Book Review: The Stolen Princess by Kortney Keisel

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The Stolen Princess
by Kortney Keisel
Book 3 in the Desolation series
Rating: 4.5/5

I was so excited to get my hands on an ARC of this next book. I devoured the first two books in this series and had preordered this one because I needed my own copy. The story is standalone but I recommend reading the first two books because they are excellent. The first book is available for free by signing up for the author’s newsletter. If you choose to read this book first, there may be spoilers for the first two so read at your own risk.

As Princess Mykaleen “Myka” Adler tends to her dying father the king, she tries her best to find remedies and ease his fevers. Sheltered all her life, Myka does not have much of a life until she is unwittingly kidnapped by a band of men, one of who she thought was a friend. Drake Vestry is not on a mission to find friendship. His goal is to discover the whereabouts of the missiles and weapons that King Adler illegally developed and destroy them before they get into the wrong hands. He doesn’t agree with the Council of Essentials strategy of kidnapping the princess to coerce the king, but he would do practically anything for king and country. As Myka continue to deny any knowledge of the weapons, Drake takes it upon himself to be her protector from the other unsavory men in their party. Drake cannot deny the attraction and banter that make Myka such a fascinating woman who’s entirely out of his league. Though Myka wants to hate Drake, she can’t get over how her body responds to his touch. Can Myka find a way to rescue herself and save her kingdom? Can she trust Drake? Can Drake trust Myka?

“Myka had waited her whole life to feel butterflies. How disappointing that the feeling had been triggered by her enemy. Was Drake her enemy?”

This story is packed with action and humor. Keisel has a great voice for humor and practicality.
“Nothing kills a fantasy like a gunshot wound.”
Again, she evens addresses what happens when a woman gets her period and is surrounded by the men who kidnapped her. I loved it so much. Most authors hardly ever address that “problem”, so I was glad she went there. The swoon worthy Drake was well matched with the feisty Myka who always kept him on his toes. Their banter back and forth was genius and so endearing, especially the letters.

PG-13 content.
Highly recommend if you enjoy dystopian action and adventure with romance and a hint of mystery.

My thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.

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Book Review: The Promised Prince by Kortney Keisel

The Promised Prince
By Kortney Keisel 
Rating: 5/5
Release date: January 12, 2021

Wow. I can’t even describe how awesome this book is. I literally started reading right before bed and then read straight through for the next four hours. I could not put the book down. So good! The book is full of many laugh out loud moments, grief-stricken tears, and heart-pounding romance. This is a standalone novel but I believe the author is going to continue writing within the world and I definitely cannot wait to read more. (Signing up for her newsletter grants you a free story from the same world). 

Renna Degray has felt displaced ever since her father died and her mother remarried the king of New Hope. When a trip to her childhood farm allows her to visit her father’s grave, she finds more than she bargained for in Trev, someone who works for the king’s guard. Just a few hours with him has her mischievous side coming out and she feels a hope of belonging again. But anguish comes when Trev turns out to be already engaged…to her stepsister, Princess Seran. Renna must try her best to hide her attraction and chemistry with Trev in order to let the political alliance continue. There is trouble in Albion and Prince Ezra Trevenna (Trev to his friends) is trying his best to rein in his father’s animosity toward Tolsten, the bordering country, and avoid all out war. Marrying Princess Seran would give his country access to their substantial army and help him in his campaign for king. Can Trev find a way to make Renna his bride or is he stuck fulfilling his duty to crown and country?

This debut novel is brilliantly written and will make you want more from this author! Her characters are endearing and imperfect. Her story has depth and so much heart. And it is CLEAN romance. The world the author has built is interesting and I look forward to reading more about it in future books. 

Highly recommend if you enjoy YA dystopian romance with lots of humor and political intrigue. 

My thanks to the author for providing me with an ARC of the book. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own. No positive review was expected and no compensation received.