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She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer. Katria swore she'd never fall in love. She's seen what "love" means through the cruelty of her family. So when she's married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she's leaving. Feelings are off the table. But her new husb She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer. Katria swore she'd never fall in love. She's seen what "love" means through the cruelty of her family. So when she's married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she's leaving. Feelings are off the table. But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult. As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape. Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidently pilfered the magic of ancient kings - magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne - and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding. The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel? A Dance with the Fae Prince is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Psyche and Eros, as well as Cinderella, with a "happily ever after" ending. It's perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.


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She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer. Katria swore she'd never fall in love. She's seen what "love" means through the cruelty of her family. So when she's married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she's leaving. Feelings are off the table. But her new husb She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer. Katria swore she'd never fall in love. She's seen what "love" means through the cruelty of her family. So when she's married off to the mysterious Lord Fenwood for a handsome price, all Katria wants is a better life than the one she's leaving. Feelings are off the table. But her new husband makes not falling in love difficult. As their attraction begins to grow, so too do the oddities within her new life: strange rules, screams in the night, and attacks by fae that Katria never thought were real. When she witnesses a ritual not meant for human eyes, Katria finds herself spirited away to the land of Midscape. Surviving the fae wilds as a human is hard enough. Katria must survive as a human who accidently pilfered the magic of ancient kings - magic a bloodthirsty king is ready to kill her for in order to keep his stolen throne - and her new husband is the rightful heir in hiding. The power to save the fae is in her hands. But who will save her from a love she vowed never to feel? A Dance with the Fae Prince is a complete, stand-alone novel, inspired by the tales of Psyche and Eros, as well as Cinderella, with a "happily ever after" ending. It's perfect for fantasy romance fans looking for just the right amount of steam and their next slow-burn and swoon-worthy couple.

30 review for A Dance with the Fae Prince

  1. 4 out of 5

    spring ~♡

    This.was.boring. Boring with a capital B. I said what I said. You would think a Cinderella retelling with a Cupid-Psyche twist can do nothing wrong. Right? No. This book somehow used all of my favourite trope and made me hate every.single.one.of.them. It literally took me so so long to finish this book and I'm just so mad and I WANT MY EFFING WASTED TIME BACK! So Katria, our protagonist is Cinderella. Her evil step mother and sister tortures her. Basically they made her their personal maid. We ge This.was.boring. Boring with a capital B. I said what I said. You would think a Cinderella retelling with a Cupid-Psyche twist can do nothing wrong. Right? No. This book somehow used all of my favourite trope and made me hate every.single.one.of.them. It literally took me so so long to finish this book and I'm just so mad and I WANT MY EFFING WASTED TIME BACK! So Katria, our protagonist is Cinderella. Her evil step mother and sister tortures her. Basically they made her their personal maid. We get it. Her mother hates her. Her sister hates her. Yes. Pretty simple. We have read that before. No need to describe it for 60/70 pages god! Can we move on? Anyway, so after what felt like forever she is finally married off to a man she has never met. Enter another 50 pages of inner monologue cause WHY NOT? Her new husband gave her some rules. Don't go roaming around the woods at night. And some part of the house. Also, she can never see him. She agreed without asking any questions. Enter another 100 pages. Katria woke up. Katria took her breakfast. Katria went to the woods and played her lute. Katria wondered about her husband. Repeat. Pretty exciting right? At this point half of me wanted to dnf this thing cause as much as I hate myself sometimes I don't want to torture myself to death. Okay, so about the main purpose of this book which is "romance". Katria never saw her husband. She doesn’t know his first name (she never asked, and I'm like " wtf?", but the I reminded myself it's none of my business), She had like two conversation with him yet everytime she realizes they both lives under the same sky her body betrays her. *shivers* This man makes me want dangerous things. Things I’ve never thought I wanted before and certainly never needed. GIRL!!! YOU HAD LIKE TWO CONVERSATION WITH HIM! YOU DON’T KNOW HIS FIRST NAME YET! My thoughts, and dreams, all revolve around him and this strange new world…even if I don’t want them to. Oh please. Have mercy on my braincells. Minor spoilers ahead: Now about the chemistry (which you can clearly see, they have enough chemistry to light a building on fire). Anyway, Our Fae Prince (we know his first name now. But I'm not gonna tell you cause I'm evil) is so so ✨romantic✨ and ✨kind✨ and ✨empathic✨ that he made Katria walk for hours without any food or rest despite knowing she is a human and she might pass out or worse..she might DIE cause he was angry. "Do you need to stop?” he asks me. “I can keep going,” I force myself to say when all I want is to shout, Five minutes please! “Good, we carry on then.” “Davien—” “Your true king has spoken.” You’d think Katria would be mad at him after this. But guess what?? *surprise* *surprise* she is still the one who apologized cause she understood why he is mad. Because, #TrueLove HashtagDisneyDidItBetterYouDumbass. And after all these, both of them suddenly realizes they were in 🖤🖤true love🖤🖤. This book felt like 1000 pages long but at the same time when it came to the romantic build up it felt like 20 pages. Idk. Maybe I lost all of my braincells. Anyway. Here's my favourite quote from the book- “This isn’t about me,” he says curtly. “Rare of our lost prince to recognize that not everything is about him.” Giles grins. Same. But, ouch Giles! You can't spill the truth like this. Your Prince's delicate ego might get hurt!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Moon

