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Fierce Heart

(Elven Alliance #1)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  3,570 ratings  ·  432 reviews
Essie would do anything for her kingdom…even marry an elf prince she just met that morning.

When a diplomatic meeting goes horribly wrong, Essie, a human princess, finds herself married to the elf prince and warrior Laesornysh. Fitting in to the serene, quiet elf culture might be a little difficult for this talkative princess, but she’s determined to make it work.

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Kindle Edition, 219 pages
Published November 26th 2019 by Sword & Cross Publishing
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Tara Grayce Have you read any of K.M. Shea's books yet? Especially her Elves of Lessa series, which also features elf-human sweet romances? Book 2 of that series …moreHave you read any of K.M. Shea's books yet? Especially her Elves of Lessa series, which also features elf-human sweet romances? Book 2 of that series is my favorite. Her Hall of Blood and Mercy is an urban fantasy that also has a slow burn romance and plenty of humor. (less)

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H.S.J. Williams
Gosh! When is the last time I stayed up late to read a book? I can't even remember.

Fantasy Romance is not my typical go-to genre as I generally find it full of uncomfortable hormones making poor decisions or sweet and clean but really boring. But every once in a while I find a gem in this niche and FIERCE HEART is such a gem!

First off, ELVEEEEEESSSSS. I'm really picky about how elves are handled in books. I love Tolkien's elves, and I generally find other elves in fantasy fall short to that mea
Jacob Proffitt
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chaste, fantasy, romance
This was a completely unexpected story. When you think fantasy with elves and humans and wars and stuff, you expect a degree of action and excitement and this really didn't have that (mostly). And I didn't care at all because I enjoyed very much what it did have.

And most of that comes down to Essie, but some of it is simply Grayce's skill as a storyteller. I liked Essie from the start as the princess who knows her marriage will be political and is determined to make the best of it, whatever it t
Lucie V.
This is a good book if we can get past the weird and cringy cover. Sure, the romance is predictable and nothing out of the ordinary, the characters are the usual strong-minded princess and the dark broody warrior, and overall there is nothing really new or extraordinary in this story, but I still really enjoyed it. It is a sweet and cute romance set in a fantasy elvish world, maybe a little childish at times, but still entertaining.

I love the positive energy of Essie and the strength of Farrend
Nikki Salvatore
I am not entirely sure how this book even got more than four stars.
To be frank this felt like it was a book I would have read when I was 12, dipping into the fantasy genre. I mean it was boring. The main character literally thought that a hug could strengthen ties between two different groups of people. The point of view was her literally questioning everything. What is going on? Why is he like that? Will I ever see my family? It’s just exhausting. The cover art also has no bearing on the two ch
W.R. Gingell
Very much enjoyed! Light and big-hearted, with a chatty heroine and a surprisingly thoughtful hero. I'm a sucker for arranged marriage books, and this one had may of the best things I like about that without having the worse things... I did feel like I was reading the first third of a full book, but I won't lament at that too much since this is the first in a series and we're bound to see more of this whole story. ...more
Jaye Knight
Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Eeep! So good! I haven’t read a whole book so quickly in FOREVER. I totally neglected editing my own book to do it. I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob. No, seriously, it did. And I certainly did my fair share of swooning. It was adorable and delightful and I can hardly wait to read book two!! P.S. I want to wrap Farrendel in bubble wrap and protect the poor, precious dear forever.
Sylvia Mercedes
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Such an adorable story! I thoroughly enjoyed every moment (and I'm not even usually a romance reader!). Definitely hooked for book 2 . . . . ...more
Elizabeth Dragina
Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhh I CANT HANDLE DIS.

RTC when I get my own Elishina
Claire Banschbach
Dec 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh! I loved this so much!

Such a fun take on elves which still kind of holding to that LOTR ideal. And the shampoo thing was hilarious. Farrendel is basically like a better version of Legolas that I could actually care about. lol! I loved his character and how well he and Essie got along. And I ADORED Essie and her practicality and determination to make the best of the situation! The world, the stakes, everything was so well done. The budding romance is adorable!

I will say that I've seen
Al *the semi serial series skipper*
This was a nice book. Its the kind of book that you appreciate after you've read about couples meeting and falling in love immediately without rhyme or reason.

