Welcome to my tour stop for Minstrel’s Serenade by Aubrie Dionne! This is an epic fantasy romance published by Lyrical Kensington. This is a review only tour that runs December 8-12th. Check out the tour page for the full schedule.
About the Book:
Blurb Description: He’s sworn to protect her, but can he save her from himself?
Danika Rubystone has hated the minstrels ever since her mother ran away with one. As Princess, she’s duty bound to marry Valorian, a minstrel from the House of Song. But problems in the kingdom are mounting. With her father dead she’s the sole heir to an imperiled throne, and wyverns attack Ebonvale’s southern shores. But after Danika finds a lone survivor of a wyvern’s attack who holds the key to protecting the kingdom and she finally meets the enchantingly sly Valorian, everything changes.
As Ebonvale’s Royal Guard sails with the minstrels to smite the uprising of wyverns, Danika dances a line between sticking by duty like her father, or following her wild heart like her mother.
Aubrie Dionne is an author and flutist in New England. Her books have received the highest ratings from Romance Times Magazine, as well as Night Owl Reviews and Two Lips Reviews. She has guest blogged on the USA Today Happily Ever After Blog and the Dear Teen Me blog and signed books at the Boston Book Festival, Barnes and Noble, and the Romance Writers of America conference. Her writings have appeared in Mindflights, Niteblade, Silver Blade, Emerald Tales, Hazard Cat, Moon Drenched Fables, A Fly in Amber, and Aurora Wolf. Her books are published by Astraea Press, Spencer Hill Press, Entangled Publishing, Inkspell Publishing, Lyrical Press, and Gypsy Shadow Publishing. When she’s not writing, Aubrie teaches flute and plays in orchestras.
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Minstrel Serenade is a different book- different good- that once you get into, will have you HOOKED!
Well, I initially thought I was going into a steamy sort of romance- I mean, who could blame me with that cover? Well, it's not! It's a perfectly good book- with just a few minor flaws, all in the opening chapters- and I'm going to go as in depth as I can go without actually ruining anything.
So, my problems: This book plunged into things WAY too fast! There was no backstory, no feelings, no nothing that were being explained to you in the first fifty or so pages, leaving me with an 'I'm lost here' feeling throughout the tale, even when we started getting answers and getting to know our characters.
2. The deal that Princess Danika made with the king- I mean WOAH! There has been nobody in the history of kings and queens that forms an alliance so fast. I understand the circumstances, but it still seemed very forced, like the author was getting it all out of the way, so she could write what she really wanted to write.
3. "How could the Chief of Arms, appointed as her bodyguard by her father before his death, harbour feelings towards a princess? Seven years her elder, five ranks below her, he had as much of a chance as a prisoner in their dungeon cells. Remember That."
I don't even think I NEED to explain why I hated that.
Despite these three things, I would DEFINITELY encourage you to read the book- because there is SO much more after chapter three, that can only be called perfection!