    I NEED THIS BOOK YESTERDAY

  3. 4 out of 5

    aly ☆彡

    (This review might contain minor spoiler) First of all, I am glad that this one is so much better than I expected (and that it's also better than the first book). The cover is stunning too; I wouldn't have thought I'd enjoy a Cinderella retelling. A Dance with the Fae Prince is a compelling story with decent foreshadowing that will have you glued to the page; it's lovely with just the right amount of whimsy and wonder. I am happy to be back at Midscape (and got so excited when they mentioned the E (This review might contain minor spoiler) First of all, I am glad that this one is so much better than I expected (and that it's also better than the first book). The cover is stunning too; I wouldn't have thought I'd enjoy a Cinderella retelling. A Dance with the Fae Prince is a compelling story with decent foreshadowing that will have you glued to the page; it's lovely with just the right amount of whimsy and wonder. I am happy to be back at Midscape (and got so excited when they mentioned the Elf King ((and more excited when they hinted on the vampire that turns out to be the next book in the series))) "I found a mind, thought for myself, and become my own ruler" Despite growing up in an abusive household, which has impacted Katria's views on the world, she maintained an optimistic outlook and was determined to establish a better life for herself after being sold into marriage. However, the plan didn't include falling in love with her brooding yet charming husband, Gavien. Katria's growth is aspiring and I love her determination in wanting to set her life right. However, Kova's hero is always so in between flat and sketchy. I find Gavien charming and attractive but I can't help to also find him boring as the story goes. The whole claiming throne kind of made me a bit put off with how vehement he was in doing so despite the foreknow twist of the event. Unfortunately, there was a plot point I saw coming a mile off yet it takes too long for the truth to come out, consequently making this book unnecessary longer than it should be. The truth was shoved to us from the start but Katria is too slow to unravel the certitude behind her mother's book. The evident betrayal was also a major disappointment. (view spoiler)[I was expecting Vera would be the bigger surprise at the end, but it turned out to be the predictable character. (hide spoiler)] Nevertheless, another good thing about this book though is its well-through world-building. I enjoyed the fae world that Kova wrote even with the stereotypical attributes. I adored learning about the magic system and the rituals in this book and how the land of fae operated. I don't feel entangled or confused by the politics of this world. Most of the side characters are likeable too! "We will be each other's teacher tonight, and eager student" I enjoyed the slow burn in the romance, especially the whole ordeal where Katria has yet to know what her husband looks like even after living together. It makes me want to move further and see how it unfolds. Unfortunately, I feel like the building up to their romance fell short as I couldn't feel a strong connection between the two. Both of them are adorable but still not enough to make me love them as a whole (for some reason, this has been the same issue I had with A Deal with the Elf King probably because of the shortcomings in the male lead department). Altogether, I like this book more and there were many interesting things ensued compared to the first one but it could also definitely be better! [3.5/5]

  4. 5 out of 5

    ale ✧・゚

    y'all know that i didn't enjoy a deal with the elf king a lot, bUT THIS BOOK LOOKS AWESOME AND THAT COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL, OMG, I NEED IT NOW! y'all know that i didn't enjoy a deal with the elf king a lot, bUT THIS BOOK LOOKS AWESOME AND THAT COVER IS SO BEAUTIFUL, OMG, I NEED IT NOW!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Luna

