Review: Securing Aisling (Andrea Boyd)

securing aisling front coverI found a new series I like! It feels like historical fiction yet is more accurately fantasy because of its fictional kingdoms.

I loved the character of Queen Brianna from the sample I’d read of this book before receiving the full story. Her dilemma of having to choose a husband to keep her crown was mildly interesting at first, with her personality and the kingdom itself being the most fascinating things for me in the opening chapters. Boyd’s genius was in hooking me with those elements until she could persuade me through the narrative that the entire tale would be great. And now I want more!

If you like knights, princes and queens, come along for the journey!

Book description: A queen in need of a husband and a prince who had never been truly loved—will they overcome opposition to find happiness?

Brianna Reaner, Queen of Aisling, has never been on a date, been in love, had a boyfriend, or has even had a crush on a boy before. According to the laws of her country, she must marry by her eighteenth birthday or risk losing the right to rule her kingdom. How is she supposed to find a suitable husband in less than six months? What will the consequences be if she makes the wrong choice?

With the help of her advisors, she compiles a surprisingly short list of suitable mates. Her top choices include three princes all belonging to her nemesis, King Coman Barnali of Gilvary. None of the three seem particularly promising. Dunbar, the eldest, is his father’s puppet. Next in line is Reagan, the biggest flirt in Kearnley. Then there is the elusive Garrett who seems to go into hiding whenever she is present. One by one she eliminates names from her list until she finds the man she feels destined to marry. But her choice is not pleasing to everyone.

King Coman has been plotting to take control of Aisling for years. Queen Brianna’s choice causes him to have to come up with a new plan—one that could prove deadly for the newly wedded couple.

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