dfakTitle: Destined for a King (The Bastard Brotherhood #1)
Author: Ashlyn Macnamara
Genres: Historical Romance, Fantasy
Release Day: September 6th 2016
ARC was kindly provided from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Though she is intended for the king, Calista Thorne picks up a crossbow to defend her ancestral home, Blackbriar Keep, from a gang of landless knights. She even manages to sink a poison-tipped arrow into their commander, who survives long enough to conquer the Keep and claim Calista for his own. Now, with her father’s life at stake, Calista must nurse the brigand back to health, and the strangest thing happens: She finds herself fascinated by his tautly muscled body, and enthralled by his hotly whispered demands.

Ever since his father’s death, the fearsome warrior they call Torch has been consumed by his quest for revenge. Taking Blackbriar Keep is the first step in that plan, and—by the three gods—it won’t be the last. But after taking one look into Calista’s smoldering gray eyes, Torch discovers a passion nobler than retribution. He will fulfill his destiny and take her from the usurper king, even in his weakened state. For with Calista’s love, no man has ever felt more powerful.

4 stars! 

Destined for a King is yet another addition to my Historical Romance (with a Medieval feel to be exact) list of books I loved! I’ve mentioned how picky I am with the genre because it’s my favorite and I can’t read books that piss me off when it comes to historical settings and characteristics, this one was such an amazing read and so captivating!

Calista is promised to the King but that doesn’t stop her from being a badass as well as a lady too. When one day a gang invades their Keep Calista doesn’t hesitate to show them how good she is with a crossbow (one with poisoned arrows too). When she injures their Commander, Torch, his gang known as The Bastard Brotherhood – I just love Brotherhoods! – imprisons her father and force her to nurse him back to health. If Torch dies, her father dies. But there is more to Torch than just the head of a gang, he’s on a mission and it involves the King; all the more reason for him to go a step further and take her from the King that has usurped the throne.

Destined for a King is a strong, well built book that reminded me of Game of Thrones with just a touch of magic; there’s an amazing depth to the story, I was actually flipping pages like crazy and it combines Historical with Fantasy beautifully. There’s more historical than Fantasy – don’t want to spoil the Fantasy genre of the book but it seeps into the story so beautifully and it makes it so well put together!

Calista and Torch’s romance develops gradually; there’s no insta love, no love triangle, in fact the romance happens while the background story of this world takes shape and slowly it becomes another part of the story that fortunately doesn’t overshadow the other genres. Historical, Fantasy or Romance, this book covers all three genres without overshadowing any of them, I was hooked from the first page and I’ll be waiting for the next one!


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