    She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer. A Dance with the Fae Prince takes you on a journey to whimsical, marvelous lands full of magic and wonder, through the eyes of a female protagonist who is trying to find her place in the world and is yet to discover what true, pure love feels like. I vow then that I will never let this new husband or anyone else make me feel small. I will try with all my might to stand tall. I will never live cowering again. K She knew her hand in marriage would be sold. She had no idea a fae prince was the buyer. A Dance with the Fae Prince takes you on a journey to whimsical, marvelous lands full of magic and wonder, through the eyes of a female protagonist who is trying to find her place in the world and is yet to discover what true, pure love feels like. I vow then that I will never let this new husband or anyone else make me feel small. I will try with all my might to stand tall. I will never live cowering again. Katria is a young woman who swore to never fall in love—and with good reasons. But when her hand in marriage is sold to the mysterious Lord Fenwood, Katria finds that not falling in love with that man is not as easy as she thought. And when she witnesses a ritual she was never meant to see, between creatures that were meant to be only a story, she is whisked away to a land of magic and wonder. There, she will not only discover the secret her husband was hiding from her, but she will also have to learn to control a power that is now within her and that the future of the fae depends on. Will she survive the dangerous situation she finds herself in? And more importantly, will she survive the love that’s starting to brew inside her heart? “Magic is one of the greatest things we will ever know and never be able to explain. To know magic is to touch the old gods that brought this earth from primordial chaos. It is to embrace the glimpse of greatness that we all possess within us—to boldly reach for what could be and not what is, both in ourselves and the world around us.” I absolutely adored this book!! For a stand-alone, its world building is mesmerizing and amazing—Elise Kova knows how to create worlds full of magic and wonder, with complicated politics and characters, and still make them completely understandable to the reader from the very first moment. Although this book happens in Married to Magic shared universe (the same world in which A Deal with the Elf King takes place), you can still read A Dance with the Fae Prince first and completely understand everything! Plus, I don’t think it spoils anything about the other book, so you can read A Dance first and A Deal later without having it spoiled (which is pretty cool!). I loved we got to explore new parts about Midscape, its peoples and their own lore, and I can’t wait to see what the next books in this universe will bring! I want to live—more than anything—and because I want that, I refuse to spend my hours as someone’s thing. I’m going to live my life, the way I want to live it, or die trying. So help me live or be ready to kill me. Now, moving on to the story and its characters. The synopsis says this book is inspired by the tales of Psyche and Eros, and by Cinderella, and you can clearly see that from the beginning. Katria, the protagonist, comes from an abusive household (trigger warning!) because of her stepmother and sisters, and this is something that impacts how she acts, feels, and even the way she sees the world. I think it was really brave and inspiring that Elise chose to write a protagonist with such a past, because it helped shine a light on an issue or situation that many people may be going through or have gone through. I feel there may be many readers who could really find hope, inspiration, and strength in her story. “This is a whole city of rogues. Vigilantes. Ne’er-do-wells. Treasonous scoundrels who don’t fit in anywhere else and would slit our current king’s neck if we had the chance.” “Everyone has seemed lovely to me,” I counter, digging into the food. The rest of the characters were also great. The secondary characters were fierce yet funny and lovely, and were a nice contrast to Katria’s personality and humanity. The antagonists were well written and helped move the plot along. And Davien (also called Lord Fenwood, Katria’s love interest) is the sexy, swoon-worthy male character you can expect from these kind of books. And speaking of these two… “No love.” It sounds like a promise. “Though, if you let me, I will make you feel.” “Feel what?” My voice quivers. “Everything.” “Davien…” I sigh his name like a soft prayer. I’ve never believed in the old gods the elderly in town pay homage to. But if I’d paid more attention to them I’d bet they’d have a name like him. The chemistry between them was one of the best things about this book. Davien is the perfect example of a “man written by a woman” that we all wished existed in real life. He’s a fae who’s lived a hard life and has his own desires and things to achieve in life (like Katria once says, “A man with a noble mission is more attractive than I ever expected”), yet he finds himself falling for Katria and willing to do everything in his power just to be by her side and make her happy. The chemistry between them was slowly and beautifully built, and I liked a lot of romantic quotes from their interactions. If you like fantasy books with really romantic, swoon-worthy couples, then you’ll absolutely adore A Dance with the Fae Prince! He’s like a poisonous draught that promises to be the most delicious thing in the world…you’d knowingly risk death just for a taste. The only reason why I couldn’t give this book 5⭐ (I rate it 4.5⭐) is because I couldn’t really connect with the protagonist, and I felt that the love between her and Davien was more plot-driven than anything—which I didn’t feel was the case at all in comparison to the other book in this series, A Deal with the Elf King. Also, the big plot twist was fairly obvious from early on so it didn’t shock me as much as I would have liked it to. But I still deeply enjoyed reading it all, and this is something that happened to me but may not be the case with any other reader. “Go and play, for me. Fill my world with your song.” That being said, there were many other things in this book that I absolutely adored. For example, I really enjoyed Elise’s prose in this particular book: it felt more poetic and deeper than usual, and how she described not just the world but also the character’s feelings and thoughts was magic itself. The plot is a bit fast-paced at the beginning, which I appreciated, and then it keeps a good rhythm. I also relished how important the music was to Katria and to the story itself! I have never read a book where music was important, and I adored how it was treated here almost like another brand of magic—I’m sure many readers who are music lovers like Katria will love this! I am whole and broken and mending. I am all of those things, and more. To sum up, A Dance with the Fae Prince is amazing. Take a wonderful fairytale, but make it spicy and give it a breathtaking world-building and an intriguing political background, and you get a phenomenal fantasy book like only Elise Kova can write. This book touches on important themes such as recovering from abuse, healthy love and friendship, and recognizing one’s true worth, all mixed with elements every fantasy reader enjoys, like fae creatures, magical kingdoms with their peoples and lore, an evil king and the struggle against him, adventure, intrigue, and more. This book has it all—from breath-taking fight scenes to swoon-worthy spicy moments. If you love tropes like “touch her and I’ll kill you” male characters, arranged marriage, and slow-burn romance; if you enjoy YA fae books like An Enchantment of Ravens or The Cruel Prince; or if you’re in the mood to read a stand-alone that will sweep you to faraway lands full of magic and danger and romance and happy endings, then you will adore A Dance with the Fae Prince. “Love isn’t like the storybooks. It’s a transaction at best.” “No.” Davien takes a step forward, encroaching on my personal space. “Love is the closest thing we have to meaning in this world. The love of a mother for her children, the love between friends, the love of a husband and wife, love for who we are and all those who strove before us to hand us the world we have now—love is why we live, why we fight, why we carry on when things get tough…it is not always easy. But it is our reprieve from true hardship, not the hardship itself.” Thank you so much to BOMM Tours and Elise Kova for the opportunity to read and review an ARC of this book. It’s an honor and privilege to be a part of your Tower Guard. TRIGGER WARNINGS: Mentions of emotional and physical abuse by family members, fantasy violence.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Paige ♠

    I'm always excited to read a new Elise Kova book - I'm a huge fan and always looking forward to her releases. But there's just something about this series that hasn't clicked with me yet ME WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS COVER UNFORTUNATELY, ALSO ME DURING SOME OF THE BOOK 🆗 BETTER THAN A Deal with the Elf King, but I still thought it was a little slow and I just wasn't addicted to finishing the book ❌ THE PLOT WAS very linear and there was a lot of foreshadowing, which made the twists and reveals unsurprisi I'm always excited to read a new Elise Kova book - I'm a huge fan and always looking forward to her releases. But there's just something about this series that hasn't clicked with me yet ME WHEN I FIRST SAW THIS COVER UNFORTUNATELY, ALSO ME DURING SOME OF THE BOOK 🆗 BETTER THAN A Deal with the Elf King, but I still thought it was a little slow and I just wasn't addicted to finishing the book ❌ THE PLOT WAS very linear and there was a lot of foreshadowing, which made the twists and reveals unsurprising and probably contributed to not being very exciting for me ❌ IT REALLY BOTHERED me that she called Helen and Laura her sisters instead of her stepsisters idk haha 🙄 ✅ SLOWBURN AND ENEMIES to lovers is something you can never go wrong with and this was not an exception! ✅ THIS WAS STEAMY for Elise Kova standards 💕 A mix between an open-door and closed-door romance because while nothing was explicitly described, it definitely happened on page ❌ THE SPEECH PATTERN and the general tone was very formal... which reminded me a lot of Historical Romance books but felt a little off for a fantasy-romance ✅ I'M STILL A HUGE FAN of this world and the concept behind this series. I love how each book explores a different part of the world and I just love fantasy romance! Plus the world-building is always great Overall, I think this book delivers exactly what it's marketed as, a standalone enemies-to-lovers romance in a fun fantasy world. I wouldn't go into this expecting a super intense plot or mind-blowing twists due to the fact that it is a standalone where everything ties up nicely in the end. I would recommend reading it if you're looking for a quick and straightforward fantasy romance that still has a robust magic system and world

