I was sent this book as an advance copy by author for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.
The bodyguard is a traitor. The princess is her one true love. And the revolution is almost here.
Elsenna Hazen left spaceport security and ended up a royal bodyguard. She should have known better than to fall in love with a princess.
It’s been two years since one ill-advised kiss in the garden pulled them apart. With uprisings in the streets, the nervous princess transfers Elsenna back into her service. Her Highness has no idea Elsenna is leaking data to the revolutionaries bent on overthrowing the princess’s oppressive father.
Now Elsenna wakes up each day wondering what will happen first: her own execution, or that of the woman she could never stop loving. When rebel attacks escalate and the king plans retaliation, Elsenna discovers that the fights for her love and her life are one and the same.
An f/f sci-fi romance novella with a guaranteed HEA.
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Release date: August, 3rd
Let’s not beat around the bush, I simply loved this! From the first line (very first line worthy) to the very end I loved the writing, and the main character’s voice was quick to pull me into her head and into the story.
The story itself worked incredibly well as a novella, especially if you’re someone who in any given moment cares more about the character and relationships than about heavy action. The pace was fast when it needed to be, avoiding (in my opinion) unnecessary parts in order to focus more on introspection and relationships, which is exactly what I love.
Which is not to say that I didn’t love the story too, in fact it’s the opposite! This book took place during a revolution and it was so good to see all the different stages of it and what they all meant for Elsenna and how she dealt with it, while carefully navigating her relationship with the princess, Day. I don’t want to give too much away about the actual plot because I highly enjoyed seeing this revolution play out and then reading about its outcome too.
The f/f romance was a constant throughout the novella and I couldn’t get enough of it. I’m not always into second chance romance but here because the romance didn’t actually develop in the past I felt like the tension left from two years ago was palpable in every page and every time Elsenna thought about or talked to the princess. Elsenna is a lesbian and the princess is bisexual (but she states she has no romantic interest in men, so I think she’s bisexual homoromantic) and I loved them together. I also loved how in every scene between them consent was always given the importance it needs, even for the lightest touch, and in general how very little (cis-, hetero-) normative the world was, and how monogamy wasn’t assumed as the default but discussed. In general this was pretty diverse, there are side characters who use they/them pronouns and Day is also blind, and a character suffers injuries that leave them disabled and receiving a prosthetic in the future.
So all in all I hope it’s clear enough that I absolutely recommend this and I am going to keep an eye out for any future releases by Skye Kilaen!