Title: The Bridge Kingdom
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Bridge Kingdom #1
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Narrators: Lauren Fortgang and James Patrick Cronin
Length: ~12 hours (356 pages)
Publisher: Audible Original
Release Date: October 16, 2018
Recommended for Fans of: enemies-to-lovers, antiheroes
What if you fell in love with the one person you’d sworn to destroy?
Lara has only one thought for her husband on their wedding day: I will bring your kingdom to its knees. A princess trained from childhood to be a lethal spy, Lara knows that the Bridge Kingdom represents both legendary evil – and legendary promise. The only route through a storm-ravaged world, the Bridge Kingdom controls all trade and travel between lands, allowing its ruler to enrich himself and deprive his enemies, including Lara’s homeland. So when she is sent as a bride under the guise of fulfilling a treaty of peace, Lara is prepared to do whatever it takes to fracture the defenses of the impenetrable Bridge Kingdom.
But as she infiltrates her new home – a lush paradise surrounded by tempest seas – and comes to know her new husband, Aren, Lara begins to question where the true evil resides. Around her, she sees a kingdom fighting for survival, and in Aren, a man fiercely protective of his people. As her mission drives her to deeper understanding of the fight to possess the bridge, Lara finds the simmering attraction between her and Aren impossible to ignore. Her goal nearly within reach, Lara will have to decide her own fate: Will she be the destroyer of a king or the savior of her people?
SO GOOD! This book starts off with a bang and continues to shock you til the very end. I loved that Lara was a complex “villain” character.
The angsty, slow burning romance between Lara and Aren from enemies to lovers was EVERYTHING. I loved all the spying and scheming and betrayals. Ithacana was an incredibly creative setting with the islands, the bridge, the snakes, and the sharks adding mystery and danger to the story.
There was so much dramatic irony building toward the end that had me literally yelling at the characters what to do (shocker: they didn’t listen to me). The ending absolutely gutted me and left me desperate for the next book. Highly recommend.