[A quick note: I got this gorgeous set from The Bookish Box before having read these. They’ve been on my TBR for years and I figured, what better way to motivate myself to read them than have a gorgeous set? And this set is absolutely STUNNING!!! I read and enjoyed this authors Bargainer Series so I had a feeling I’d like this one too.]
“𝐈 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞, 𝐛𝐮𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐚𝐝, 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐢𝐭𝐬 𝐩𝐞𝐨𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐝 𝐦𝐞.”—Laura Thalassa
The apocalypse arrives in the form of four horseman. But as quickly as they appear to wreak havoc, they disappear. Until five years later, when Pestilence appears, spreading the plague like wildfire. When Sara stands up against him, he takes her captive, intent on making her suffer. But her suffering turns into something else entirely. Something that has both of them questioning their purpose.
I DEVOURED this one. It was an easy, enjoyable read that held my interest because of the romantic development between the two MCs. Who doesn’t love enemies to lovers? A sexy horseman? And a misunderstood villain?!? When Pestilence arrives, he’s a villain in every sense of the word. He kills thousands. His cold demeanor is unforgiving. All it takes is one woman to challenge his beliefs and signal a change. Can love win over all else? Can two completely different people learn to understand one another??
“𝐆𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐡𝐨𝐫𝐬𝐞𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐩𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐲𝐩𝐬𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐫𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐚𝐧 𝐢𝐬 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐠𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐚𝐧𝐠𝐫𝐲 𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐛𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐜𝐨𝐥𝐝.” —Laura Thalassa
My only regret was Sara’s character. Pestilence has a flaw as the villain: he must overcome his way of thinking. But Sara? She doesn’t do a lot of personal growth besides learning to understand Pestilence’s tortured soul. Her purpose in the story is to change his way of thinking, to teach him about love. That’s great??? I guess??? I liked that she was an English literature buff, that she loved poetry…but I wanted something MORE. Some personal wound to be overcome as she grew to love Pestilence. It would have balanced everything better. She wasn’t 1-dimensional, per se, but she didn’t have the depth I like to see in a character romance.
Regardless, I COULD NOT PUT THIS DOWN!!! It was fun, engaging, and there was definitely some enjoyable steamy scenes towards the end. It’s a shorter read, so the romance develops rather quickly. Also, I liked that it wasn’t instant-love, even if it was instant-attraction (on Sara’s part). I mean, the guys a freaking hot alpha hole. So??? Hard not to be attracted to that??
I appreciated that Pestilence was a really awful meany-head in the beginning. I mean, he ties Sara to his horse and pretty much drags her, until her shoulder dislocates and she passes out from pain. In terms of their relationship, they certainly start at rock-bottom. That gives them tons of room for growth together.
Overall, this is perfect for fantasy-romance fas. Even though it’s set in an apocalyptic version of our world in the future, it still has enough fantasy elements. And it mostly focuses on the romance, which takes a front and center role…𝐌𝐘 𝐑𝐀𝐓𝐈𝐍𝐆: 𝟒/𝟓⭐️