A Dance with the Fae Prince by Elise Kova is the second book in the Married to Magic series. I read A Deal with the Elf King, the first book, a few weeks ago and really liked it, but A Dance with the Fae Prince was so much better!
At the end of A Deal with the Elf King it was hinted that something was going on over in the Fae kingdom. Inspired by Cinderella, A Dance with the Fae Prince follows Katria, a young woman who lives with her stepmother, stepsister, and younger half-sister. After her stepmother blows through most of the money that was left to her after Katria’s dad was lost at sea, she marries her off to Lord Fenwood. She arrives at Lord Fenwood’s estate, which is near the border to the fae lands, but doesn’t meet her mysterious husband (they signed the marriage paperwork but never met). She only sees the butler/assistant to Lord Fenwood, Oren. Eventually she does get to spend time with Lord Fenwood, but his stipulation is that she not look at him. So they get to know each other a bit, back to back, or eventually with Katria blindfolded.
One night, she wakes up and finds a note that Lord Fenwood didn’t plan for her to find until morning. He has left on a journey/mission and if he doesn’t return the whole estate will be left to her. Worried that something bad is going on, Katria defies Lord Fenwood’s orders to leave the house after dark and goes looking for him. What she discovers is that Lord Fenwood is actually Davien, the rightful heir to the throne for the fae, who has been in hiding because the king wants to kill him before he can take back the throne. But, Katria interrupts a ritual Davien and his friends are in the middle of to restore the magic of the old kings in him so he can fight the evil king and she accidentally steals the magic. Now they need to find a way to transfer the magic out of Katria and back to Davien so he can take back the throne. And of course try to do all this without the king finding out and killing them.
I loved the storyline and the characters. I felt a lot more invested in these characters than in A Deal with the Elf King. Not just the main characters, but the side characters as well. The development of the relationship between Katria and Davien was really fun to watch. It was a little predictable, but I didn’t mind because I just really enjoyed the whole story. In terms of spice level, I think it’s a little steamier than A Deal with the Elf King.
The third book is out and was sort of hinted at at the end of this book or at the end of the bonus chapter and I’m sure I’ll be reading it soon!
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