Blurb from Goodreads
In the future, the world is at war.
For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.
All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can.
Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who’s taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can’t conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption.
Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.
No. Ugh. Just no.
This book is awful.
It bases itself on an enemies to lovers premise which can very much work…
But NOT if you bring in the subject of dubious consent.
Let’s talk about those words, dubious consent… You know what???
DUBIOUS CONSENT DOES NOT EXIST BECAUSE CONSENT ITSELF IS AN ABSOLUTE!!!
It’s yes or no.
Black or white.
Night or day.
THERE IS NO GREY IN CONSENT.
IT IS NOT FREAKING ROMANTIC TO SAY NO AND THEN HAVE THE MAN DESIRE THE FEMALE MC EVEN MORE AND HAVE HIM FURTHER PURSUE HER AND THEN BASICALLY BLACKMAIL HER INTO MARRIAGE AND A SEXUAL RELATIONSHIP. And then for her to start talking about remorse, angry sex and then have her come to love him because of their twisted Stockholm syndrome-esque relationship!!!!
There is no parity in that type of relationship.
No matter how much of a badass killer you wanna make this female MC. Her most personal and intimate of relationships started on unequal ground and by the end of this book that had not changed.
If sex had been taken out of the equation early on and a more slow burn romance developed then perhaps this may have worked… This was still poorly plotted though with an identikit style cast of characters rather than meaningful portrayals of realistic feeling characters.
Look. I get what the author was trying to do but no. She didn’t manage it. Instead this book feeds into the rape culture that is so pervasive in society that it somehow romanticises this notion that a woman doesn’t know her own mind and when she says no she really means yes but you have to try harder…
Sick of this type of BS in books.
One star. Would give it less if I could.