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She comes by it honestly, being the daughter of two adrenaline junkies, but as fun as that sounds, it's actually quite sad, b/c Finnie is essentially an orphan, having lost both parents to said adrenaline junkie-ness when she was twelve, so she jumps out of airplanes, etc. in an attempt to feel closer to her long-departed parents.
So when she learns about an parallel universe populated by alternate versions of ourselves, she enlists the help of a witch to contact Alternate Finnie, who is more than eager to arrange a temporary body swap.
Real World Finnie is ecstatic, b/c Alternate Finnie's parents are very much ALIVE, so against the admonishments and skepticism of her friends, RW Finnie pays Witch an exorbitant fee to perform the swap of her and Alternate Finnie's consciousnesses.
Meet Frey Drakker:
[gif of Jim Caz-whatever from The Count of Monte Cristo.]
One of the most powerful and feared men in the realm, he has agreed to marry to Alternate Finnie to secure an alliance with her father, a significantly less powerful (b/c Frey is just that badass and important) but still powerful king.
He is not happy about it.
Alternate Finnie is as beautiful as her RW counterpart, you see, but that is where the similarities end.
Alternate Finnie feels constrained by the limitations of her world. She is tomboyish in a reality where a good and proper princess does not favor hunting and archery over more "womanly" pursuits, or *gasp* prefer the company of women to men *waggles eyebrows* (something she admitted to Frey after imbibing too much wine during their betrothal negotiations).
But Alternate Finnie is as pragmatic a choice as any, and Frey has never considered marrying for any reason beyond necessity, so . . . the marriage is arranged.
Which brings us to the circumstances Finnie finds herself in---post swap---in a fantasyland version of our reality filled with magic, and herself, a princess about to be wed to a man she has never met.
Sound a little far-fetched to you? A little uh-huh, sure, whatever you say, boss?
I'm inclined to agree.
If you're unfamiliar with KA, you don't know this yet, but KA can do things that others cannot do. To KA an outlandish/ridiculously far-fetched scenario is a playground. To KA women who make choices that would be questionable in any other context are quirky and fantastic. To KA brutish and extreme examples of Alpha male-ness are sex on a stick.
You should read it. *nods emphatically*
It is worth noting that the only reason this is a 4.5 and not 5.0 star read is an excessive use of the term "cool" in the beginning of the book. I am not grading it on a lesser scale b/c indie. It's really that good. That being said, Kristen Ashley is not for everyone. If you do not enjoy supremely Alpha-type males (similar to those you find in Kresley Cole's Immortals After Dark series, then I'd skip these).
HOWEVER . . . if you do enjoy that kind of character, I encourage you to exercise your ability to one-click, b/c despite KA's extreme popularity, her books are still downright cheap, so even if you don't love it like I do, you won't break the bank over that discovery. It's a basic cost vs. (potential) value scenario, people! Check it out!
I liked Finnie well enough, but wished she'd stood up more for herself, or at least explain she's not used to how things work there (after she realizes Frey knows) and how she's used to living. I realize she has to learn and adapt to her new surroundings, but there were times I would've straight up stood my ground, but I'm also a very strong willed woman (lol). I also thought her vocabulary was a little on the juvenile side too many times: crap, ho boy, freaking, cool, etc.
Frey is a bit TOO pushy/bossy/demanding for my likes, but he also had his sweet moments. I get it, he's a ruler and should be listened to, but there are several times in the story I would've straight up blown up on him for saying/doing what he does to Finnie and I doubt I'd be easily forgiving him like how she does in the story.
I felt it was a little dragged out, a little too descriptive, and sometimes a bit repetitive, but otherwise I enjoyed the story and will continue on with book 2.
Not only was it easy to read and follow along but the story was wonderful and sweet! I rooted for Seoafin aka Finnie right from the very beginning. <3 She had fight in her and I loved that. The last few chapters she was total kick butt girl.
Frey Drakkar… Swoony, he was totally manly right from the get go. I loved when he first meets “Finnie” at the ceremony and he looks at her like she is loony toons. Ha I love it. I think from that point forward I was all about the Drakkar. :)
The passion /fire and the banter between Finnie and Frey it is fabulous! Really makes the story worth it. You will root for this unlikely pair I swear it’s fantastic. So, so, glad I gave this book this series a shot.
The narrator really hits it out of the park, I thought I would have to go back a re-listen to parts of this book and I didn't at all. She really makes you a part of the story.
*You don't have to like my review but its 100% my opinion, and I am allowed to have it.*
The male lead was the most frustrating man I have read about in quite some time. Some of the things he did and thought would have made any woman from this world leave him at the drop of a hat. And luckily, this anger was shown, albeit briefly, from our heroine.
In summary, the book was ok. It held my interest. I just wanted it to be better. Also, the narrator was really good on the audio book.
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Wildest Dreams (Fantasyland, #1) Kristen Ashley
Adult Fantasy Romance Suspense
5+ Stars cause I really, REALLY! loved it.Read more