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But I'll be totally honest I knocked off two stars for a few reasons.
Firstly there's some sexism and not-okay things happening. The book sort of shirks Frey keeping Finnie trapped in the other-world without her knowledge and consent and then tampering with her birth control as "well, cultures are different and we can't judge them as right or wrong!" which is absolute nonsense. I don't care what culture you're waving in my face, any that seeks to limit, restrict, or otherwise deny autonomy and liberty solely on the basis of gender identity or sex is awful and wrong and not justified. Then there's also "men can have affairs after marriage but not women because they gotta be moms and not have the paternity called into question" like please, spare me this outdated sexism that tries to justify why women shouldn't have affairs because they can get pregnant as if a man impregnating a dozen girls isn't irresponsible and bad. At these moments I was just rolling my eyes and groaning. At the very least the author made their sexual relationship completely consensual and didn't try to romanticize rape and abuse (which is why I don't want to even consider book #2 which, from reviews and what I can discern from this book and the blurb on the Amazon page, is absolutely all about justifying the rape of women as just a "cultural thing" and something that could be romantic/forgivable in the right perspective and that's disgusting). But I still held issue with this book, especially since Finnie was willing to forgo her justifiable anger and hurt over what Frey without there being any atonement or explanation or anything she was just "whelp I thought you were dead but since I now want to stay and have your baby it's okay that you previously denied me the right to have a choice." I dislike heroines who are so quick to belittle and demean their own justifiable feelings for the sake of a man yet will hold onto really childish, petty feelings that aren't justifiable until the end of time.
One other point of complaint I have is that the language could be a little annoying. Finnie uses some odd, colorful phrasing that seem weird coming from the mouth of a 30 year old woman. I think the book would have done better if Finnie's speech was more refined because it would have matched it better, but it's a minor, personal opinion overall. I also think that some of the plot near the end was a bit rushed and that the author did skim over a handful of events so she could skip around to Frey/Finnie time exclusively, which took away from the fantasy aspect of the novel because we hear about all this political tension and looming turmoil and such but only get a little bit of this stuff overall so that there's just nonstop focus on Finnie learning how to shoot a bow and then having sex with Frey, whom she calls "baby" and "honey" two terms of endearment that seem really awkward and out of place in this novel (I actually thought Frey would have been all "Why are you calling me an infant? Is it an insult? Are you demeaning me?" or something along those lines when Finnie started it up).
Anyway, though despite these two main points (sexist plot devices and language choices that could have fared better) I still found the book to be okay. Perhaps the next books get better, but I'm not sure if I'll be trying any of the others. Book #3 looked interesting, and from what this book says the various stories link up loosely because they're all based in the same world and the politics of the lands all intermix a bit, but I'm a bit hesitant after reading this one and seeing what could have gone terrible wrong and what the author's choices were and after seeing all the disturbing things regarding book #2. I think for now, I'll chalk this up as an okay 99 cent price for a quick read and resume looking for more books to read in another series and by another author.
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!
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I skimmed, I skipped, I jumped. Imagine my surprise when after the skims-skips-jumps, I saw "Chapter 10". What?!!! That's it? Ho boy...Read more