ARC Book Review: The Dragon's Bride by Katee Robert

The Dragon's Bride
A Deal with a Demon #1
Author: Katee Robert
Reading Level: Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance 
Released: March 29th 2022
Review Source: Provided by author / ARC copy

Briar Rose might have a name out of a storybook, but she learned at a very young age that no prince was coming to save her. She’ll have to save herself. Unfortunately, even that is an impossible task in her current situation—trapped in a terrifying marriage to a dangerous man.

Desperate times call for desperate measures, which is how she finds herself making a deal with a demon. Freedom from her husband…in return for seven years of service.

She expects the service to be backbreaking and harsh. She doesn’t expect to be put on an auction block in a room full of literal monsters and sold to the highest bidder.

To Sol.

A dragon.

He might seem kinder than his fearsome looks imply, but she knows better than to trust the way he wants to take care of her, or how invested he is in her pleasure. In her experience, if something seems too good to be true, it certainly is.

Falling for Sol is out of the question. She’s suffered enough, and she has no intention of staying in this realm…even if she leaves her heart behind when she returns to her normal life.

The Dragon's Bride brings a whole new meaning to the paranormal genre and is perfect for those who like their men rough around the edges. It was a quick read with just enough world building to keep me wanting more, and we were set up nicely for a potential demon story in the future (which I already want to read!)

In a moment of desperation Brair makes a deal with a demon to save herself from an abusive husband, and in return, gets sold to a dragon. A real life, scaled, green beast. This was my first experience where the monstrous male wasn't completely humanised, and it was brilliant. Sol is unapologetically himself. He hissed when he laughs, you got two for the price of one in the downstairs department, and he is abnormally huge.

The conflict is short, and the romance is spicy - the perfect combination for a good read.

I'm a big reader but I'm new to the monster trope, and you know what? I am not complaining. Is it different for the male to have scales? Yes. Is it strange that he hissed through a forked tongue? Also, yes? But did I still enjoy it? Also, yes! I loved that it was different and the book cover allowed me to picture the dragon's so much better! >

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