Posted February 5, 2024 by Carole in Reviews / 10 Comments

I received this book for free from the publisher. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

BrideBride by Ali Hazelwood
Published by Berkley Publishing Group on February 6, 2024
Genres: Fiction / Romance / Paranormal / Shifters
Pages: 416
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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A dangerous alliance between a Vampyre bride and an Alpha Werewolf becomes a love deep enough to sink your teeth into in this new paranormal romance from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Love, Theoretically and The Love Hypothesis.

Misery Lark, the only daughter of the most powerful Vampyre councilman of the Southwest, is an outcast—again. Her days of living in anonymity among the Humans are over: she has been called upon to uphold a historic peacekeeping alliance between the Vampyres and their mortal enemies, the Weres, and she sees little choice but to surrender herself in the exchange—again...

Weres are ruthless and unpredictable, and their Alpha, Lowe Moreland, is no exception. He rules his pack with absolute authority, but not without justice. And, unlike the Vampyre Council, not without feeling. It’s clear from the way he tracks Misery’s every movement that he doesn’t trust her. If only he knew how right he was….

Because Misery has her own reasons to agree to this marriage of convenience, reasons that have nothing to do with politics or alliances, and everything to do with the only thing she's ever cared about. And she is willing to do whatever it takes to get back what’s hers, even if it means a life alone in Were territory…alone with the wolf.

I adored this book! I was very excited when I heard that Ali Hazelwood was writing a Vampyre/Werewolf book. Let’s just say, I had incredibly high expectations. I tend to enjoy paranormal romances so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this one and I think I might have squealed a bit when it came into my possession. I am happy to report that it was even better than I could have hoped and I think this book has become my favorite Ali Hazelwood book to date!

Misery’s marriage to the Alpha Werewolf, Lowe, is arranged by her powerful father. Tensions between Vampyres and Weres are high so she doesn’t exactly fit in right away. What makes it worse is it seems nobody wants her there either, with the expectation of Lowe and Ana. Misery hopes to learn what happened to her one true friend, Serena, while she is with the Werewolves.

I loved watching Misery and Lowe get to know each other and I thought the chemistry between them was very well done. It did take some time before these two started spending some quality time together but I was getting the feeling that Lowe’s feeling ran deeper than surface level early on. Both characters have given up a lot for their people and I loved the way that they somehow found a way to be themselves with each other.

The underlying mystery kept me guessing until the end and I loved that there were a few surprises worked into the story. I thought that the Vampyre/Werewolf politics were very well done and added a lot to the story. I would highly recommend this book to others and I cannot wait to see what kind of story Ali Hazelwood decides to tackle next!

I received a review copy of this book from Berkley Publishing Group.

10 responses to “Bride

  1. Nice! I read this one as well and was rather surprised to see a contemporary author take on paranormal so soon! I did quite enjoy this one and would love to see more of this world as well! Great review!

  2. I am so glad you liked this one! I haven’t read anything by Ali Hazelwood, but this did sound different than her other romances given the paranormal aspect. I am definitely interested in giving this one a try!

  3. I think its fun that Hazelwood decided to veer away from her STEM romances and write a paranormal romance this time. It’s one I’m looking foward to reading …hopefully soon. 😀

  4. I’ve read one book by this author that I enjoyed and this looks interesting but completely different from what I would expect from her.