Princess Brianne of Tisalt is beloved, fashionable, and known throughout the kingdom for being the life of every party. The youngest of twelve daughters, the time has come for her to wed. When she daydreams of her future home and husband, she sees visions of sparkling palaces and a life of pampered luxury filled with laughter and frivolity.
Those dreams are ripped to shreds when, instead of matching her with a crowned prince from a neighboring kingdom, her father accepts a proposal from an upstart king of a rugged island nation.
Malcolm of Ocane is gruff, short-tempered, and more used to violence than diplomacy. He clawed his throne out of the cold, dead hands of his enemies in a bloody civil war that cost his fledgling nation more lives than they could spare. If he has any hope of saving his people from ruin, he needs to cement his power and find allies among the mainland nations. Brianne of Tisalt is the best chance he has at succeeding, and he’ll do anything to get her within his grasp.
But from their very first meeting, it’s obvious these two are as different as night and day. Brianne thinks Malcolm’s black reputation is well-earned and wonders if she’ll even survive the journey back to his kingdom. Malcolm doesn’t think the pampered party princess will last a week outside of her father’s palace, let alone find a way to fit in with his no-nonsense, salt-of-the-earth subjects.
And when they’re attacked almost as soon as the wedding is over, both of them are left wondering if they’ve made a colossal mistake. With enemies waiting around every corner and an ancient god taking far too much interest in their lives, can these two find a way to work together and survive their marriage, or will their union lead to their downfall?