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Derek never wished to inherit his title as a result of a bloody battle. With the old count dead and the truce dependent on his marriage to the rival duke’s son, Derek has no choice but to agree to the victor’s terms in order to bring peace to his homeland. When he learns of the sinister rumors surrounding his intended groom, Derek begins to have doubts—but there can be no ...more
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Expected publication: November 25th 2019 by Nine Star Press
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Isabelle Adler
Nov 08, 2019 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Shelves: my-books
Cover Artist: Natasha Snow
Category: Romance
Genre: Fantasy
Word Count: 72000
Book Length: Novel
Sex Content: Explicit, medium heat
Pairing: MM
Orientation: Gay, Pansexual
Identity: Cisgender
Warning: Depictions of violence, battle scenes, physical injuries, mentions of torture, allusions to domestic abuse, dealing with grief, death of secondary characters.

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Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B081FWY859
Kelsie
Nov 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: like-not-love
3.5 Stars

An enjoyable, but flawed read. I became quite smitten with Callan and Derek despite, what I feel was, a rushed relationship. They had me *squeeing* several times throughout the story.

Derek wanted nothing more than to kiss him again. “You’re staring,” Callan said. He didn’t turn to him, but the corners of his mouth tugged into a smile. “You can’t fault me for admiring the most beautiful thing on this blasted island.”

“You have the worst taste.” “This coming from you,” D
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Jamie W
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book was an entertaining read. I really liked this world's norm of M/M heirs being arranged in marriage, just the same as M/F.

I felt that the enemies to lovers relationship of the 2 main characters took up the bulk of the story, and it was sweet, albeit a little too fast, going from mutual disdain to heart-wrenching love in a couple of weeks.

In fact, the whole story felt kind of rushed, and the characters were just moving on from one death-defying situation to anothe
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サヘリー
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
(Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review -- thank you!)

3.5 rounded up

I did enjoy this book quite a bit! It was very fun, since I'm a huge fan of fantasy worlds and dysfunctional arranged marriages (in fiction!) where the couple starts out cold towards each other at first, but by the end of the book is in love.
The world that's described in the novel is fascinating, but I really wish it'd been a bit more detailed. I suppose that's a compliment to t
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Lexi
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, tt2019
This is a very forgettable book. The plot is an arranged marriage between two nobles, one of whom just lost a single battle to the other one, and then there is another war looming with sea tribes/pirates. I read it in one sitting, so it was enjoyable enough to keep me interested, but the plot was standard and the world and its magic the same. I enjoyed the main characters, but all side characters were deeply undeveloped. All in all, I requested it for an ARC for the title and description, but no ...more
Karen Machamer
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review. Highly recommend this book to everyone. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Katie
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

2.5/5 stars

I went into this book with few expectations and found that I pleasantly enjoyed myself. I finished this book relatively quickly and found it to be an easy read. However, there were critical flaws in this book that are making me rate it lower than I may have otherwise done so.

So what is this book about?

The fiefdoms of Camira and Mulberny have just waged a vicious war against one anoth
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Molly Mason
Nov 14, 2019 rated it liked it
**Thank you to Nine Star Press, Netgalley, and Isabelle Adler for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review**

Derek barely has time to get accustomed to taking over his father's title of Count before he is basically ordered to marry a Duke's son. The Duke had just won a battle with the old count, and is sending a message by giving Derek no choice but to marry Callan. Callan is less than pleased with this, as his first wife is freshly dead from an accident. Chaos ensues whe
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Valerie
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
This was my first book from Isabelle Adler and while it was a quick read, I found myself hoping there was going to be more world building, especially for this fantasy book. Derek is forced to marry Callan, a rival duke's son, who lost his wife recently. Both are rather blasé about the marriage, but soon, they are off to deal with a threat. While this is a highly original premise, the lack of relationship building and world building left me a bit disappointed. The one stand out factor in this boo ...more
Nicki Markus
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-lgbt
The Wolf and the Sparrow was an enjoyable read. I liked the premise and the characters. (Though I confess it took me a while to take Derek seriously. Just something about that name in a fantasy setting, I guess.) The story moved along at a decent pace that kept me turning the pages, and the enemies-to-lovers theme worked well on the whole. The main niggle I had was the world building, as I would have liked to have gotten to know more about the kingdoms and the background to the world and the mag ...more
Annarella
Nov 15, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a light and entertaining read. Even if I liked the style of writing some editing would have help to make the plot a bit more solid and the characters a bit more fleshed out.
All in all it was a good read and I recommend it you want a light read.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
Mykhe
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
This was good - not exceptional. The romance plot thread was a little abrupt. The world also was a little one-dimensional in a few ways -- the easiest way I can describe the lack is that this novel didn't strike me as rich, the way others have. It's kind of like food. One thing I will say on its behalf is that it was a quick read - it only took me about 4 hours to finish this.
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Isabelle Adler writes M/M romance, sci-fi, adventure, and fantasy.
She has been a voracious reader from the age of five and always dreamed of one day putting her own stories into writing. She loves traveling, art, and science, and finds inspiration in all of these. Her favorite genres include sci-fi, fantasy, and historical adventure. She also firmly believes in the unlimited powers of imagination
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