He’s promised to another. She’s promised to forget him.
Eighteen-year-old Renna Degray is hopeful about love and her future after a chance encounter with a handsome stranger. Until she discovers who the mysterious man is—the Prince of Albion, betrothed to Renna’s stepsister. Now Renna must try to keep her feelings for the prince in check. But he’s not making it easy. The prince is charming, funny, and impossible not to fall for.
Trev has no room for mistakes. He must marry the princess of New Hope and secure the marriage alliance along with his future as king. The safety of his kingdom depends on it. Duty and honor never bothered Trev before, but love has a way of changing everything.
In this post-Desolation world, the Council of Essentials controls everything, including the prince. Is love more than a negotiation?
Is love essential?
|I’ve heard rave reviews about this book since it was published in January.|
Renna’s mother marries King Bryant after the death of her father. So her stepfather is the king, her mother the queen and her stepsister is a princess. But Renna is just Renna. Yes she gets to wear colored clothes which distinguishes her from the working class in drab gray and neutral tones but no one gives her any attention. She goes to great lengths to get it from Magnum, her mother’s guard.
Renna is visiting her old home with her family as they’re on the way for her stepsister to marry the Albion prince. Renna fakes a drowning on a pond but it wasn’t Magnum who runs to save her but this handsome guy named Trev. They fall into like with each other in 2 days until she arrives at the palace and realizes that Trev is really Prince Ezra, the man bethrothed to her stepsister Seran.
This is a fun YA dystopian story with a insta like/love triangle trope. I didn’t know how it was going to end. I think Kortney did a great job building the world – our world but 200+ years later after the desolation. I loved seeing their artifacts about random garbage. 😅 When I took anthropology in college one of our assignments was to dig through our garbage can and determine what would last x amount of years and what the remaining pieces would tell others about our times.
Love is still important. Family is still important. Showing kindness is still important.