  7. 4 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    I was not really impresed with A Deal with the Elf King, but LOOK AT THIS COVER!!! I know we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but damn! Once again the cover of her book is just GORGEOUS. 😍 ✅ I preordered it just so I can admire it on my bookshelf… and hopefully the book is good too ! 😅 08/10/2021 : Did I just receive the first 3 chapters in the author's newsletter?! Yes I did! I guess I know what I'll be reading this week 😁 I was not really impresed with A Deal with the Elf King, but LOOK AT THIS COVER!!! I know we shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but damn! Once again the cover of her book is just GORGEOUS. 😍 ✅ I preordered it just so I can admire it on my bookshelf… and hopefully the book is good too ! 😅 08/10/2021 : Did I just receive the first 3 chapters in the author's newsletter?! Yes I did! I guess I know what I'll be reading this week 😁

  8. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    This one had marriage of convenience and strong tangled vibes. Can’t wait until the next one. full RTC

  9. 4 out of 5

    Emily

    This is hands down fantasy romance at its finest I am obsessed with it! This is a whimsical story which is inspired by Cinderella & the story of Eros & Psyche that I was addicted to. The romance is truly everything there is so much tension between the two main characters that had me shipping them together from the get go. I definitely saw the ending coming which I was happy about as I loved being proved right & I can’t wait for more books based within the married to magic universe. Thank you so This is hands down fantasy romance at its finest I am obsessed with it! This is a whimsical story which is inspired by Cinderella & the story of Eros & Psyche that I was addicted to. The romance is truly everything there is so much tension between the two main characters that had me shipping them together from the get go. I definitely saw the ending coming which I was happy about as I loved being proved right & I can’t wait for more books based within the married to magic universe. Thank you so much Elise for sending me a proof copy of your book!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Ashlee » libraryinthecountry

    This book was fantastic and kept me enchanted through every page! First of all, I really love the way Elise Kova took themes from Cinderella, as well as the story of Psyche and Eros (similarly, East of the Sun and West of the Moon), and wove them into this vibrant fantasy world she has created. As much as I enjoyed A Deal with the Elf King, this book really has my heart. You can expect a wicked stepmother, a hand sold in marriage, a manor house on the edge of the forbidden wood, a mysterious new h This book was fantastic and kept me enchanted through every page! First of all, I really love the way Elise Kova took themes from Cinderella, as well as the story of Psyche and Eros (similarly, East of the Sun and West of the Moon), and wove them into this vibrant fantasy world she has created. As much as I enjoyed A Deal with the Elf King, this book really has my heart. You can expect a wicked stepmother, a hand sold in marriage, a manor house on the edge of the forbidden wood, a mysterious new husband, and the wild fae your parents always warned you about. I am being purposefully vague because I think this deserves to be enjoyed with minimal spoilers, but I will say that it begs the question of what makes a leader worthy, as well as what love really looks like. I was completely swept off my feet by the fae lands of Midscape and the characters within it. Fans of romance (like me!), will rejoice too! A Dance with the Fae Prince has a swoony, slow burn romance that totally pays off with some steamy scenes that I think will delight fans of upper YA and adult romance alike. What I really love about the Married to Magic world, is that Elise Kova has taken the contemporary romance model of standalone novels with a HEA, and has given that model a fantasy makeover. Like we see in many contemporary romance series, the world may be the same, the characters may crossover, but each novel itself is its own standalone story, and that’s what we have here. It’s *so* refreshing to see in a genre that sees most fantasy romances have stories spanning trilogies or longer. I really hope Elise is at the forefront of a new trend here! I think that even if you found yourself wanting after finishing A Deal with the Elf King, you should dip your toes into this one and give it a go. I received an eARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

