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A Fate of Wrath and Flame: The sensational slow-burn enemies to lovers fantasy romance and TikTok phenomenon (Fate & Flame Book 1)

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Unless you’re me, which means you trust no one ever, so the book is even more stressful (in the best way).

I would definitely recommend this to anyone who loves slow burn, forced proximity with a fake relationship. Strange events differ Romeria as she used to be, Zander believes it's a ploy she plays to save her life. I will put a non spoiler disclaimer that the start may be a tiny bit confusing, I felt a little out of place but a few chapters in, it will all make sense. As beautiful as the cover is, it really doesn’t give you any indication of what to expect from this book.She is compassionate, caring, strong willed, determined, independent and has a very powerful willingness to survive in any situation.

There were info-dumping and world-building, and it felt like it was supposed to lead up to the "real thing", but whatever that is I'm not sure? This book began in a contemporary setting, and I was slightly disappointed and worried for a second because I (didn’t read the synopsis) had expected I would be reading a full fledged fantasy story. I just want to point out that this book had some of my favorite tropes - enemies to lovers, ”betray me and I’ll kill you”, arranged marriage hence faking affection in public. oh, Romy was exceptionally stealthy and a fine seductress; or, Zander was the benevolent king with a villainous streak. did I mention that she was plunged into a world that considers her a murderess and is sentenced to death by none other than her betrothed?You’re faster than I gave you credit for,” Zander murmurs, peering around the corner of an unassuming door. There is also the war of Gods, the vandetta between the gods which falls on Zander and Romerio, how they might get their epic ending. My only irritation is we never really get to see her skills as a thief, it’s only ever mentions that she is good at stealing, but we are never shown this…and in two cases is caught trying to pilfer something…. But despite all of that, the chemistry between them sizzles, and as they continue their fake relationship for the court, there are moments of intensity and anticipation that hint of what is to come.

However, I personally didn’t mind this as the political intrigue, the complex characters, excellent storytelling and amazing world and world building kept me captivated.After a difficult childhood, she’s found a life that she’s well suited for, and though she’s under the thumb of a notorious underground crime boss, she has created a comfortable, though lonely, life for herself. Tucker introduces an intriguing world of elemental magic, gods, warring Elven kingdoms and political intrigue. He is also suspicious but strong willed and, given the circumstances, slow to trust but he has an innate need to do the right thing for his people.

its on the slower side and has a lot of info-dumps (the MC is thrust into a new world and the reader learns about it the same way she does - through dense history lessons), which i know are things that annoy some fantasy readers. It’s unpredictable, with big reveals and surprises all the way through, and I never knew where the story was going to go. I'm shelfing this as time-travel for my future rememberance but it's not time-travel; the story is set from New York to a magic universe. Romy inhabits the body of the presumed to be dead and traitorous Princess Romeira of Ybaris and King Zander's betrothed.How did Princess Romeria meet that smile time and time again while plotting his murder and not waver in her plans? She is now Princess Romeria, a murderess, who killed her fiance's parents on the day of their wedding.

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