Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Betrothed: A Faery Tale
Author: Therese Woodson
Heroes: Puck & Sky
Genre: M/M Fantasy/Paranormal
Length: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: September 23, 2015
Available at: Dreamspinner Press & Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Faery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different—except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.
Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through. If he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.
To stop a war from starting, Prince “Puck” Chrysanths and Prince Sky Song of the Clouds are forced to marry. They have one month to get to know each other before the actual marriage. Unfortunately, Puck is determined not to go through with the wedding and runs away to the human world to spend time with his father. He didn’t expect Sky to follow him so when Sky’s stubbornness means he’ll stay in the human world for the month instead of going back to the fae world, Puck’s determined to make Sky’s stay a living hell. But he never anticipated he’d start having feelings for Sky and when danger comes from an unlikely source, Sky and Puck’s newly formed emotions are put to the test.
This was a super cute story. I loved that Sky was so charming and duty-bound. It was interesting to see him try to settle into the human world when he had no idea how anything worked. I liked that he was willing to endure all that to show Puck his dedication to his duty. At the same time, I liked Puck for the most part. I liked how he changed and how he realized he wasn’t the center of the world and there were other people who weren’t happy with the situation. Most of all, I enjoyed seeing Puck and Sky start to get close and realize they have a kinship together.
I really enjoyed this one but I’ll admit, it took me a while to really get into it. For some reason, I didn’t like Puck in the beginning. I found him extremely annoying, childish and selfish. At one point, I even stopped reading, read something else and then went back to the story. However, about a third of the way through, I really got into it and started liking Puck more to where I was hooked on the story. My only other complaint is that I wished we saw more of them in the fae world and how they cope after their marriage.
In the end, this was an endearingly sweet story about two faeries who are forced into an arranged marriage and have one month to get to know each other. With vastly different personalities, it was interesting to see how they got along and I absolutely adored Sky. I hope Ms. Woodson considers writing more about these characters because I’d love to get to see more of them in the fae community.
Overall Impression: I really liked it!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*