Review: Bride by Ali Hazelwood

Posted February 7, 2024 by Jen in Paranormal Romance, Rating A, Reviews Tags: , , ,

Audiobook cover of Bride by Ali HazelwoodBride
Author:
Ali Hazelwood
Reviewer:
Jen
Rating: A+

What I’m Talking About:

Although Misery Lark is the daughter of a high-powered, prestigious Vampyre leader, she prefers to live secretly among Humans with her foster sister Serena. However when she’s told she’s to marry the Alpha Werewolf, Lowe Moreland, in order to maintain a fragile peace, she accepts her fate because Lowe may hold the answers to finding the missing Serena.

I cannot adequately express how much I enjoyed Bride. A slow-burn romance coupled with an engrossing mystery, the book is familiar yet different from every werewolf/vampire story I’ve previously read. I loved every minute of it! Because the story is shared mostly from Misery’s first person POV, I quickly became invested in her life, which hasn’t been kind to her. She’s used by her father as a pawn in his political machinations. As a child, she was forced to live among the humans as Collateral, and instead of being heralded as a hero, she is spit on and hated by her own kind when she returns. Her only friend is the human orphan raised along side of Misery while she lived as Collateral. 

Hazelwood’s world is shared by Humans, Vampyres, and Werewolves, each with its own territory and peace accords. Because they live separately, Vampyers and Werewolves only know rumors, myths, and urban legends  about the other species. It’s funny how each species believes such silly truths about the other. Now that Misery lives among the Werewolves, I love that she and Lowe take the time to learn from each other and not just assume and railroad over the other. Their bonding over peanut butter is precious. And what starts between them, spills over onto much of the Pack. It’s great that two people who are different species and grew up in different cultures can connect so wonderfully. 

Lowe and Misery start with a marriage of convenience, but it grows into friendship and love. Hazelwood pens emotions that are raw and real. I love how Misery uses sarcasm to hide her loneliness and that she’s so incredibly loyal. I love her openness and honesty, especially as she learns to fit in and trust others, and to finally make friends. And Lowe is such a noble guy. He wants what is best for everyone, but especially Misery. 

The mystery of what happened to Serena is exciting and a great bonding tool for the couple. I love that Misery decides to confide in Lowe and he in her for the mutual reason of finding Serena and protecting a young member of Lowe’s pack. Hazelwood kept me guessing, and I loved realizing the truth moments before Misery.

Bride is a beautiful romance, rich in details and quality storytelling. I laughed a lot, cried a bit, and enjoyed every moment.

My Rating: A+
Jen

About the Book:

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.

Release Date: February 6, 2024
Publisher:
Berkley
Series:
Standalone
Genre:
Paranormal Romance
Format(s):
paperback (416 pages), e-book, audiobook
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley

Purchase Info:
Amazon (affiliate link)

Bride is also one of my favorite books!

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