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Review: The Calm Before the Storm by Danielle L. Jensen


Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆
Title: The Calm Before the Storm
Author: Danielle L. Jensen
Series: The Bridge Kingdom #3.5
Genre: Fantasy Romance
Audience: Adult
Format: digital bonus chapters
Length: 80 pages
Publisher: independent
Release Date: May 31, 2022
Source: preorder incentive for The Inadequate Heir
Recommended for fans of: The Bridge Kingdom…duh
Content Warnings: injury


Set in the world of The Bridge Kingdom series, The Calm Before the Storm is six chapters of extra content that take place after the events of The Traitor Queen and The Inadequate Heir.

Ithicana has been liberated from the Maridrinians, but not everyone holds peace in their hearts. Revered by some as a savior and despised by others as a curse upon the kingdom, Lara must navigate treacherous waters as she resumes rule alongside her husband, Aren. Her only certainty is the bond between them, but long overdue conversations will put the strength of their marriage to the test. They must decide what their future will hold, all while dark clouds gather in the south. A storm that no nation, not even the Bridge Kingdom, will escape unscathed.


The Calm Before the Storm is not quite a proper novella; it is six bonus chapters of Lara and Aren content following The Traitor Queen. This was first available as the preorder incentive for The Inadequate Heir but can now be purchased from Danielle L. Jensen’s website.

I love Lara and Aren as a couple. I expected this to be pure fluff since the author advertised spicy content, but this also showcased Ithicana’s continued mistrust of its queen and hints the political conflicts to come in book 4 of the series. I love the scene with the shark, and I will take whatever scraps of Lara and Aren content I can get as the series continues to focus on other couples.


Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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