Book Review: ‘Bride’ by Ali Hazelwood

Paranormal romance with heartfelt emotions

Book Title: Bride
Author: Ali Hazelwood
Publisher: Sphere
Number of Pages: 416
ISBN: 978-1408728864
Date Published: Feb. 6, 2024
Price: INR 416

Bride by Ali Hazelwood

Book Review

Within the genre of paranormal romance, Ali Hazelwood’s “Bride” combines a seductive combination of supernatural intrigue and forbidden love to fascinate readers from beginning to end. The work delves into issues of loyalty, family relationships, and the cost of power in the supernatural hierarchy, all set in a world where vampires and werewolves cohabit in uneasy harmony with humans.

The plot goes with Misery Lark, the daughter of a prominent Vampyre councilman, and her life changes dramatically when she is selected to marry Lowe Moreland, the dangerous Alpha of the Werewolf pack. Misery, a heroine badly traumatized by her previous role as a pawn in political maneuvers, is pushed back into a world of manipulation and intrigue. As she navigates the challenges of her new career, her relationship with Lowe shifts from antagonism to smoldering desire, tempered with the weight of their shared history and personal reasons.

Hazelwood expertly creates Misery as a nuanced heroine who struggles with her previous traumas and current circumstances. Her journey from seclusion to unexpected relationships, both with Lowe and with a mystery youngster in werewolf territory, deepens the story and keeps readers emotionally committed.

The complexities of supernatural politics and the dynamics of power within the Vampyre and Werewolf groups are explored by Hazelwood alongside the intense tension and scorching heat that characterize the relationship between Misery and Lowe. The world-building is simple yet powerful, drawing readers into a world of brittle friendships and frequent betrayals as the story’s drama develops.

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Bride” has shortcomings despite its positive aspects. The abrupt turn of events regarding Lowe’s rejection of Misery seems forced and lessens the story’s overall emotional impact. But in the end, the book’s humor, sensual romance, and well-developed characters surpass these errors, providing readers with an enjoyable and captivating read.

Overall, “Bride” is Ali Hazelwood’s foray into paranormal romance, and while it may not match the heights of her other works, it does provide an engaging and absorbing voyage into a world where love knows no limits. With its combination of supernatural intrigue, passionate romance, and engaging characters, this novel promises to be an entertaining vacation for both genre enthusiasts and beginners.

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