  11. 5 out of 5

    kaitlyn

    2.5 - this was dreadfully boring :/

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grüffeline

    Painfully obvious but I still liked it. Give me the Vampir Lord now! 😍 Rtc

  13. 5 out of 5

    Julia ✿

    𝟯 ✧ ❝Sire, true king, permission to speak freely?❞ … ❝Granted,❞ he growls. ❝You’re being an ass.❞ Shaye smirks. ❝That is all.❞ 𝗦𝗢𝗡𝗚 𝗥𝗘𝗖 ♫ — Faerie Queen I'm gonna be honest… I picked up A Dance with the Fae Prince solely because of that beautiful cover. No bullshit. That's the sole reason. Sue me, I have a thing for pretty covers 🤷‍♀️ ♥ 𝗜 𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗬 𝗘𝗡𝗝𝗢𝗬𝗘𝗗 𝗧𝗛𝗘… concept of A DANCE OF THE FAE PRINCE. The ingredients were all there. ✿ an arranged marriage — ✔ ✿ vague Brothers Grimm vibes — ✔ ✿ the 𝟯 ✧ ❝Sire, true king, permission to speak freely?❞ … ❝Granted,❞ he growls. ❝You’re being an ass.❞ Shaye smirks. ❝That is all.❞ 𝗦𝗢𝗡𝗚 𝗥𝗘𝗖 ♫ — Faerie Queen I'm gonna be honest… I picked up A Dance with the Fae Prince solely because of that beautiful cover. No bullshit. That's the sole reason. Sue me, I have a thing for pretty covers 🤷‍♀️ ♥ 𝗜 𝗥𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗬 𝗘𝗡𝗝𝗢𝗬𝗘𝗗 𝗧𝗛𝗘… concept of A DANCE OF THE FAE PRINCE. The ingredients were all there. ✿ an arranged marriage — ✔ ✿ vague Brothers Grimm vibes — ✔ ✿ the makings of a solid as hell story-arc for our heroine — ✔ ✿ a brooding and mysterious hero — ✔ ✿ wings and shit — ✔ ✿ fun adventure quest shenanigans — ✔ ✿ solid side characters // comic relief — ✔ ✿ an endearing old man butler — ✔ Additionally, the world building was pretty fun!! While it wasn't the greatest I've ever seen, it was solid. I especially loved the gloomy and vaguely dark vibes we got from the beginning half of the book. Really, it was all there. The makings of a great story. ᴀɴᴅ ʏᴇᴛ… ꜱᴏᴍᴇᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴡᴀꜱ ᴍɪꜱꜱɪɴɢ… 😮‍💨 ✘ 𝗞𝗔𝗧𝗥𝗜𝗔 𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗗𝗔𝗩𝗜𝗘𝗡 𝗪𝗘𝗥𝗘 𝗕𝗟𝗔𝗡𝗗 𝗔𝗦 𝗛𝗘𝗟𝗟, 𝗔𝗡𝗗… I'm only slightly exaggerating. They were… fine. Or more like - they were just kinda there. Which - that's never a sentence you want to utter about your main characters. ❝We are going to spend our lives together,❞ I say. ❝I’d like to make that as pleasant as possible.❞ ❝There is nothing pleasant here.❞ My husband is very cheerful, it seems. So, when I really think about it my main… disappointment with Katria and Davien is their missed potential. They both had the potential to be really great characters. I mean - they both have tragic as hell backstories. Like, you'd think they'd have some semblance of a character arc. Or at least, vaguely interesting personalities… Yeah, that's a negative. They do not. So, yeah… both these characters were… there. They were there. I mean you know it's bad when something like this happens — ᴍᴇ: ʜᴍᴍᴍ. ꜰᴀᴇ ᴅᴜᴅᴇ ꜱᴇᴇᴍꜱ ɴɪᴄᴇ. ʜᴇ ɢᴏᴛ ᴡɪɴɢꜱ. *ᴊᴀᴢᴢ ʜᴀɴᴅꜱ* ᴛʜɪʀᴛʏ ᴘᴇʀᴄᴇɴᴛ ɪɴᴛᴏ ᴛʜᴇ ʙᴏᴏᴋ… ʙᴏᴏᴋ: *ᴏʙᴠɪᴏᴜꜱ ʙᴀᴅ ɢᴜʏ ᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀꜱ* ᴍᴇ: *ꜱᴛᴀɴᴅꜱ ᴜᴘ* ᴏ-ᴍ-ꜰ-ɢ, ɪꜱ ᴛʜᴀᴛ ᴛʜᴇ ʀᴇᴀʟ ʟᴏᴠᴇ ɪɴᴛᴇʀᴇꜱᴛ!! ʙᴏᴏᴋ: *ᴏʙɢ ɪꜱ ɪᴍᴍᴇᴅɪᴀᴛᴇʟʏ ᴋɪʟʟᴇᴅ* ᴍᴇ: *ꜱɪᴛꜱ ʙᴀᴄᴋ ᴅᴏᴡɴ* ᴏʜ… ɴᴇᴠᴇʀ ᴍɪɴᴅ 😪 Suffice it to say, it's never a good sign when you're not even remotely interested in the hero and are actively on the lookout for his replacement. ꜱᴏ, ɪ ᴀᴍ ꜱᴜʀᴇ ʏᴏᴜ ɢᴜʏꜱ ᴄᴀɴ ɪᴍᴀɢɪɴᴇ… 🙈 🅾🅺🅰🆈 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗥𝗢𝗠𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘… 𝗬𝗘𝗔𝗛… 𝗜𝗧 𝗪𝗔𝗦 𝗙𝗜𝗡𝗘… Which again, not exactly a ringing endorsement. Like - okay. The romance was nice. I actually think it had a lot and I mean a lot of potential. There was a real Beauty and the Beast vibe to the romance, in the beginning at least. And, believe it or not, I was actually really digging that. It kept me on my toes and along with getting me excited for the romance, it also added a dash of mystery. ❝Maybe,❞ he whispers, ❝I’m trying to protect you because I’m stunning. Because if you were to look at me with those eyes that Oren tells me are like a tempest sea, I could never let you go.❞ It's after the "big reveal" that the romance becomes a bit predictable and boring. Also, is it just me or was this insta-love as fuck? Cause, I've gotta ask, why did Davien and Katria fall in love? They barely interacted. And when they did interact there was a lot of interrupted conversations and staring. Ultimately, the romance both tanked and saved this book for me. It was the romance that kept me reading. But, it was also the romance that reminded me of all the lost potential. So. Much. Lost. Potential. ᴡʜɪᴄʜ ʙʀɪɴɢꜱ ᴍᴇ ᴛᴏ ᴀ… ɢᴜɪʟᴛʏ ᴄᴏɴꜰᴇꜱꜱɪᴏɴ ɪ ᴍᴜꜱᴛ ᴍᴀᴋᴇ… 😅 ✘ 𝗧𝗢 𝗕𝗘 𝗧𝗢𝗧𝗔𝗟𝗟𝗬 𝗧𝗥𝗔𝗡𝗦𝗣𝗔𝗥𝗘𝗡𝗧 𝗜… 𝗪𝗘𝗟𝗟 𝗜 - kinda sorta skim read the last half of this book. Which, I know, I know, is pretty bad. But here me out, I - well… iwantedtoknowwhathappenedattheend,sofreakingsueme. Look, usually I would've just marked this one as a DNF, but idk… there was something keeping me from doing that. So, like - if you think about it… it's kinda a big ole' compliment. If you squint real hard you can find the compliment. ꜱᴏ, ᴛᴏ ᴄᴏɴᴄʟᴜᴅᴇ ᴛʜɪꜱ ꜱᴀᴅ ᴇxᴄᴜꜱᴇ ᴏꜰ ᴀ ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ… 😭 🅾🅺🅰🆈 𝗔 𝗗𝗔𝗡𝗖𝗘 𝗪𝗜𝗧𝗛 𝗧𝗛𝗘 𝗙𝗔𝗘 𝗣𝗥𝗜𝗡𝗖𝗘 𝗪𝗔𝗦… aggressively fine with a dash of unfulfilled potential thrown in there for funsies. And yet… I can't in good conscience firmly put this book in the two star category. There might have been something missing, but I can't ignore how into this book I was for the first forty percent or so. Throughout that first fortyish percent there were sprinklings of greatness. ❝I want to live—more than anything—and because I want that, I refuse to spend my hours as someone’s thing. I’m going to live my life, the way I want to live it, or die trying. So help me live or be ready to kill me,❞ I finish, voice quivering. I think the book lost me when Katria and the gang went into the fae realm. There was something so… boring about the fae realm. Which - lmao, I can't believe I'm saying that, but it's true. Personally, I would've been happier if the romance had been a bit more Beauty and the Beast versus A Court of Thin and Craggy Twigs. Ultimately though, I actually will recommend this book. I think, if you go in with more reserved expectations you'll have a good time. ADWTFP doesn't reinvent the wheel by any means, but it is a solidish lite fantasy offering. Plus, this was totally me when I saw that book three in this series was about a vampire prince — Does that make me a hypocrite? lmaoo, you guys already know 😂 ┍━━━━━━✧✦━━━━━━┑ 𝗠𝗔𝗥𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗗 𝗧𝗢 𝗠𝗔𝗚𝗜𝗖 𝗦𝗘𝗥𝗜𝗘𝗦 ʙᴏᴏᴋ ᴏɴᴇ: ᴀ ᴅᴇᴀʟ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ᴇʟꜰ ᴋɪɴɢ ~ 𝙩𝙗𝙧 ʙᴏᴏᴋ ᴛᴡᴏ: ᴀ ᴅᴀɴᴄᴇ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ꜰᴀᴇ ᴘʀɪɴᴄᴇ ~ 𝟯 ✧ ʙᴏᴏᴋ ᴛʜʀᴇᴇ: ᴀ ᴅᴜᴇʟ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴛʜᴇ ᴠᴀᴍᴘɪʀᴇ ʟᴏʀᴅ ~ 𝙩𝙗𝙧 ┕━━━━━━✧✦━━━━━━┙

