Monday, April 1, 2019

ARC Review: Honeythorn by Marina Vivancos

From the Blurb:
Omega Milan Pryor knows his duty. He must travel North through the continent towards the snow, the cold, and his new betrothed. They say that Lord Alpha Raphael Ledford, the man he is to marry, is as artic as the weather of his land. But Milan has always been an optimist. Perhaps he might find friendship in the arranged marriage. Even love.

It doesn’t take long for Milan to realize that all the rumours about Lord Raphael are true. Reclusive, distant, frigid. Milan finds himself unwelcome in what he must now call his new home. He’s used to fighting for what he wants—but can he survive a husband as cruel as Lord Raphael?

Being bonded to one who rejects you is a painful thing. Will Milan be able to win his husband’s regard? What terrible secret is Lord Raphael keeping, and will Milan be able to discover it before it’s too late? Or will Milan perish along with his heart?

Ky's rating:

Another book that wasn't consistent for me from start to finish. I seem to be reading a lot of those lately...

"Honeythorn" started out great. It was relationship drama at its best. Set in an alternate universe with Alphas and Omegas but no shifters, Milan travels to the other side of the continent to marry Raphael, not because he loves him but because it was arranged that way.

They don't know each other and they don't even come from the same world. Milo is from the South where there's sun all year and the temperatures are always high. The people there are more open in some ways, more friendly and outgoing. Raphael is from the North where snow is the default setting of the weather over winter and cold is the norm all the time. People there are more reserved, more closed off.

But the peolpe and the weather aren't the only differences between the South and the North. There are different customs, different machines and different plants. Milan is suddenly thrown in an environment completely foreign and on top of that he knows no one there. His future husband is distant and acts like he hates him but Milan is optimistic and still hopes for the best.

The first 50-60% of the story was amazing and is worthy of 5 stars. Some people are going to say it has too much drama but for me it worked. It was heartbreaking to see what was happening to Milan and how everything came down to a misunderstanding and stubbornness. It was emotional and very well written. I liked getting to know this new world and seeing how different the two edges of its continent were. I found weird their tastes in clothes though as they used vivid colors, weird patterns and unusual color matches.

After that wonderful part of the story though came sugary sweet cuteness between then MCs and OTT drama with the re-appearance of an evil ex with a masterplan. That whole side-plot was undelievable and stretched very thin. I would have prefered for the book to be shorter if it meant we got to avoid all that thing at the end.

I find it difficult to rate this book. I loved most of it but I can't ignore the end, so I'm going to go with 3.5 stars since the majority of the story was good.

I've come to really like Marina Vivancos's writing style - "In This Iron Ground" was sooooo good! - and I'll continue to keep an eye out for her books in the future. What I've read of her work so far didn't have OTT drama so I hope her next books won't have it either and this one was just a fluke.

*An ARC of this book was kindly provided to me in exchange for an honest review. *

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