Bride By Ali Hazelwood Book Review

Bride By Ali Hazelwood Book Review

Bride is Ali Hazelwood’s first foray into paranormal romance. I wondered if I’d still enjoy it, as half of her books’ appeal for me is her STEMverse, but luckily she rocked it.

Hazelwood’s paranormal universe is similar but different, to the normal tropes of Vampires and Werewolves. She’s given it her scientific spin and created sub-species that have evolved in different ways to each other. No one lives forever, sparkles, or has superhuman strength. But we do have blood drinking, kinky sex, and century-long feuds.

Bride Plot

A dangerous alliance between a Vampyre bride and an Alpha Werewolf becomes a love deep enough to sink your teeth into in this new paranormal romance. Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcast—again. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres, and she sees little choice but to surrender herself in the exchange—again… Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. It’s clear from the way he tracks Misery’s every movement that he doesn’t trust her. If only he knew how right he was…. Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she’s ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what’s hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territory…alone with the wolf.

Bride Review

The Hazelwood formula is in full force in this book. We’ve got the intelligent female lead, the spunky BFF, the enemies to lovers, the homicidal animal mascot, and the intelligent dialogue. Misery is not a brain scientist or biologist, but she’s highly intelligent, which we’re never told, just shown.

I think I need to finally come clean to myself and face facts, I’m a fan girl of the intelligent way Hazelwood speaks to her readers. Yes, Ali, speak dirty to me in those scientific words that I barely understand, entertain me with your scintillating scientific asides. What can I say, I like being treated like I’m not dumb.

Misery is an interesting female lead. She’s strong but guarded, wise-cracking to hide the scars and insecurities, world-weary, but innocent in many things. She fits nowhere and so fits perfectly into the enemy in enemy territory that she becomes through her arranged marriage. It also makes it easy to believe that she would forsake her own kind so easily.

Let’s be honest. Growly, possessive werewolves have been done many times before, but I still enjoy reading these romance tropes. It just makes the tension all the sweeter. It’s obvious what kind of tension there is between Lowe and Misery, but I quite happily lapped it up. Lowe himself seemed a little unfinished. He was patient, loyal and fair, which would have been boring if not for his obvious panting after his enemy, Misery.

The sexual tension between Lowe and Misery is hot, especially when they’re stumbling their way into it. There’s even a lovely bath scene when Lowe is learning Misery through touch.

Let’s talk about the kinky part of this book. I even applaud Hazelwood for having the balls to go this far. There is one moment in their sexual escapades when we’re introduced to the Were knot. What is this you might ask? When they first started talking about it I was like, what on earth. I read the page a few times and still couldn’t figure out what it was. Did his penis have a frill on it like a frill neck lizard? When we’re given a physical demonstration it does make a bit more sense. It’s dirty, it’s kinky, it’s weird, it’s spicy hot.

The actual storyline kind of rambled along with different things happening, but we were really just here for the building sexual tension and paranormal biting and sex. I felt like the end drama was a bit rushed, and it lost my interest.

4/5

Bride is Hazelwood’s first foray into paranormal romance, and I hope it’s not her last (which from the ending, it looks like we’re getting a series, yay!). It’s got the tried and tested Hazelwood romance formula, that works so well for her.

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