  14. 5 out of 5

    Beckee❤️

    "I would go to the ends of the earth for you" "I would traverse world's for you" "I would go to the ends of the earth for you" "I would traverse world's for you"

  15. 5 out of 5

    Apoorva

    Haishhh, NOT THE COVER AGAIN. 🙈 Haishhh, NOT THE COVER AGAIN. 🙈

  16. 4 out of 5

    Christine Manzari

    I really loved this unique, Fae-inspired Cinderella retelling. I guessed the plot twist but I still enjoyed seeing it all unfold. I also really liked seeing a strong Cinderella who was brave as well as selfless.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Becky Osborne

    This magical, whimsical story is inspired by Eros and Psyche and Cinderella and I loved it! The romance was beautiful and addicting, the world building was amazing with magic and wonder but easy to imagine and understand, mix in complicated politics and characters and you have one great story. Elise Kova just writes beautifully, and I am obsessed. Even though this book happens in Married to Magic shared universe, the same world in which A Deal with the Elf King takes place, you can still read A This magical, whimsical story is inspired by Eros and Psyche and Cinderella and I loved it! The romance was beautiful and addicting, the world building was amazing with magic and wonder but easy to imagine and understand, mix in complicated politics and characters and you have one great story. Elise Kova just writes beautifully, and I am obsessed. Even though this book happens in Married to Magic shared universe, the same world in which A Deal with the Elf King takes place, you can still read A Dance with the Fae Prince first and understand everything! Plus, it doesn't spoil anything about the other book, so you can read them in any order. As the book is inspired by Cinderella, Katria, the main heroine, comes from an abusive household because of her stepmother and sisters, much similar to the tale, (make sure to check trigger warnings!) and it's something that impacts how she acts and feels. It was really impactful and inspiring that Elise chose to write a protagonist with such a past, because it helped to open your eyes on an issue or situation that many people may be going through or have gone through. Davien, the love interest, is the sexy, swoon-worthy male character you have seen from EK before and loved. Davien is a greatly written and a good example of a “man written by a woman” that we all love. He’s a fae who’s lived a hard life and has his own wants and dreams, yet he finds himself falling for Katria and willing to do everything in his power just to be by her side and make her happy (My fave type of romance!). The chemistry between them was slow and grew beautifully in the book, there was plenty of swoon-worthy moments and lovely spicy parts. Overall, I really enjoyed this books it was captivating and magical. There was a big plot twist that I did see coming, so I wasn't as shocked but the story was still amazing. This is the perfect standalone for fantasy romance lovers! Thank you Elise Kova and BOMM Tours for sending me this ARC.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    It had its holes, but I still enjoyed it more than most books I've read in the last month. Kinda Cinderella-ish. A human woman from a struggling family is married off to a lord for a sizeable bride price. Katria has no idea her new husband is a fae with designs on obtaining the kingship of his people. It had its holes, but I still enjoyed it more than most books I've read in the last month. Kinda Cinderella-ish. A human woman from a struggling family is married off to a lord for a sizeable bride price. Katria has no idea her new husband is a fae with designs on obtaining the kingship of his people.

  19. 5 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ This man began to spark feelings in me I never wanted and I have to stop them now, otherwise I might follow him to my demise in this world that threatens to kill me at every turn. I must, at all costs, ignore the emotions brewing in the depths of my heart. It was lovely to revisit Midscape in A Dance with the Fae Prince but I honestly expected more from the book. I did enjoy some parts of it and I liked the heroine, Katrina. However I could not connect to the love interest. I felt like t 3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ This man began to spark feelings in me I never wanted and I have to stop them now, otherwise I might follow him to my demise in this world that threatens to kill me at every turn. I must, at all costs, ignore the emotions brewing in the depths of my heart. It was lovely to revisit Midscape in A Dance with the Fae Prince but I honestly expected more from the book. I did enjoy some parts of it and I liked the heroine, Katrina. However I could not connect to the love interest. I felt like the romance did not have a proper build-up. The plot was not thrilling as it was weak. I did not expect a complex plot but I do feel like I enjoyed the first book more than this one. Elise did do a good job with the world-building and fleshed out the Fae side of midscape since we were introduced to that realm through the Elf King. I do look forward to A Duel with the Vampire Lord.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kilikina

    "Inspired by the tales of Psyche and Eros, as well as Cinderella, with a "happily ever after" ending." I NEED THIS BOOK NOW "Inspired by the tales of Psyche and Eros, as well as Cinderella, with a "happily ever after" ending." I NEED THIS BOOK NOW

  21. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    RTC about how this seemed like a totally different book than its predecessor AND IT TREATED FAE LORE RIGHT AND PROPER

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marianna Reads

    This was great! I liked the chemistry between the MCs! I thought the ending was a bit abrupt but other than that I liked it very much!

