Alessandra is the second daughter of a nobleman which means she is not allowed to be out in society until her sister is married. She is always overlooked, and has only been in love once which didn’t end well. So she has a new plan to never be overlooked again.
Step 1: Woo the Shadow King.
Step 2: Marry him and become Queen.
Step 3: Kill him and take his kingdom for herself.
The only problem, Alessandra’s not the only one trying to kill the king. Attempts on his life are being made, but Alessandra needs to keep him alive so that she can stick to her plan. However as she gets closer to him she realizes that they just might be perfect for each other.
I really enjoyed this book. It was sold to me as a love story between two villains, and that describes it perfectly. Alessandra and Kallias (The Shadow King) are not good people. Kallias is a conqueror who has no sympathy for his people, while Alessandra is a murderer who craves power. They are not out to be good people and the book doesn’t try to redeem them either which makes it excellent.
The pacing is perfect, and their relationship feels genuine and not rushed. This book truly has a little bit of everything, there are several mysteries, assassination attempts, court intrigue, some fantasy elements, and romance. Another bonus is that this book is a stand-alone. While I enjoyed the characters and their relationships, I think it helps that it isn’t expanded into a series. (And honestly I don’t need to start another series right now.)