Lions in the Garden (The Uprising #1) by Chelsea Luna

Lions in the Garden (The Uprising #1)Lions in the Garden by Chelsea Luna
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Mila’s father is a high ranking member in the royal court. When Mila finds out that there is a plan for her to marry a baron almost three times her age she decides to run away from the castle. Alone in the woods and with her horse injured she finds herself in danger from a couple of thieves. Out of nowhere Marc comes to her rescue and gives her a ride on his horse back to the castle.

Mila is immediately taken by Marc but he is the son of blacksmith and a Protestant. There is unrest between the Protestants and the Catholic led royal court with rumors of an uprising being planned. To thank Marc, Mila invites him to the castle for a party for the unveiling of the royal jewels. What neither know though is that Marc’s younger brother is in on a plan to steal the jewels to fund the rebellion.

There were a lot of things I really loved about this book and a few that I didn’t. It felt like the book got off to a somewhat slow start for me even with the immediate encounter in the woods. But once it got going I really got hooked on the story and the relationship between Marc and Mila.

Yes, this is a book with a case of the old insta-love but the relationship did develop over a week under intense circumstances so that really didn’t bother me but be warned to those that despise it. It’s a typical connection between the sheltered girl and the commoner boy, Marc was the knight in shining armor and attractive rescuer when Mila was running from a horrible arranged marriage situation so the relationship made sense to me.

At times the historical aspect seemed to be really good but other times it seemed little details didn’t feel quite as accurate. For instance, Mila’s character was obviously very strong willed since we start the story with her running away but it would also seem that she would worry a bit more about her virtue or act more like a proper young lady having been raised in a castle. I did completely enjoy the story line of the opposing religions and the royalty versus the commoners aspect to it though.

When reading I found if I ignored the few flaws I was completely engrossed in the story and loving it. At the end it ended up being one of those “where is the next book??” moments when I’d just love to continue reading on to see what happens next. I really think for me this one turned out to be more exciting and engrossing that I was expecting with an action packed plot along with the historical romance.

I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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