  23. 5 out of 5

    VICTORIA EDWARDS

    3.5 is more like it. Thank you Elise for sending me an arc of your upcoming release!!! (I always forget to add that part) A Dance with the fae Prince was a fine, enjoyable, read. It wasn’t overly spectacular or life-changing but I did enjoy it. As a protagonist I found that Katria was unarguably likable, easy to relate to, and easy to root for. I wanted her free of her living situation and the terrible, toxic individuals who she was forced to share a home with. Lord Fenwood was interesting. I fo 3.5 is more like it. Thank you Elise for sending me an arc of your upcoming release!!! (I always forget to add that part) A Dance with the fae Prince was a fine, enjoyable, read. It wasn’t overly spectacular or life-changing but I did enjoy it. As a protagonist I found that Katria was unarguably likable, easy to relate to, and easy to root for. I wanted her free of her living situation and the terrible, toxic individuals who she was forced to share a home with. Lord Fenwood was interesting. I found his whole mysterious “don’t look at me” situation to be what drew me in the most, and of course it all because I was curious of how he looked 🤣. Beyond that he was…nothing out of the ordinary? He was romantic, a big powerful fae, slightly aggressive…all the things I’ve seen before. Nothing new. I think that’s what brought my review down from five stars. With fae, it’s something I’ve seen so much lately since Fae are IT right now. I knew what I was getting into but once I got into the whole fae romance trope I felt like I had read it before. It’s nothing to do with Elise, I think I’ve just been in the mood for something else lately. Other wise I did enjoy it. I was a happy I finally got more into the romance because I didn’t actually ship the main ship until about 50% of the way through, but once I did I DID. Oh also I very much enjoyed the word building in this one. I think we get a lot more of that in this book versus ADWTEK. I’m also half asleep so excuse the messy review 🤣.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Katie Prouty

    "I love you in a way that I never expected to love anyone. I have always been destined to be thrown into a marriage of convenience. I never expected to love." Standing ovation! I am completely captivated by Katria and Davien's love story! *brings the back of hand to forehead and swoons.* A Dance with the Fae Prince will have readers hooked from chapter three! Utterly enamored! There are magical creatures, ancient wars, and barriers between worlds! Elves, mer, lykin, oh my! Kings, evil knights, "I love you in a way that I never expected to love anyone. I have always been destined to be thrown into a marriage of convenience. I never expected to love." Standing ovation! I am completely captivated by Katria and Davien's love story! *brings the back of hand to forehead and swoons.* A Dance with the Fae Prince will have readers hooked from chapter three! Utterly enamored! There are magical creatures, ancient wars, and barriers between worlds! Elves, mer, lykin, oh my! Kings, evil knights, runaway royalty. Married to Magic 2 is entirely romantic! I may have even gotten a little emo for what Katria experiences in her home life. Who, me? Reader! You NEED this story! ADwtFP has adventure and danger but it's fun and whimsical. I LOVED IT. ITS ALL CAPS LEVEL GOOD. I cannot wait for more from the Married to Magic series! READ IF YOU LIKE: -Cinderella -arranged marriage -forbidden love -brooding LI -creatures from old folktales -magic & glamours -#IsThisAKissingBook: the dedication is *chefs kiss*. All the chin hooks and stolen kisses. Thank you Elise Kova for an advanced copy! Song: Ends of the Earth by Lord Huron Pass the aux! My girl D and I put together some tunes inspired by Katria and Davien’s love. A Dance with the Fae Prince PLAYLIST

  25. 4 out of 5

    Basma

    I thoroughly enjoyed A Deal with the Elf King and so I was overjoyed when I got an ARC of this book! Quick note: you don't have to read ADWTEK to read this one, while they take place in the same universe, they're standalones! One of my favorite parts of Elise's writing is the way she writes her main characters. I feel like it's so easy to fall into certain tropes when you write young women and immortal men, and I'm glad that her characters are written to the point where I'm not covering my face f I thoroughly enjoyed A Deal with the Elf King and so I was overjoyed when I got an ARC of this book! Quick note: you don't have to read ADWTEK to read this one, while they take place in the same universe, they're standalones! One of my favorite parts of Elise's writing is the way she writes her main characters. I feel like it's so easy to fall into certain tropes when you write young women and immortal men, and I'm glad that her characters are written to the point where I'm not covering my face from second-hand embarrassment. Katria, our main character, is rational and strong and reacts to well to the circumstances she's thrust into. Her dynamic with the other characters was really interesting to read, and the Cindrella retelling portions of the book were familiar, while also feeling new. I thoroughly enjoyed the world and the plot! After ADWTEK, it was nice to visit this side of the world that was briefly hinted at in that book! I would love to read a crossover short story because I think Katria and Luella would get along SO well! My only critique of this book is that I felt that Katria's "mysterious" background was a bit underwhelming when it was revealed. The twist at the end was nice and well written, but the lead up to the twist wasn't what I expected. If you like magic and fae, this is the book for you! I received an ARC of this title from the author through Books of Matches Media in exchange for an honest review.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sara J. Saliga

    Katrina and Davien are magic! I thought I loved the first book in the Married to Magic series, and I did , but Katria's and David's love to is one for the ages! This was a slow burn romance for sure, but it was well worth the wait. It's magic and history of Midscape, as well as another of the magical races within its boundaries are being artfully built upon. If you loved the first novel you will love this as well! Much praise to Elise and I can not wait for A Duel with the Vampyre Lord! Katrina and Davien are magic! I thought I loved the first book in the Married to Magic series, and I did , but Katria's and David's love to is one for the ages! This was a slow burn romance for sure, but it was well worth the wait. It's magic and history of Midscape, as well as another of the magical races within its boundaries are being artfully built upon. If you loved the first novel you will love this as well! Much praise to Elise and I can not wait for A Duel with the Vampyre Lord!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Seline

