and one’s future against someone you love, be it assuaging one’s own guilt and trying to do the right thing and fighting fear and doubt and hoping that love triumphs in the end and never giving up without trying at least once and allowing oneself to be vulnerable to failure.
Definitely a softer read than I would’ve expected, but it was a read that brought me happy surprises and while there is steam it is very mild and mostly emotional more than anything else. Happy reading! Five stars!