This book kind of chronicles their journey to find love. The alliance is made and the FMC has to leave her kingdom to a completely different world. She is shunned, her husband seem to enjoy being alone so she has no one to turn to. It was an interesting read seeing some people thaw after a while, to see her worrying about the right way to
Sep 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book enchanted me!
It was one of those books that I couldn’t put down.
Usually I prefer alpha heroes. But here even though Farrendel is powerful, he is also young, shy, vulnerable and somewhat broken.
Still I liked him so much.
And heroine-pure gold! She was strong and sweet with an unshakable positive attitude.
They both were equal part powerful in the book.

There were many complex secondary characters and the Elven world author created was fascinating.
Safe, clean romance.

P.s do
Kendra Ardnek
Apr 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Why didn't I find out about this book sooner?

Arranged marriage, my favorite romance trope? Check.
Awesome worldbuilding involving elves. Check.
A perfect balance of serious and hilarity? Double check!

Why did it take so long for this book to hit my radar?
It deserves all the hype, folks. *dies*
Imma go download book two now. Too bad book three is still a while out. I think I'm going to need it.
Essie knows that her duty as a princess is to marry for a political alliance. So when the elves want to bargain, she tells her brother she’s willing to marry for the sake of building peace between the humans and the elves.

Her brother (the king) suggests it, thinking they will counter offer. But he never expects them to accept.

So Essie is married off to a young prince, the fierce warrior Farrendel, known as Laesornysh, who turned the tides on the last war.

This book checked all my favorite trop
Jul 14, 2020 rated it did not like it
Childish, with an incredible lack of nuances. There's a difference between being practical and being fake. And at the same time why choose a royal setting and then ignore what that setting entails?

The staggering betrayal of marrying a princess to a bastard is just the most glaring, but it's definitely not the only hole the plot has. The YA theme didn't improve my mood.
I thoroughly enjoyed this light-hearted, steampunk-flavoured, clean romantic fantasy. A human princess marries an elf prince in order to forge an alliance between their kingdoms. Together, they promote peace through trade (in magical elven haircare products, in fact *snort*).

This was just a cosy, sweet rainy-day read and I was hooked all the way through. It's an arranged-marriage romance, which can be easy to do wrong, with a lot of the male love interests in such stories behaving coldly, stand
J.M. Stengl
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, romance
After reading other reviews, I'm going to sound like an echo chamber here, but really, this book is so much fun! The author takes elf/human romance tropes and turns them upside-down and definitely right side out. The heroine is very courageous to go into an arranged marriage with an elf prince she has only ever heard of as a dangerous warrior. Her positive attitude, courage, and wise choices--not to mention her often hilarious inner dialogue--make her a very likable POV character.
And Farrendel i
Apr 20, 2020 marked it as gave-up
Very boring

I know we all hate TSTL heroines, but is the Overly Resonable Robatic Heroine really the answer??

It's okay to feel an emotion or two! This girl is the type to plaster a big fake smile on her face as she's drowning because that's what she thinks emotional maturity is. How many references to "I'm not like all those other hysterical princesses" do we need

It's stilted and boring. I would take 12 dumb bitch heroines over this. At least you get the annoyance without the smugness with the
Savannah Jezowski
I designed the covers for this series so I can’t leave a starred review, but if I could it would be five stars. I ADORED the hero and heroine. They were both like able characters, not your typical angsty rebellious heroine or brooding, borderline-mean hero. They were so well written, and I LOVED the arranged marriage plot. There are not enough books about married couples, and I loved how this one played out. The romance was so beautifully written, so sweet, and very clean while still being delic ...more
Patricia King
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I saw this book while it was still in the pre-order phase, and thought, “That looks interesting.” But even though it is only 99 cents, I decided to wait until the delivery date, so that I could try a sample first. Mainly because I have pre-ordered new authors before, based on the blurb on the order page, and immediately regretted it.
So, I downloaded the sample during the very early hours of the 26th, and ended up spending the remainder of the night reading this delightful book. As the other rev

this was PERFECT. maybe a little too perfect, but it was exactly what I wanted to read and definitely something I'd recommend. I was a little hesitant going into this book since I'd never heard of this author or this series; the concept also isn't something you see everyday on Goodreads, which is why I ended up picking it up and I lovedddd it.

