#1 New York Times bestselling author of The Selection series Kiera Cass is back with her most epic novel yet—a sweeping enemies-to-lovers standalone romance.
“Love has a sound. It sounds like a thousand heartbeats happening at the same time.”
Princess Annika has lived a life of comfort—but no amount of luxuries can change the fact that her life isn’t her own to control. The king, once her loving father, has gone cold, and Annika will soon be forced into a loveless marriage for political gain.
Miles away, small comforts are few and far between for Lennox. He has devoted his life to the Dahrainian army, hoping to one day help them reclaim the throne that was stolen from them. For Lennox, the idea of love is merely a distraction—nothing will stand in the way of fighting for his people.
But when love, against all odds, finds them both, they are bound by its call. They can’t possibly be together—but the irresistible thrum of a thousand heartbeats won’t let them stay apart.
Kiera Cass brings her signature sparkling romance to this beautiful story of star-crossed lovers and long-held secrets.
Battlefields couldn’t keep these two heart mates apart. Such a brilliantly crafted fantasy filled with the feel of old royals and lovers. Also, that cover is just STUNNING.
“But what was louder than all of the was the painful certainty that I’d finally felt the love I’d read about in hundreds of books, the overwhelming and crushing weight of true love. And it was attached to the one person I could never have.”
We have two main MCs and it is dual POV which I thought worked super well. With Lennox, I absolutely adored him. His bravery, his heart, his character change and arc was so wonderfully crafted. On the other side, I did really like Annika too for being consistently forgiving yet true to her strengths. Annika is “people-pleaser” but in the best way.
Some of the side characters were a welcomed joy as well like: Escalus, Palmer, and Inigo. Who doesn’t love protective character that bring some sparks to the page?
My only downside is throughout the story I kept feeling like I wanted more. Nothing was quite gripping my attention. I’d say about 60% through is when the story really started to rope me in which is when Lennox and Annika’s story started to really intertwine.
Overall, it’s a wonderful fantasy with a romance for the ages. Definitely would pick up a copy of this especially if you’re a fan of Kiera Cass!