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When a Princess Proposes by Kerrelyn Sparks
Series: The Embraced #6
Published by Kensington Books on April 26, 2022
Genres: Fantasy Romance
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Aerthlan’s five Embraced queens have reigned for twenty years, in peace secured by the power of their magic. But now a new and insidious threat has appeared, to test a new generation.
DESIRE AND DECEPTION
All Princess Eviana needs is an escape. Possessed of an unfortunate and unusual Embraced gift, which she’s been banned from using, she required no training. Now, her overprotective parents want her to wed. As a result, the palace is crammed with obnoxious noblemen. . . . Until Quentin, the enigmatic eagle shifter and royal spy, maneuvers several of the unsuitable suitors into revealing their most embarrassing secrets before the court. Finally, Eviana has an excuse to free herself. If only her family knew the blow that’s shaken her: golden-eyed Quentin’s refusal to let her near . . .
Heroic, but low born, Quentin’s infatuation with Eviana is as inappropriate as it is unshakable. He must keep away from her, for his own sake. But after a series of suspicious deaths, and the princess’s narrow escape from kidnapping, Quentin knows that only together can they expose the danger stalking Aerthlan’s Embraced. On foot, in disguise, they’ll need trust and quick wits to uncover the vicious conspiracy closing around them. But finding the truth might break down their own defenses as well .
I love the diversity of the people of the Embraced series. There is a variety of types of magic and now we are something like 20+ years later with the next generation. The original folks are there in the background a bit with the younger generation stepping into the main roles.
The heroine is the daughter of Leo and Luciana of Eberton, Eviana. Quentin, the hero, is an orphan from the Isle of Secrets who helped with the original battle against the Circle of Five as a child. Eviana has been protected because of her gift, which is not known.
Now, after many years of peace and prosperity, there is a new threat, and the Embraced are being murdered. Eviana seems at the center of danger. Quentin who has fallen for the princess is very protective of her. Together, they hatch a plan to catch the murderers. The rest of their family takes up their roles providing cover and distractions. It’s thrilling to see them investigate and figure out who the culprits are. The whole group uses their unique skills to the best effect they can.
During the hunt, Evie and Quen grow to know and care for each other even more. A couple from Quen’s Isle of Secrets Days also travel with them and develop a renewed closeness. So there is plenty of romance in the air, along with the mystery of who is killing the Embraced. All those layers make for a fun and exciting story.
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