Essie. ahhh. The author did a fantastic job with her character; I love that she was all about making choices and being intentional. Communication's obvious
Jan 02, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. 🧝

I love Elves! Have seen lots of movies but for the first time, I am reading an elves story. Overall, the experience is good!!! I will definitely finish the series.

Ladies, can you recommend some good elves stories.... 🧝 ???
Amelia Nichole Defield
I had a hardcore book hangover after finishing this book. It has all the tropes I love in new and unique ways. I loved the way the Essie and Ferrendell went from strangers to friends to lovers. I look forward to reading the rest of the series.
Vanna Grace
Mar 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Charming. Absolutely charming. I love a good fantasy romance but I’ve become pickier and pickier when it comes to the romance as the years have gone on. This satisfied my recent romance craving and didn’t prompt a single eye roll like some books do.

Essie is a refreshing heroine. She’s boundlessly optimistic and devoted to her family and her kingdom. It was also refreshing to see a royal who for once didn’t angst endlessly about the possibility of ending up in an arranged marriage. Her tendency t
Caelena Fey
Dec 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Since I read this book after watching Frozen 2, I just can't help but compare the heroine with Anna. They are both just so cheerful, it such a refreshing thing to read.

The dialogs in this book are my favorite part.

“Why did you agree to this arranged marriage?”
It was only fair if she was just as vulnerable as he had been a few moments earlier. “Actually, I kind of suggested it. It started off as a joke, sort of. I was somewhat serious when I said it. Avie decided to use it as an opening gambi

I always have fun reading a human/elven romance, and this book didn't disappoint for me!

I liked both characters, and Essie's strong and kind personality really grew on me. Hopefully in the next books we can see a bit more of Farrendel’s personality coming out as they struggle to find a place for themselves.

oh and a tiny story spoiler- but I was really relieved (view spoiler)
Easily one of my favourite books I’ve read this year, and definitely one of my favourite books ever. It had a my favourite things—a strong yet sensitive hero, a smart, kind heroine, and COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE LEADS. There were literally moments where I just had to stop and sigh in absolute giddiness. In a world where pessimistic, postmodern views have seeped into literature, it is refreshing to read stories that touch on darkness while also spreading light and hope. I’ve fallen and fallen har ...more
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it

It is rare that I give a first in a series such a high rating but this one absolutely deserves it! It has been a very long time since I read a character like Elspeth. SO many female characters in fantasy and urban fantasy the past few years have been kick-butt, cynical or just plain nasty. Elspeth, however, is a woman who has been through so much but consciously learned to make the best of whatever situation and keep a positive attitude. Gosh, that is so refreshing!! The author does a fab
M.H. Elrich
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love this book. Seriously. I should have bought book 2 with it, and I hear book 3 is coming out in September. I want to buy all of them. Here's why I love it:
1. Farrendel reminds me of my husband. Essie reminds me of me. My husband is very quiet and likes the fact that I am cheerful and optimistic, while he is broody most of the time. He likes that I make him smile. So when I read the developing relationship between these two, I thought of my husband and I, how we interact, and thought this is
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Fierce Heart is the first book in the Elven Alliance series by Tara Grayce.

The human kingdom of Escarland and the Elven kingdom of Tarenhiel have been fighting a war for the past fifteen years. Such an extended period of time under constant skirmishes at their joining borders has led to more deaths than either side is comfortable with continuing. In a desperate play for peace King Averett reluctantly proposes his sister Elspeth’s hand in marriage, hoping that this offer will be turned down a
Ok. Wow. That was an amazing read!!!!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book. Most romances are sappy, cheesy, and have a plot that is just thrown together. This book? AMAZING!

The romance was clean, and put together well. There was also a real plot. It was very well done.

And Elves! Finally someone wrote a book with Real, Tolkien-like Elves. The portrayal of them and their world was stunning. Again, very well done.

As for characters? Essie was adorable! So strong and energetic. I loved the
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Born and raised in Michigan, I enjoy traveling to new adventures that inspire my writing.

Growing up, I read just about every book I could get my hands on, especially fantasy. I currently write YA fantasy and romantic fantasy filled with lots of humor, spunky and tough leading ladies, and broken heroes.

When I am not writing, I enjoy spending time with my chocolate lab, Miss Kisses.

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