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Ruthless Vows (Letters of Enchantement, #2)

[A Quick Note: This was one of my highest anticipated books of 2023. I own three copies of Divine Rivals and had high expectations for its sequel. Thank goodness it delivered! Iโ€™m convinced, at this point, that Rebeccaโ€™s writing can do no wrong. She is perfection!]

โ€œ๐‘พ๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‚ ๐’”๐’•๐’๐’“๐’š ๐’˜๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“๐’† ๐’Š๐’” ๐’๐’ ๐’†๐’๐’…๐’Š๐’๐’ˆ, ๐‘ฒ๐’Š๐’•๐’•. ๐‘พ๐’“๐’Š๐’•๐’† ๐’•๐’ ๐’Ž๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’… ๐’‡๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’Ž๐’š ๐’†๐’Ž๐’‘๐’•๐’š ๐’”๐’‘๐’‚๐’„๐’†๐’”.โ€โ€”Rebecca Ross

My heart is so full and heavy as I sit down to write this. Usually I wait to collect my thoughts, but this time Iโ€™m diving right in after finishing RV. Rebeccaโ€™s writing always turns me into an emotional pile of mush. I had many tearful moments. You should see how many tabs and highlights I have in my copy. I wanted to annotate everything. It was such a beautifully written story of courage and heartbreak and hope. While I enjoyed the first book more, this was a strong finish to the duology.

While the first book felt more calm, this one was downright nerve-wracking. The plot was a great balance of quiet moments and intense moments, but the intense moments were definitely higher stakes than in the first book. Iris and Roman both played a much more active role in the war, so I blame that. I was at the edge of my seat for so many scenes, especially the roadster chase with the hounds. Eeeek. I was cheering for Tobias during that one.

Side note, I loved Addie and Tobiasโ€™s little side romance. Sigh

But our main stars, Iris and Roman. Gosh, I adore those two so much. I loved that they got to exchange letters again. The letters were my favorite aspect of this duology. I was nervous about losing such a vital piece that made it so special. No need to fear! There were plenty.

I cherished every little heartfelt moment between them. The moments they stole for each other felt that much sweeter because of their seperation. My favorite was when Iris escaped out Romanโ€™s window after giving him her ring. My heart was literally breaking and melting simultaneously.

My only negative was the ending. It felt a little too easy, and I wouldnโ€™t have minded a couple extra pages to draw it out a bit? I suppose it just felt a little less climactic than the ending of the first book. Ultimately, thatโ€™s my biggest reason for giving it half a star less. But, thatโ€™s all right. It was still a strong finish to a duology I immensely enjoyed.

๐‘ด๐’€ ๐‘น๐‘จ๐‘ป๐‘ฐ๐‘ต๐‘ฎ: ๐Ÿ’.๐Ÿ“โญ๏ธ


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