Radiance by Grace Draven

Genre: Epic Fantasy Romance

Age: 18+ ?? there is some sexual content so I guess.

Triggers: Only if you are heartless and think that friends to lovers is evil.

I have been so crazy with work, and writing that I hadn’t had time to start a review. I have read a lot, not watching TV it gives me time. But I have been tired and laying around doing nothing but reading. Oh well I been helping family out to so there is that. Let’s do a review shall we?


~THE PRINCE OF NO VALUE~ Brishen Khaskem, prince of the Kai, has lived content as the nonessential spare heir to a throne secured many times over. A trade and political alliance between the human kingdom of Gaur and the Kai kingdom of Bast-Haradis requires that he marry a Gauri woman to seal the treaty. Always a dutiful son, Brishen agrees to the marriage and discovers his bride is as ugly as he expected and more beautiful than he could have imagined. ~THE NOBLEWOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE~ Ildiko, niece of the Gauri king, has always known her only worth to the royal family lay in a strategic marriage. Resigned to her fate, she is horrified to learn that her intended groom isn’t just a foreign aristocrat but the younger prince of a people neither familiar nor human. Bound to her new husband, Ildiko will leave behind all she’s known to embrace a man shrouded in darkness but with a soul forged by light. Two people brought together by the trappings of duty and politics will discover they are destined for each other, even as the powers of a hostile kingdom scheme to tear them apart.

Okay y’all if you haven’t read this book. Oh my gods. Now okay this isn’t like what I normally read by any means I mean come on I am into Dark romance and well Paranormal romance/reverse harems. So a Epic Fantasy romance, totally not on my radar. Not even in the same universe. ANYWAY!

This was epic in the sense that you didn’t have love triangles, no insta-love, no insta-list. I mean shit they didn’t even find each other attractive. No no friends. this was hands down a slow burn to friends, to lovers, to in love.

What, What, What? I mean come again. Draven did something amazing here, okay she totally took me out of my romance bubble and slammed into something I have never read before or even thought about reading and made me squee with delight. Brashen hell to the yes.. I want more of him and I get it! This is a series y’all so after this book there is more Ildiko and Brashen. So worth it.

There was so much in this book I loved so much, these two didn’t want to be in this situation together. They had no choice but they were happy that they had each other. they were fun together, funny and there was so much that made my heart just flip over the things that were said for example.

“Resting beside her, he seemed to Ildiko a living statue, carved from dark granite into a form of supple elegance and power. He was beautiful, and the tremor change in her perception of him robbed her lungs of air.
He opened both eyes suddenly, making her jump. Two shimmering gold coins stared at her unblinking. “Good evening, wife,” he said in a voice raspy with the remnants of sleep. A closed-lip smile curved his mouth upward and deepened the tiny lines that fanned from the corners of his eyes. “You’re staring. Do I have a fly on my nose?”
Fighting down a blush at being caught gawking at her own husband, Ildiko lightly tapped the tip of his nose with one finger. “I was trying to find a way to kill it without punching you in the face. Lucky for you, it flew away.” 

I mean come on, this was sweet and made me giggle. they are meant to be with each other. SO much so. here is my favorite one.

“She made him strong; she made him weak, and in that moment, she nearly put him on his knees. ”

and lastly

“Will you be that for me, Ildiko,” he said. “That beacon in the void?” 



“The void is vast, like the sea at night and no land in sight. I’ll be the beacon, Brishen.” 

Y’all seriously do yourself a favor and pick this book up. I mean you can not lose! Recommend from me to you.

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