Between Two Fires by Mark Noce

Between Two Fires: A NovelBetween Two Fires: A Novel by Mark Noce
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Lady Branwen’s father has promised her hand in marriage to the Hammer King to unite their divided kingdoms. However, after Lady Branwen meets her new King and leaves her home with him she immediately finds herself the target of multiple assassination attempts.

Lady Branwen is not one to sit by and become the property of a man and with her life in danger she takes her safety into her own hands and decides to leave the Hammer King. Not knowing who to trust Lady Branwen finds herself teaming up with a knight named Artagan and finds herself not only trying to save herself but her people before Saxon invaders and a mysterious traitor try to destroy her.

Between Two Fires is another novel I was a bit torn on how to rate when I was finished reading. It’s not a bad read exactly but I found it really failed on what I was led on to believe the book should be. The synopsis to this one promised a historical romance and I think it fell really short of the romance side of things.

Taking place in 597 A.D. in medieval Wales this one stands out for being something a bit out of the normal in historical romances. It’s a time when there are constant battles and wars and women were basically property. The setting was great in this one and made it stand out in my mind and along with an action packed plot I’m sure some will love that part of this historical read.

However, when it comes to the romance in this book I just found it extremely lacking. Lady Branwen is a strong female that wants to make her own decisions and stand alongside the men during the wars but I never gained an emotional attachment to her, she very well could have been a male telling the story most of the time. I kind of questioned maybe if it weren’t the fact this one comes from a male author it just simply lost the romantic sparks that I was expecting and became an historical action read instead.

Overall, the setting and plot are great but I found the romance lacking, not enough depth to the characters personalities and emotions.

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

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