Attempted murder, that's how sixteen-year-old Princess Charlotte's engagement starts. It seems like the only thing she has in common with Prince Young of Vires is their mutual discontent.
When her kingdom's attacked, Charlotte's parents renegotiate her hand in marriage to a handsome stranger with a sinister plan. With the people Charlotte loves dying around her, and her kingdom's future at stake, the only person she can turn to is the prince she betrayed. But, should she save her kingdom or her heart?
One must fall.
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There’s something happening all the time in Kingdom Cold, from Princess Charlotte’s accidental-but-maybe-a-little-on-purpose assassination attempt of her betrothed, Prince Young, to the bittersweet conclusion. This makes for exciting and addictive reading and I enjoyed being swept off and carried away by this novel. I do wish the pacing had slowed in places so some moments could've lingered a little longer, mainly because there are so many great moments in this novel. The Corset Unlacing is particularly memorable.
Several characters have POV chapters but Charlotte was my favourite character throughout. There’s a Disney vibe to Princess Charlotte (think Merida from Brave) and her growth through this book is very satisfying. Charlotte and Young have an enemies-to-lovers style romance that’s actually convincing AND results in a healthy relationship. The reason this romance worked so well for me is that Young is a sweetheart. He has his fair share of asshole moments, but his empathy and sense of honour guide him and so he takes things like accidental-but-maybe-a-little-on-purpose assassination attempts remarkably well.
Chenelle’s prose is a delight to read: elegant simplicity throughout with highly evocative metaphorical descriptions in just the right places.
An unpredictable plot, swoon worthy romance, and great writing makes Kingdom Cold a must-read novel for Fantasy Romance fans.
Book provided by the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review