    Very boring, I skimmed a lot.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Callie Keck

    Elise, you've done it again. . . I fell in love with Air Awakens the world within it. I fell in love with Luella and King Eldas last year with A Deal with the Elf King. So going into this read, I knew it I would love it right off the bat but what I didn't expect was to connect to Katria so well that I would cried at least 4 different times while reading this book. (I'm sobbing right now as I type this, how dare you!) To avoid spoilers, I'll only say this: Ive never connected with a character so wh Elise, you've done it again. . . I fell in love with Air Awakens the world within it. I fell in love with Luella and King Eldas last year with A Deal with the Elf King. So going into this read, I knew it I would love it right off the bat but what I didn't expect was to connect to Katria so well that I would cried at least 4 different times while reading this book. (I'm sobbing right now as I type this, how dare you!) To avoid spoilers, I'll only say this: Ive never connected with a character so wholeheartedly and her journey. Thank you, Elise, for writing about real trauma within a beautiful, romantic, fantasy world. Thank you for making fairy tail endings for the most humanly and imperfect main characters who deserve that and more. The Married to Magic series is truly a little slice of happiness, and I cannot wait for everyone to enjoy this as much as they did with ADWTEK and the next books to come. These books are always wrapped up so perfectly- the perfect stand-alones for when someone needs a break from reality. (Also the spice! *chefs kiss*) Thank you for the ARC and continuing to inspire me within my own writing and making my own happy ending.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Madison Mary

    "The fault does not lie-has never lain-with you, but rather the shortcomings of those you have been surrounded by. You were always worthy." A fae fantasy romance novel with breathtaking worldbuilding and a heroine you can't help but root for. The star of this novel was Katria. She was mentally and physically abused by her stepmother and eldest stepsister growing up and it impacted the way she viewed the world. It is a much darker look at the Cinderella tale we know and it leaves Katria extremely "The fault does not lie-has never lain-with you, but rather the shortcomings of those you have been surrounded by. You were always worthy." A fae fantasy romance novel with breathtaking worldbuilding and a heroine you can't help but root for. The star of this novel was Katria. She was mentally and physically abused by her stepmother and eldest stepsister growing up and it impacted the way she viewed the world. It is a much darker look at the Cinderella tale we know and it leaves Katria extremely distrustful of people. She was so set on the fact that people are awful at their core and nothing will change that. And after being belittled for so many years, she didn't really understand just how special she was, that she did deserve love. Watching her learn that the relationships she had were toxic and that what happened to her was not her fault pulled on my heart. She was such a devoted and loyal person, and having her finally find purpose in not only life but also in herself was such a beautiful development. This story is truly about Katria and her learning that she is a powerful woman in her own right. I haven't read the first book in this series, but this one takes place in the land of the fae. I really loved Elisa Kova's take on the fae because it is somewhat traditional with the fact that they view humans as playthings, they cannot lie, and everything they say can be twisted into a bargain. What I thought was really cool was that every fae had their own special magic and their own defining physical feature - like wings, horns, etc. Kova's talent has always been in her world-building and ADWTFP does not disappoint. I could read pages and pages about the worlds she creates. And I adored learning about the magic system and the rituals in this book and how the land of fae functioned. I was never confused or bogged down by the politics of this world and this just goes to show how impressive Kova is at writing. The biggest let down was the romance. While I did enjoy their more intimate scenes with one another (this does borderline on New Adult), I didn't feel their connection. I think the reason for this was because Davien was never fleshed out, he didn't have something that made me care about him. And since he was a flat character, it meant their romance didn't pack that oomf factor I look for. Additionally, I called the ending of this book within the first 20 pages and was a little frustrated that it took so long for other people to figure out that maybe she wasn't all that normal. While I didn't love Davien, I did adore the other side characters - especially Ralph. They were all so much fun and I loved their relationship Katria. Ralph was such a little cutie and I just wanted to squeeze him in a giant hug. I am really excited to go back and read book 1 because the Elf King and his Human Queen were mentioned throughout this book! I also really hope that Katria's youngest stepsister, Laura, gets her own novel! I adored her. - I read an ARC of this novel -

  30. 5 out of 5

    courtney ♡ librarycutie

    Absolutely Amazing. I love how it's a Cinderella-esque retelling! Our main character Katria is quite a girl, she's survived the mental and physical abuse of her step-mother and step-sister for years until they were desperate to continue their lavish lifestyle, they married her off. It was a blessing for her, more than she could've known. She's such a strong woman, clinging to the last remnants of her wonderful mother that she barely remembers now, and even her father who can only be known as dea Absolutely Amazing. I love how it's a Cinderella-esque retelling! Our main character Katria is quite a girl, she's survived the mental and physical abuse of her step-mother and step-sister for years until they were desperate to continue their lavish lifestyle, they married her off. It was a blessing for her, more than she could've known. She's such a strong woman, clinging to the last remnants of her wonderful mother that she barely remembers now, and even her father who can only be known as dead when we begin this story. This was such a page-turner for me, I kept finding myself staying up late into the night to try and read more about our secret Prince and companion. I want to keep it as vague as possible you you can enjoy this for everything it's worth. I know sometimes I gush too much without realize I've slipped a little spoiler in there. I love Elise Kova's Married to Magic world that she has created, it's so magical with such real characters. There was so many emotions, within me and the characters through this story. Something I enjoyed is how Katrias thoughts and experience on love is changed. She knows only the trauma of her step-mother and is rather stunned when others do not go about discipline the same way, or when true affection is shown. She constantly sets herself up for heartache or pain, it nearly broke my heart. I cannot wait for more books in the Married to Magic series. Since this is New Adult Fantasy, we have some steamy romance, of course I would have to point that out, you know I love that about NA books. Thank you to Elise Kova and Book of Matches for sending me an eARC for an honest review.

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